Articles in the Spring 2005 Category

The S.E.C. Observer: A Proud History
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Posted in Society Columns, Spring 2005 on March 2005
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As one of the founders of the original “Reno News Observer” (more affectionate known in its day as “The RENO”) I am both proud and pleased that the RENO has been re-born and is alive again today as The S.E.C. Real Estate Observer. The magazine was born in a time when many of us were […]

Land Development: Part Three
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Posted in Society Columns, Spring 2005 on March 2005
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The Business Plan WHAT IS A BUSINESS PLAN FOR LAND DEVELOPMENT? It is the business plan that makes the difference in dirt development. Unlike projecting rents and expenses on improved properties, land development must take into consideration many additional factors, especially the costs to get to the income. The end result is the same, income […]

Bob Steele: An Observer Interview
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Posted in Feature Articles, Spring 2005 on March 2005
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Observer: So Bob, tell us about what’s happening in your life these days Steele: Well, I’ll be cocooned in Carmel for the foreseeable future but wishing everyone success in their endeavors. Observer: C’mon, we all know better than that. What are you really up to these days. Steele: Well, I have two things keeping my […]

Invest in the West – Montana Beckons
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Posted in Feature Articles, Spring 2005 on March 2005
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Astute investors are those who see the trend before others know what to look for…and astute investors know now is the time to begin thinking about Montana as a place to invest! Just look at this recent article: http://www.bozemanchronicle.com/articles/2005/01/17/news/02strong.txt Bozeman was recently in the bidding along with 573 other Micro economies vying for the title […]

Real Estate Capital Markets: Alive and Well
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Posted in Feature Articles, Spring 2005 on March 2005
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The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) had its annual conference in San Diego from Feb. 6-9, 2005 at the Hyatt. Mortgage brokers from around the country were there to interface with their underwriters who were keen for new commercial loan business. Several aisles of booths contained bankers/financiers speaking with people about their loan products. My partner, […]

Developing Your Own Style
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Posted in Feature Articles, Spring 2005 on 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 […]

A Well Counseled Client Who Performs
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Posted in Feature Articles, Spring 2005 on March 2005
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I have a general contractor client, who developed and built several apartment complexes many years ago for his own portfolio, two of which he still owns in Wichita. He sold one in Nebraska a couple of years back, and we did a 1031 into a Best Buy NNN lease in Texas. He brought his 3 […]

We Learn Best When We Learn From Each Other
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Posted in Message from the Editor, Spring 2005 on March 2005
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Most, if not all, of the articles published in the SEC Observer are written by our members. Our objective is to share our experiences and ideas with others based on the philosophy that says: “We learn best when we learn from each other.” Below is an e-mail exchange between one of our readers, Dennis Brantley, […]

What’s in OUR Name?
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Posted in S.E.C. President's Message, Spring 2005 on March 2005
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In the last edition of the Observer, I posed the question: WHAT’S IN A NAME? I wrote my impressions of what a name can mean and what possible implications are in a name. Now, let’s examine what is in OUR name. Therefore, my next questions is: WHAT IS IN OUR NAME, THE SOCIETY OF EXCHANGE […]

Inside this Issue – Spring 2005
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Posted in Inside this Issue, Spring 2005 on March 2005
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The March Issue of the S.E.C. Observer continues to open the window of the S.E.C. world to the electronic world and the real estate industry. In this issue, we highlight the great West, and in particular Bozeman, Montana. Our goal is to enlighten the real estate professional and investors alike about the strong market across […]