Author Profile: Stephen D. Barker, S.E.C., CCIM

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Stephen D. Barker, S.E.C., CCIM Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Catellus Group, LLC, a Michigan and North Carolina based corporation, has specialized in all facets of commercial investment real estate including development, rehabilitation, management and finance.©2009-2022 The S.E.C. Real Estate Observer

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The Autopsy
Posted in Society Columns, Spring 2006 on 17 May 2006
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One of the great things about our business is that we not only continue to learn new concepts and creative ideas, but we are continually reminded of the “tried and true.” Cort Parker, a vibrant and gifted Society Member, introduced a valuable visual concept many years ago. Cort developed a matrix or chart, which separated […]

Ethics and Society
Posted in Feature Articles, Winter 2004 on 16 January 2004
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Ethics (Greek ethika, from ethos, “character,” “custom”), principles or standards of human conduct, sometimes called morals (Latin mores, “customs”), and, by extension, the study of such principles, sometimes called moral philosophy. Late in 2001, I mentioned to several S.E.C. members that the Ethics and Arbitration section of the S.E.C. Bylaws were outdated and required revision. […]

Nurturing the Creative Process
Posted in Autumn 2003, Feature Articles on 15 September 2003
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“Creativity”… a word that has been used in symbolizing one of the great philosophical freedoms we possess. As Society of Exchange Counselor members, we have the unfettered ability to explore and propose new and different aspects of our business and Society life with counterparts in a non-threatening atmosphere. As a result, we profess the highest […]

Personal Guarantee Mania
Posted in Autumn 2002, Feature Articles on 14 September 2002
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Most if not all of us have had to sign a personal guarantee. A bank or other credit lender to further facilitate and securitize a loan usually requests this. It generally means that if the loan is in default the creditor may seek further restitution by filing a legal action against the guarantor personally for […]

The REO Formula Revisited
Posted in Formulas and Strategies, Spring 2002 on 10 May 2002
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I do not know where the REO connotation originated, but I presume that it in the late 70’s and early 80’s it was synonymous with the line item category used by banks and savings and loans to designate properties that had been foreclosed upon or that were of no further use to the bank, (like […]