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Suzanne K Hansen

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Hi everybody,

Gratefully I've found an excellent trainee position with a group that really wants and likes to train newbies. I still need to set up my office and I was wondering if any of you knows of discount sites or coupons or cheaper places to get things like Marshall and Swift, MLS, etc. Any help in this regard would be appreciated...

Suzanne in San Diego
 

Travis McGee

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Did you try Formsandworms.com? I don't know if it's discount, but they have things you might be interested in. I bought Manufacturer refurbised and new hardware, from the site Ubid.com. Haven't had any problems with all the stuff I bought. Knock on wood. I did save some good money there.

Good luck,, Jim
 

Mountain Man

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Cheap Marshall & Swift or MLS?? :lol: :lol:
Some things are hard expenses, that is hard to swallow :wink: , but are a must. I would say to start off, on a limited budget, maybe team up with an other newbie and share the expenses. It may require that your computers be networked, but that is easy and cheap now days.

If you are working out of a home office, and are providing all of your own ways and mean, then you just gotta figure out which is the top priority. Then build up your data sources as your bizniz builds. However, the good news is most MLS data is available on line (I no longer buy the books which saves much $$s) and there are other cost sources other than M&S, many available online.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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If your boss has no objection, the cheaper cost book is Boeckh/ MS. Marshall and Swift and Boeckh are combined now. Additionally, remodeling, outbuidings and other similar things are best estimated with Boeckh Cost Guides or National Const. Guides by Craftsman (they are cheap). Boeckh residential valuation software is also cheaper and has a nice survey feature which allows you to estimate the grade of the dwelling. It lacks costs for pools, etc. however.
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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The advantage of working for someone is that they usually have Marshall and Swift and MLS available. The cost book, while very nice to have, isn't really necessary until you are working on your own. Use your mentor's stuff!
 
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