Showing posts with label Casino. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Casino. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Be Aware of Who is in your Audience!

Years ago, I learned, via a more experienced broker than I was at the time, ALL DEVELOPERS lie!

Now, a developer can come along and adamantly state: They never lie! Okay!  I believe they believe that's true.

But, in my 28.5 years of real estate experience, developers lie -- all the time.

Once, while at a event, a developer was giving his presentation on how to buy land to develop it.
Unfortunately, for him, he didn't realize several audience members were wealthy land owners.

I was sitting next to one and I did my best to keep my lips sealed and listen to the presenter's lies.  The land owner was doing likewise.

Anyway, this developer talked about how he's able to acquire land cheaply in order to have a greater profit post sale, development and leasing up of the development.

I had the feeling he thought all attendees there were want to be developers.  It never occurred to him that maybe a handful were actually Owners(?).

Anyway, after the developer's spiel was complete, and as we were exiting, the land owner I sat near, quietly said, "I would never, ever sell my land to that guy.  What a moron!  That guy doesn't realize that half the audience knows more than he does."

Now, the developer is/was a well known builder in the Las Vegas Valley at the time; the Land Owner still has more an 100 acres to his name.  And, Yes, he's developed much of his own property.  He buys, builds and leases out what he can get accomplished in the area where his land is located. Needless to say, he makes a great living.

Moral of the Story: Know your audience!

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Friday, May 15, 2020

It's Real Estate!

Yesterday, while showing one of the Motels I have for sale here in Las Vegas, I was talking to the Buyer/Investor about the Pandemic.

Our discussion centered around rental properties and how they make you money over time.

The Investor said he had given up on stocks via the Stock Market because they always lost money.
(I told him about my theory that the Stock Market is nothing more than legalize gambling.  He thought about it for a second and agreed.)

Anyway, he sticks to just real estate now, because he said even though he doesn't make as much money as he thought when sells a real estate property; he said if he holds them for a while, and rents them out, when he does sell, he's never lost money.

He said the trick is to buy with as little of a loan as possible.  Cash is better, of course!

Thus, I remarked that, that is what I have found.  I own rental property and over time the value, rents and aggravation all grow, but in the end, I have always sold for more than I paid for them.

And, if you buy correctly, that limits your downside when selling.

That made me think of when I first entered real estate under Mike Sitren, way back in 1991.
We sold HUD OWNED Homes, originated the loans to financed the buyers purchase and made money both ways!

Now, almost 30 years on, I am just selling CRE and working the rental properties as needed.
It always reminds me of Mike saying when things go rough during a real estate transaction: "It's Real Estate!"

And with this pandemic running rampantly through our lives, if you don't settle down and ride it out, the only real estate in your future, will be a grave plot.

My apologies for end on such a sour note, but if you have an interest in Las Vegas CRE...

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Sleazy Real Estate Agents

Late last night, I received a call from a residential agent asking about one of my motel listings.

She and her husband are a Residential Real Estate Team here in Las Vegas.

Not surprised that a residential agent would call.  That happens a lot because residential agents think that selling a Commercial Real Estate (CRE) property will add to their mystic.  (It doesn't.)

Anyway, this morning, The "wife" emails me that they have a cash buyer interested in acquiring a small motel.  I have one listed.

I call the Owner's Property Manager (PM) and set up a tour.

As I was working on other "things," I suddenly get a text from the PM saying that a Buyer and agent are at the property asking questions.  (Now, PM and myself are the only ones authorized by the Owner to answer For Sale questions.)

Fortunately, the PM was at the motel in question and did answer property questions during the tour.
Then, they suddenly left.

In the meantime, I am calling the "wife" and asked what was going on?
She said their tour was ahead of schedule and thought just going to the property to walk around was okay. (It's NOT!)

I told her that, that was unacceptable and unprofessional behavior.  If she had been in real estate any length of time, she would know this.

FYI: If you make a schedule to tour a real estate property, and you are early, you call the listing agent to let them know you are early.  They didn't call.  I had to call them after the PM found them wandering the property and asked what they were doing?

So, if you have agents that are that lacking in management skills, you may NOT want to work with them.

The PM did say the Buyer acted as if he was offended by the condition of the property.  He's a bottom feeder and I am truly sick of them.

The property is Value Add and does need work and is priced for that reason.

More as the Corona virus, COVID-19, rampages through the US.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

How to Screw up a Commercial Real Estate Escrow!

The corona-virus hasn't been the only thing effecting me the past 22 days.
(I am NOT infected by the virus! It has been one of many things going on around me that have had an effect on me -- like it has on so many others.)

With that said: the escrow that was canceled by the Buyer the day before Close, is still swarming around with accusations now by the Procuring Broker of being screwed; and accusations of me and the Seller screwing the Buyer, and these are from the Procuring Broker.

This accusation has become more nauseating than the Virus! (Okay, since I don't have the virus, this is an exaggeration.)

Let me explain: Recently, the Procuring Broker accused me of trying to "Sideline" his firm from any commission due to him because his client canceled escrow.

Essentially, he is accusing me of trying to screw him.

Potential Screw Job?
That's NOT true given that one of the partners in the Buying Entity is a local real estate agent who is with another firm.  That agent has made direct contact with me and continued to do so even after I told him to keep the procuring broker involved. (He didn't).

So, when I emailed this Partner, I also cc the broker and agent involved to keep them in the loop.

Yet, apparently, the Broker doesn't keep up with his email correspondence. (That's another story.)

Anyway, when a Buyer cancels an escrow the day before closing, it is a reminder that there are a lot of Buyers out there that lie.  This Buyer claimed to be qualified to buy ALL CASH, yet never had the money to close.  It also puts into focus his Proof of Funds that he presented claiming he had the ability to close. (What happened to it?)

My suspicion is, and has been, he was trying to "flip" the properties. And, his up escrow/sale canceled on him.  Now, he is trying to get his $275,000 EMD back which he is NOT entitled to per the Purchase Agreement he signed.

Since I do my best to be diligent and honest, if you are a Buyer who lies and pretends you are more than you are not, please do NOT contact me.

If you are a Buyer who is serious about acquiring a Nevada CRE Property...(and don't like screwing or being screwed)...but like being treated in an honest and forthright manner...

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Small Las Vegas Casino For Sale!

The Owner of a Small Las Vegas Casino with 45 rooms just told me he's interested in Selling.
He said he will NOT List with any Broker, but if I bring him a ready, willing and capable buyer, he will compensate me.

So, if you can acquire an Unlimited Gaming Casino at $30 Million, contact me right away.

Las Vegas, NV

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

SHUTDOWN!

Real Estate is a business that requires a lot in personal interaction.  Granted, most of it is on the telephone and through other electronic communicating, but it is still a personal relationship business.

Yet, truly it is a non-essential business -- except when you have an escrow that needs to close within the shutdown period.


Sigh!

Buyer wants to extend closing because he is restricted from re-entering the US; and Seller's attorney says close right away.

Somehow, as the Real Estate Broker in the transaction, I am stuck between a rock and a hard place.
(Boy do I feel squeezed.)

What to do? What to do?

Keep moving forward.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Taverna Costera -- A WHL Designed Restaurant!

Rarely do I ever mention my wife's design firm.

I really should mention her firm more because her team does amazing work.

Here is the latest from Carol, Larry and crew!

Vegas Eater Taverna Costra Story

Magnificent!
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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Sports Loving Investors - A Long Term Leased Sports Bar is available for your review!

Hey!

Sports Loving Investors!  There are two Las Vegas Sports Bars For Sale!

Football is back in full swing!  And, the Super Bowl is just around the corner!

With that said, these are fabulous opportunities for the correct Sports Loving enthusiast to acquire a perfect Net Leased Investment Property where local Las Vegans go to wet their whistles and make friendly wagers on the games right inside of the bar!



That's right!  These Sports Bars have sports wagering kiosks that can accept wagers on the game right at the bar location without having to go to a major resort to place a bet at a sports book!

And, these are located in these particular sports bars because of the credibility of the Tenant which is a National Credit Tenant who has a Corporate Guarantee on their lease!

These two can be acquired together or individually.  Both have a Net Leased Income of more than $20,000 per month!

AND, there is basically zero Landlord responsibility!

The Tenant pays for the building maintenance, the building's Real Estate Taxes, and Insurance on top of their  annual rent!

So, don't wait!  The long term leases and tenant financials are available.  But, I will only let those qualified get to see them.  In order to get qualified, you need to call or email me.  I suggest you do so as soon as you finish reading this so you do NOT swing and miss on this too good of an opportunity!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Rail Served Land in Las Vegas!

Recently, I've been thinking about the Railroad.
All the live long day.

Okay, enough of that.

About a year ago, I ran into a Land Owner who resides here in Las Vegas who owns several acres of land that he is considering for sale.
One of his parcels is adjacent to a parcel that has rail service.


Now, there's no warehouse, or anything like that on the parcel; but, there is a rail spur on the vacant parcel.  This could add value to this owner's parcel if he does acquire it.


It sits there all by itself, all alone with no other rail served parcel in the area.


However, the parcel with the rail service is NOT big enough, by itself, for any warehouse development.  So, in order to build and be able to utilize the rail spur cost effectively, you would have to acquire the surrounding parcels.

Unfortunately, there's the rub.

But, I have approached the adjacent land owners about selling.  Some are willing; others no so much.  (Their prerogative. )  Some want more than top dollar, the others are content to keep their land and keep it as is.

Anyway, if interested in developing a rail served parcel in Las Vegas, and need my insight...

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Tragedy Attracts A Low Balling Crowd!

Ever since the Alpine Motel Apartments suffered it's worst day ever and a resulting six people died, there has been an uptick in real estate interest for this property.

Yes, the Low Ball Flippers have contacted me about buying the property.

Alpine Motel Apartments

All have the ability to close real fast, and they are Cash Buyers -- they claim!

The problem, aside from the legal liability the Owner is going to suffer from (alleged) code violations, is these Low Ball Flippers can buy quickly -- only if the Seller would carry back a loan!

Now, I know from my years of experience, that when you are a Buyer asking for a Seller to Carry Back a Loan, you are NOT a Cash Buyer!

And, to add insult to injury, their quick buying price is way less than what the property is worth.  Vacant, the property should sell for about $3 Million in it's "As Is" state.

But, with the pending litigation, that puts this property on hold.

In the words of the Owner's attorney, "Hold for now."

In the meantime. my heart goes out to the victims caught in this tragic event.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Five Tips about Real Estate

Happy New year, Everyone!!

Now, I didn't stay up for any of that New Year's Celebration stuff.  So, I rested well and woke up late New Year's Day.

However, I noticed someone connected to my blog from another blog.  And, checking out the other blog, she described some real estate items I think everyone should know.

https://therealestatewhisperer.blogspot.com/

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year!


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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

When a Buyer needs a Seller Carry Back, the Property is being Flipped!

You spend a lot of time exerting a lot of effort marketing a property for sale.  Then, you run into a Buyer who claims (says) you don't need to work so hard. 

They're easy.  They have all cash and can close real fast!

You think your efforts are finally paying off!

Phew!  That was .... Wait!

That was too easy....

And, so it goes.  You work so hard to get a fair market value offer for a property listing, and then, all of the sudden, along comes a Buyer with cash. (So, they say.)  You think your effort has finally come to fruition?  Or, has it?

This is a scenario I have run into for a long time since I obtained the Listing on several Las Vegas Properties.  I worked my marketing magic as best I can; and, then out of the blue comes a Buyer (a Flipper), who presents themselves as the key to my success.

(They claim) They are an ALL CASH Buyer who can close easily and quickly -- if the Seller can carry back a 2nd for six months to a year.

Sound familiar?

I've heard this a lot in the last year or so.  It's become so redundant, I can recite their pitch in my sleep.

The Seller, who I have known for a long, long time, is a well educated property owner with a lot of experience in owning, buying and selling real estate.

And, yes.  He buys low and sells high.  (That's the Golden Rule of Real Estate.)

So, when he told me he will NOT carry back a loan, I knew, right from the beginning, he knew the secret of a Flipper.  That is because he's a Flipper, too!

But, since I've known him, he's always been the real ALL CASH Buyer type that does pay ALL CASH and he does closes quickly. (Less than 30 days).

He isn't a Buyer who tries to get a carry back from a seller.  He pays cash, fixes the property's problems, then re-sells.

Moral of the story, if you are a flipper, and you want to steal equity, you need to do it quietly, quickly and move on to the next property in a blink of the eye.  To do that requires ALL CASH. 

Get in.  Close.  Then, Get Out.

Carry backs only keep the Seller's interest in a property.  It allows the Seller to keep an eye on what you are doing.  And, that creates the problem.  Once the Seller knows you are stealing their equity, that's when the Buyer's problems begin. 

And ALL of Your Efforts were for not.

Moral of the Story, I will keep marketing and putting my effort into finding a Buyer who wants to own the property rather than someone just looking for a flip.

It really does matter.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

You ever get used to being lied to about Las Vegas Resorts?

About a year ago, I wrote a $900 Million 'Offer' for the Rio All-suites Hotel and Casino.  That investor needed more time to put together the acquisition money than Caesars was willing to wait.  So, it went no where.

Now, the reason the Offer I wrote was so high in price was because the land value of the 88.53 Acres which the Rio sits on his worth about $11 Million an acre.  Thus, the $900 Million offer.

After that offer fell apart, Eldorado Resorts came along with their attempt to acquire ALL of Caesars in their stock deal.  At this time, I was told by my contact at Caesars that the sale of the Rio was being put on hold until Eldorado completed their acquisition.


Ok, makes sense.  Let's wait.  (I should never have waited.)

Then, a few months later, I was shocked to read that Caesars Sold the Rio at about half of the land value for the whole property!

Even to today, I am flummoxed as to the reason they moved forward on such a low ball offer.

Now, the Rio buildings and such were the victim of the lack of Preventive Maintenance.  Before and during Caesar's Bankruptcy, they did little if anything to cure items that could have easily been fix, replaced and of in general taken care of.

Thus, the dire state of the existing structure. (As one retired casino executive said to me one time, "Duct tape on the carpet is NOT a repair."

So, all I can do now, is hope that the current buyer, who is in escrow, doesn't close and I find an equally qualified buyer to close on the property.

Are there other resorts available?  Yes. 
Are they expensive?  Yes.
Are there hotels/motels available without gaming?  Yes.

To find out more....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

RIO SOLD! OK, It's just in Escrow.

For about 10 years (maybe more) Caesars was trying to sell the Rio All-Suites Hotel Casino.

For ten years (maybe more), I did my best to find them a buyer.

Well, looks like I failed.

But, given parameters that were NOT held up by the Buyer in the final outcome, I don't feel like a failure.



You see, it was Caesar's decision to undersell the Rio.

When I was trying to sell this property, I was told that $1 Billion or more was the sales price.  well, I took that as the God's Truth since most 'Strip' properties sell in the $10 Million an acre range.

But, I do know that there is one buyer who must feel completely used for way over paying for a dilapidated resort that is NOT even functional.

(He paid $600 million for a property he will need to invest almost a Billion into to complete it.)



Then, again, the Rio will need probably a Billion to fix/repair from the way Caesar's ran it into the ground during their tenure as owner.

Oh, well!

Another day, another dollar.

If interested in a Las Vegas Resort; OR, if you are interested in any type of Las Vegas investment...

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Three Las Vegas Motels For Sale!

If you have been considering entering the Las Vegas Motel Market, here's your chance.

You can acquire all (or individually) three separate non-branded Motels at a +/-12% Cap Rate!

That's a steal as far as I can tell!

Two of the Three are located within the "Opportunity Zone" which enables you to get a tax break for redeveloping these properties.

The Economy Motel

The Starlite Motel

The Casa Blanca Motel

Each Property is in a Value Added state and the right person with enough ambition can turn these into branded motels; OR, just keep operating them as they are.

They are earning a total Net Income of +/-$903,066 annually!

For further property details...

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Just received an alert about your listings!

Okay!  That's great!  Who sent you the alert?

Deal Stream!

Who?

www.dealstream.com!

Wait, what?  I don't subscribe to that web site....

And, so, it happens.  Someone is advertising my listings on another web site.

Should I be angry?  Sad?  Or, happy someone sleazy is trying to sell my listing to another buyer without my consent?

Now, I know the values of these properties.
The Seller knows the values of these properties, too!

If they think they can acquire them so low that they are flip-able, they're wasting their money.

You see, the Seller is very knowledgeable about Las Vegas real estate; thus so am I.

If we get an offer at or about the Seller's selling price, then, SOLD!
But, I can tell you this.

The flipper isn't going to make as much money as they envision.

But, sure, Go ahead!

Market my property for me.  It saves me time and money!

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

SOLD! Okay, Not SOLD. But, they keep saying SOLD!

Have you ever been told a lie and you know it's a lie, but the person telling the lie insist it's the truth!

Recently, a (not so major) resort Sold in Las Vegas.  But, as far as I can tell, it didn't sell.

Okay, I am NOT going to identify the property.  Let's see if you can guess.

A small resort property announced a sale and when I investigated, I found that, that wasn't quite true.

But, the news media keeps hawking the Sold news as if it was something major.

In my investigation of this sale, the ownership name changed, but it remained the same, even though it is going to be occupied by a "New Tenant."

Everyone involved from owner to tenant were in the news saying the right things about this new (supposed) ownership of the property.

The only thing I knew was new was the tenant taking occupancy.  The old ownership still owns but under a different name.

The old ownership executives are the new owner executives.  Yet, the tenant is new.

See how this becomes confusing.  Sort of like listening to a liar who lies and then re-listening to the people who were lied to and they are repeating the lie, yet no matter how much emphasis the new liars try, the lie is a lie.

And, unfortunately, since you know the truth, it becomes exhausting trying to correct the lie.

So, to NOT be lied to... why not contact me.

I will tell you the truth regardless of whether you believe me or not.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Peaceful Morning in Las Vegas!

As a Real Estate Broker, I do my best to be a professional.  There are times I know that my words and actions can be taken out of context.

Yet, I strive on toward helping those that want my help.

And, every now and then, I learn "things" that shake me to the core.  Just recently, I found out that a "new" client, who told me he had just drove by several properties in actuality did make contact with another broker about a building he has listed.

(If you don't understand why that is a bad thing, I will explain. If you are a buyer and you contact a listing broker about that property, if you bring me into the situation after making the contact, YOU, as the Buyer, are now responsible to compensate me. Since you directly contacted the Listing agent, you made them the procuring cause of a sale.  Thus, they do NOT have to split any commission with me.)

So, I know a lot of you novice real estate Buyers don't understand this concept. But, if you venture out into the real estate world, make contact with a listing real estate broker or agent about a property with their sign on it, bringing in an agent post that contact, you are responsible for compensating the agent.

Any questions?

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Friday, August 16, 2019

You are going to have to forgive me!

Just read a news story about a Las Vegas real estate agent who recently died.

He worked at a prominent real estate company; and, he was known for doing large real estate deals.

My apology is for what I am about to say because I was NOT a fan.

When it comes to real estate, you need to be courteous and thoughtful toward others.  When you are a bully and you think you are better than all the rest, to me, you are nothing more than a weak, weak person.

My first interaction with this bully was years ago.  Thankfully, in the 20 years since we first met, I did my best to stay away from him. Years ago he did his best to bully me.  I bullied him right back.

Sorry, when you attempt to invalidate me; I fight back.  I hate bullies.

Anyway, the last email he sent me, months ago, was another attempt at bullying.  Apparently, he never learned his lesson.

This time, I had heard through the grapevine that he was dying, so I ignored the email and went on with my business.

Anyway, I am so, so happy he thought going to the doctor was a waste of time.  I am so glad that he's no longer sucking up precious oxygen.  And, he was a year younger than me.

(PST! I go to the doctor twice a year whether I need to or not. So, I am still healthy & (hopefully) wise!  Only time will tell.)

Does that make me a bad person?

It's okay if you think I'm bad.  You are just going to have to forgive me, regardless.

Either way, I don't care if you think I'm bad or not.

My clients know I am good, thoughtful and courteous.

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