August 29, 2009

Maverick Real Estate Financing: The Art of Raising Capital and Owning Properties Like Ross, Sanders and Carey

It’s Saturday! Time for Burbed’s book of the week!

Maverick Real Estate Financing: The Art of Raising Capital and Owning Properties Like Ross, Sanders and Carey

Product Description
Praise for MAVERICK REAL ESTATE FINANCING

“Once you start reading, you won’t be able to put the book down. You will feel you are part of the deals that industry leaders have put together. This is a real book about real people and how they address risk and reward.”
–Bruce S. Schonbraun, Managing Partner The Schonbraun McCann Group LLP

“Bergsman applies a journalist’s logic to the complex world of commercial real estate, making it easier for outsiders to understand. He writes with the authority of a true insider.”
–Brannon Boswell, Managing Editor Shopping Centers Today

“Congratulations. Finally, someone has written a book that reflects real estate finance in the twenty-first century. With the growing proliferation of real estate education in university business schools today, this book should be required reading!”
–James D. Kuhn, President Newmark Knight Frank

In Maverick Real Estate Financing, Steve Bergsman–author of the widely acclaimed Maverick Real Estate Investing–describes the various financing methods you can use to achieve real estate investment success. Maverick Real Estate Financing also introduces you to an innovative group of real estate professionals who have used these methods to build substantial fortunes.

By listening to some of the world’s most successful real estate Mavericks–includingWilliam Sanders, W. P. Carey, and Stephen Ross–you’ll discover what sets them apart from the rest of the pack and learn how to apply their proven principles to your own real estate deals.

Ever since the 2008 elections, maverick has been a critical word in our lexicon. Popularized by former Vice Presidential Candidate and former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, it’s the phrase that everyone wants to label themselves. Maverick this, maverick that.

Well, now’s the time to learn how to apply it to real estate financing. This book will help you be a total maverick, a one of a kind thinker, a lone wolf – just like Ross, Sanders, and Carey and all the other people who read this book.

Frankly I hope there are contributions from Sarah Palin – now she knows how to be a maverick! Maverick!

And when you’re not too busy being a maverick, please help this site out, click this link to learn more!

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August 25, 2009

Breaking News: Bay Area house prices are soaring!

Hot off the presses! Stop what you’re doing!

http://blog.redfin.com/blog/2009/08/first_broad_price_increase_seen_in_case-shiller_index.html

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Thanks to Herve for sending me a very similar mail. Thanks to redfin for the update!

Oh my god, the Bay Area is coming back! Prices are soaring! We’re beating out New York and Seattle!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

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August 23, 2009

Palo Alto Online : School district to cancel Garland re-opening

Palo Alto Online : School district to cancel Garland re-opening
School district to cancel Garland re-opening
Extension of private school lease likely later this month

by Chris Kenrick
Palo Alto Online Staff

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The Palo Alto school district is retreating from a plan to re-open Garland Elementary School, amid budget uncertainties and slowing enrollment growth.

Four out of five school board members indicated Tuesday they will back a plan to rescind a termination notice to the private Stratford School, the current tenant at Garland, which is located on North California Avenue between Newell Road and Louis Road.

The four — all but Board President Barb Mitchell — also indicated they would recommit to an amended lease with Stratford that runs through June 2015 and requires three years’ notice if the district wants to terminate.

A final vote is scheduled for Aug. 25.

Barely six weeks ago, board members approved schematic architectural designs for a $15.5 million renovation of Garland in preparation for 2012 re-opening the campus at 870 N. California Ave.

But the thinking has changed.

Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for this find.

What does this all mean? Can anyone help decode? Will this help Palo Alto increase house prices by 10%? Or just 6%?

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August 22, 2009

Real Estate Presentations That Make Millions

It’s Saturday – time for Burbed’s book of the week!

Real Estate Presentations That Make Millions

Let’s face it, business is about making connections. The most important activity that startup founders engage in is making presentations – to VCs, Angel Investors, future billionaire employees, etc.

So it makes sense that in the real estate space, just giving presentations can make you millions. It’s the logical next step from being a startup founder. And this book will help you!

Don’t take my word for it, just look at some of the customer reviews:

This is an excellent book. Jim filled it with both Wit and Wisdom. I enjoyed the stories of learning by hard knocks and then the realization of what a planned presentation can do for you. Specifically I thought Jim’s layout of the presentation and the explanations why to do it that way were especially valuable. I highly reccomend this book for both beginning and experienced agents. Especially those who like to “wing it” a lot. I would like to see Jim expand the book sometime to cover real estate websites, blogs, and online presentations.

That’s right. Did you know that you should not “wing it” when making a big presentation? I bet you didn’t. See! You’re on your way to making millions already. Real estate millions.

And when you do become wealthy from making presentations about real estate, please help this site out, click this link to learn more!

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August 18, 2009

Great Views at Willow Glen "Diamond in the Rough"

1732 Guadalupe Ave, San Jose, CA 95125 MLS# 80936672 – Property Details

$699,000

1732

Status: Active
Bedroom: 5
Bathroom: 3

* Year Built: 1947
* Lot Size: 6350
* Square Footage: 2231
* List Date: 7/30/2009
* Garage Spaces: 2
* MLS#: 80936672

Willow Glen “Diamond in the Rough”! This Gorgeous cul-de-sac home, awaits blossoming. 6 houses soon to be demolished and reborn as the Guadalupe River TrailPark right across the street! What a scenic view from the picturesqu living room window! Complete remodel 5 bed/3 bath, wood floors, granite Counter tops, Granite/tile bathrooms, Huge attic, Great room, High ceilings, Pool, 2 car garage & more!

Thanks to Burbed reader sonarrat for this find.

First, let’s note the key fact: 6 houses are about to be demolished. You know what that means? Come on – supply and demand! Instant equity is waiting for you as your Willow Glen abode is about to become even more valuable!

Now, let’s take a look at this great view from the living room window…

1732a

Ahhhh… picturesque Willow Glen!

Perhaps diamond in the rough was referring to how the house is a diamond, and the neighborhood is the rough. But not for much longer! If I were you, I’d buy it, and demand the city tear down 1231 houses immediately!

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August 16, 2009

Pleasanton commercial real estate is on the rise!

San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate — Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate Home Details

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Burbed reader Tarek found this. Wow. Just wow.

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August 15, 2009

Beyond the Bubble: How to Keep the Real Estate Market in Perspective — and Profit No Matter What Happens

It’s Saturday. That means it’s time for another Burbed book recommendation!

Beyond the Bubble: How to Keep the Real Estate Market in Perspective — and Profit No Matter What Happens

Review

Great review of BEYOND THE BUBBLE from Robert Bruss:

“This is a thinking-person’s book explaining local ‘real estate bubble’ and how individuals can profit from them…Whether you are just getting started in real estate or you are an old pro, Thomsett and Kahr have written this book for you. On my scale of one to 10, this well-researched, outstanding book rates a solid 10.”

Review

“On my scale of one to 10, this well-research, outstanding book rates a solid 10.”
-Robert Bruss, nationally syndicated real estate columnist

Although the Bay Area has never been in a significant bubble in the WSJ, this book is good reading for all so that can learn how to invest in real estate in the rest of the nation.

Let’s face it, the bottom has been reached – we’re now officially beyond the bubble. Please use exploit this opportunity to become wealthy. Sure you might not be able to afford spec properties in Palo Alto, or even East Palo Alto, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start in Phoenix or Miami!

Get on the escalator today!

And when you do become from keeping real estate in perspective, please help this site out, click this link to learn more!

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August 9, 2009

High-End Homes Frozen Out of Budding Housing Rebound – WSJ.com

High-End Homes Frozen Out of Budding Housing Rebound – WSJ.com
They paid about $1.58 million, staying below their self-imposed ceiling of $1.8 million. “We made sure we had a sufficient [financial] cushion,” Ms. Marks says. They made a down payment of about 30%, partly to qualify for a lower-cost loan, and plan to pay down a big chunk of debt as soon as the sale of their condo is completed.

When the foreclosure crisis began two years ago, there were few signs the high-end market would suffer. “It’s God’s country,” Leslie Appleton-Young, chief economist for the California Association of Realtors, told an audience of real-estate agents in 2007. “When is the 30% decline in Marin County’s market going to happen? Not in my lifetime.”

Home prices there have fallen by 21% from their 2006 peak, according to Zillow.com, a real-estate Web site. Ms. Appleton-Young now says there’s “no doubt that the high-end housing prices have adjusted and will continue to adjust.”

Congrats to the Wall Street Journal for having the courage to showcase how the California Association of Realtors has been right all along, and how those crazy bubble blogs and MSM (Main Street Media) have overblown the housing drop.

Has Marin fallen 30%? No. It’s fallen a mere 21%.

Take that everyone. You. Were. Wrong.

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August 8, 2009

SHIFT: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times

It’s Saturday. That means it is time for Burbed’s book of the week!

SHIFT: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times (PAPERBACK) (Millionaire Real Estate)

SHIFTS happen…

Markets shift, and you can too. Sometimes you’ll shift in response to a falling market, and other times you’ll shift to take your business to the next level. Both can transform your business and your life. You can change your thinking, your focus, your actions, and, ultimately, your results to get back in the game and ahead of the competition. The tactics that jump-start your business in tough times will power it forward in good times. No matter the market-shift!

SHIFT explores twelve proven strategies for achieving success in any real estate market, including

* Master the Market of the Moment: Short Sales, Foreclosures, and REOs
* Create Urgency: Overcoming Buyer Reluctance
* Re-Margin Your Business: Expense Management
* Find the Motivated: Lead Generation
* Expand the Options: Creative Financing

About the Author

Gary Keller launched his sales career and later Keller Williams Realty International during two of the worst downturns in the recent history of the real estate market. With SHIFT, Gary and coauthors Dave Jenks and Jay Papasan deliver an authoritative resource for surviving and thriving in a shifted real estate market and the latest book in the bestselling Millionaire Real Estate Series.

Heh. Shift happens. Puns are punny.

Let’s face it, while experts agree that the real estate market has finally bottomed out, and can only go up from here (like in 2007 and 2008), one needs to adapt to the fast changing situation.

This book will show you how. The review stats are pretty impressive! 4.5 stars!

Seriously, I think you have purchased every book that was featured on this site, capped with this one, you would probably be enormously wealthy. When life zigs, you have to zag – and real estate is the place to be.

And when you do become wealthy from this mastering this shift, please help this site out, click this link to learn more!

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