Articles in the Summer 2004 Category

A Business Plan: Who Needs It?
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Posted in Formulas and Strategies, Summer 2004 on July 2004
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Let me ask you a question, would you ever consider the construction of a home or any building for that matter, without a detail set of plans to guide you to a successful completion of given project? The answer of course is absolutely not. Yet many embark upon complicated endeavors in the area of real […]

Books on the Counselor’s Nightstand
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Posted in Society Columns, Summer 2004 on July 2004
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As members of the Society of Exchange Counselors, creativity is at the forefront of our daily thinking. But, how does creative thinking begin and subsequently become nourished over time? I see that process as a “Journey of the Mind” which begins and ends with the things we read and experience every day. As our experiences […]

Cloak and Daggers: Protecting Your Email Address From Spammers
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Posted in Society Columns, Summer 2004 on July 2004
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Listing your email address in your website is a great idea. You want your email address prominently displayed so that clients, prospective clients and website visitors have an easy way to contact you. However, the advent of Spam makes this a little more complicated. Today, programs known as spam bots or spiders roam the information […]

Originating Short Term Loans: The Top Ten Things to Remember
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Posted in Feature Articles, Summer 2004 on July 2004
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As many of you know, I have been involved in short term mortgage financing for many years. Like every business, there are critical things that have to be incorporated into the transaction. Below, based on my experience, are the top 10 things to remember when you’re involved in lending your funds and taking back a […]

The S.E.C. Guest Relations Program
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Posted in Feature Articles, Summer 2004 on July 2004
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The S.E.C. Guest Relations Program has experienced significant growth over the past several years. We have experimented with changes and added new activities with a steadfast focus on three primary goals. The program is designed to: A) make each Guest feel welcome and valued; B) orient the Guests to the mechanics of an S.E.C. Marketing […]

Giving Can Be Very Profitable
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Posted in Feature Articles, Summer 2004 on July 2004
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Unfortunately, I have seen a great many people instantaneously close their minds and stop listening to anything said when the word “charity” is mentioned. The problem is that a Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) would be the most ideal strategy for preserving their wealth for a large percentage of these people. When using a CRT strategy, […]

Residual Insurance for Real Estate
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Posted in Feature Articles, Summer 2004 on July 2004
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A new product for commercial real estate investors Residual Value Insurance is a new product for commercial real estate investors. Although you may not have heard of this product, probably you or someone you know has been involved with a lease where residual value insurance has brought benefits to the transaction. RVI is common in […]

Expensive Nostalgia
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Posted in Point - Counter Point, Summer 2004 on July 2004
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The High Cost of Farm Preservation Editor’s Note: An article entitled “Expensive Nostalgia: The High Cost of Farm Preservation” by Claude Gruen recently appeared in the Gruen Gruen & Associates online newsletter, “Trends.” Claude and Nina Gruen are nationally recognized economists. Their firm provides real estate consulting services nationwide and can be found on the […]

With Fresh Eyes: A Newcomer’s View Of The S.E.C.
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Posted in Message from the Editor, Summer 2004 on July 2004
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An S.E.C. Guest’s Perspective by Robert T. Cheesbrough The Prestige Group; Kamuela, Hawaii I first discovered the Society through an invitation of Ted Blank at the December 2003 Las Vegas meeting. One of my partners arranged the invitation and I was betting that the trip would be worth it. It will prove, I am sure, […]

The Readers’ Forum
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Posted in Message from the Editor, Summer 2004 on July 2004
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The S.E.C Observer’s “Reader’s Forum” is the Society’s community bulletin board for our fellow exchangors and believers in the power of creative real estate. We invite our readers to write to us about their experiences, creative ideas, transaction case studies, formulas in action, reflections on S.E.C. meetings and comments about each issue of The Observer…. […]