11/28/10: Ask The Guys – Thankful For Your Questions

After we stuffed ourselves with heaping helpings of holiday food, we came into the studio to feast on your fabulous questions – all of which we’re most thankful for!

Sitting at the radio banquet table:

  • Your holiday host and head turkey carver, Robert Helms
  • Co-host and big butterball turkey, Russell Gray

Week after week we gather up questions from our listening audience.  When our email bag gets stuffed like a holiday turkey, we reach in and grab a bunch to chew on.  Then we dedicate a show to regurgitating our responses.

In this eight course buffet of brilliance, we take on several rich and satisfying queries.  Some are tough, while others are as easy as pie.  When it was all said and done, we had a very full episode!

  • How do I know if a four unit residential property is a good deal?
  • Is a beach condo in San Diego a good investment?
  • What is the best way to pick a real estate company to list my property with?
  • How do I find a good mortgage company?
  • Are the non-profit organizations set up to help borrowers with loan mods any good?  What about the “HOPE hotline” and REST report for help with loan mods?  Do I really need an attorney?
  • What investment strategies work for foreign buyers of US properties?
  • How long will interest rates stay low?

To get YOUR question in for a future episode of Ask The Guys, visit www.realestateguysradio.com and click on Ask The Guys (very clever, eh?)

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11/21/10: Real Estate Economics – Interviews with the Federal Reserve and National Association of Realtors

As we’re guiding our real estate sailing ship through the choppy economic seas of the past few years, we’ve learned the wisdom of having a lookout watching the horizon for threats and opportunities.

We also like to compare notes with other sailors – especially those whose lookout platforms are higher up than ours.  They can see more and farther than we can.  That’s very helpful when trying to catch a wave or avoid a storm.

So we dove at the chance to interview some high profile people – to find out what they can sea, sea, sea from their higher vantage point.

In beautiful Miami, sitting on the dock of our radio bay, watching the tide roll away:

  • Show host and captain of the good ship Equity, Robert Helms
  • The cut rate first mate, co-host Russell Gray
  • Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors®, Dr. Lawrence Yun
  • Vice President and Associate Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Thomas Cunningham, Ph.D
  • President Elect of the National Association of Realtors®, Moe Veissi

Wow!  What an all star line-up!  After watching each of their presentations to the Congress, we decided to chase them down for a quick conversation that we could share with our listeners.  Though they’re all busy men, each was gracious enough to sit down for some one on one with Robert.

Dr. Yun kicks off the show with some comments on the US housing market.  He’s the first economist on earth to see and analyze the housing data gathered by the National Association of Realtors®.  He’s also able to combine the statistical data with lots of relevant anecdotal data – since he interacts regularly Realtors® around the country.  He points out some of the reasons he believes the worst of the storm is past.

Next, we talk to Thomas Cunningham of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.  Unless you’ve been in a coma the last two years, you know that the Fed has been very active in trying to stimulate the economy with lower interest rates, expanded credit facilities to banks and that mysterious “quantitative easing”.  What does it all mean?  Our mission is to find out!

While economics and monetary policy is interesting, it’s pretty high in the clouds.  So we wrap the show up with a lively conversation with the energetic President-elect of the National Association of Realtors®, Moe Veissi.  Moe shares his thoughts as he transitions from local real estate practitioner to the helm of the world’s largest trade association.

It’s all good stuff, so listen in – and be sure to tell a friend!

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11/14/10: Where’s the Deal? A Candid Conversation with a Real Estate Legend

When it comes to icons in real estate, there are flashy household names known by most of the TV watching, non-real estate investing public.  Then there are the icons of industry, who are anonymous in public, but well known and respected among the people who really do the business of real estate.

Since the mainstream media does a great job of providing regular sound bites from the flashy names, we thought we’d bring you a candid interview with an industry icon who literally wrote the book on real estate syndication.

On location in the boardroom of Standard Management Company are:

  • Your legendary host and icon of audio, Robert Helms
  • Your anonymous co-host, Russell Gray
  • Founder and President of Standard Management Company, Sam Freshman

One of the great services The Real Estate Guys™ Radio Show provides our audience is access to people who are hard to find – and even more difficult to access.  It isn’t that they’re aloof, but they aren’t publicity hounds, so you could be sitting next to them on an airplane or in a restaurant and you’d never know you had a brush with greatness.  Sam Freshman is a guy like that.

As you’ll learn when you listen to this episode, Sam started out in life working hard and being diligent – and has been doing so ever since.  He sought out and heeded good advice,  then showed up every day for work and did his best.  One good decision at a time he built a very successful real estate syndication business.

In his late 70’s today, and well past any financial need to work, Sam still gets up every day and goes to the office to tend to his investors’ funds.  It was on one such day that we caught up with him and were privileged to find out where he came from, what he’s done, what he’s doing, and where he sees the real estate market going.

We titled this episode, “Where the Deal?” because that’s the first thing Sam asked us when the interview was over.  Sam reminded us that real estate isn’t a very complicated business.  It’s simply a matter of matching money with opportunity and knowing that if you can find a great deal, money will be easy to find.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and learned a lot.  We captured all we could in the space of an hour.  We got some real pearls of wisdom that we’re excited to share with you.  Enjoy!

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11/7/10: Travel Tips for Real Estate Road Warriors

“Live Where You Want to Live, but Invest Where the Numbers Make Sense” – Robert Helms

Not everyone lives in prime real estate investment areas.  So if you decide to “live where you want to live but invest where the numbers make sense”, then travel is going to be a regular part of your life as a real estate investor.

In this episode, The Real Estate Guys™ draw upon their own substantial travel experience to provide practical tips for successful real estate road trips.

Riding along in the real estate radio tour bus:

  • Driver and veteran real estate road warrior, host Robert Helms
  • Riding in the back of the bus, co-host Russell Gray
  • Special guest, Senior Editor of Orbtiz.com, Jeanenne Tornatore

Like a corporate traveler, getting to where you need to be and arriving focused and organized is very important.  But for a real estate road warrior, that’s only part of the game.  Picking up clues about the market and its opportunities is arguably the important component of your real estate road trip.  Of course, getting the best value for your travel dollar is also a worthy topic, so we invited the Senior Editor for Orbitz to chime in with some timely tips.

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10/31/10: Halloween Horror Stories – Getting the Lessons When Things Go Wrong

Sometimes real estate is hard. You want a rent check, but get a reality check instead.  However, the best lessons often come from studying problems, so next time, you can avoid them – or least solve them faster.

So once a year at Halloween, we set aside an episode to look back over the year and pick out just a few of real life case studies where a property owner endured a difficult and often painful problem with their property ownership.

Sitting on the tomb behind the microphones in our radio crypt:

  • Your scary smart host, Robert Helms
  • Creepy co-host, Russell Gray

In this episode, we discuss six different tales of trouble – and look at the problem, the solution, and most importantly, the lesson.  So grab your Jack O’Lantern and Trick-or-Treat bag and get ready to collect several tasty tidbits of real estate wisdom from these horror stories of real estate reality:

  • Those Pesky Swamp Things – Creative solutions to tenant service when they’ve lost their cool and the heat is on.
  • It Came Through the Ceiling –  Water you going to do when your all wet tenant’s trying to soak you?
  • A Deal Too Good to Be True – Come on over and I’ll sell you a story, but is it okay if I don’t have a title?
  • When the Levy Breaks – Don’t lien on me when things go wrong.
  • The Hand in the Till – Could you manage to send me an explanation of these expenses?
  • Master and Servant – It’s all good until it’s not, then when a one-size-fits-all lease doesn’t, it can give YOU fits.

Enjoy this spooktacular show!

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