Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's a Wednesday before the American Holiday, Thanksgiving, and I sometimes get nostalgic about my ancestry during this time of year because; YES, I am a direct descendant of William Brewster.

My father's side of the family has been keeping track of our family heritage for, well, since the Pilgrims maneuvered the Mayflower beside a larger then usual but still small boulder they called Plymouth Rock in 1620.

Anyway, have a peaceful, safe holiday. I was going to go sit by our pool and relax, but it is cold here in Las Vegas, NV.

If you have any questions about Las Vegas Commercial Real Estate....

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Friday, November 20, 2015

There is One +/-8% Cap Rate Property Currently in Las Vegas!

That's correct.

And, the first person to make an acceptable offer, could be the new owner of this freestanding NNN Leased Property!

This is NOT a teaser.  There is ONE CRE property currently in Las Vegas that can be acquired for an +/-8% Cap Rate.  And, there are +/- a dozen or so National Credit Tenants in the immediate area around it.  And, the street traffic is +/-71,000 per day!

If you acquire this now, you will earn the +/-$151,200 in current annual rental income!  AND, in August, 2016, the annual rent increases to $166,320!  This is absolutely, the best type of retirement income you could ever ask for!

And the tenant pays all the cost and expenses on this property!  And there is still ten years remaining on their lease; and they have Two Five Year options where the annual rent can reach +/-$220,000!

Want to know more?

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Compliments will NOT pay the bills!

A while back, I was dealing with a "Supposed" client who was going to acquire a variety of CRE properties in Las Vegas.

At one point he asked me to find him +/-500 unsold homes so he could fix and flip.  He was very complimentary and by the sound of his voice, he was confident I could get the job done.

I did ask for his proof of funds -- which he said he had but would send them once an offer was written,

Anyway, I like so many others before me, I fell under his complimentary spell.

He did bring his "guys" with him to Las Vegas to look at various properties; and, we met with one Owner, who was very complimentary right back at him.

Later, after the "supposed" client was on his way back home to re-think his purchases, the Owner asked me to meet with him.  He wanted to buy me a cup of coffee.

The Owner and I met.  The Owner said, "David, that guy ain't no buyer.  He's wasting your time."

Apparently, the Owner has been through these scenarios before and wanted to forewarn me what was going to (and actually did) happen.

A few days later, the "supposed" client called to ask me to write an offer for the "wonderful" Owner who agreed to meet with them.

The "supposed" client wanted to offer the Owner a way out of his property buy putting together a joint venture and let the "supposed" client manage the business located at the property.  The "supposed" client would increase the sales and profitability of the business at the property, thus increasing the sales price of the property once it sold -- which they'd split.

I had to tell the "supposed" client no deal.  The Owner had warned me that, that was what he was going to do.  I didn't tell him this of course, but he said it would be very profitable for me to accept stock in this venture and I would be benefiting greatly from his tenure as managing owner.

I told him, the same thing the Owner said to me: Compliments don't pay the bills!

Anyway, he has since been less complimentary as far as I can tell, because he has moved on to other brokers -- to waste their time.

So, if you are serious about acquiring a lease investment -- and have proof of cash, there are a few really good deals left in Las Vegas you should be considering.  Call me.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Icahn lists Fontainebleau for $650 Million

At lunch today with a gaming executive, we started talking about the announcement of Icahn listing the Fontainebleau for sale.  The rumored asking price is $650 Million.

"That's too much," said the gaming executive.
He continued, "the gaming industry has changed in the last 10 years. You used to be able to buy a $300 Million property and that resort would turn a profit in a year or so, but not anymore.  The casino industry is in trouble with so many local casinos going in, in other states.  Nowadays, forget it! Spending a billion eliminates any possibility at making any money."

He also added, "Look at Caesar's.  They let their CEO acquire so much debt, that even in bankruptcy, they are going to get the short end of the deal."

He asked, "...and how much is it going to cost to finish it (the Fontainebleau)? At 50% completed (more accurate than what is being published) the new owner is going to be into a property that is not well located on the "Strip" for about $2 Billion.  And, they are going to need a lot more foot traffic in that area before they turn a profit."

I had told him that I written an offer about two years ago for $450 Million and Icahn turned it down.  He said, "That is more realistic but still too much," in his opinion.

All I can say now, is: Best of luck to whoever buys this for $650 Million.  Whatever sucker pays that much will be going the way of other Las Vegas resorts in the short term.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

"What other people think of me is none of my business." - Dr. Wayne Dyer

Recently, I have had real estate people criticize me in forums and through other people because of my opinion; or, because I am so open and honest in ALL CRE transactions that I am involved in.

It's the reason WHY I have only been to one deposition in 24 years which was for a real estate transaction that was going sideways at that time.

Anyway, the full quote is: "What other people think of me is none of my business. One of the highest places you can get to is being independent of the good opinions of other people." - Dr. Wayne Dyer

And, because some of these people have said things to other people I know -- I am sure most were trying to be positive and helpful -- that I have to emphasize that I truly do NOT care what you think about me.  Of course, I am referring to other real estate brokers, agents and affiliates or such that have formed an opinion about me through the years.

So, I am going to just say: I do what I have to do to get a CRE transaction done in the correct and most honest manner.  If that bothers some of you people, that's fine.  You can just stop being critical of me because I don't care whether you like me of not.

And, I know who you are.

I saw a saying a few days ago that went something like: 'I have been making changes in my life.  If you haven't heard from me in a while, you are one of the changes I made.'

Hopefully, clients fully understood that there are some idiot agents here in Las Vegas that don't want to do any CRE transactions with me.  That's fine.  That speaks volumes about me.  And, it tells me, that these agents are lazy, sleazy or just want to make a quick buck.  It is also because I have always insisted that they do their job.

Like I said in the previous post, I do work well with others.  I do work hard.  And, if you think I need training, or, you don't like opinion of a property value you placed on a property, go suck an egg.  You are in my way and I am going to help my client get the fairest deal they can.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Another national real estate firm "Broker" gets Called on the Carpet!

I love working Commercial Real Estate!  I must because of the nature of the business.

You see, recently, I had to call another 'Agent' on the carpet.  I did so because this agent -- who works for a national real estate firm, doesn't return other "Broker" up calls -- then when you do get a hold of them: They Lie!

This particular salesperson/agent -- who refers to them self as a broker (Not licensed as a broker.) -- doesn't want to work with others because of the severe commission split within their own office.  (I have blogged about this before.)

Anyway, I do try my best to work well with others.  I do try my best to do what is best for my client.   I will, also, kill a deal if I find out that my client's interest is suddenly hampered by a just learned about fact about a property being pursued.  (And, I am proud of the fact that I have only been to one deposition in my 24 year career.  And, that was because the Seller lied to me during the listing presentation.)

Anyway, here's the key to NOT experiencing my wrath: Don't lie to me!  If something is wrong with a property: Tell me!  I can help get a Close IF I know property problems well in advance.

And, if you refuse to take my call; or refuse to reply to my emails; step aside and get out of my way! In this business, delivering bad news is part of the job. So, get used to it.

Everyone hates losing listings, losing sales, and even losing clients.  It comes with the territory.

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