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How to Properly Enter

a $2,000 Earnest Money Check Paid to You

If You are a Licensed Real Estate Agent, You will deposit it into your Broker’s Escrow Account


Hey Mike,
I am doing a wholesale deal. I will be doing a double close on it.

I received a $2,000 non-refundable deposit (EM but paid directly to me).

How do I enter a transaction like this. I tried to look it up on the videos but the link is broken. Thanks for the help

I tried to look it up on the videos but could not find this one.

Thanks for the help

Anthony Cordova
Registered Active Single User License

7 min video

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Stephen asks:

“Mike, I am selling a property for $123,000 and unfortunately I have to bring a check for $3,000+ to the closing.

I am pulling my hair out trying to enter this HUD 1 Settlement Statement into Investor Books. Please Help Me, Stephen”



Great question Stephen. You are not the only one who finds this a little different and challenging.

Here are two videos to show you how to do it simple and easy.

– the first is 7 minutes

– the second is 15 minutes

Remember, it does not matter if you are buying or selling.
– If you bring money to closing, you start with a check.
– If you leave the closing with a check, you begin with a deposit.

Mike Butler

Here is your first 7 minute video

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Hi Mike,

Hope you had a nice Christmas.

Two quick questions.

1) Loans – Land Contract. (Contract for Deed)

Which accounts are used?

I created a new item (Loan Payment under Other Charge) and (Account   Uncategorized Income)  or  do I just use Rent like we do for tenants.

2) Statements Email & Print

Most of my tenants have a email, but several do not. 

When I try to email all statements it will not allow me to go forward without having all of them with a email.

If you have to do it separately what is your procedure?

I sure want to save the postage.

Mark Mullet
Your Real Estate Consultant For Life


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Mark

2 Great Questions


1) Loans – Land Contract. (Contract for Deed)

Which accounts are used? 

Question for Mark: What Kind of an Account, (the 4 Basic Accounts as shown in your training video) is a Land Contract when you are selling?

it goes on your Click to Access Video or Read More

Question from Stephen:   (mike’s reply in blue)

Hi Mike, I am putting together some cheat sheets to use when entering HUD1’s. I would like to forward them to you when finished for your opinion.

One thing I finally grasped is that you don’t enter a hud1 the same way, it depends on whether you are bringing a check to settlement or taking money home from settlement.

 If you are bringing a check the the mortgage is a negative, but if you are bringing home money the mortgage is a positive. And all other items are reversed whether it’s a check or a deposit. Is that correct?

i am clueless on negative and positive, however, Please think about what you will be doing as an investor, let’s keep it “brain-dead simple” makes it harder to screw up….

it does NOT matter if you are buying, selling, or trading…
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Hi Mike,

Love IBP!! (Investor Books Pro System)


I’ve been doing some co-wholesaleing deals where as I receive a 30% check of our NET wholesale fee.

How would you prefer to enter that into IBP beings that I don’t have any closing statements or anything?

Which label/class would you put on it so it records it as profit correctly?

Thank you sir.


Kyle Weimer


Great Question Kyle along with having a good problem. Many investors would love to have your kind of problems. Congratulations.

Simply put, you begin with Click to Access Video or Read More

This Short Video shows real estate investors how to enter the Sale of one of your properties, including a wholesale deal.

Please do not try to memorize this 3 step procedure, unless you are doing a deal a day.

Just refer back to this video.

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