Currently, we don’t have the option to import foreign addresses into the system specifically, however, there is a workaround. You can import them as long as you stay within the import guidelines, which is to fill the 11 required fields:
Type First Name Last Name Company Address City State Zip APN Property County Property State
If you input a value under the ‘State‘ column of your import .csv file that is not a US State it will still import.
If you import an alphanumeric value under the ‘Zip‘ field it will still import.
You just cannot leave one of those 11 required fields blank.
Here is an example of an import list that includes international mailing addresses:
NOTE: On the property ‘Edit‘ record screen, the ‘State‘ drop-down menu is populated only with US & Canada States/Provinces/Territories, but when you generate the letters your custom imported value will generate on your letter.
IMPORTANT: You will incur extra mailing costs when mailing to foreign countries and Mail Houses typically add a surcharge for these records after your order has already been placed and some mailing houses simply do not allow for international mailing.
If you are looking for a Credit Card Processor that will allow you to accept land payments we recommend LandProfitCC.com (EasyPay Direct).
At this time we do not have a direct integration with EasyPay Direct and the Investment Dominator; however, if you would like to add order forms to your land listings check out the many Shopping Cart softwares that EasyPay Direct integrates with here.
Navigate to ‘Options> QuickClick> Button Generator> Create A Fixed Price Button‘.
Enter your property details under the ‘Item Description‘ field.
Enter the price of the property (the amount you would like to charge your buyer) under the ‘Item Price‘ field.
Enter the URL of your confirmation page under the ‘Finish URL‘ field.
NOTE: If you do not have a confirmation page setup yet. Please create a custom page for your Selling Site following the instructions here.
Click the ‘Create Button‘ button at the bottom of the screen to generate the payment button code.
Copy and paste the generated button code from the EasyPay Direct portal to your property listing.
NOTE: Make sure to use the ‘Edit Source‘ option under the ‘Listing Long Description’ field of your property listing before you paste in this form code.
NOTE: EasyPay Direct and their QuickClick option are considered a 3rd party service and software. Any support you require regarding your EasyPay Direct account or QuickClick payment option setup needs to be directed to their support directly.
You may have noticed some strange things when you first start using the Investment Dominator system. For example, you might upload 1000 prospect records, but when you go to generate your mailing under ‘Land> Campaigns> Prospect Neutral Letter‘ you see that instead of 1000 letters in your mailing you have 958.
Why is this and what is going on?
Here’s what is happening: See out of 1000 Prospect records some of them are situations where the owner owns multiple properties and in that case, we only generate and send one letter to that owner.
So for example If one of the owners in the import file of 1000 prospects owns 5 properties then when we go to generate the mailing we will generate 996 letters. One letter for each owner that owns one property and one letter for the owner that owns five.
Generally speaking, it is never a good idea to copy/paste content from other websites, or from a word processing software like Google Docs, Microsoft Word, or Pages.
When you copy from a word processor you also may be unknowingly copying hidden background data that does not translate to web applications well.
As a result, when your content displays on a web page, like for example the property listing page, you may see weird icons or characters in the places where the invalid hidden data was saved.
How to prevent issues…
There are a few ways to prevent these hidden characters from displaying on your site…
Don’t copy/paste from other sources. If you enter data directly into the system you will not run into these issues.
If you must copy/paste information first paste it into a program like NotePad which will sterilize your content.
Review your content in NotePad and make any necessary changes there, then copy/paste the content from NotePad into the Investment Dominator system.
In some areas of the Investment Dominator where it is common for users to copy/paste content, we have included an option called ‘Paste as plain text‘ it looks like this:
Click on this icon and a popup window will appear. Paste in your content into the window and click ‘OK ‘. This will remove any of the hidden characters that can cause these display issues on your website.
You can then use the formatting options provided by the system’s HTML Editor to format your content properly.
2) Click on the ‘Create New Listing Element‘ button:
3) Either use the HTML Editor to create your custom property listing element or click the ‘Edit Source‘ option to add source code to the block. For example, you could add YouTube embed code or PayPal button code under the ‘Edit Source‘ area.
NOTE: You can use merge fields to dynamically call in data or built-in elements from the system.
4) Once you have given your new listing element a name and have added your content click the blue ‘Create‘ button to create the element:
5) You can use the ‘Move Up‘ or ‘Move Down‘ options to set the position of your new listing element:
6) Reload one of your property listings on your ‘Selling Site‘ to view the updates to your listing:
NOTE: Custom elements will display on all your public property listings.
There are three possible ways you can select records from any of the record tables in the Investment Dominator:
‘Select All‘ this option lets you select all the records loaded under the current Stage view, or Search Result.
‘Select All On Page‘ this option lets you select all the records loaded under the current page. For example, if you had 71 pages of records and only 10 records displayed on the current page…
…Then this option would allow you to only select the 10 on the current page.
‘Select Record‘ If you click the checkbox to the left of the record you can select just that single record. You can use this option to select a custom set of records that you can update using a Select Action.
We recommend LPGphone.com (Ring Central) as our preferred phone system for the Land Profit Generator method.
The reasons we recommend them as a resource include:
They offer a full-featured virtual phone system (virtual PBX) that can be easily self-managed (doesn’t require expensive phone techs to configure) at a fraction of the cost of a traditional company phone system.
They are a virtual system that is hosted in the cloud so you don’t need to install any software on a server that you need to manage or maintain.
They provide you with full-featured Desktop and Mobile Applications that allow you to easily make and receive calls from your company phone lines and much more. To download their Desktop or Mobile Apps visit: https://support.ringcentral.com/download.html
We have two recommended setups:
A two-line setup This will cost you less money per month and is only recommended if the same person/team in your company that takes the offer request calls is also the same person/team that handles offer questions/ negotiations.
A three-line setup If you have a call center like LandCalls.com answering your offer request line and a separate person/team that answers questions about offers you have made, or is in charge of handling offer negotiations then you want to use this three-line setup to ensure you have a separate extra line for your offer negotiation person/team and you significantly reduce the chance that the seller will call your call center to negotiate an offer.
NOTE: With Ring Central you can upgrade/downgrade as needed so you can start with two lines then increase to three in the future as your company grows.
The Two-Line Setup
Here’s how it works:
Here’s how you set this up:
In this setup you have two lines, one for your buying (acquisition) side of your business, and one for your selling (disposition) side of your business. At a minimum you want to keep these lines separate because there is a major difference between people that sell land to you and people that buy land from you and you don’t want to cross those two distinctly different markets together.
When someone calls your Buying Line they will hear a custom ‘Auto Receptionist’ message prompting them to either select 1 if they received a letter from you and are interested in selling their property, and #2 if they want to speak to someone regarding an offer you already sent them. This is set up under ‘Phone System> Auto Receptionist> IVR Menus> New IVR Menu‘
NOTE: The downside of using the two-line setup is it relies on the caller listening to the message and selecting the correct option. Whereas the three-line setup is a simpler process for the caller and eliminates most scenarios
Where To Save The Two Numbers In The Investment Dominator?
Save your Buying Line under both:
Customize> Company Information> Company Phone Here you are going to put the notation (Option 1) after the number.
Customize> Company Information> Offer Phone Here you are going to put the notation (Option 2) after the number.
Save Your Selling Line under:
Customize> Company Information> Selling Site Phone
The Three-Line Setup
Here’s how it works:
Here’s how you set this up:
Register two additional users with phone numbers (so that your account has a total of three lines).
How to add a User with a line:
Navigate to ‘Users> Add User‘:
Select the ‘Domestic‘ option then click ‘Next‘:
Click on the tab called ‘Add Users without Devices‘.
Then select ‘Yes‘ under the ‘With Numbers‘ field.
Select a local number from the options then click the ‘Add’ button.
Click the ‘Unassigned Extensions‘ option from the left sidebar, then click new extension line to configure it:
Fill out the form to set up the new user/line.
How To Route/ Forward Your RingCentral Lines
Under the User’s ‘Call Handling & Forwarding‘ settings you can set the forward number that will either go to your call center as in the case of line 1, the desktop app of the person that is going to handle your offer negotiation for line 2, as well as the person/team taking your sales calls for line 3.
Create an Unconditional Forward Custom Rule When Forwarding To Pat Live
The type of phone number that Pat Live assigns to you requires an extra step when configuring it as a forward. You must in addition to the regular ‘Call Handling & Forwarding’ options mentioned above create what’s called an Unconditional Forwarding Custom Rule. Below are the steps to set that up:
Click the ‘Custom Rules‘ tab.
Name the rule “Forward To Pat Live”.
Select all the numbers you would like to forward to Pat Live by clicking the Check Box options to the left of the number.
Select the ‘Unconditional Forwarding‘ option to the left of the screen:
Enter in the Pat Live forward line under the ‘Forward Calls‘ input.
Click the blue ‘Save‘ button.
Test Your Changes
You will want to call each of your phone numbers after you configure them to test and ensure they are routed to the proper end points.
NOTE: Ring Central is a 3rd party company so they can change their pricing, features, interface at any time and we do not have control over that. This article should merely serve as a reference to help you get set up the way we have structured our business.
We have a few key reports built into the Investment Dominator regarding your land investment deal flow, located under the ‘Land> Reports‘ section.
Interest By Property
This report will show you the number of people interested in a particular property based on how many people are connected to your property under the ‘Interest In‘ field of your Buyers List (‘Marketing‘ tab).
You can click on the number next to the property description to load the actual list of contacts interested in that particular property.
This report shows you what types of properties get more interest than others.
In various areas of the Investment Dominator you will find an HTML editor that will allow you to insert images, create bullet-point lists, format text, align text, add hyperlinks, create data tables, paste text from an external source, and much much more!
Below are just some of the options available to you in our HTML Editor.
Hover over the icons in the HTML Editor itself to get a definition of what each option is used for, but to help define some for you here please reference the image below:
Type: You can either choose to calculate a loan with an amortization schedule or a lease-purchase sale which is similar to a rent to own type of sale.
Enter In Sale Price: This is the agreed sales price for the property, or in other words, what you are selling the property for.
Enter Down Payment: This is the down payment that the buyer puts down at the start of the loan… this amount reduces dollar for dollar the amount financed before the loan is amortized.
Enter Annual Property Tax (If applicable): When you owner finance a property, you always want to pay the taxes on behalf of the buyer, therefore the annual property taxes are included in the calculation to determine the monthly payment amounts as well as the four-month tax reserve due at closing.
Enter HOA/POA (If applicable): If the property has HOA (Home Owners Association) or POA (Property Owners Association) dues, then you want to enter in the annual amount due. Just like the property taxes, you will want to pay any HOA or POA dues on behalf of the buyer and that is factored into the monthly payment amount.
Enter Doc Fee (optional): A doc fee is like an administrative fee to conduct the transaction. You can think of it like the fee you would pay a title company to transact a cash sale. It is paid to you at closing but not applied to the loan balance. It is industry standard to charge $500 for this fee.
Enter Interest Rate (optional): The interest rate is used to calculate the interest portion of the payment and it is amortized over the term of the loan. If you are not going to charge an interest rate you can enter in 0 to calculate the loan as a 0% interest loan. Since banks do not typically lend on land the interest rate on land does not follow the rates on houses. It is quite typical to charge a 12.9% rate on land even if financing on houses is at 3%.
Enter Monthly Loan Service Fee (optional): The serving fee is an administrative fee for serving the loan. It is factor into the monthly payment however it is an amount in addition to the amounts applied to principal, interest, and impound. Think of this as compensation for the administration effort required from you to manage the loan. It is industry standard to charge $18 to $20 for this fee.
Enter Term (optional): This is the number of months the loan is amortized over, or in other words, this is how many months it will take for them to pay off the loan assuming they pay the minimum amount due each month. If you leave this field blank the system will determine the loan term for you. Or you can enter in your own term and the calculator will adjust accordingly. Keep in mind the lower the term the higher the payment will be and the faster the buyer will be paying off the loan.
Sales Price: This is the agreed sales price for the property, in other words, what you are selling the property for.
Down Payment: This is the amount that the buyer puts down at the start of the loan which reduces dollar for dollar the amount financed before the loan is amortized.
Doc Fee: This is the administrative fee to conduct the transaction. You can think of it like the fee you would pay a title company to transact a cash sale. It is paid to you at closing but not applied to the loan balance.
4 Month Reserve: This is the annual property taxes plus any HOA/ POA annual dues summed up and divided into a monthly impound amount, multiplied by four. The reason we charge this at closing is to accelerate the amounts in the reserve/impound account that are set aside to pay the annual property taxes and HOA/POA dues on the buyer’s behalf in case these amounts fluctuate over the loan term or they are due before the account is fully funding by the monthly inbound amounts. Or in other words, we are over funding the impound reserve account to prevent funding issues that may or may not occur in the future. Any amounts paid into the reserve impound account in excess should be returned to the buyer once the loan has been satisfied and title transferred to the buyer.
Total Due Today: This is the total amount the buyer will need to pay at closing in order to purchase the property with the financing.
Amount Financed: This is the amount the buyer is financing with you over the term of the loan.
Interest Rate: This is the interest rate is used to calculate the interest portion of the payment and it is amortized over the term of the loan.
Monthly Payment: This is the base monthly payment which includes the principal and interest portion of the payment.
Monthly Impound Amount: This is the annual property taxes and any HOA/POA annual dues split up by month. These funds are set aside to pay the property taxes and any HOA/POA annual dues each year on behalf of the buyer.
Loan Term: This is the number of months the loan amortized over. In other words, the number of months it will take the buyer to pay off the loan assuming they only pay the minimum amount due each month on time.
Monthly Loan Service Fee: This is an administrative fee for serving the loan.
Total Monthly Payment: This is the minimum amount the buyer will need to pay you each month. This amount includes the principal, interest payment, monthly impound amount and loan serving fee that is due each month.
Pay Day: This is the day of the month that the payments are due. Typically this is set to 1 which is the 1st day of the month
Per Diem: This is the amount owed on a per day basis this is used if someone asks for their payoff amount but they can’t pay for a few days, in that case you would give them their Payoff amount and Per Diem amount and let them know to tack on the Per Diem amount for each day beyond today to the Payoff amount so that they send in the correct amount.
Bring Current Amount: This is the amount that the person owes at any given moment it includes any outstanding payments as well as any outstanding fees.
When people scroll through ads on sites like Craigslist that have popular text list views you’ll want to make sure your listing stands out. One way to do this is to use ASCII or HTML Symbols in your titles to catch the eye of visitors as they scan through the list of titles.
Below is a complete list of HTML codes you can use in your titles to display a special character in your title:
If the County saves both individual owner names as well as entities under a single Property Owner field then one of the data processing steps you will need to conduct is to programmatically identify these entities and move them to the ‘Company’ column within your list. You will also need to indicate under the ‘Type’ field that these records are companies by entering the value of ‘Company’ for these records.
Below is a list of common keywords that would indicate that the owner is not an individual but rather a company or entity:
‘ acquisition aka assoc associa association bank benefactor beneficiary business c/o care of church city club county dept develop eastern es est estate et al family firm foundation holding inc invest ira land llc lp ltd northern of owner ownership partner property school service southern st state tenant tr trs trust univ us western
Raw data lists also contain multipart names or prefixes and suffixes that need to be identified and properly formatted into the ‘First Name’ and ‘Last Name’ columns in the case of ‘Individual’ records and should not be treated as companies simply because they contain multiple spaces. You can also use this list to distinguish between common multipart names and middle initials that the county may also include in the raw data and which should be removed.
Below is a list of common multipart names, prefixes, and suffixes that you should account for in your data processing scripts:
Atty Da De Del Della Des Di Dr Du Esq Et Al I II III IV Jr La Le Mac Mc MD Mr Mrs O PhD Prof Ret Rev Sir Sr Von
Below is an example macro that you can use (and adjust as needed) that identifies companies or multipart names based on keywords lists like the ones posted above. We use similar scripts to identify the Companies in a list and move the company name to the ‘Company’ column in our list.
First, create a workbook with 3 sheets:
Set InfoWs = Sheets("info")
Set Kw = Sheets("keywords")
Set SmpleWs = Sheets("sample")
The “info” sheet must have a title in column “A”, where you paste the OWNERS on row 2. The “keywords” sheet starts in Column “A” row 1, and the data will be on the “sample” sheet row 2, so the titles for the “sample” will be “Type”, “First Name”, “Last Name” and “Company”.
Then add and run this macro to identify records based on the keywords listed in your “keywords” sheet:
Private Sub GetCompanies_Individuals()
Dim wrdLRow As Long
Dim wrdLp As Long
Dim OwnersLrow As Long
Dim OwnersLp As Long
Dim fndWord As Long
Dim InfoWs As Worksheet
Dim Kw As Worksheet
Dim SmpleWs As Worksheet
Dim names() As String
On Error Resume Next
'Define worksheet that has data on it....
Set InfoWs = Sheets("info")
Set Kw = Sheets("keywords")
Set SmpleWs = Sheets("sample")
'Get last row for keywords based on column A
wrdLRow = Kw.Cells(Rows.Count, "A").End(xlUp).Row
'Get last row for owners based on column A
OwnersLrow = InfoWs.Cells(Rows.Count, "A").End(xlUp).Row
'Loop through lists and find matches....
For OwnersLp = 2 To OwnersLrow
fndWord = 0
For wrdLp = 1 To wrdLRow
'Look for word...
fndWord = Application.WorksheetFunction.Search(Kw.Cells(wrdLp, "A"), InfoWs.Cells(OwnersLp, "A"))
'If we found the word....then
If fndWord > 0 Then
SmpleWs.Cells(OwnersLp, "A") = "Company"
SmpleWs.Cells(OwnersLp, "D") = WorksheetFunction.Proper(InfoWs.Cells(OwnersLp, "A"))
'fndWord = 0
If fndWord = 0 Then
names = VBA.Split(InfoWs.Cells(OwnersLp, "A"), " ")
SmpleWs.Cells(OwnersLp, "A") = "Individual"
SmpleWs.Cells(OwnersLp, "B") = WorksheetFunction.Proper(names(0))
SmpleWs.Cells(OwnersLp, "C") = WorksheetFunction.Proper(names(1))