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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 • 184 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.

    How to Build a Life-Long Fortune Consistently Investing in Land (LA 1938)

    How to Build a Life-Long Fortune Consistently Investing in Land (LA 1938)

    Description

    Join Steven Jack Butala and Jill DeWit on the Land Academy Show for a deep dive into the Land Academy bucket system and how to build wealth through consistent land investing. In this episode, they discuss a recent live webinar Jill did this week and address the rise of women in the land investment world. Get insights on the relationship between assessed value and market value. Tune in every week for questions from our members only discord and deals from our weekly members call. Access the Discord forum for free on landinvestors.com or landacademy.com in read-only mode. Start building your lifelong fortune with Land Academy today!



    Transcript: 



    Steven Jack Butala:

    I'm Steven Jack Butala.



    Jill K DeWit:

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



    Steven Jack Butala:

    This is episode number 1938, and today we are talking in depth about the Land Academy bucket system and I'll explain that in great detail, and also how to build a lifelong fortune by consistently investing in land.



    Jill K DeWit:

    I talked about that last night at a live webinar for people looking at joining Land Academy. If you were there, thank you very much. We had so much fun. It was much shorter this time. It was only two hours, but I wanted-



    Steven Jack Butala:

    That's impressive.



    Jill K DeWit:

    I want to answer everybody's questions so it was really fun. But we talked about how learning to buy and sell land, as you and I have proven you before me, proven that for decades this could keep food on the table. And so the conversation came up about can I get my child involved? And I think it was Casey, one person said, "Heck yeah, I've got my nine-year-old doing land deals and so they're learning the value of this and how to make money."



    Steven Jack Butala:

    What percentage of women were asking questions versus men? Because I know this is your-



    Jill K DeWit:

    That's a really good question.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    ... Third or fourth or fifth time during this. And I know we don't continually do stuff if we don't feel like we're helping, and you're obviously continuing to do this.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Thank you. I'm going to go with about 50/50. I don't know what's happening right now, what shift is happening on the planet or maybe it's me or maybe it's us, but I am getting great feedback and I'm seeing so many more women investors come into this and I'm so excited. It's awesome. And Atlantic Academy Ladies is coming back next month.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Maybe that's why.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Yay. It's cool.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Hey, I hope you're also enjoying our 2023 weekly show. This is I think our third show where we're gone from a daily show to a weekly show. And as far as the numbers go, they're much better. They are. I just checked right before we sat down to record and on YouTube and on audio, the numbers are better. Each week we answer questions from our Land Academy Discord forum, review land acquisitions from our weekly Thursday member webinar and take a deep dive into the two land related topics that are requested again on our Discord channel.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Yep.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Let's take a question posted by one of our members on the Land Academy Discord online community. If you want to sneak peek of our Discord channel, please go to landinvestors.com



    Jill K DeWit:

    Or landacademy.com. It's there also.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    It's in both places now and kind of peruse it and it's free. It's a read only as you can see what the community is doing in real time.



    Jill K DeWit:

    So Probacorn says, "I'm reviewing my spreadsheet before uploading to offers to owners.

    • 54 min
    Mastering Land Investing: Harnessing the Power of Data and Avoiding Overpriced Mailers (LA 1937)

    Mastering Land Investing: Harnessing the Power of Data and Avoiding Overpriced Mailers (LA 1937)

    Description:

    Welcome back to the Land Academy Show, episode 1937. In this weeks episode, Steven Jack Butala and Jill DeWit discuss the importance of data in making decisions for land investing and share tips on how to avoid sending overpriced mailers. They also share their personal experiences and insights on maintaining a balance in home and life maintenance in the industry. Tune in to get a deeper understanding of the land investing industry and stay updated on the latest trends and strategies.



    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 1937. Today, we are talking in-depth about the data. How the data will tell you exactly what to do. Then later on in the show we'll talk about how to avoid sending overpriced mailers. Two really popular topics that our staff tells us are popular in Discord, and popular in the whole customer service environment for Land Academy members.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Always. It's funny, if you send overpriced offers, you know right away because everybody calls you back, and they love you. It's hilarious. I have to pause and say something right now, I just realized. As I'm walking into your office here to record this, I realized for whatever reason, at this point in my life, I'm excited about the weirdest things. Let me tell you what I'm excited about this week. We just had two cars serviced, and our air conditioning check-up kind of thing at the house, and it all came back that nothing was needed. I'm like, "Really?" It always seems that your car goes in, it needs something, and we had two cars go in, nothing. I'm like ... Now, granted it wasn't cheap getting them serviced, but there is that. But at least they didn't come back and go, "Oh, you've got to have ..." Fill in the blank, and it's $900.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Now that you said that, something horrific's going to happen before the week's over.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Oh, wait. Hold on a moment. That's okay. We just bought a new pool filter, or pool pump, excuse me. So don't think that it's all peachy over here.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    It's endless.



    Jill K DeWit:

    It is endless.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    I don't know we got on this so fast.



    Jill K DeWit:

    I don't know. I don't know. You know it's funny, you go back and forth where you want to live and lifestyle and things like that. We do, anyway. I do, anyway. Right now, Jack is, "I can feel it. You are becoming an association, HOA, I don't do anything outside the walls person really fast." Like "That wouldn't be bad," right?



    Steven Jack Butala:

    It's just people. There's an underlying theme today, that about ... We're going to talk about data, which is a real easy discussion, and how data really tells you what to do. So the underlying theme is you don't really have to be emotional, or pay attention to a lot, except for data. [inaudible 00:02:30].



    Jill K DeWit:

    You don't have to be emotional. That's a whole nother topic. I'm writing that one. No.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Topic number one. And then the next we're going to talk about pricing mailers. There's no emotion in that.



    Jill K DeWit:

    No.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    And then, at the end of the show, Jill and I always put in our 2 cents with some opinions about stuff, and there's some interesting things going on in the world right now, as it pertains to land, of course, that I've never seen before. And I think it's a result of ... Everything's a result of sign of the times. But no, I don't-



    Jill K DeWit:

    I agree.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Me inside of an HOA is maybe not the best thing.



    Jill K DeWit:

    No,

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Leading in The Land Investing Space & Tips For Investors On Talking To Sellers (LA 1936)

    Leading in The Land Investing Space & Tips For Investors On Talking To Sellers (LA 1936)

    Description

    Welcome to the Land Academy Show, episode 1936! Join Steven Jack Butala and Jill DeWit as they share their journey to becoming leaders in the land flipping space and maintaining that position from 2015 to 2023. They will also talk about talking and bonding with sellers and the importance of the first inbound phone call. Get insights on how to make quick connections and learn about the area you're interested in, all in just a matter of seconds. Tune in to this episode to learn more about the land investing industry and stay up to date with the latest trends and strategies. Plus, get sneak peek into the Land Academy Discord online community by visiting landinvestors.com



    Transcript:



    Steven Jack Butala:

    I'm 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 1,936. And today we are talking in depth, actually, about how and why we became the leaders in the land space and held that position from 2015 to 2023. That's topic number one. And then later in the show we'll talk about bonding with sellers. Jill here is going to talk about bonding with sellers. On the phone from the actual initial first inbound phone call, so incredibly important. And honestly doesn't get talked about enough.



    Jill K DeWit:

    You know what's funny about this, is that people think that this bonding needs to take, I've heard anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. You don't need to do that. You do not, I'm here to tell you. If you have the time, good for you, if you want to talk for an hour. But you don't need to do that long. I don't have the time.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Jill and I bonded the first time we met in about 13 seconds. And I think that's average for her.



    Jill K DeWit:

    That's great. You know what? You were pretty quick. I won you over pretty fast.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Jill can bond with a checkout clerk over any topic-



    Jill K DeWit:

    Oh yeah.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    ... in about 13 seconds.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Oh, this is so true. We walk out of the store and he'll go, what took so long? Or not even what took so long? We're getting in the car and I'm like, did you know A, B, C and D as we're rolling through a town? And he's like, "How did you find that out?" I'm like, "I just asked the girl in line. She told me all about where we're we should go for dinner tonight, what sites we have to see, and where the best place is to get a snowmobile."



    Steven Jack Butala:

    I'd much prefer to bond with the bottom of a scotch bottle myself.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Exactly. That's good. So we hope you are enjoying our new 2023 weekly show. This is the outline, so each week we answer questions from our Land Academy close member Discord forum, we review land acquisitions from our weekly Thursday member webinar and we take a deep dive into two land related topics by popular request.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Let's take a question posted by one of our members on the Land Academy Discord online community. If you would like a sneak peek into our Discord channel, please go to landinvestors.com. It's in read only format for the public and it's free there.



    Jill K DeWit:

    All right, so Will wrote, thank you, Will, "Loving the new podcast format. I do have a question from the episode that came out yesterday. I posted it on YouTube, but I figured I'd duplicate here in case..." This is in Discord, of course, "...some of you had insight that you could share. So I'm trolling for areas, it's a trolling for areas question. This is a bit geeky and maybe it doesn't matter."



    Steven Jack Butala:

    That's why we're all geeks here.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Yeah, we are geeks. "As I'm sitting down on my computer opening up Zill...

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Navigating the Market in 2023: Tips and Strategies for Finding Winning Investments (LA1935)

    Navigating the Market in 2023: Tips and Strategies for Finding Winning Investments (LA1935)

    Description

    Join us on our first of many long-form podcasts as we navigate the 2023 real estate market and share the top tips and strategies for finding winning land investments. Discover what top land investors are doing differently in 2023, how to classify your properties, and see real-life deals our paid members have secured. Learn how to identify new markets and determine if they are a good fit for your investment portfolio. With decades of experience in the land business, we have seen it all and are ready to share our knowledge with you. Tune in on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google, or watch the video version on YouTube. Don't miss out on this opportunity to take your real estate investments to the next level in 2023.



    Transcript: 



    Steven Jack Butala:

    I'm Stephen Jack Butala.



    Jill K DeWit:

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



    Steven Jack Butala:

    This is episode number 1,935. Today, we are taking an in-depth look at a couple of topics called What Top Land Investors Are Doing Differently for 2023 and How to Troll for New Land Acquisition Markets Like A Pro. It all starts with trolling.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Well, before that, I would like to point out a couple things. Number one, this is our new format. I want to let everybody know this is it. Glad you're here. Get your coffee. Get your tea. Get your Coke. Settle in. This is going to go probably, I don't know, anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour or so. We'll see where this takes us.



    Jill K DeWit:

    So our new format is instead of the weekly short shows, where a lot of you have said, "Oh, wait, I really wanted to hear the whole deep dive about it," which is a snippet, we're going to give you those deep dives because you guys have really asked for that. So we're excited to do that.



    Jill K DeWit:

    The other thing I want to point out is when we say show number 1,935, we really do mean 1,935 starting with episode zero, basically, because I'm sure there were negative zero because there's probably a few that we started with years ago and since replaced, probably pulled down and replaced because I don't know how great they were, but we've been doing this for a while. So I'm really looking forward to this. So what's going on with you?



    Steven Jack Butala:

    I'm just ready to ... I'm embracing this new format. It's going to give us a chance to really take an in-depth look at some of these topics versus just skipping along the topic.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Yeah. I want this to be like you get to imagine you're in the room with us right now, and as we're just discussing things, like we always do, just now with cameras on and mics on, we're going to have these longer conversations. We're going to have our partners meetings right here with you.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Oh, gosh. Please spare them, spare the listener.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Oh, all of them. I'll remove the arguing. I'll remove the, "That's stupid," or you know what? Actually, we might leave that in. Maybe all the, "That's a stupid idea," we'll leave those in because we don't always agree.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    So like Jill says, new for 2023. This is our weekly show now. We'll take a couple of member questions from our Land Academy Discord forum like we always have. We'll review some of our favorite land acquisitions from our Thursday member webinar, and ultimately take a deep dive look into two land-related topics that are requested on the Discord channel. If you're a member, go on Discord. There's a place called Content Topic Suggestions. Please, if you want us to talk about anything or ask a question-



    Jill K DeWit:

    Put it in there.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Yup, we'll happily cover it.



    Jill K DeWit:

    That's awesome.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    All right.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    New Podcast Announcement in 2023 

    New Podcast Announcement in 2023 

    Announcement: Our New Podcast Schedule



    Hello everyone, 



    We are excited to announce that Land Academy will be moving to a longer, more in-depth podcast format starting Wednesday, January 11th. For the past eight years, we have shared daily podcasts to help you buy and sell land profitably. Beginning this month, we will be releasing weekly shows that will still include member questions, interviews, and information on how we do deals. We are lengthening the podcast so we can dive even deeper into what's important to you and how to be successful as a land investor.



    While we have enjoyed bringing you daily content, we have decided to switch to a weekly format in order to provide more in-depth and comprehensive coverage of each topic. We believe this new structure will allow us to deliver even more value to our listeners.



    We hope you will continue to tune in and join us on Wednesdays for our new weekly podcast. Thank you for your support and we can't wait to bring you this new format.



    If you have any guests or topics you'd like us to talk about let us know!



    2023 promises to be a turbulent but profitable year for land investment and we will cover it as it unfolds in-depth. Don't forget to join us every Wednesday and be sure to catch up on past episodes in the meantime.



    Sincerely, Jack and Jill



    https://youtu.be/83PZ9v45hjQ



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

    • 1 min
    Jill Friday – How to Qualify a Real Seller in a Minute or Less (LA 1932)

    Jill Friday – How to Qualify a Real Seller in a Minute or Less (LA 1932)

    Transcript:



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Jack and Jill here.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Howdy.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Welcome to the Land Academy Show, entertaining land investment talk. I'm Steven Jack Butala.



    Jill K DeWit:

    And I'm Jill DeWit, broadcasting from the Valley of the Sun.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Today's Jill Friday and she's going to talk about how to-



    Jill K DeWit:

    Qualify.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    ... qualify a seller in a minute or less. Does it take that long?



    Jill K DeWit:

    I'll tell you. In a minute or less. That's exactly right. You can do that.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Before we get into it, let's take a question posted by one of our members on the landinvestors.com online community. It's free. And back in the day, it was very, very difficult for Jill and I and anybody during that time to locate real estate without a post office address, like 123 Main Street. We developed a tool to take all 150 million properties that are in the country and develop a backend database so you could look it up by state and the county that the state's in and assessor's parcel numbers. We rolled it all up, put it together and called it ParcelFact, F-A-C-T.



    Jill K DeWit:

    With a bow on it.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Check out parcelfact.com.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Okay. So the question Sid wrote is, "Guys, Whitetail is" ... Oh, this is a comment it sounds like. So Sid wrote "Guys, Whitetail is just like any real estate brokerage. While they specialize in land, they have inexperienced agents learning the trade, so you have to vet them for their experience in accuracy on comps. Other agents only want to deal with the end seller and buyers because they don't understand our model. I toured 160 acre ranch with Whitetail agent last week. He brought his ATV, UTV. Had the ranch mapped out in MapRight and a folder with comps in the area. If I get lucky enough to get a PA, he will get the listing even though I'm a realtor and I could sell them myself." Oh, so he was just not impressed with the guy. That's what they are.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    But my point in including ... I was impressed to start with this. My point in including this is this. This guy's a realtor and he's looking around saying, "You know what? Being a real estate agent on my own land deal doesn't make sense from a money standpoint, a time standpoint."



    Jill K DeWit:

    It's true.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    "This guy's better at it than I am."



    Jill K DeWit:

    True.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    "I'm good now at just buying land," which is what we all should be focused on this year. This one thing: buying land really, really, really well. Not selling it well. Maybe choosing who to sell ... Which he's doing. He's choosing a great person to sell it better than himself. I see people make this mistake all the time. They go get their real estate license, they want to represent themself. All it ends up doing is ... It's expensive, time consuming. And now you're in a different business, not in the acquisition business.

    Today's Jill Friday and she's going to talk about how to qualify a real seller in a minute or last. This is the meat of the show.



    Jill K DeWit:

    You know how it goes so fast? All you have to do is figure out three things.



    Steven Jack Butala:

    Oh this is good, Jill.



    Jill K DeWit:

    Three easy little things that you could figure out really quickly in less than a minute. Are you ready? Right seller, right situation, right price. That's it. In one minute, you can figure that out. Right seller. Am I talking to the guy that owns a property and/or couple and/or church and/or person who can make the decision? That's easy, that's fast. Number two, right situation.

    • 14 min

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