Stock Market Risk Is Rising

On today’s show we are talking about the danger of predicting the future. But we may be on the edge of a cliff that few people can truly see coming. It was only a few weeks ago that economists were predicting continued economic growth into the fourth quarter. Kids are...

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How To Model Inflation?

On today’s show we’re talking about a question that is on a lot of investor’s minds. We keep hearing from the Federal Reserve and government officials in the Treasury department that inflation this year, while elevated, is expected to be transitory. That is to say,...

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Big Brother Wants Your Money

Today El Salvador was the first country to adopt Bitcoin as a recognized currency. But this takes us back to the fundamental question of what is money? Why would a country adopt a currency that is as volatile as bitcoin? It’s not an effective store of value, and its...

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A Learning Culture – “How can we improve?”

At 11:01 AM yesterday, lightning struck one of our assisted living care homes and started a fire. The building was empty at the time of the incident and had only received its operating license a couple of days earlier.  On today's show we're talking about how you can...

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AMA – Managing Multiple Businesses

Today is another AMA episode (ask me anything). This question comes from David in Belize. David asks, I have several companies ( broker, agent, syndication, gift shops, personal properties) and starting a few others.  ( Nowhere near your scale for now ) I know you...

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Chris Widener

Chris Widener is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and author. He has authored more than 22 books. On today's show we're talking about his history as an author and a speaker.  Chris is passionate about our culture and has become politically involved...

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Special Guest, Robert Helms

Robert Helms is the host of the Real Estate Guys Radio Show, now in its 25th year. Robert is a developer having developed projects all over the country and internationally. He hosts numerous live events on an annual basis. But after 18 months in the pandemic there is...

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AMA – Damaged Hub Cap

This is another AMA episode (Ask Me Anything). Today's question comes from Joseph. "Hey Victor; Looking for another perspective. New tenant in SFH, I’m covering the lawn care. Tenant claims the hub cab on the car was broken by the gardener, pictures of location of...

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AMA – Hotel Repositioning Nightmare

Today is another AMA episode. This question comes from Jasdeep in N. Michigan. I’m going to summarize a very lengthy question. We acquired a hotel from an absentee owner who had allowed the hotel to fall into disrepair over the past 20 years. The property had become a...

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Uncertainty Abounds

On today's show we're taking a look at uncertainty. You can take any headline and dive deep on the uncertainty that abounds. No answers. No recipe. Today's show is a prelude for September 1, where we review the book of the month. 

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AMA – Investing in Pennsylvania Cities

Today is another AMA episode (Ask Me Anything). Johnny writes: I've become increasingly interested in key Pennsylvania cities as new markets to invest in for rental properties. The cashflow an investor can achieve in cities such as Philly, Allentown, and Pittsburgh...

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Special Guest Tim Lyons

Tim Lyons is a NYC Fire Department Lieutenant, Emergency Room Nurse, and real estate investor. I've known Tim for several years and observing his  journey has been wonderful to watch.  Tim has jumped into the world of multi-family investing and syndication. He forms...

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Special Guest Sharad Mehta

Sharad Mehta is the CEO and founder of RESimpli, a software system designed to provide an end to end solution for residential real estate investors. You can connect with Sharad at his website RESimpli.com. 

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A Single Penetrating Statement

Today’s show was inspired by a simple statement. The statement was made by Adam Grant, who is a psychologist and author who is currently a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he specializes in organizational psychology. I’ve read...

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Turning A Design Sideways

On today’s show we’re talking about design and dimensional constraints when you’re designing a living space.. Most people have a hard time looking at a set of plans and visualizing their furniture in that space. This is a process that comes with practice. The most...

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Infrastructure for Everyone

On today’s show we’re going to take a look at the new infrastructure bill that was just enacted in the United States and take a peek at some of the implications for real estate investors. -------------- Host: Victor Menasce email:...

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AMA – Tax Sale

On today's show Debbie from Pennsylvania asks about buying property at tax sale. ------------------ Host: Victor Menasce email: podcast@victrjm.com

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Too Much Money Breeds Demand For Real Estate

On today’s show we’re talking about whether inflation can breed demand for more real estate. This year has seen dramatic increases in prices for real estate across the US and Canada. In 94% of the metro areas in the Us, prices are up more than 10% from a year earlier....

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The Power Of Connecting With Nicky Billou

Nicky is the author of a brand new book called "The Power of Connecting." On today's show Nicky shares a bunch of surprising facts about social isolation.  You will definitely want to reach out and connect with Nicky at ecircleacademy.com. 

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Special Guest David Liggitt

We're talking all about data center investing on today's show with David Liggitt. Based in Dallas Texas, David is directly involved in helping data center investors with site selection and the numerous criteria that make for a great data center location.  You can...

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How Material Pricing Affects Design

On today’s show we’re talking about a couple of very specific things you can do as an investor to save money in your construction projects. If you’re going to save money, you need to be willing to make decisions. But often the people on your team are not offering up...

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Charts and Graphs

On today’s show we’re taking a closer look at market analysis to really understand what some commentators are saying. We’re seen stock market analysts try to explain market behaviour with mathematical equations. They think up fancy terms like “technical analysis” to...

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Apartment Amenities

On the first few days of this week we are talking about what kind of amenities today’s buyer is looking for. When I say buyer, we could be talking about a single family home, a condo, or an apartment. All three are your target buyer. All of them will look at your...

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Condo Amenities

On today’s show and for the first few days of this week we are talking about what kind of amenities today’s buyer is looking for. When I say buyer, we could be talking about a single family home, a condo, or an apartment. All three are your target buyer. All of them...

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Amenities for the Single Family Home

On today’s show and for the first few days of this week we are talking about what kind of amenities today’s buyer is looking for. When I say buyer, we could be talking about a single family home, a condo, or an apartment. All three are your target buyer. All of them...

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Special Guest, Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson is a developer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. But her development projects are geographically dispersed across several communities. On today's show we're talking about the challenges of getting projects approved in multiple communities.  You can connect...

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George Ross on Condo Litigation

On today's show we're talking with George about whether the threat of litigation is higher when building condo's versus other asset classes.  --------------------- Host: Victor Menasce...

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Business Travel During The Pandemic

On today’s show we’re talking about how business travel is different during the pandemic. There is a lot that can be accomplished using a video conference. To be sure, we hold zoom and team meetings daily. Sometimes, even hourly. But I was using video conferencing...

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Major Siding Supply Chain Disruption

On today’s show we’re talking about a major supply chain disruption that is going to affect the entire construction industry. James Hardie Building Products is one of the largest manufacturers of cement board exterior siding. Their products are used extensively in...

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Justice Was Done Today

You’ve probably heard the phrase that the only winners in a dispute are the lawyers. Sadly, that’s often the case in today’s litigious environment. Well, on today’s show we’re talking about a court proceeding that our team has been peripherally involved with, where we...

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Shipping Prices Hit Crisis Proportions

Global shipping prices hit another all time high this week. The proliferation of the delta variant of Covid 19 has slowed the turnaround of containers around the world, further amplifying an already acute shortage. China has experienced major floods along their...

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The Seller Is A Liar

On today’s show we’re talking about how sellers mislead buyers with amazing regularity. It’s understandable. They want to sell. Once the decision to sell has been made, the seller often feels a tremendous psychological pressure to eliminate the uncertainty of the...

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Live From The Farm

On today's show we're sharing a little about one of our upcoming projects. This show was recorded live on location and highlights the vision we have of the project. To see a few photos of this amazing properties visit "lacommune.ca". --------------------- Host: Victor...

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Going Underground

On today’s show we’re talking about how to know what your soil can support. When you are looking to build, the composition of the soil underneath the surface can make a massive difference in the cost of a project. On today’s show we are going underground, literally....

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Advanced Due Diligence

On today's show we uncover a future defect with a property. The ability to see into the future as part of due diligence is critical. This is a real life case study that fortunately averted a disaster. ------------------ Host: Victor Menasce email:...

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AMA – Should I Wait?

This question comes from Joseph in California. Hey Victor; Love your podcast. I have real estate as my primary source of retirement income, so building that portfolio of properties I intend to hold is something I want to do aggressively and smartly. We have $100K to...

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What’s New In Industrial

On today’s show we’re taking a closer look at what’s happening in the world of industrial. This is a summary of the findings from some new industry reports on the topic. The growth in e-commerce is fueling the demand for more industrial and more warehouse space across...

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When The Evictions Begin

The housing industry is about to experience a wave of turnover. The Federal moratorium on evictions that was put in place by the CDC came to an end on August 1. Some states and cities still have local regulations in place which may further protect tenants from...

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BOM – Time Smart by Ashley Whillans

Our book this month is "Time Smart; How to Reclaim Your Time And Live A Happier Life" by Ashley Whillans.  The title might imply this is yet another time management book. This is not a time management book like so many out there. We are a generation of over-worked,...

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Seth Teagle

Seth Teagle is based in Columbus Ohio where he manages a portfolio of over 600 apartment units, mostly for his own account. He discovered along the way how execution and scalability are linked together. Such a great story.  To connect with Seth reach out to him at...

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AMA – How Many Units?

Today is another AMA episode (Ask Me Anything). Karla writes: Please share your thoughts on the ideal number of doors in each class asset from the business and administration perspective for a multifamily investment. It would be helpful to know the criteria to...

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AMA – Version Management System

This question comes from Rod in the State of Ohio In a past episode you discussed everyone being on same page (Literally) from a document version standpoint. You were evaluating different services and options at that point. Wondering if you could share your results of...

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AMA – Why Greensboro?

Today is an AMA episode (Ask Me Anything) Today’s question comes from Chris in Philadelphia. He writes: "I love your RE Espresso podcasts--short and packed with info. Thank you for making these! They're perfect for my 10min walk to the office. I recently listened to...

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Are People Returning To The Office?

On today’s show we’re taking another look at the prospects for the office segment. This is brought to you as a result of new report published by brokerage house Marcus and Millichap. The report tells a tale of pain and opportunity. Roughly 90 million square feet of...

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When The Neighbors Object

On today’s show we’re talking about your property, and where your rights end. If you happen to own a factory that borders on the Hudson River and you dump millions of gallons of toxic material in the river, most people would agree that those affected should have the...

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Mark Khuri

Mark Khuri is based in Bend Oregon where his company SMK Capital invests in projects all over the country. On today's show we take the journey from active investor to fund manager.  You can learn more and connect with Mark through his website at SMKcap.com...

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Brent Bowers

Brent Bowers specializes in land. But not just any land. Listen to today's podcast for a unique strategy on how to make land into a cash flowing asset.  To learn more, you can reach out to Brent at thelandsharks.com --------------------------- Host: Victor Menasce...

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The Gold Rush Is Over

On today’s show we’re talking about the gold rush that happens in virtually every new market innovation. We saw it with the railway, the automobile, radio, television, personal computers, the internet, and now in Cannabis. When a new market is developing there is a...

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Cheating With Leasing Incentives

On today’s show we’re talking about the importance of digging deep in due diligence. Investors are no strangers to maximizing value. Sometimes value creation happens through genuine means and other times it happens through manipulation of the system. We all know that...

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Unrealistic Zoning Density Expectations

I’m continually presented with projects that propose density that is close to or just at the threshold of the allowable density for a particular property use type. But in the real world, these levels of density are rarely achieved. When you layer the real constraints...

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Inflation As A Core Part of Your Investment Strategy

On today’s show we are talking about inflation and the hidden tax that can impact investors. If you have been listening to this podcast for a while, you will know that we don’t adhere to the typical mainstream media definition of inflation. The correct definition of...

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When The News is Not News

In many cases, the news is not new enough to be news, and it’s not old enough to be history. It falls into a no-mans land of random useless data. I’m struck by how often the news media are out of step with what is happening in the world of real estate investing. The...

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Justine Picard

Justine Picard comes to us from Gatineau, Quebec. She joined our development team a few months ago in an internship role. On today's show we're talking about what it means to intern in a business, and what types of engagements work and those that don't....

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George Ross

On today's show we have repeat guest George Ross. George has been a real estate lawyer at the highest levels. We are talking about whether to take the gamble and acquire in today's market, versus being patient and waiting for better pricing. -------------------- Host:...

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How Distorted The Perspective Can Become

When you look at demand for housing, you often hear the statement “Everyone needs a place to live “. That’s true. But if we go back to the financial crisis and look at the counties in the US that had large numbers of foreclosures, a disproportionate number of those...

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Retirement of Buildings

Back in the day, houses were built to last hundreds of years. My family owned a 13 century farm house in Tuscany. It is still standing. The house that my father grew up in on the island of Rhodes dates back to the time of the Knights of St John. We estimate that the...

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A Humbling Mistake

On today’s show we’re talking about a mistake we made in a site plan development. It’s an opportunity to learn from our mistake. We thought we had done everything correctly. We had designed a subdivision that we thought complied perfectly with the zoning requirements...

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AMA – Self Storage Investing

Today's question is another listener question. We're talking about investing in the self storage asset class.  --------------------------- Host: Victor Menasce Email: podcast@victorjm.com

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Tired Owner Syndrome

On today’s show we are talking about businesses with no exit plan. I’m not talking about weak businesses. I’m talking about businesses that are vibrant thriving businesses. But they are closing. No, it wasn’t because of the pandemic. It wasn’t because the business was...

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Special Guest Danna Olivo

Danna Olivo is an expert at responding to requests for proposals. We're talking about the business development function within the world's major architectural, engineering and construction firms. There is a process to responding well to requests for proposals and...

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Mike Morawski

Mike Morawski has a cautionary tale and some life lessons to share. He made some fundamental mistakes at the height of the 2007 real estate mania and paid a heavy personal price for those mistakes. Listen to today's powerful conversation. To learn more, visit...

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Somebody Find Me A Kitchen

On today’s show we’re talking about a shift that is taking place in the restaurant business. It would seem that converting a restaurant kitchen to a ghost kitchen would be a fairly easy transformation. It turns out that it’s not that simple. I know of several chefs...

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Affordable Employee Housing

On today’s show we’re going to focus on smaller resort towns. People want to visit the idyllic resort towns of Banff, Aspen, Vail, Sun Valley. The problem is that the most profitable real estate to develop is for the owner occupant, and the vacationer. Why would you...

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AMA – The Comparison Game

Today’s question comes from Chris in Long Island. “I’m having a hard time getting offers accepted. I’m seeing so many people closing deals on social media. We keep getting outbid. What am I doing wrong?” Chris this is a great question. I can’t say that you’re doing...

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Energy and Real Estate

On today's show we're talking about long term investments in downstream energy projects and the impact on local real estate.  -------------------------- Host: Victor Menasce Email:...

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The Cabin By The Lake

On today’s show we’re talking about forecasting your business if you're investing vacation rentals.  ------------------------ Host: Victor Menasce Email: podcast@victorjm.com

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Frank Furman

Frank Furman is the co-founder of padsplit, dedicated to workforce co-living.  It's a model that puts together properties and working people looking for a more affordable housing option. Based in Atlanta Georgia, padsplit is active across the entire Atlanta metro....

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Special Guest Ramsey Blankenship

Ramsey Blankenship is investing in syndications while on active duty in the US military. Currently based in San Diego, or wherever in the world duty calls. On today's show we're talking about scaling your business and creating revenue streams to buy back time.  You...

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Staff Shortages Everywhere

On today’s show we’re talking about delays of all kinds. I’ve been in several conversations over the past few weeks in which lenders have notified us of delays in processing paperwork. The same is true of zoning applications before the city. Even delivery of certain...

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Learning From The Stress Test

Real Estate markets across Canada have slowed dramatically in recent weeks. This is due to a regulatory change. Markets around the world can learn by watching what is happening in Canada. -------------------------------------- Host: Victor Menasce Email:...

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Confronting A Difficult Decision

On today’s show we are talking about confronting a difficult decision and an iconic building that nearly failed. We take it for granted, waiting for the elevator in the lobby. By the time we are walking around the perimeter of the building taking in the spectacular...

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Lisa Hylton

Lisa Hylton was trained as a CPA and spent the first part of her career at PWC, one of the big accounting firms, helping institutional investor clients with accounting. Today, she's a fund manager with a focus on multi-family value add projects. Based in Los Angeles,...

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Jerome Myers

Jerome Myers is based in Greensboro, North Carolina. On today's show we're talking about organic growth from an epiphany. This is such a great story.  You can connect with Jerome at jeromemyers.co. 

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What Causes A Building To Collapse?

Yesterday in the early hours of the morning, a 12 story condo building in North Miami Beach collapsed. The security video footage from the neighbouring complex shows what appears to be a spontaneous event. It will take a long time and a detailed investigation to...

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Sage Oak Grand Opening

On today’s show we’re talking about assisted living. But not just any assisted living. This is a project that I’m directly involved with. Our Grand Opening party is happening tomorrow at Sage Oak of Lake Charles. It’s located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. This 80 bed...

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AMA – Keeping Your Cash Safe

Magin asks, With all of the uncertainty in the world I am fearful of the inevitable "Bail-in" from the banks. We are always told to keep "dry powder" ready for future opportunities. Is there another institution where one could safely Store "easy to deploy currency?"...

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The Petro Dollar

On today's show we're talking about the coming shortage of oil production and the implications on foreign real estate investment. The link is not obvious to the uninitiated, but it is real.  -------------------- Host: Victor Menasce Episode: 1254. Season 4, episode...

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David Wood

David Wood is a relationship specialist who helps business owners and entrepreneurs restore focus and balance in their lives. After 15 months of our lives being turned upside down due to the pandemic, many are struggling to get back into balance. David Wood is showing...

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Special Guest, Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson comes to us all the way from San Antonio Texas. On today's show we're talking about the systems and staffing that it took for her to scale the business.  You can connect with her at TheMelissaJohnson.com.

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AMA – Agricultural Land Banking

Today's question come from Aaron. He says: "Hey Victor! Thank you for all your wisdom and insight. I consider you the “Real Estate Yoda.” I was curious if you have any previous episodes or other resources about investing in farmland/Rural Land/timberland. I have heard...

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Supply Chain Woes

On today's show we're talking about the latest wave of supply chain disruptions and what is behind them. Hint: It's not what you think.  ----------------------------- Host: Victor Menasce Email:...

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Social Proof

On today's show we're talking about how social proof plays an important decision in many buying decisions. But the question is, do online reviews truly constitute social proof? Are online reviews subject to large scale manipulation and therefore massive distortions of...

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AMA – Real Estate Investment Club, Part 2

Today is part 2 of yesterday's "Ask Me Anything" episode. This question comes from Ney in Ecuador. He asks, I've been thinking of creating a Real Estate Investors Association. We don't really have them in Latin America. Is there a blueprint to do this? On yesterday's...

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AMA – How To Create A Real Estate Club

This question comes from Ney in Ecuador. Ney asks. I've been thinking of creating a REIA. We don't really have them in Latin America. Is there a blueprint to do this? On today's show we're talking about several different business models for creating a real estate...

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Chris Miles

Chris Miles is based in Salt Lake City, Utah when he manages a portfolio of income properties. On today's show we're talking about the merits of active versus passive investing.  You can connect with Chris at moneyripples.com  Chris is also the the host of the Chris...

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Michael Barnhart and Suzy Sevier

Michael and Suzy are based in Cambridge in the UK and managing their real estate portfolio in Tulsa Oklahoma. So many people assume that real estate investing must be done locally. This dynamic team are proof that everything from acquisitions to management can be done...

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The Renewable Energy Myth

On today’s show we’re talking about the real estate required for renewal energy. There are significant narratives about the need to transition from carbon based energy sources to renewable energy source. Renewable energy sources fall into three principal categories 1)...

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Scrutinizing Good News

On today’s show we’re talking about the discipline of performing your due diligence in underwriting and budgeting. I had the experience earlier this week when I received a construction estimate from a major, very experienced general contractor. This particular GC does...

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AMA – If You Had Only $100,000

Anthony asks Real Estate is a game of big numbers. Amassing enough capital can be challenging and time consuming. If you only had $100,000 to invest, how would you do it? Anthony, This is a great question. Rather than answer the question directly, I’m going to give...

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The Case For Different Apartments

On today’s show we’re talking about how rising real estate prices can kill a rental market, but create an opportunity for new products in the market that might defy conventional wisdom. There’s no question that many different folks are struggling with the changes that...

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Why Would The City Grant A Variance?

On today's show we’re talking about when an approval is not really an approval. You think that once you’ve got your zoning approval, or a development agreement with the city for a particular property, you’re good to go. The vast majority of the time, that’s the case....

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Equity Harvesting with Billy Brown

Billy Brown is based in Nashville. On today's show we're talking about taking chips off the table to ensure you have a strong cash position going into the next economic cycle. To connect with Billy, visit...

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Kevin Brenner

Kevin Brenner is based in Washington DC where he is still on active Air Force duty. He's launching his first real estate investment fund and on today's show we talk about the merits of the fund model versus the individual investment. To learn more, reach out to Kevin...

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AMA – Hedging Strategies

Tom asks, First of all, thank you for your dedication to provide as much value as you do on such a remarkably consistent basis. I own a portfolio of multi family properties with about 2/3 debt and 1/3 equity. Almost all of my net worth is in my real estate holdings....

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Versionitis

On today’s show we’re talking about a disease that is rampant throughout the world of real estate investing. This disease is everywhere and it is the source of millions of dollars in lost revenue and increased expenses. There is no vaccine against it. There is no...

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