The Digital Revolution and Crowdfunding Platforms

With the average American today having much shorter attention spans (just seven (7) seconds, per some estimates), American investors’ investment strategies have sped up as well. Now, more investors want to quickly analyze and fund a deal in the same hour, day, or week instead of over the period of several months. As a result, […] Read More

Crisis Opportunities

It has been said over the years that the origin of the word “Crisis” may be related to two seemingly opposing or contradictory definitions as related to Chinese characters or symbols. These two symbols may represent the words “Danger” and “Opportunity.” Just as Love and Fear are thought to be the two primary core emotions […] Read More

The Shadow Inventory Comes Out of the Shadows Across America

Meet Marc and Jasmine: they are elbows-deep in what is known in the real estate business as the 'Shadow Inventory'.   You’ve probably heard of the shadow inventory since the economic meltdown began in 2008.  It refers to the millions of supposedly bank-owned properties that have been sitting in the vaults and on the books of […] Read More

How Real Estate Benefits from Big Data

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How and why is the Big Data market so potentially lucrative for the real estate and mortgage industries? Big Data is an accumulation of massive amounts of potentially overwhelming information, which is then analyzed, sorted, and organized in a way that a business may later use to target for new customers. A real estate and […] Read More

The Evolution of U.S. Credit, Mortgage, and Student Loans

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How and why did the cost of education and overall credit in the USA get so incredibly expensive for Americans as time progressed over the past few centuries? Harvard University, back in 1840, was the first university in the USA to establish some type of a school loan program for their early students. Subsequent to […] Read More

From Cities to Suburbia and Back (Part 3)

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This is the third post of three posts from Rick Tobin, where he discusses the evolution of the suburbs in America and how they were shaped and continuously molded by the economic, political, cultural and technological changes in the world. Suburbia’s Evolution: The 1990s The decade of the 1990s began shortly after the end of […] Read More

Give The Big Business Experience On A Small Business Budget

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Starting a business can be a daunting task in any economy, but in the current economy where corporations have become so large they are difficult to compete against, you need to be a little creative in order to keep up. You will need to leverage your resources accordingly to make the same good impression on […] Read More

The Value Of Time: A Slow Cooked Approach To Investing

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An Interview with Don Fullman and Charles Sells of PIP Group   As the market continues to rebound, inventory levels are running low. With inventory low, it’s easy for investors to get discouraged about new deals. For partners Don Fullman and Charles Sells, new deals are a matter of knowledge and patience, “there are more […] Read More

An Investment Banker’s Views on Japan & Asia’s Property Market, Global Economy, Life – and How to Use Money to Make the World a Better Place

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An Interview with Roland Thompson, Formerly Director of North Asia for Credit Suisse Having delved deeply not only into equities, mergers & acquisitions, debt and leveraging but also extensively into real estate and related infrastructures, I found Roland’s input and take on current economic and social affairs of great interest. At a recent lunch meeting […] Read More

From Cities to Suburbia and Back (Part 2)

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This is the second post in a series of three posts from Rick Tobin, where he discusses the evolution of the suburbs in America and how they were shaped and continuously molded by the economic, political, cultural and technological changes in the world. In his previous post, Rick discussed the real estate situation 100 years […] Read More

Interview with Kevin Rollings, Owner of Alcatraz Storage

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How did you discover self storage? After managing rental stores with Nationsrent for 15 years, I was offered the position of Regional Director by the previous owner of the Alcatraz Storage Facilities located in the Indiana. So, my start in self-storage came from someone else already involved in it. I originally came on board as […] Read More

Interview With Marko Rubel

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Marko, you have a true rags-to-riches story, can you tell us a bit about your journey from being a poor immigrant to living the American dream and how real estate made it happen? When I came to America, I didn't speak English and didn't have much money, but I was so excited! I knew that […] Read More

Interview with Dmitriy Fomichenko, Founder & President of Sense Financial Services LLC

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How long has Sense Financial been in business? I started Sense Financial 3 years ago in October 2010. Why did you start Sense Financial? In short, because I saw a need and was able to provide the solution. My background includes conventional financial and retirement planning. I started my career in financial planning in 2000. […] Read More

Interview with Karen Rittenhouse

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Today we are interviewing Karen Rittenhouse. Karen has been investing in real estate full-time since January 2005. She has purchased hundreds of homes, opened a full-service real estate company, a property management company, a coaching/training business, and has written several books on real estate. Welcome Karen and thank you for taking the time to speak […] Read More

Interview with Nav Athwal

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Today we are interviewing Nav Athwal, the Co-Founder of RealtyShares. RealtyShares is a Crowdfunding investment platform for Real Estate. Hello Nav and thank you for taking the time to speak with us. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself - your background, experience and type of real estate investing you have been […] Read More

Interview with Ziv Magen

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Good morning Ziv. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? What did you do before getting into real estate investing? I suppose you could call me an IT geek turned property geek. I was in corporate IT project management for many years, […] Read More

From Cities to Suburbia and Back (Part 1)

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This is the first post of a series of three posts from Rick Tobin that discusses the evolution of the suburbs in America and how it was shaped and continuously being molded by the economic, political, cultural and technological changes in the world. In this post, Rick begins with the real estate situation 100 years […] Read More

Interview With Lex Levinrad

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Lex Levinrad is a South Florida real estate investor who has been wholesaling, buying, fixing and flipping homes for the past 10 years. He has written seven books about investing in real estate, and is a nationally renowned real estate speaker and coach. Noland, I am a full time real estate investor. I have been […] Read More

Interview with Ben Leybovich

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1. Hello Ben. Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. My pleasure Noland! 2. Can you give us a little background about yourself. Well, I was born in the former USSR. My family immigrated to America in 1989. My professional destiny was sealed, so to speak, at the age of three when my […] Read More

Hyperinflation: Cash vs. Assets

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Since 1913, the value of the U.S. Dollar has allegedly fallen to close to a current equivalent value of just 2 to 3 cents. If true, the purchasing value of a Dollar has fallen 97% to 98% over the past 100 years. That is truly amazing, mind boggling, and tragic that the U.S. Dollar has […] Read More