Thursday, March 24, 2016

You Don't Have to be Rich to Invest in Las Vegas CRE!

A few people through the years have poked fun at me because I am so enthusiastic about people getting involved in Las Vegas Commercial Real Estate (CRE).

Some have even joked that if they win the Power Ball or Mega Bucks lottery, I would be the first person they called. (Not to share it with me, but to help them buy a Las Vegas CRE property.)

I immediately tell them: "But you don't have to be rich to buy a CRE property.  You should start with something small and affordable."

Case in point: I know of a small office (1,900 SF) that is for sale at $299,000!
Yes, it is located on a major traffic road that used to be homes.  But, since the traffic on the street is so high, the City has allowed these home owners to convert their houses into small offices.

Now, the asking rents in this area run about $1.00 PSF ($12 PSF Annually) -- which is not bad considering that this location is a very good spot for first time tenants to get their growing businesses going.

And the investment of $299,000 is about an 8% Cap Rate on the outside looking in.

And of course if you don't have the total sales price amount, you could get an 80/20 Loan-To-Value (LTV) Loan. (Please consult a reputable loan company in your area for guidance on this issue.)

Anyway, if you are willing, this is a very good place to start your CRE portfolio.

So, if you live in one of the higher priced metro residential markets, you know that this is probably less than you spent buying your personal residence.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Chinese are NOT fearful of Trump. (I think they know he lacks presidential leadership qualities!)

Over the past few months -- especially the last few weeks -- many of the overseas investors I have been working with have stated to me how fearful they are of a Trump presidency.

One client from Europe said that the European Union doesn't want to invest in the US because they think Trump has a chance of winning the Presidency. (He actual said Trump thinks he is running for dictator of the US.)

My Middle Eastern client said that one of his investors is a Sheikh and the Sheikh said he will NOT invest in the US because of Trump's supposed ban on Muslims entering the US.

However, Anbang has continued to make offers on US companies and buy up US properties regardless of Trump's Chinese bashing.  This made me think two things:

1.) The Chinese know that what Trump is proposing is as doable as any of Bernie Sanders proposals.  They will never get done; and,

2.) The Chinese understand that old white men are the ones supporting Trump through the primary process.  They know that Trump doesn't have a chance at being elected president at all.

Recent general election polls that I have seen on the Internet show that even Bernie Sanders would be able to beat Trump in the general election.  And even though there is a lot of hate being spewed by the far right about Hillary Clinton, she would beat Trump easily.

So, with this in mind, I hope to quell any foreign investor fears that Trump will ever reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC -- I just don't foresee this ever happening.

And, as far as I am concerned, Trump invalidates, bullies, and pontificates a hatred that only  (ignorant) old white men are willing to embrace.

When my ancestors were the first to come to America -- along with the other foreign people who followed along after them (not a legal issue at the time), they were the ones who made the country it is.  And, then, other people from around the world came -- all searching for a better life, and a better way of living. (The Statue of Liberty emphasizes this point.)

And the Chinese know that the type of leader Trump is demonstrating he is and would be, will not win enough votes to win the general election of the freest, most democratic country in the world.

So, please overseas investors, relax.  Trump will not be elected President.  If the Chinese know he  truly is not qualified to lead the free world; he isn't.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

On the Horizon...

Donald Trump, for some strange reason, is winning over (let's call them) normal every day Old White Americans.

I truly don't understand what they are so afraid of.

Donald Trump is fear mongering.  He is playing to the lowest common denominator in this GOP primary season.

With that said, I received an email from my Middle Eastern client which in essence said: Until Donald Trump is out of the presidential race, middle eastern money stays out of the US.

Here is what he sent me:

"... with all the madness and shocking popularity of Trump!!! Which foreign investors specially Middle East take it very seriously not only because of its extreme hatred for all non Americans!! But also because it reflects a lot Americans same feelings and it sheds very bad and instability. On the Horizon."

I don't know if Trump realizes how much his words are hurting American Business.  I don't think he cares about Americans as he implies.

One minority client said to me he thinks Donald Trump is filming a reality TV show and went on this run for president as part of this TV show.  The problem is: he expected to be out of the race by now but he is winning with words and phrases that would have cost other politicians their elected positions.

I do NOT know if this is true.  But, I am NOT voting for Trump in the General election if he wins the GOP nomination.  In my opinion, there is no room at the highest elected office in the world for some one with so much fear and hatred in his heart.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Super Bloom! A Real Estate Tour through Death Valley!

This has nothing to do with Commercial Real Estate, however, it does cover real estate in general.

My wife and I, plus brother-in-law, daughter and her boyfriend, all went to Death Valley on Sunday to see the once in every 10 year bloom of flowers -- that is currently happening.

We went to rest, relax and just enjoy the scenery.

Lots of pretty yellow flowers with an occasional purple flower plant here and there.

And if you are ever feeling low, like so low you feel as if you are below sea level, there is an actual spot where you can go to actually be below sea level.

Like 282' below sea level -- without being under water!
(It does say Sea Level on a sign about half way up the rock face.)


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Monday, March 7, 2016


First of all, if you are an experienced hotelier, you need to download, fill out, scan, and email back to me the form under the Las Vegas Casino Information button in the right hand column.

Once I have that filled out formed -- and signed by your company signatory -- I will forward the appropriate property detail for your review.

But, to wet your appetite, there are two up and running resort properties that could be acquired.

The First is a large Las Vegas Resort Casino Property.  Then, again, the Non Circumvent and Commission Agreement is required in order to receive any details on either property.

The Second is a smaller property and costs... Then, again, the form...

But, I will disclose that these will cost you in the hundreds of millions -- each.

If interested (and you are qualified to apply and receive a Nevada Unrestricted gaming license, you must provide the Seller with your financial capability and Proof of Funds to close!

And, this is needed prior to the release of any property information.

The Sellers are looking for people/companies that are either licensed already - or are people/companies that have the capability of being licensed with the Nevada Gaming Control Unrestricted Nevada Gaming License.

NOW, lastly, there is still property that is "develop-able." But, please still adhere to my Las Vegas Casino Information button to receive that property information as well.

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