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Land wholesale experts, Steven Jack Butala and Jill DeWit, share their personal land investment/real estate business achievements, answer questions, share valuable tips, all in the name of promoting listeners’ personal and professional real estate success. Steven and Jill have been buying and selling unwanted vacant land since the 90’s and have completed the purchase and sale of more than 15,000 properties. Their experience has earned them a solid reputation in the industry as well as assisted them in gaining the respect and friendship of many of the top national real estate investment and internet marketing experts. Through Land Academy, Steven and Jill mentor ambitious real estate aspirants on how to buy unwanted rural land and sell it for profit on the internet. Every week they buy and sell land alongside their members. They take you through all the parts of this process in great detail in their programs. Join Steven Butala and Jill DeWit on Land Academy Podcast, 5 days a week, and learn how to create your own real estate wealth. You are not alone in your real estate ambition. Land Academy shows you how to Buy unwanted rural land for next to nothing, sell it for a lot more money on the internet and collect the payments for years to come. All in the spirit of LandGeek, Mark Podolsky, Jack Bosch, Land for Pennies on the Dollar.

Land Academy Show Steven Butala & Jill DeWit

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    • 4.8 • 187 Ratings

Land wholesale experts, Steven Jack Butala and Jill DeWit, share their personal land investment/real estate business achievements, answer questions, share valuable tips, all in the name of promoting listeners’ personal and professional real estate success. Steven and Jill have been buying and selling unwanted vacant land since the 90’s and have completed the purchase and sale of more than 15,000 properties. Their experience has earned them a solid reputation in the industry as well as assisted them in gaining the respect and friendship of many of the top national real estate investment and internet marketing experts. Through Land Academy, Steven and Jill mentor ambitious real estate aspirants on how to buy unwanted rural land and sell it for profit on the internet. Every week they buy and sell land alongside their members. They take you through all the parts of this process in great detail in their programs. Join Steven Butala and Jill DeWit on Land Academy Podcast, 5 days a week, and learn how to create your own real estate wealth. You are not alone in your real estate ambition. Land Academy shows you how to Buy unwanted rural land for next to nothing, sell it for a lot more money on the internet and collect the payments for years to come. All in the spirit of LandGeek, Mark Podolsky, Jack Bosch, Land for Pennies on the Dollar.

    Land Academy Member Reveals 30 Years of Success: Steve Hodgdon Interview (LA 2006)

    Land Academy Member Reveals 30 Years of Success: Steve Hodgdon Interview (LA 2006)

    Join Steven Jack Butala in episode 2006 as he interviews seasoned entrepreneur and Land Academy member, Steve Hodgdon. Steve shares his blueprint for land flipping success, spanning from early technology experiences to building a successful real estate lending business. He delves deep into the 2008 crash, digitization in real estate, advanced tools in the land business, and the "Loan to Own" strategy. The discussion also covers market trends, inflation, property management challenges, and risk management. Learn from real-life examples and gain valuable insights into sustaining a profitable land flipping business.



    Transcript: N/A



    https://youtu.be/vyEPn0mj8pE



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    • 58 min
    A Week In The Life Of A Successful Land Investor (LA 2005)

    A Week In The Life Of A Successful Land Investor (LA 2005)

    Discover the inner workings of a successful land investor's week on The Land Academy Show! Join hosts Steven Jack Butala and Jill DeWit as they unpack the essentials of organization, self-discipline, and daily routines crucial for thriving in the land investing world. With decades of combined experience, they share practical insights applicable to both full-time investors and those with limited availability, offering actionable strategies to enhance productivity and achieve investment goals. Tune in now for expert advice and real-life examples that will elevate your land investment journey.



    Transcript:



    Steven Jack Butala:

    I am Steven Jack Butala.



    Jill K DeWit:

    And I'm Jill DeWit and this is The Land Academy Show.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    This is episode number 2005 and today we are talking about a week in the life of a successful land investor.



    Jill K DeWit:

    This is going to be good.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Yeah.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    So important.



    Jill K DeWit:

    It really is. This is going to be touched upon today, but further explained in the future in some things that we're preparing for.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    So I would argue that what we're going to talk about today, which is really organization and self-discipline and being an entrepreneur and a bunch of stuff like that ... And we'll get into a pretty good amount of detail. I think this is equally as important, probably more important than knowing how to buy and sell land.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Having a plan.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Well and just executing your ... We're going to talk about a week in the life. So you can sit down and be the greatest planner in the world Monday through Friday, and if you don't execute it and have self-discipline about it's just not going to be as effective as you want.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Well, today for me is really about what should I be doing every day? What do I focus on? And here's the reality. The reason we're talking about this is a successful full-time land investor, and we're going to talk about it that way because so many people in Land Academy have come to us, started out with W2 jobs, left W2 jobs, and now they're in it and this is how to organize your life basically and organize your week. But everything we're talking about today can be applied even if you're like Jill and Jack, I only have maybe two to three hours a day to throw out this and that's okay. So you can shorten it. The process and the steps are the same and how you think about your day-to-day stuff is the same. You're going to have to get a little more efficient at it.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Well, it's like everything. We can tell you how we do it very successfully. We can give you now, after 10 years of doing this, almost 10 years real core examples with people's first names on how they did it. In some cases more successful than us. But in the end you're going to apply it to your life.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Isn't that interesting? You just said 10 years of Land Academy. But gosh, 25 something years-



    Steven Jack Butala:

    30 for me.



    Jill K DeWit:

    There you go.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    It's 30 this year.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Oh my gosh. It's 15 almost for me. That's a lot.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    So we may or may not be qualified to talk about this stuff.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Yeah. There we go.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    You decide.



    Jill K DeWit:

    That's perfect.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Each week on the show we answer a question from our Land Academy member Discord Forum, and take a deep dive into a land related topic by popular request from our Land Academy community. Let's take a question, Jill.

    • 50 min
    5 Most Asked Questions by New Land Academy Members (LA 2004)

    5 Most Asked Questions by New Land Academy Members (LA 2004)

    Join Steven Jack Butala and Jill K DeWit on episode 2,004 of the Land Academy Show as they delve into the five most frequently asked questions by new Land Academy members. From dispelling myths about land flipping to sharing real success stories, they tackle it all. Plus, get an exclusive look at a member's journey to half a million in revenue within their first year. Don't miss out on this insightful discussion packed with valuable insights for aspiring land investors!



    Transcript:



    Steven Jack Butala:

    I'm Steven Jack Butala.



    Jill K DeWit:

    I'm Jill DeWit and this is the Land Academy Show.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    This is episode number 2,004, and today Jill and I are talking about the five most-asked questions by new Land-Academy members.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Is this your version, my version, or the team put them up? I'm just curious.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    What we'll do is reread-



    Jill K DeWit:

    I've got different questions like, "Are you guys married?" That's what I've just got to start with. This is why I'm asking.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    How do you answer that?



    Jill K DeWit:

    See, this is why I want to know. Let me tell you my top-five questions, and then you tell me yours.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    All right. Go ahead. We'll get to that, we will. Jill and I asked our staff to answer these questions and we'll be serious about it in a second, but I'd like to know your five.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Okay. "Are you guys married? Where the heck do you live? What do you mean you don't go see your property?"



    Steven Jack Butala:

    This is pretty accurate.



    Jill K DeWit:

    You like this? Exactly. "You made how much last year?"



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Yeah. Is this for real?



    Jill K DeWit:

    And, "Is this for real?" There we go, that's my five. What are your five?



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Jeez, my five are, "Is this for real?" Is number one. "What is all this? Can you please just tell me, let's cut to all the stuff. Stop horsing around on the show. What's the deal? Can you really buy land and resell it for more?"



    Jill K DeWit:

    That's your number one.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    That's at a cocktail party or from people that have been in the real-estate industry forever. I don't have five of them.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Oh, that was it.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    That's the main one like, "What's the deal? Is this for real?"



    Jill K DeWit:

    Yeah, it's so funny. From that cocktail party, it quickly goes to two things. It splits into, "Well, can I just give you some money?" "Yeah, thanks. No, I don't need that." Or, "Well, it's obviously easy if you idiots can do it."



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Yeah. I mean, here's a great example. Jill and I, we're doing our estate. We're finishing our estate planning, we're amending it, let's say, and we met with the lawyer that does it. He's like, "I looked you guys up before you got here, and I love land." This is probably a 70-plus-year-old guy who's probably got thousands and thousands of estates under his belt, and all he wants to do is talk about land. He doesn't care about our estate.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Exactly. Yeah, it's almost like it's like, "Eyes up here."



    Steven Jack Butala:

    That's a regular-



    Jill K DeWit:

    "Eyes off the plat map. My eyes are up here." That's a new thing. That's good. I'm more than just a plat map.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    I attribute that too and I was thinking about it. We are somewhat guilty of, Jill, making this sound easy.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Yeah, it's true. It happens all the time.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    You know what?

    • 58 min
    4 Land Flipping Business Changes To Capitalize During A 2024 Economic Decline (LA 2003)

    4 Land Flipping Business Changes To Capitalize During A 2024 Economic Decline (LA 2003)

    Join Steven Jack Butala and Jill K DeWit on The Land Academy Show for episode number 2003, where they delve into Four Land Flipping Business Changes essential for thriving in the 2024 Economic Downturn. As experienced real estate professionals, Steven and Jill share invaluable insights and strategies to ensure your success amidst economic challenges. Don't miss out on this essential guide to navigating the changing real estate landscape!



    Transcript:



    Steven Jack Butala:

    I am Steven Jack Butala.



    Jill K DeWit.:

    And I'm Jill DeWit, and this is The Land Academy Show.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    This is episode number 2003. We are calling it Four Land Flipping Business Changes to Capitalize on the 2024 Economic Downturn.



    Jill K DeWit.:

    That's a mouthful.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Yeah.



    Jill K DeWit.:

    Can you say that five times fast?



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Well, here's the gist. There's economic downturn. We're in it and it's going to affect real estate. It's already pretty dramatically affecting commercial real estate. And we want to make sure that when you, you're buying and selling land, capitalize on this and you're not victim to it. And that's what the show is really about.



    Jill K DeWit.:

    We lost a lot of people... Not a lot of people. I shouldn't say that. We watched some of our friends/competitors back in the day not recover. And that's what I am watching already start to happen. I'm watching people leave. They're not getting it. They're not making adjustments. They're not ready for it. And since you have done this a couple of times, I've done this more than one time with you or one time with you. So, this is really why you're here. You're listening to this because we're not new to this. We're not brand new. And yes, it's really our real gray hair.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    This is my third real estate recession or real recession in my professional life, my fourth in my actual life. And I've learned a lot and I love to share it with you because you can avoid a lot of pain.



    Jill K DeWit.:

    True.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    So, before we start, you have some news.



    Jill K DeWit.:

    I do. Well, so here's the deal-



    Steven Jack Butala:

    And it's fascinating to me.



    Jill K DeWit.:

    All right, so instead of doing a question today, I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about something different. So, I was reading our local little newspaper. And you're going to love this as I hold this up. You're like, "What? Jill, why are you holding a piece of paper in your hands? Do you get the paper?" No, I do not. But I have to tell you, I don't order the paper. I don't think it's fufu. I like the paper, but I don't get the newspaper. But because where we happen to live and because I think the median age in our area is about 80 or 90.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Yeah, I think 87.



    Jill K DeWit.:

    Yeah, 86. There is still a sweet little pretty in-depth local newspaper that we get for free every week in our mailbox. And I read the paper, because again, there's some good information in there. So, I'm reading this article done by a local resident, and he is in houses, in real estate doing houses. And he got connected with a guy in England and he wrote a neat article with a top performer in England, an agent over there. And he was sharing the differences on how real estate is done in England versus the United States, and I just loved it. And this comes right at a perfect time because we all are all watching and hearing about the NAR and this big fine and, oh my gosh, are they going to take away sellers agents or buyer agents? Are they going to change the commissions? What's going to happen and how's this going to go? And I wanted to shed some light on this too because it's so intere...

    • 36 min
    5 Pro Tips for Pricing Your Land Flipping Mailer (LA 2002)

    5 Pro Tips for Pricing Your Land Flipping Mailer (LA 2002)

    In this episode of the Land Academy Show, hosts Jill DeWit and Steven Jack Butala dive into the topic of pricing land-flipping mailers with their five pro tips. With over 30 years of combined experience in the industry, Jill and Steven share invaluable insights gained from their own successes and failures. They emphasize the importance of sending legitimate blind offers with specific pricing, highlighting how this approach leads to more meaningful conversations with sellers. By sharing real-life examples and anecdotes from their own experiences, Jill and Steven offer practical advice for land investors looking to optimize their pricing strategy and maximize deal success. Tune in to learn from the experts and take your land-flipping game to the next level!



    Transcript:



    Steven Jack Butala:

    I'm Steven Jack Butala.



    Jill K DeWit:

    And I'm Jill DeWit and this is the Land Academy Show. Today's episode number 2,002. Isn't that crazy?



    Steven Jack Butala:

    That's nuts.



    Jill K DeWit:

    I know.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Today, we're going to talk about the five pro tips that Jill and I have lived by for pricing your land-flipping mailer. This is a real hot topic on the Internet and in our-



    Jill K DeWit:

    In our group.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    ... Land Academy Discord channel among our group, exactly. It's real interesting because we have some new people right now that ... pricing's just always a hot topic and we're getting a lot of orders at Offers 2 Owners, I'm hearing, from our guys, the mailing company that Jill and I own, and there's a pretty wide variance between how offers are getting priced by people who are within Land Academy and people who are not. My guys are ending up having to have a pretty detailed conversation about how pricing should go, so I figured we'll just lop it into the podcast.



    Jill K DeWit:

    I love it.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Each week on the show, we answer a question from our Land Academy member Discord forum and take a deep dive into a land-related topic by popular request from our Land Academy community. Let's take a question, Jill.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Sid wrote, "Blind offers work! I just had a great conversation with a seller because, one," this is interesting, "I was the fifth offer in six months, but all were neutral letters with no price."



    Steven Jack Butala:

    That tells me ... I'm going to take these as I go here. It tells me that he's getting a lot of offers, or his seller now has gotten a lot of offers from people who are not in our Land Academy group. There's other groups out there who are, I think, incorrectly instructing people on how to buy land.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Then, what they went on to say is any phone calls she made were not returned and, since I was the only blind offer of X price, she decided to call." Isn't that great? Then, number two, "She was amazed that I answered the phone and was the same guy that sent the letter. After I explained who we are, our procedures, et cetera, we agreed to a price. Still need boots on the ground to confirm, but should be another one in title by the end of the week." The moral is keep mailing legitimate blind offers and answer the phone. That's so true.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Jill and I, we say this stuff ... what, we've been doing this now 10 years, right? Almost 10 years.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Nine years of Land Academy, shoot, 15 years of deals together and then you have 10 or 15 before me.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    This experience is one that we experience in our land office every week but, when your father says something or when your spouse says something, you're like, "Eh, whatever. He's just talking again."



    Jill K DeWit:

    What?



    Steven Jack Butala:

    • 39 min
    Women Taking Over The Land Flipping Industry (LA 2001)

    Women Taking Over The Land Flipping Industry (LA 2001)

    Join Jill and Sam as they uncover the groundbreaking rise of women in the land flipping industry. In this eye-opening discussion, they share their journey and insights into how women are reshaping the landscape of land flipping with their unique skills and perspectives. Discover how this traditionally male-dominated sector is evolving, and gain valuable tips and inspiration for your own ventures. Don't miss out on this empowering conversation about the unstoppable force of women in land flipping!



    Transcript: N/A



    https://youtu.be/5vhTuwrDZO4



    Thanks for listening, and finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
187 Ratings

187 Ratings

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Once a Member always a member

I started my Land career as a Land Academy member in 2015. The wealth of knowledge that Jack and Jill have is beyond measurable. Your course started me in the right path and I continue to use and share the knowledge that I obtain from you.

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Steve and Jill do not waste any words or time. They furnish excellent REI content and share valuable experience commercial-free.

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