Articles in the Feature Articles Category

COVID-19—The Year 2020 Revised
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Posted in Fall 2020, Feature Articles on September 2020
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The virus entered our world sometime late 2019 or early 2020. I do not think anyone knows for certain when and how. However, life goes on, and each of makes it the very best it we can. We still have a crime rate, we still have forest fires, and we still hurricanes, major storms, crop […]

Make the Best Decision You Can until It Is Time to Make a New Decision
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Posted in Feature Articles, Summer 2020 on July 2020
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I suffer on and off with “analysis paralysis.” I have many times let fear, lack of data, too much data, the unknown, the known, my opinions, other opinions, and who knows what else interfere with my sound resolve to make a decision. Years ago, a close advisor told me, “Jason, make a decision when you […]

Plan in Advance to Achieve Your Goals
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Posted in Feature Articles, Spring 2020 on March 2020
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As I write this article, I am inside a tent on a rest day at above 18,000′ altitude with the constant heavy blowing of wind and dust. This makes 9 days so far of a grueling 15-day journey to climb a single mountain to an altitude of 22,837′. I am quickly learning, even though I […]

Leases: Vacancy = Equity
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Posted in Feature Articles, Winter 2019-2020 on December 2019
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Fact: every day there is vacancy in a project is a day that benefits cannot be recouped. In other words, the opportunity for rental income or alternative benefits is gone forever. Vacancies occur for a number of reasons, be it curable or incurable economic obsolescence, structural obsolescence, and so on. One alternative is to exchange […]

Focus on the Small Wins, Not the Big Victories
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Posted in Feature Articles, Summer 2019 on July 2019
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People in real estate tend to be competitive. Really competitive. The upside of that drive is we show up, use skill and action plans, overcome obstacles, solve problems, and press on courageously to get the job done. When we are successful, we acknowledge, are rewarded for, and celebrate the big victory. The relentless pursuit of […]

The Seven Deadly Sins in Equity Marketing
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Posted in Feature Articles, Spring 2019 on 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 […]

Murphy’s Laws of Real Estate
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Posted in Fall 2018, Feature Articles on August 2018
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Murphy’s First Rule: If it can go wrong in a real estate transaction, it will! Keep in mind that Murphy is an optimist! Nonrecourse Financing You’ve just signed your loan application and are excited that you have “No Personal Liability” other than the carve outs for real estate taxes and environmental issues. The loan is: […]

Adding Value to Apartment Communities
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Posted in Feature Articles, Summer 2018 on June 2018
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Everyone wants to buy a “Value Add” apartment community. As a broker specializing in multifamily sales, I can’t tell you how many buyers want this. Let’s talk about what it means. There are several ways an investor can add value to an apartment property, especially to a community with some age or one needing attention […]

Finding Creativity
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Posted in Feature Articles, Spring 2018 on March 2018
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Finding Creativity Editor’s Note:  Stephen Barker was the recipient of the 2017 Clifford P. Weaver Award, and this was his submission for the most creative transaction of the year.  The Society of Exchange Counselors presented Mr. Barker with the award on January 23, 2018. I did not have the opportunity to meet Cliff Weaver, as […]

Learning from Failure
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Posted in Feature Articles, Winter 2017 - 2018 on December 2017
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I have failed! I have failed in marriage, in my judgment, in business, and many other areas. I also have had those dark nights of the soul, wondering if I could do anything right. All I could do was to keep on going. But I have learned much from failure. What I Have Learned from […]