Economic Forecast, Part 2

Economic Forecast, Part 2

Last week I attended a small private presentation hosted by my good friend Tom Wilson at the BACOMM monthly meeting held in Silicon Valley. The guest speaker was Dr. Doug Duncan, Chief Economist for Fannie Mae. Doug has been a guest on the show before. Doug leads a...

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Mike Wolf

Mike Wolf

On today's show I'm talking with Mike Wolf about strategies for the coming quarter. Mike has been in the business for 31 years and is wintering in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. To connect with Mike, visit MikeWolfMastery.com

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Joel Block

Joel Block

Joel Block hails from Los Angeles California where he has been a fund manager for many years, specializing in hedge funds, real estate syndications, and all kinds of businesses. On today's show we're talking about the latest impacts of the pandemic on real estate...

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Economic Prediction Part 1

Economic Prediction Part 1

Last week I attended a small private presentation hosted by my good friend Tom Wilson at the BACOMM monthly meeting held in Silicon Valley. The guest speaker was Dr. Doug Duncan, Chief Economist for Fannie Mae. Doug has been a guest on the show before. Doug leads a...

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Does Zoning Contribute To Racial Discrimination?

Does Zoning Contribute To Racial Discrimination?

There is a growing movement aiming to address the perception of racial bias when it comes to housing. The US has a history of racial division dating back to the days of segregation. Those practices were outlawed in 1917 when the US Supreme Court deemed those practices...

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Show Me The Incentive

Show Me The Incentive

Charlie Munger, is Warren Buffet’s partner in Berkshire Hathaway. He’s famous for saying, “Show me the incentive and I’ll show you the outcome.” Society and government alike have been conditioned to think of regulation as the path to controlling market behaviour, to...

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Share Price Manipulation

Share Price Manipulation

On today’s show we’re talking about the dangers of stock market manipulation and why every investor who has exposure to the stock market needs to pay attention . The performance of the stock market is a phrase that makes no sense. What we’re describing is the...

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Sharon Restrepo

Sharon Restrepo

Sharon Restrepo is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. On today's show we're talking about market cycles and how to recognize the four phases of the market cycle. You can Sharon at takingthelandinvestors.com.

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Chris Miles

Chris Miles is based in Salt Lake City Utah. He made the transition from the monolith world of insurance and financial planning to main street investing in hard assets. He's committed to stopping the speculation and leveraging boring proven strategies that work...

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AMA – How Much Should I Pay, part 2

AMA – How Much Should I Pay, part 2

Danielle asks: "I am considering purchasing a 4 unit apartment building that is approved for higher density to six apartments. How do I know what is a fair price to pay for the property?" Danielle, this is a great question. When we buy real estate for a long term...

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AMA – What Should I Pay For The Property?

AMA – What Should I Pay For The Property?

Today is another AMA episode - Ask Me Anything Danielle asks: "I am considering purchasing a 4 unit apartment building that is approved for higher density to six apartments. How do I know what is a fair price to pay for the property?" When we buy real estate for a...

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Diplomatic Immunity

Diplomatic Immunity

On today’s show we’re talking about whether diplomats from a foreign country are immune from complying with landlord tenant rules. When a foreign diplomat approaches your property manager seeking to rent a house or apartment from you, several thoughts might cross your...

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A Little Forethought

A Little Forethought

On today’s show we’re talking about Radon, but there are a number of examples of things that  that cost far less to build into the design of a new project when compared with adding them after the fact. Radon is a colorless odorless radioactive gas that exists in the...

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Lisa Haisha

Lisa Haisha

Lisa Haisha is an author, actor, model, real estate investor, producer, director, angel investor, philanthropist, therapist, coach. It's rare to find someone who can effectively operate in so many different domains. Today's show is not real estate focused, but rather...

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Christian Szpilfogel

Christian Szpilfogel

On today's show our guest Christian Szpilfogel is talking about how some of the newest innovations in automation can make the life of a property owner so much easier. We're talking about smart connected devices like thermostats, cameras, water meters, and a large...

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Layers Upon Layers

Layers Upon Layers

On today’s show we’re talking about what happens when there are multiple levels of government involved in the purchase of a property. It’s common these days to find properties that are outside the boundary of a municipality. In that case, the rules are set by the...

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Gratitude and Growth

Gratitude and Growth

Happy Thanksgiving to our US listeners. Canada has its Thanksgiving about 6 weeks earlier. That’s because our growing season is shorter than the US with our more northern climate. The concept of Thanksgiving exists in most cultures around the world. The Harvest...

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AMA – Where Do You Get Your Research?

AMA – Where Do You Get Your Research?

Today is another AMA episode (Ask Me Anything). Ryan in Los Angeles asks: “I'm astounded by your prolific podcasting and breadth of knowledge. You seem to be inside my head in that whenever I think of a question to ask, I usually find the answer by listening to...

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What Did You Not Say?

What Did You Not Say?

From time to time we come across the weird and wonky news story. Today’s show is precisely one of those. It’s one of those stories that seems to defy logic. But then again, in the litigious good ol USA, even the most seemingly benign things can be cause for a lawsuit....

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Q4 Economic Prediction

Q4 Economic Prediction

On today's show, I’m making a prediction on the economic outlook for Q4 and the broad impact I project it to have on real estate markets. The economy in Q4 is going to take a hit. We saw a resurgence of employment, a modest increase in consumption and a return to...

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Dax Mitchell

Dax Mitchell

Dax Mitchell is based in Fort Worth Texas where he specializes in industrial assets. On today's show we're talking about the various segments of the industrial market and the market outlook that has emerged in a hot segment. Dax can be reached at Mag Capital Partners....

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George Ross on Election

George Ross on Election

I had a conversation with George Ross earlier this week where we talked about the outcome of the election. George offered his perspective on the election outcome and what it might mean for real estate investors. 

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Possible Tax Changes Under Biden

Possible Tax Changes Under Biden

On today’s show we’re talking about the tax changes that could affect real estate investors following the US election. The 2017 changes to the tax code brought a number of new initiatives that were very beneficial to real estate investors. Top of the list were three...

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AMA – Should I Refinance?

AMA – Should I Refinance?

Today is another AMA Episode. Ramon from Los Angeles asks, I have several investment properties with reasonably low debt, 1.6x DCR. With interest rates so low and the potential for inflation caused by central bank currency printing, I am considering refinancing a few...

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Speculate At Your Peril

Speculate At Your Peril

The world is filled with news articles that don’t make sense. I get bent out of shape when I read an article that is downright ignorant. When I say ignorant, I mean lacking in basic education. The worst part is that these articles are getting wide circulation and...

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Apple Widens Its Lead Again

Apple Widens Its Lead Again

On today’s show we’re going to take a brief detour from the world of real estate investing to unpack one of the largest technology announcements to come out this year. Unless you are involved deeply in the guts of the high tech industry, you may have a hard time...

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A Four Letter Word

A Four Letter Word

On today’s show we’re talking about a single word. The problem with this single word is that it’s ambiguous. We often think that we know the language and what it means. But the truth is unless you’re really clear on exactly what you mean, very simple words can lead...

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Marc Von Musser and Nicky Billou

Marc Von Musser and Nicky Billou

On today's show we're talking about goal setting for 2021. This is an exercise that needs to start now, not on December 31. Marc and Nicky are repeat guests on the show. They're having a one day virtual business goal setting workshop on November 28.  You can connect...

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Ali Boone

Ali Boone

Ali Boone is CEO at Hipster Investments where they specialize in turnkey investments. On today's show we're talking about Ali's new book, "NOT Your-How To Guide to Real Estate Investing". Connect with Ali and get a copy of her new book at...

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AMA – Should I Do The Deal?

AMA – Should I Do The Deal?

Ramon from Los Angeles asks, I am in contract to purchase a 6-unit value-add multifamily property in a rapidly gentrifying area of Los Angeles. It is a rare true off-market deal that is well priced (at least pre-covid). With 5 of the 6 units vacant I can immediately...

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AMA – Should I Lend Money?

AMA – Should I Lend Money?

Today is another AMA episode (Ask Me Anything). Kara asks, I’ve been approached by a borrower to lend funds to purchase a property. I’m not interested in taking risks, so I figure if I limit the loan amount to 80% of the property value, and secure the loan in first...

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Beware of Mink Mutations

Beware of Mink Mutations

On today’s show we’re taking a fresh look at the impact of the pandemic on business activity. Conditions on the ground are evolving rapidly and it’s been some time since we’ve looked at the implications. We have major parts of Europe back in a full lockdown situation....

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Don’t Break The Dishes

Don’t Break The Dishes

On today’s show we’re talking about the dilemma of choosing suppliers and choosing specific products. There is a world of choice and prices vary widely. It comes down to making a value determination whenever you’re choosing a particular product. The importance of that...

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A Nation Divided

A Nation Divided

On today’s show we’re talking about the morning after. We have a nation where nearly half the population is elated, and nearly half the nation is disappointed and maybe downright angry. If you’re a real estate investor, or a real estate developer, you’re probably...

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Bob Fraser

Bob Fraser

All the way from Kansas City, Bob Fraser has taken the entrepreneurial journey through several industries. Over the past 8 years he has specialized in real estate Notes as a business. On today's show we're talking about the strategies that are working in today's...

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Gray Robinson

Gray Robinson

Gray Robinson is a recovering lawyer (or perhaps a relapsing lawyer). On today's show we're talking about burnout and how to manage the stress of a demanding role. This is a must-listen episode for any professional, entrepreneur, or business owner. Gray can be reached...

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Competing With Your Customers

Competing With Your Customers

Yesterday Zillow announced their Q3 financial results. This is a company that has been one of the few that benefited from the market conditions in 2020. The company has grown to 5,000+ employees. They had a record quarter in Q3. On their earnings call the company...

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An Election Like No Other

An Election Like No Other

On today’s show we’re talking about the impact of the election. Let’s ask a simple question. As a landlord, do you screen your tenants based on political party affiliation? I already know the answer. Of course you don’t. That would be just as illegal as discriminating...

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New SEC Regulations

New SEC Regulations

The Securities and Exchange Commission issued new regulations today that affect real estate investors and exempt offerings. The full news release can be found at...

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AMA – High End Property Pricing

AMA – High End Property Pricing

Today’s question comes from Richard in Ottawa, Canada. Rich asks, With materials costing more and labour being harder to get, wouldn’t it make sense that high end/newer homes property values will go up over the next 12-18 months? Doesn’t less supply = higher demand?...

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BOM – Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

BOM – Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Our book this month is called “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek. Simon shot to fame in the wake of his first TED Talk in 2010 entitled “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”. His second TED Talk in 2014 was called “Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe”. It’s no surprise...

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Adrian Panozzo

Adrian Panozzo

Adrian Panozzo has scaled his business over the span of ten years using the BRRR (Buy, Renovate, Rent, Refinance, Repeat) strategy by concentrating on a smaller multi-family properties. During this time he was a full time police officer in Toronto.  His investment...

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Mitigating A Risk

Mitigating A Risk

Risk Management is one of those topics that seems dry and esoteric to some. It’s a subset of project management. But risk is one of those things that is ever-present, depending on how you plan your projects. On today’s show we’re going to look at a deep dive on one...

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Letting Air Out Of The Tire

Letting Air Out Of The Tire

On today’s show we are talking about the fall in prices. There is a wide range of opinion on where real estate prices are heading in the next 12 months. Prices have continued to rise during the pandemic despite massive job losses, economic contraction, and falling...

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Basic Human Right

Basic Human Right

The day of reckoning for residential tenants is coming and it’s just around the corner. Governments all over are left scrambling trying to handle the expiration of the moratorium on evictions. But just as the day of reckoning is looming for tenants who are behind on...

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There Is A Season For Everything

There Is A Season For Everything

On today’s show we’re talking about hunting versus farming. Hunters go out in the morning, they catch their prey. They cook a big meal and they eat for a day, maybe longer. But the work of producing the food magically happened somewhere else. The same is true for...

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Quotable Quotes

Quotable Quotes

Video conference fatigue has definitely set in. I found myself NOT participating in three conferences this past week that I really wanted to attend.  I regularly attend the New Orleans Investment Conference each year in New Orleans. It’s the longest running investment...

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George Ross on Certainty

George Ross on Certainty

Our guest today is a repeat guest. George Ross is 92 years of age and has seen more in his business life than virtually anyone I know. On today's show we're talking about how to communicate any semblance of certainty to investors.

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Ted Thomas

Ted Thomas

Ted Thomas is a nationwide expert on tax lien certificates and tax deeds. To connect with Ted or to learn more you can find him at tedthomas.com

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In The Housing Market Really That Hot?

In The Housing Market Really That Hot?

On today’s show we’re trying to make sense of some of the latest statistics that are being reported in terms of national home sales. A new report yesterday in the Wall Street Journal reported that home sales rose to a new 14-year high in September, bolstered by robust...

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How Social Media Polarized Our Society

How Social Media Polarized Our Society

On today’s show we’re talking about the role social media may be playing in our world becoming increasingly polarized. The extreme viewpoints that are making headlines in the US have been shocking to say the least. I never thought we would see the day when armed...

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New Rules at AirBnB

New Rules at AirBnB

The hospitality industry has been decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic perhaps more than any other industry. This spans everything from the major hotel brands to the individually owned short term vacation rentals. There is no doubt that we are entering a second wave of...

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AMA – Interest Rate Insurance

AMA – Interest Rate Insurance

Hi Victor- Your podcast is fantastic - a perfect balance of brevity, and information without any noise or fluff. My question is: I have a multifamily renovation in progress which I want to refinance upon completion with 10 year fixed rate debt. As you mentioned,...

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Universities That May Disappear

Universities That May Disappear

On today’s show we’re taking a look at what’s happened in secondary and post-secondary education. Late last week The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center published data on the enrolment levels at universities and community colleges across United States. In...

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Dr. Tom Burns

Dr. Tom Burns

Dr. Tom Burns is founder and partner in Presario Ventures, an Austin Texas based apartment development company specializing in Class-A new construction projects. In the mornings, he is a practicing orthopaedic surgeon. Tom just wrote a book "Why Doctors Don't Get...

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John Cooke – ServiceMaster

John Cooke – ServiceMaster

John Cooke specializes in disaster restoration and hazardous materials situations. His team of over 400 staff get involved in all aspects of property maintenance from commercial cleaning to assisting families during the depth of insurance claims. On today's show John...

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AMA – First Commercial Deal

AMA – First Commercial Deal

Today’s show is another AMA episode.  Today’s question comes from Saadya in NYC. “I’m looking to conduct my first commercial deal. What is the most important thing to look for in that first project?” Well Saadya, this is a great question. When it comes to having a...

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Economic Vacancy In Senior Housing

Economic Vacancy In Senior Housing

This year is creating a number of precedent setting situations. The Senior Housing industry is under extreme financial pressure these days. Prior to the pandemic they were experiencing dropping occupancy as more and more new supply entered the market, faster than...

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Why Are Interest Rates Rising?

Why Are Interest Rates Rising?

We’ve been hearing for months how interest rates are going down and how the Federal Reserve is going to maintain rates at near zero levels until well into 2022. That all sounds like good news for real estate investors who are looking to borrow funds at the lowest...

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CBRE Market Survey

CBRE Market Survey

Commercial brokerage house CBRE conducted a survey of CBRE investment and valuation professionals in the last two weeks of August. One of the top items that I saw in that survey was the word risk. As we’ve talked about several time recently, risk has become top of...

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Restoring Order In Chaos

Restoring Order In Chaos

On today’s show we’re talking about chaos. This year has been anything but orderly. The handling of the pandemic by governments all over the world has been met with raging opinions across the board. There are those who believe governments are not doing enough to keep...

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Phillip Vincent

Phillip Vincent

Phillip Vincent is the principal at MomsHouse.com where they specialize in helping families transition the elderly from their single family home to assisted living. During those moments, the families are experiencing a complex web of problems and Phillip's focus is on...

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Valerie Malone

Valerie Malone

Valerie Malone is the principal at Quill Decor where she specializes in interior design for short term rental properties. Her clients are all across North America, even though she is based in Cambridge in the UK. On today's show we're talking about the design...

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What’s The Incentve?

What’s The Incentve?

One of the consequences of 2020 is that taxes are going to change in the coming year. I’m going on record as predicting that regardless who wins the Federal election in November, taxes are going to change. I know that I’m not saying anything terribly earth shattering....

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Erosion of Time

Erosion of Time

On today’s show we’re talking about the top 4 causes of erosion of our scarcest resource. Whether we’re talking personally or more broadly, the scarcest resource is time. Time wasters are the among the most tragic of outcomes. After all, that’s all we have is time....

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How Much For That Plywood?

How Much For That Plywood?

On today’s show we’re talking about the materials cycle. Construction costs are influenced by the cost of materials. These commodities vary due to short term supply and demand fluctuations. Last year, the industry was buzzing about the rising cost of steel due to the...

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Extreme Due Diligence

Extreme Due Diligence

On today’s show we’re talking about how multiple layers of red tape can kill a project. Today’s show is a real-life story of a project where the additional layers of red tape literally killed an industrial project. This is a project that should have been able to be...

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AMA – Landlord Credit Bureau

AMA – Landlord Credit Bureau

This is another AMA episode. Anders from Ottawa asks. You can now report rent payments and non-payment to the Landlord Credit Bureau and this will be reported on the tenants Equifax credit report. It sounds like a great incentive for tenants to pay rent on time. Do...

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George Ross on Debate and Life Plan

George Ross on Debate and Life Plan

George is a repeat guest on the show. We are all so blessed to have access to a gentleman of such wisdom. He is distinguished by virtue of having represented some of the most iconic names in New York real estate. He worked for Sol Goldman, who was one of the...

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Zandiee Hurtado

Zandiee Hurtado

Zandiee Hurtado travels the world while managing her real estate portfolio. She built her business on the premise of owning seller financed loans which pushes the responsibility for the physical management of the properties on her clients. She has mastered the art of...

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AMA – Rental Insurance

AMA – Rental Insurance

Today is another AMA episode. Karla asks, My husband and I are renting out our old house. In the process of switching a homestead home to a rental home I am doing due diligence. What are your recommendations regarding requesting quotes for a rental home insurance?...

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BOM – Be Present In This Moment by Tessa Watt

BOM – Be Present In This Moment by Tessa Watt

Our book this month is Be Present In This Moment, a Practical Guide to Mindfulness by Tessa Watt. The author Tessa Watt is based in London England where she has been practicing and teaching meditation for 20 years at the London Shambala Meditation Center. This book is...

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Spoofing The Market

Spoofing The Market

Yesterday it was reported in the Wall Street Journal that JP Morgan Chase was going to pay $920 million to settle a market manipulation investigation DOJ, CFTC and SEC tied to manipulation of precious-metals and Treasury markets. These market manipulations were tied...

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Bank Mergers

Bank Mergers

Earlier this week, it was reported that UBS and Credit Suisse were in preliminary merger talks. These two banks are Switzerland’s largest banks and they are also longstanding competitors. If combined, they would become Europe’s largest bank. Both banks have major...

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AMA – Shipping Container Homes

AMA – Shipping Container Homes

Joseph from Boulder Co asks: My question is about the viability of shipping containers as building material. I have seen amazing things being done with them and I'm wondering if it would work for our current project. We have the intention of creating a glamping...

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Jorge Abreu

Jorge Abreu

Jorge is a multi-family investor, developer, and property manager based in Dallas. He manages a portfolio of over 2,000 units in multiple markets including Houston, and most recently South Dakota,. To learn more, you can visit elevatecig.com. 

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Paul Hopfensperger

Paul Hopfensperger

Paul Hopfensperger has swum the English Channel three times. I can't tell you how difficult this achievement has been. Today's story is such an inspiration. Paul is so humble and you're going to love this conversation.  Enjoy...

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Paul Hopfensperger

Paul Hopfensperger

Paul Hopfensperger has swum the English Channel three times. I can't tell you how difficult this achievement has been. Today's story is such an inspiration. Paul is so humble and you're going to love this conversation.  Enjoy...

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Why Government Appears So Inept

Why Government Appears So Inept

On today’s show we’re talking about how feedback delays affect speed of decision making. Today’s show is an explanation of how control systems operate. We’re going to start with a pretty simple control system that most of us are familiar with. Imagine you’re behind...

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The True Cost Of Refinancing

The True Cost Of Refinancing

On today’s show we’re talking about the true costs of borrowing. Borrowers often look at the interest rate when it comes to figuring out the cost of borrowing. On today’s show we’re going to look at the hidden costs associated with signing a new loan. Loans come in...

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Access to Information

Access to Information

On today’s show we’re talking about getting access to high value market data for free. I’m a big believer in getting access to market data and using that data to make decisions. I also believe that independently developed market studies are essential to make sure...

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The Gig Economy

The Gig Economy

Technology is testing the boundaries of new business models, and the pandemic is creating sufficient disruption to accelerate the adoption of these new business models. I had dinner delivered to my house last week from a restaurant. The restaurant is only about a 2...

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Black Knight At The Black Jack Table

Black Knight At The Black Jack Table

There is a black knight at the black jack table. At first this statement might seem a little obscure. But stay with me on it and you’ll see it. If you’ve been listening to this show for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big believer in economic fundamentals. I’m a...

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Jonathan Tuttle

Jonathan Tuttle

Jonathan Tuttle is based in Chicago Illinois where he invests in mobile home parks nation wide. On today's show we're talking about mobile home park investing and gaining insight into how that market is evolving. You can reach Jonathan at...

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Mike Simmons

Mike Simmons

Mike Simmons is from Try Michigan. Today's conversation is all about how to scale your business from a solo-preneur to a larger business.  You can connect with Mike at mikesimmons.com

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AMA – First Multi-Family Investment

AMA – First Multi-Family Investment

Today is another AMA episode (ask me anything)  Ryan asks: "I live in Los Angeles and have been working on my education and networking to break into the Commercial Multifamily Investing space (particularly in Arizona); however I do have an opportunity to possibly...

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Fed Keeps Interest Rates Near Zero

Fed Keeps Interest Rates Near Zero

On today’s show we’re talking about the latest guidance from the Federal Reserve regarding interest rates. Yesterday the Fed announced the result of their latest committee meeting. They reaffirmed their guidance on maintaining interest rates low for the next 18...

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Take Your Vitamins

Take Your Vitamins

On today’s show we’re talking about where are we with this darned pandemic that has dominated this year 2020. There are lots of conflicting data points and individuals, business leaders, public health officials, elected officials, and investors are trying to figure...

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The Most Boring Real Estate Document Ever

The Most Boring Real Estate Document Ever

On today’s show we’re talking about the usefulness of your property and how the title report can help you understand what you’re buying. You’re buying a piece of property. You pay the purchase price, and now it’s yours. But the truth is, it’s not that simple. There...

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AMA – Hotel Investment Fund Offering

AMA – Hotel Investment Fund Offering

Today is another AMA episode (Ask Me Anything). Brad from Ottawa asked me to look at a prospectus for an international hotel fund. He is asking for my opinion on the offering. Clearly the global environment for hospitality has changed dramatically. Nobody knows what...

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Britnie Turner

Britnie Turner

Britnie Turner is CEO of the Aerial Development Group in Nashville, Tennessee. She is also the founder and CEO of the Aerial Recovery Group. On today's show we're talking with Britnie and her chief of operations Jeremy Locke about the initiative that she and her team...

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The Law of Large Numbers

The Law of Large Numbers

On today’s show we’re talking about the law of large numbers. The law of large numbers is a mathematical theorem in statistics thatdescribes the result of performing the same experiment a large number of times. According to the law, the average of the results obtained...

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AMA – Higher Property Taxes

AMA – Higher Property Taxes

Today is another AMA episode (Ask Me Anything) John from New York asks: With states, cities and towns possibly being under financial pressure due to decreased business during pandemic, how would you underwrite the purchase of a multifamily asset?  How much of the...

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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

On today’s show we’re talking about an event that took place about a month ago. It made a few headlines at the time, but there’s been very little said about it ever since. There’s a global debate raging on the best way to handle the global pandemic. Let’s be clear,...

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Industrial Market Update

Industrial Market Update

There’s no question that there is a monumental shift happening in the world of commerce. Much of this is driven by the continual need to cut costs. Retail space which touches the end consumer is still relatively expensive. In fact, rent for a retail business rates...

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Job Loss Ripple Effect

Job Loss Ripple Effect

While the August numbers for unemployment look encouraging, there are signs on the horizon of a fresh wave of corporate layoffs that will deal another blow to the global fragile economy. Some of the layoffs are merely announced and have not taken place yet, so they...

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