Author Profile: James A. Misko

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James A. Misko (Anchorage, Alaska) is a past member of the Society of Exchange Counselors and for many years taught an education program based on these strategies for the Reno Educational Foundation, the predecessor of the S.E.C. Education Foundation. Jim Misko left the teaching profession to become a Realtor in 1960, starting a career that has lasted forty-four years. He has spoken in fourteen states at conventions and seminars, at the Five State Convention and at National Conventions on this subject. He has written many articles for NAR, the Real Estate News Observer and the Institute of Property Management.©2009-2011 The S.E.C. Real Estate Observer

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Getting Cash Fees in Exchanging
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Posted in The S.E.C. History Files, Winter 2017 on 16 February 2017
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Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the May 1972 issue of the Real Estate News Observer. Cash is not a forgotten word in exchanging. It is not a bad or dirty word. Like many courses of events, exchanging sort of took root in Oregon about 1960 – and while slow to grow and prosper, […]

Getting Cash Fees in Exchanging
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Posted in Spring 2011, The S.E.C. History Files on 25 April 2011
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Cash is not a forgotten word in exchanging. It is not a bad or dirty word. Like many courses of events, exchanging sort of took root in Oregon about 1960 – and while slow to grow and prosper, by the turn of the decade it had become something entirely different.

Grab a Root and Growl
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Posted in Fall 2010, The S.E.C. History Files on 16 August 2010
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Everybody’s “gotta be somewhere” — right? Every property’s “gotta have an owner” — right? From the Empire State Building to the four-unit motel that was just condemned, all real estate is owned by a legal entity.

Time Management
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Posted in The S.E.C. History Files, Winter 2010 on 27 December 2009
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I’ve tried a thousand ways to get more done in a day and the following methods are the ones that work for me. Maybe they will for you. The night before when you go to bed you have chosen a time to get up. When that time comes don’t fight it. At the first sound of the alarm, throw your feet out on the floor and stand up, and MOVE toward whatever you do first. With your day started that way, nothing will be able to withstand your attack.

You Can Always Tell a Pro
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Posted in Fall 2008, The S.E.C. History Files on 5 October 2008
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Professionals in any field of en­deavor are generally recognized by their enthusiasm, ability, and the results they achieve. These qualities are what put them that “cut above” the average. In the investment field of real es­tate, which includes selling and exchanging, there are many people, some good and some “terrific.” […]

Persistence
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Posted in Summer 2008, The S.E.C. History Files on 31 July 2008
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There is an element in man’s makeup that seems to be formed early in his adult life. It is persistence. It can be learned. It can be improved upon. It can be acquired by someone who is motivated enough to want it. And it is something that you can tell about a person when you know him. […]

Loans Away from Home
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Posted in Spring 2008, The S.E.C. History Files on 3 April 2008
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When you or your client tackles properties out of an area where you are known it generally requires some sort of capital – and if possible you will probably want to borrow it […]

Creative Paper Techniques
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Posted in The S.E.C. History Files, Winter 2008 on 17 January 2008
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My banker recently said that money is getting tight again. If he is right (and he usually is), you may need to do some creative paperwork to solve real estate financing problems. […]

Real Estate Financing – Creatively
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Posted in Summer 2007, The S.E.C. History Files on 17 July 2007
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Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the December 1972 issue of the R.E. News Observer. It may soon be time to sharpen your skills in this area due to the changing real estate market. All real estate transactions involve some sort of financing. It is in this arena that most doomed transactions fall. Given […]

Life and Three Martinis
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Posted in Summer 2006, The S.E.C. History Files on 17 July 2006
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Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the April 1972 issue of the Real Estate Observer. The plane is grounded here and I am virtually alone on it. Just sat in the chief pilot’s seat and went through all the controls – fascinating. We are waiting for air to be pumped into the struts – […]