Inside this Issue – Fall 2015

Welcome to the fall 2015 issue of the S.E.C. Observer. In this issue, John Brennan, S.E.C., CCIM, the 2015 president of the Society, shares his philosophy that “mentors matter.”

Stephen D. Barker, S.E.C., CCIM, advises you what to do with “Bullet Hole” property. William E. Stonaker, S.E.C., CCIM, describes what is necessary to “go vertical” in the entitlement process. Virgil Opfer, S.E.C., shares an amazing life lesson about the “manly thing to do,” and David Cook, S.E.C., imparts his views regarding membership in the Society. Bob Steele, S.E.C., shares three more strategies from his compilation of 300 formulas and strategies, and Ernie Eden, S.E.C., CCIM, recommends easy ways to improve the “curb appeal” of your income properties.

Wesley Dingler, S.E.C., provides his final update as the S.E.C. Education Foundation’s 2015 president. The “Society News Briefs” section includes information about our upcoming meetings in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Costa Mesa, California, as well as information about the “Creative Real Estate Formulas” course to be presented by Charles E. Sutherland, S.E.C., scheduled for November 15th in Chattanooga.

In this issue our “In the Spotlight” section challenges you to guess the identity of the S.E.C. Member featured. “The History Files” section contains an editorial from 1972 about the “birth of a seminar” and contains a valuable lesson for anyone in the field of real estate.

Enjoy this issue. As always, we welcome your comments, suggestions, and submissions of articles to be considered for publication. Please contact the S.E.C. office via e-mail at

Jackie Hellingson
Editor, S.E.C. Observer

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