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6/3/12: Schiff Happens – Is The Real Crash Yet To Come?

6/3/12: Schiff Happens – Is The Real Crash Yet To Come?

When the mortgage-backed securities (MBS) market collapsed in 2008, real estate owners – both homeowners and investors (and radio talk show hosts) – got hit hard. Banks failed, loans became scarce, buyers disappeared, and people everywhere (including tenants) lost their jobs.  Very ugly. Lesson: pay attention to macro (big picture) economics.  So now we do. […]

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12/11/11: Back to the Future – Embracing the Changes in Real Estate Investing

12/11/11: Back to the Future – Embracing the Changes in Real Estate Investing

With a catchy title like “Back the Future” you might expect a picture of a Doc Brown, Marty McFly or a flying DeLorean.  It’s hard to believe that this now “classic” movie is over 25 years old! But who is THIS guy?  And what does any of this have to do with real estate? Since our

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8/28/11: August and the Economy Part 4 – Can a Bad Economy Create Great Investments?

8/28/11: August and the Economy Part 4 – Can a Bad Economy Create Great Investments?

Whew.  Here we are at our fourth and final installment of the August and the Economy series.  How are you holding up?  Our brains are swollen. But, to keep the rally going, we’ve called on some very smart and outspoken money managers.  As we’ve said before (and will say again), too many real estate investors

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8/21/11: August and the Economy Part 3 – The Downgrade, Rates and Your Money

8/21/11: August and the Economy Part 3 – The Downgrade, Rates and Your Money

How does the first ever downgrade of Uncle Sam’s credit rating affect your interest rates…or does it?  Inquiring minds want to know! Since S&P conveniently issued the downgrade right in the middle of our August and the Economy series, we already had a lot to say on the topic.  Of course, if you read our

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8/14/11: August and the Economy Part 2 – Perspectives from Two Men Who Would Be President

8/14/11: August and the Economy Part 2 – Perspectives from Two Men Who Would Be President

So it’s not every day you get to sit down with a bona fide presidential candidate face to face and ask whatever you want.  In our case, we got to do it TWICE in one day!  Very fun. Now whatever you political bent, the issue isn’t what YOU think SHOULD happen.  What we’re interested in

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8/7/11: August and the Economy Part 1 – Macro Market Perspectives from Two Mega Players

8/7/11: August and the Economy Part 1 – Macro Market Perspectives from Two Mega Players

The aftermath of the debt ceiling vote and the subsequent S&P downgrade just adds to the drama surrounding the U.S. economy. When you add the European debt crisis, talk of a QE3 on the heels of QE2, plus gold prices hitting record highs – it’s certain August 2011 will be remembered as a time when

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12/26/10: Getting Started in Real Estate Investing…for the First, Second or Third Time!

Donald Trump is probably the most famous “real estate guy” who made it big, lost it all, then made it all back bigger and better than before.  What took him down you ask?  In his book, The Art of the Comeback, the Donald says it was complacency and The Tax Reform Act of 1986.   Remember

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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

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9/26/10: Tracking International Trends – CEO Insights from the Nation’s Largest Local Association

Every day, jobs, money, people and business are going global. Some come to the U.S. and some leave.  Some go both ways.  Maybe you’ve fantasized about cross-border transactions, in which case you may need to seek professional help. Because we’re us, we get to meet all kinds of bright, experienced and interesting people. It counter

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8/15/10: How Capitalism Will Save Us – An Interview with Steve Forbes

The Real Estate Guys™ sit down and talk with Steve Forbes about jobs, the economy and real estate. We don’t know about you, but any time a billionaire, a CEO of a major company, a best selling author or a legit presidential candidate is willing to sit down and chat, our response is always, “Yes!”.  

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