Author Profile: Virgil Opfer, S.E.C.

Biography »

Virgil Opfer, S.E.C. (San Diego, California) is President of G5 Enterprises, Inc., a San Diego based company that specializes in syndicating real estate investments, such as the construction of SFR's, condos, apartments, and self-storage. He was the 2004 President of the Society of Exchange Counselors, he served as a Director of the S.E.C. Education Foundation, he was the recipient of the S.E.C.'s "Bob Steele Award", and he was the 2003 Editor of the S.E.C. Observer. He is co-author of "100 Equity Marketing Formulas."©2009-2011 The S.E.C. Real Estate Observer

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The Manly Thing to Do
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Posted in Fall 2015, Society Columns on 13 October 2015
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Because the Society is about relationships, I want to share a life lesson with my Society friends. As Society members, we pride ourselves as being “family” and have developed close bonds with each other.

Counselors Like to Be Needed
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Posted in Feature Articles, Winter 2012 on 9 December 2012
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In the mid-1970s, it was early in my real estate career when I attended a six-day seminar presented by Jim Brondino and several other skilled instructors. That seminar changed my life and the way I thought about myself. Until that event, all my training related to real estate had been focused on salesmanship, with an emphasis on overcoming the buyer’s or seller’s objections.

Timing, Timing, Timing
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Posted in Fall 2007, Society Columns on 17 September 2007
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G5 Enterprises, Inc. is a group of five former real estate brokers who have joined forces to develop residential projects, primarily new home construction and condominium conversions. Many readers have heard some G5 success stories and have chatted with Chet Allen, S.E.C., and Virgil Opfer, S.E.C., about forming their own partnership to take on development […]

The Plan is Working
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Posted in S.E.C. Education Foundation, San Francisco 2005 on 17 December 2005
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As the outgoing President of the Society’s Education Foundation, I think it is important to recognize the progress that has been made since forming the Society’s Education Foundation (“EDF”). The major result of the creation of the foundation is that it has permitted the dramatic expansion of quality real estate courses to be presented across […]

We Are What We Learn
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Posted in Autumn 2005, S.E.C. Education Foundation on 17 September 2005
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The importance of education cannot be overstated. To a great extent, our professional practice and ultimately our business success is defined by what we learn and how we learn to use that information. In order for anyone to think through a significant problem, one needs the vocabulary to form the necessary thoughts. How can anyone […]

Still Learning After All These Years
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Posted in S.E.C. Education Foundation, Spring 2005 on 17 March 2005
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I have the privilege of serving as this year’s President of the S.E.C. Education Foundation. It has become a tradition for each year’s president to include a message to the readers of the S.E.C. Observer about our Society’s long standing tradition of providing unique and high quality real estate education programs that reflect our philosophy […]

Developing Your Own Style
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Posted in Feature Articles, Spring 2005 on 17 March 2005
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As important as counseling is to our business life, some newer exchangors may mistakenly believe that taking one counseling class, even from a high caliber instructor, is enough. A single course in counseling is a good beginning, but it is only the start of finding your own style. Most experienced exchangors have taken multiple counseling […]

We’ve Got You Covered
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Posted in S.E.C. Education Foundation, Winter 2005 on 17 January 2005
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The mission of the S.E.C. Education Foundation, the Society of Exchange Counselors 501(c)(3) non-profit affiliate, is to promote education in the field of creative real estate. Many S.E.C. members have made generous contributions to this charitable Foundation and their “investments in the future” have now established a viable operating fund to be used to identify […]

Litigation Insurance
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Posted in Autumn 2004, Feature Articles on 17 September 2004
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Premium of $850,000 Equals $1,000,000 in Coverage In Southern California, there is a high demand for affordable housing, yet a growing segment of the population is being excluded from home ownership because of escalating prices. Some wonder why the cost of housing is so high in California. Some of the many factors contributing to the […]

The S.E.C.: A Unique Collaborative Environment
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Posted in Autumn 2004, S.E.C. President's Message on 17 September 2004
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When first attending an S.E.C. meeting, guests are often surprised by the warm and sincere welcome they receive. On the first morning, there is a private breakfast, where the guests get together with an S.E.C. member and receive advice on how to make their meeting as effective as possible. They are each assigned an experienced […]