Articles in the Society Columns Category

The Great Transformation of the Hospitality Business
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Posted in Fall 2020, Society Columns on September 2020
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Any article focusing on the hotel industry in today’s world is a daunting task. So much is happening with lightning speed that to stop for a moment and explain what is going on in this tsunami of change is almost impossible. The hospitality industry is undergoing a significant evolutionary period on many fronts. The impetus […]

Weathering the Storm
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Posted in Society Columns, Summer 2020 on July 2020
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Turbulent times produce uncertainty and fear of the unknown. A cloudy crystal ball can not only fuel apprehension but also increase the potential for irrational decision making. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues
to upend the daily lives of people and wreaks havoc on business operations and financial markets around the world

Reporting: How to Keep Your Investors Happy
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Posted in Society Columns, Spring 2020 on March 2020
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Many of us have managed properties that involved investors we recruited to a project. Let’s face it: not every investment goes perfectly as planned. Problems arise, and enthusiasm dissolves. As the manager, it is always your responsibility to keep every investor fully informed on both good and bad news. I have learned these things in […]

Take Real Estate Gifts!!!!
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Posted in Society Columns, Winter 2019-2020 on December 2019
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In today’s session I will explore the reasons behind the increased attention in recent years to the potential of real estate gifts, and we will review the current state of the art in real estate giving. I will review the range of real estate gift structures, and the situations for which they are appropriate.

REAL ESTATE – The Billion Dollar Charitable Giving Opportunity
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Posted in Society Columns, Summer 2019 on July 2019
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In many areas of the country the real estate market continues to strengthen – average property values are up, days on the market are down, and inventory is low. However, many owners of highly appreciated real estate are being encouraged to consider smarter liquidation strategies.

2018 Awards
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Posted in Society Columns, Spring 2019 on February 2019
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S.E.C. Observer Editor The Society Awards & Installation Banquet was held in Houston on January 22, 2019. The 2019 Executive Committee Officers were sworn in: Lance Warner, President; Steve Fithian, 1st Vice President; Joseph Crowley, 2nd Vice President; and Bryan Neal, Secretary/Treasurer. Congratulations to the 2019 Executive Committee! One of the highlights of the banquet […]

The S.E.C. Culture Lives On
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Posted in Fall 2018, Society Columns on August 2018
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I got a big check today in my California mailbox that came from a closing in Massachusetts. It was the result of an investment made (together with S.E.C. Tom Peterson of Glendora, CA) through the son of an S.E.C. member I had met when he was about 10 years old. It was a buy, lease/option-back, […]

Shopping Malls—In Trouble
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Posted in Fall 2018, Society Columns on August 2018
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E-commerce has taken and is continuing to take its toll on malls throughout the United States. I believe there is an answer, however. Stop and think—can you ever remember seeing or hearing an advertisement for any mall in your area? Perhaps you’ve encountered them for various shops in the mall but probably few and far […]

What Would You Do?
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Posted in Society Columns, Summer 2018 on June 2018
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How many times have you driven by a property and said to yourself, I think I would like to own that property? Most of the time we do nothing but go about our daily routine. As you casually drive by the property the next time, you notice that the property is listed by a less-than-active […]

Driverless Vehicles
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Posted in Society Columns, Summer 2018 on June 2018
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Driverless Vehicles and Their Impact on Real Estate and Our Lives Ronald J. Robinson, S.E.C. You don’t have to be wizard to see what is coming down the road, no pun intended, but driverless automobiles will soon have a major impact on real estate development, not to mention our lives and the changes that will […]