Author Profile: Ted Blank, S.E.C.

Biography »

Ted Blank, S.E.C. is owner of Ted Blank and Associates based in Denver, Colorado. Active in the real estate business since 1979. He specializes in syndications, note acquisitions, REO, and client based counseling. He is past President of the Society, a past recipient of the S.E.C. Counselor of the Year Award and the 2002 recipient of the “Jack Hunt Excellence in Education” award; and he served on the Board of Governors. Ted holds the CCIM designation from the National Association of Realtors. Ted serves as the 2022 2nd Vice President of the Society.©2009-2022 The S.E.C. Real Estate Observer

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The Seven Deadly Sins in Equity Marketing
Posted in Feature Articles, Spring 2019 on 10 February 2019
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This course comes from compiling 35 years of experience, successes, and failures; attending hundreds of real estate marketing events; observing others; and gathering input from fellow brokers. My definition of Equity Marketing is where a broker tries to accomplish his or her client’s goals, using all the skill and talents the broker possesses, to move […]

Double Barrel Shotgun
Posted in Society Columns, Spring 2018 on 1 March 2018
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Back on the farm, I hunted rabbit and quail with a single barrel shotgun, but dad had a double barrel. I was envious of that gun. It seemed to me he could get twice the game I could. I see a lot of commercial brokers doing the same—marketing with one barrel. The first barrel is […]

Improvement — Not Perfection
Posted in Society Columns, Spring 2017 on 12 April 2017
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Recently I was at a dinner with a group. One of the attendees was clearing and wiping the table. I was having a little fun with him, and said, “You missed a spot” and pointed. He calmly looked at me and said, “I’m working on improvement, not perfection.” A lot of life is like this—can […]

Understanding Your Client
Posted in Society News Briefs, Spring 2017 on 12 April 2017
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Understanding Your Client Ted J. Blank, S.E.C. Indianapolis, Indiana September 10–13, 2017 The S.E.C. Education Foundation and the Society of Exchange Counselors are pleased to announce that Ted J. Blank, S.E.C., will present Understanding Your Client from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on September 10, 2017, in Indianapolis. Some of the highlights and subjects: This […]

Professional Sports Teams and Real Estate Investors
Posted in Society Columns, Winter 2016 on 14 February 2016
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While watching the National Basketball Association draft of college players recently, it occurred to me that there are a lot of analogies between professional sports teams and real estate investors. Both have inventory (players or buildings), an owner, a CFO (CPA), a general manager (attorney), and a director of player personnel (spouse). In order to […]

Gunfight at the OK Corral
Posted in Feature Articles, Summer 2012 on 16 July 2012
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In 1881, in Tombstone, AZ, Virgil Earp and his brothers Morgan and Wyatt Earp, aided by Doc Holliday acting as a temporary deputy, confronted outlaw cowboys Billy and Ike Clanton, Tom McLaury and his brother Frank McLaury. Some historians say Ike and Tom were not armed. It did not go well for them. The point is: don’t go to a gunfight without a gun.

I Love My Banker – Part III
Posted in December 2010, Society Columns on 13 December 2010
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In earlier articles, we briefly discussed some of the challenges, regulations and restrictions your local banker is dealing with. Knowing these will help you as a borrower, buyer, or broker be more profitable in 2010-11. Commercial Real Estate, CRE, ratios are driving many of the decisions your bank is making today. If you or your clients have a commercial investment or development loan coming due in the next 12 months, be prepared to move it or pay it off…

I Love My Banker – Part II
Posted in Fall 2010, Society Columns on 16 August 2010
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When a bank loan goes 30 days delinquent in payments or past the due date, it becomes a scheduled item with the auditors. They may or may not require any reserves be put aside for loan losses. As default status continues, the loan will be written down based on borrower financial strength, appraisal, strength of the bank, etc.

I Love My Banker
Posted in Society Columns, Spring 2010 on 12 April 2010
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Yesterday I met with a Senior VP of a community bank. He has been in banking for 40 years. When I asked how he was doing, he said, “I’ve never seen it this bad, even during the RTC days in the 90s.” Do you have empathy for your local banker or disdain for their inability to make you a loan?

My Favorite Formula
Posted in Formulas and Strategies, Spring 2005 on 17 March 2005
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Occasionally, but not often, can you start a real estate deal with a formula, and work backwards to the successful closing. Normally, the formula is used once and the way you were trying to do the deal fails. Instead of giving up, you think, “how else could this deal be done?” Then you start reviewing […]