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    Is Multifamily Still The Best Play?

    June 3rd, 2011

    Is Multifamily Still the Best Play for RE Investors, RE Firms, RE brokers and agents… for investors, rents in many markets are rising and vacancies decreasing, and financing is more available for those who wish to invest in them,and  for brokerages one can look to the recent Cushman & Wakefield and Walker & Dunlop strategic alliance to focus on multifamily Agency financing and investment sales. It appears that Multifamily will continue its market dominance as the property type for real estate investors and brokerage firms.

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    Be GREEN or Be ‘Left Behind’

    May 9th, 2011

    American wealth and real estate – a combination that has thrived for decades. More Americans have their wealth in real estate than any other investment. Real estate, therefore, is Main Street. Main Street – just walk down one today — is Americana. Do you love America? Truly love your country? Do you love your real estate investments — your wealth — your ability to retire more comfortably?

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    It’s The Energy, Stupid

    April 28th, 2011

    Real estate if purchased well continues to be the single best investment one can make – Most Americans have their wealth in real estate — AND without a healthy real estate market we will not have a healthy economy  If it is going to continue to be the locomotive that pulls the economic train in the U.S. and the wealth generator for investors, owners, property managers, lender, and all the other players involved in a real estate transaction, then we need to change the discourse in this country.  Remember, “It’s the economy, stupid” — the phrase in American politics widely used during Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign against George H. W. Bush. For America to regain its prominence and rebuild for today — and position us for the future — we must DEMAND from our media, our elected officials and the profits and nonprofits that represent their interests to change the discourse to, “It’s the Energy, Stupid.” 

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    Women Making Progress in CRE

    April 20th, 2011

    I can only hope to live long enough to see Women receive equal pay for equal work. Yes, I am biased, as the proud Father of  two daughters, but c’mon already, especially in this industry, the time has come — or as a survey by Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), the time is nearing.

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    A ‘Look’ at Moms and Dads and Their Children’s Financial Literacy

    April 8th, 2011

    Moms and Dads and their children. That’s you; that’s me and that’s an untapped resource for real estate owners and investors trying to secure additional moneys and partners. To learn more about this demographic group, let’s look at the results of a recently-released TD Bank Financial Literacy Poll:

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    ‘Insure’ Your Home’s Assets

    March 24th, 2011

    With the Globe experiencing amazing turmoil on so many fronts, now is a good time to remind you to ‘insure’ your home’s asset A home inventory is a good way to start to ensure you get just compensation from your insurance provider (and you do have insurance, right? And, that coverage includes a “replacement value” clause?).

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    Be Sustainable, Be Relevant, Be Successful

    March 15th, 2011

    The research is in… it’s final — there are NO intelligent arguments left — savvy owners, tenants and investors have moved from anecdotal evidence to well-documented case studies proving the positive value sustainable business practices and technologies in real estate bring to not only humans and the environment, but also for delivering  long-term VALUE and competitiveness. In fact:

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    Economic Growth Projections Revised Upward, If Only We Had Jobs (think GREEN)

    March 3rd, 2011

    The economy grew more and will continue to grow — can you imagine how the economy would be growing if we had jobs behind it? The President wants to focus on “innovation. Historically innovation is the Fed’s role — history does prove that — whatever, let’s forget the future. The future is now. GREEN is where the jobs are… I digress. Back to the NABE…

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    Are You Feeling Fit?

    February 25th, 2011

    No, not physically healthy, but financially healthy… well, do you feel fit? If you answered “yes,” then you are like a majority of Americans who noted their financial health was improving.

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    Slow and Steady is Positive News, Not Negative

    February 10th, 2011

    If you’re like me, then a slow and steady real estate market bodes much better for all involved in the business than a recovery fueled by unsustainable prices, rents and sales. So, when I read, hear or see reports from media about real estate statistics not reaching or hitting the numbers of 2005, let’s say, then my thought is that is good news for our economy right now. And, in saying all this, Grubb and Ellis’ new 2011 Real Estate Forecast that activity in the investment market will expand beyond assets at the top and bottom of the quality scale to include properties with slightly more risk is positive news.

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