Showing posts with label Entertainment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Entertainment. Show all posts

Monday, March 19, 2018

Commercial Real Estate 101

Recently, I realized that when it comes to real estate terminology, when someone like me comes along and I start to refer to Real Estate investing in terms such as: "Passive" or "NNN" or "Net Leased Property," the person I am speaking with usually will give me that "Look."

You know the one I'm talking about.  That, 'Ah-Huh!' "Look" that signals they are trying to convey to me they completely understand what I am saying! (They usually don't.)


Okay, Let's try this.

"Triple Net!"

No? Don't know what that means?

Las Vegas Sign at Dusk!
How about:


Still, No?

How about me saying: These types of real estate investments are the most popular type of real estate ownership for investors.

You want to say, 'That's nice!' Right?

Well, just let me state that:

Even experienced real estate investors looking for a better than average Wall Street type of investment product, will acquire these types of properties simply because of their better than normal Return On Investment (ROI).  Unfortunately, most normal people do NOT understand this because these properties are the last thing you would think about when you think about real estate.

Still lost?

Well, let me explain -- No, why don't I summarize. (If you still have questions, you can contact me directly.)

Anyway, when you are an owner of a "Net Leased Property" that (usually) has a National Credit Tenant under a "Triple Net Lease," you simple collect rent.  Your monthly or quarterly responsibility is solely restricted to depositing the Tenant's rent check.   (Well, with direct deposit, it is checking to see if it the rent was deposited.)

Another advantage is that even without a mortgage loan secured by a Note and Trust Deed, you still gain the equity of the property for the time you own the property.  And, the Tenant in a "Net Leased" Property is (usually) responsible to pay ALL of the expenses associated with the property. That means, your property's Real Estate Taxes, Insurance and Common Area Maintenance (CAM) are paid by the Tenant.  AND, you will receive (in most NNN Leases) an annual increase in the Tenant's Monthly Rent.  So, as you can see, the longer the tenant stays either through their initial lease or through their options or extensions, their annual rent usually goes up and they will cover your property ownership cost as well.

Too much information?

I tell you what, if interested in learning this, give me a call.  We can discuss this further.

I know that once you have seen the benefit of a regular Triple Net Investment's monthly income, you will NOT want to go back to real estate business as usual.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Investing in Las Vegas Makes Sense!

Here is an investor's perspective on his involvement in acquiring Las Vegas real estate and why it made sense to him!


Stop delaying!

Contact Me Now!

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

"Fire and Fury" is a Must Read!

Curious as to why the media was so solidly pumping Michael Wolfe's "Fire and Fury' I ordered a copy.

Having just completed reading it, my previous stance during the election of 2016 that Donald Trump was NOT qualified to be president is re-enforced.

The basic premise as written from a reporter's point of view is that (Trump) "-- didn't have the wherewithal to adequately function in his job."

And, it is my hope -- we survived the incompetence that Trump is raining down upon us.

A client from London recently stated that he is raising "European Money" in an effort to acquire US real estate assets because the "Trump Affect" has driven the value of the US dollar down to where US real estate assets are more affordable to European and Middle Easter Businessmen.

Another potential client from Australia told me via text message the Chinese investors who acquired US real estate assets over the past few years are quietly seeking to sell them -- given the potential profit they could bring.

My guess is that they want to sell before they find out the equity they acquired would be millions rather than billions on them.

With the current stock market volatility - up and down, and the Trump effect on US Ally relationships, this is cause for concern from a "businessman president" who truly doesn't know what he is doing.

It's my hope Congress finally realizes their success is hinged to giving Trump a permanent golf vacation via Impeachment.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Owner Chews Me Out For Contacting His Lender!

First of all, I know the Owner quite well!

Second, there was a Notice of Default (NOD) filed on his property.

Third, I am dealing with a buyer that has expressed interest in acquiring this property and when I told them about the NOD, they said I should get the loan information.

With that said:  What I did wasn't wrong.

Been there; done that!

Through my years as a Real Estate Broker, I have also worked in the lender industry for prominent banks, mortgage companies, and brokers originating loans, etc.

I have acquire quite a bit of knowledge as to HOW? real estate financing works.

Do I know everything? No!
Do I continue to learn as the real estate industry evolves? Yes!

So it should NOT come as a surprise to anyone -- I told the owner -- that a buyer with cash wants to acquire property at or below market value.

That's how it works.  He reluctantly agreed. (He does the same thing.)

Since the property had an NOD, the buyer I am currently working with said: 'See if the lender will sell the loan?"'

So, I contacted the lender and was told: 'No! The loan is NOT for sale.'

I inform the buyer.  They were like, okay.
That's when the owner finds out through the lender I called, okay.
That's when the owner tells me: 'Don't do that ever again.' Okay!

But after hearing him out, I understand his position.  He doesn't want to lose the property but doesn't want to lost his investment into the property either.

I get it.  And, so do all of you fellow real estate owners.  You don't want to lose your initial or equity investment in any real estate property.  Neither do I.

Everyone knows that foreclosure is a bad thing -- especially when you lose your entire investment into the property.

I tell the buyer we need to make an offer before the NOD runs it's course. That was yesterday.

Hopefully, the buyer is able to convince his investors this is a steal at the asking price and should move forward quickly.

More as it happens.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Small Resort Casino For Sale in Las Vegas!

Recently, my Inbox has received inquiries about Las Vegas Resorts For Sale.

There are some -- not many -- that could be acquired.

The problem is -- and will always be -- that potential Buyers want to acquire Resort properties in the same manner as if they are acquiring a Net Leased Property in their own back yard.

Or, they think that because they are who they think they are, the Seller should (overtly) respect them fully and sell at the Buyer's suggested low-ball price.

Unfortunately -- and this goes for all would be buyers -- it doesn't work that way when it comes to Las Vegas Resort Properties.

I can't explain it any more simplistically than if a property is being marketed at $6 Million an acre.  And, surrounding comparable sales indicate $7 Million an acre, why are Buyers pushing for a sale at $3 Million an acre?

For Example: a small extended stay resort motel property with a small casino (8 slots only) though this property is zoned for an Unlimited Gaming Casino (Full slots, table games, etc.) that sits right smack inside the Clark County Gaming Overlay (which means there are no restriction to developing an unlimited gaming casino) isn't going to be sold cheaply.

And Buyers arguing with me that the Net Income from the property means the value is less than the  asking, baffles me.

The Net Income of the property may be a contributing value, but when it comes to land value being more valuable than the business being run at the location, trying to acquire this based on the Net Income isn't going to cut it.

Many, many times, I've had brokers outside of Las Vegas tell me that the value of a resort property is solely based on it's Net Operating Income.

I have to over explain to them that if the land is worth much, much more than the business net income, that's the sales price.

(This scenario is never, ever going to change.)

To which I always respond, "that may work in your neck of the woods.  But, it doesn't work here."

I've had offers on listings that were for a fraction of what the properties eventually sold for.

I realize that Buyers are trying to get the most equity they can at the time of purchase; I also understand that the Sellers are trying to get the most bang for their buck for the equity value.

So, if you think a 200 room resort with a small casino, Full Alcohol and located within the Clark Gaming Overlay is worth $20 Million when comparable sales say it's worth $21 Million, send me an email.

(Psst! The abandoned and unfinished Fontainebleau just sold for $25 Million an acre. Don't tell anyone!)

After executing the appropriate paperwork, I'll send you the property details.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

VACATION! It's all I ever wanted! Time to get away!

From August 25th, 2017 until September 4th, 2017, the spouse & I will be away from everything.

Even our electronic devices will be off! So, emails, texts and even telephone calls will be ignored.

So, if you need to get a hold of me during this period, you will have to leave a message and I will reply/respond on September 5th!

If it can't wait!

Oh, well.  It's going to have to wait.

See you Tuesday, September 5th!

Much Appreciated!

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Snake Oil Salesmen!

There are real estate agents in Las Vegas, NV that I truly don't want to work with. (Sorry about ending a sentence with a preposition.)

The reason is: I don't understand these agents obsession with wanting/having to double end every deal (List and Sell) that they have.  I love double ending deals, too.  But, if another agent has a qualified buyer, there's no skin off my nose to split the commission.

And, their mentality about this element is very, very annoying.

You call them to ask a question about one of their properties; and they never, ever take your call, return your call, nor even reply to an email.

(Now, I want to out these agents! I truly do.  Yet, in the future, I will have to have some form of transaction with them (hopefully, not) but they are here and don't seem to be going away anytime too soon.)

Recently, I was talking to a group of attorneys who own a building where the three are partners in the building where they also have their offices located.  One is moving on -- as in being kicked out of being an attorney (it happens); one is going on a mission (retiring); and the third wants another (better) location.

Anyway, I made a pitch for the listing and told them that I thought their building would sell at around $183 PSF!  Good price given the fact that the last ten years worth of real estate foreclosures really drove prices way down.

Yet, when I was done with my presentation, one of the attorney partners boldly stated that I had used the wrong comparable sales!

Say what?

He said another broker (actually the other broker is an agent) had told them that he could sell their building at $215 PSF.

I was like, really?  The partner attorney said that the broker (the other agent) had better comps.

I reiterated that I had used the best comparable sales within their zip code and all the zip codes around them.

I asked which comp specially did he use to use as in like to like properties?  The partner attorney said the address.  I was stunned.  Apparently, the other broker (agent), had used an ambulatory building (an urgent care facility) as the best like property to their subject basic office building.

Now, the finishes in the subject property are upgraded; there is marble flooring in the entry -- and along the carpeted halls; there is wood trim everywhere with an upgraded reception desk, too.

But, since the ambulatory building sold six months ago to an investment group buying the property as a NNN investment, sure, the price PSF is going to be higher, but: IT'S NOT A COMP!

It's not a like for like property.  It is a completely different building and use.  And, the zoning is heavy retail.  (They are in a Professional Office Park.)

And, I reiterated all of this to the group in the hopes of dis-swaying them, yet I got the feeling they were NOT impressed.  They had been SOLD by the other agent.

Anyway, long story short -- I didn't get the listing.

After returning to my office, I was re-telling my adventure to one of my two agents.  After, the retelling, she stated: Snake Oil Sales Men!  She knows the agent to whom I am referring to.

I could only agree.  Yet, I told her, there are three attorneys and if something goes wrong during the listing, at least I won't be the one facing 3 angry lawyers with the capability to sue.

God, I want to disclose this company's name.  No, I better not.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Finally a Women Says What I Said Last Year: Women Should Invest More!

Almost a year ago, I wrote a blog about the major discrepancy between the genders.  It was about the gender gap when it comes to investing in Commercial Real Estate (CRE).

Well, now a female CEO has spoken up about women investing in general; and I was glad to read it.

Here's what I wrote October 27, 2015.

"Commercial Real Estate (CRE) and women seem to dislike each other.  I don't know if it's a full blown cat fight, or just a "thing" where one woman wore a dress better than the other.

But, since I have been working in CRE, women do NOT tend to be the one out searching for the better CRE deal.

And, I don't understand why.  Women tend to be the smarter of the two sexes.  Women tend to be more conservative with money.  Women will be more likely to want a more secured future.  All of these tend to point them to CRE.

BUT! owning a CRE property tends to be men.  And, unfortunately, it doesn't have to be that way."

And, now Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, says, Women should be investing more.

(You may have to copy and paste in your browser)

I wonder just how many women would be brave enough to call me to see if there are any properties within their investment range to acquire here in Las Vegas, NV.

Hint: There was one small office building listed for $299,000.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Trump's hateful rhetoric has caused an American client investor to stand down on investing!


I couldn't believe what the investor was saying to me.  I did take a slight beating on LinkedIn with Trump supporters spewing condescending comments about the post I put up about foreign investors withholding investment in the US until after the US General Election.

However, this morning, when my telephone rang and I noticed it was from one of my American clients/investors -- who owns several neighborhood retail properties in Las Vegas, NV -- I was happy he was finally responding to the property information I had sent him last week.  I was hoping he was instructing me to draft an offer.

Unfortunately, his first words were like a needle popping a balloon: 'he is not going to buy or sell until after the election.'

His reason: Trump is being too hateful and alienating too many people.  He thinks that if Trump wins, it is going to send the markets into a spiral down fall.  He says he is hoping for the best.


So, to you LinkedIn members who think that we don't need foreign investors, guess what, the American investors -- from my point of view -- are wary of Trump, too!

So, I began to wonder: If the polls are showing a close presidential race, just who exactly is supporting Trump.  Well, CNN had an answer.

The problem with this story is that non-college educated whites want something that is never ever going to come back ever again.

High paying jobs are now in the Asian rim.  A white male working at +/-$20 an hour is never going to happen in the US ever again.

And it wasn't the government that sent those jobs oversea.  So, stop blaming the government for you losing your job.  Because, it was your actions that resulted in you being unemployed. Yes. The non-college educated, white male who wouldn't work for less an hour.

The government didn't order your former company or its CEO to move your job.  The CEO found workers that would work for far much less than you.  And, that was in the Asian Rim.

So, supporting a hateful rhetoric spewing man -- who also has products manufactured in the Asian Rim -- is NOT going to be able to bring those jobs back.

Trump maybe a businessman; he maybe a billionaire (I'll believe that when I see his disclosed tax returns.); He may even be a nice guy (away from the cameras); but I know he is not going to be able to do any of the things he is promising you.

So, I realize there is only a choice between two evils: Crooked Donald or Crooked Hillary.

I am going to choose Hillary.

(And the reason is: no investor has said to me that they weren't going to invest (buy/sell) real estate in the US if Hillary is elected President.)

Contacting David Howes is easy -- either by: davidATdavidhowesDOTnet OR call him at: 70 25 01 93 88 AND Follow David on Twitter: @DavidAHowes

Sunday, September 18, 2016

An editorial explanation on why Trump should have been disqualified to run for US President

I understand that half of you support Trump; and the other half supports Clinton.

But, when one political party's candidate for US President gets nominated to run for President and they act and say all the wrong things, without any care for anyone, I question the reason why they are even running.

Trump seems like a personable guy. But, since he has gone on this belligerent tangent about immigrants, Muslims, and wants to build a "Beautiful Wall' that in reality will never be built, I've lost respect for him. I don't even want to meet him. His bullying and invalidation of others turns me off. And, that makes me question his business acumen.

I hate bullies and anonymous internet trolls, that attack a personable opinion.

If you support Trump, that's great. If you support Clinton, that's great, too.

For me, I can't wait until this US General Election is over with.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Disillusion that Non-College Educated, Older, White Male Americans have about the 2016 US Presidential Election

"Make America Great Again!"

Nice slogan.  But, the problem with this slogan is: that type of America is history -- Gone Forever!  Those good paying labor intensive jobs will never return to the US.  And, people like the subject of this article don't understand that.  Those well paying labor jobs are never, ever going to happen ever again.  Not in my life time, I believe.

Even the subject's children are all college educated and working in "other" industries, yet this older white American -- at 66 years of age -- wants a return to his labor intensive construction job he had for so many years.

Yet, since the subject can't wrap his head around the fact that an old white man is never going to be working at a labor intensive job where he would receive the high salary he was accustomed to receiving, he is left with just his disillusion that they will magically re-appear if Trump gets elected.

What is so sad about this is that he truly believes that a businessman is going to have any ability to make those jobs re-appear when the businessman was one of the people responsible for causing the subject to lose their job in the first place.

These non-college educated older white men are forgetting that Trump is one of the businessmen that told these non-college educated white men that they were fired!  Why?  Because Trump doesn't want to pay the salary this man believes he should be earning for his labor.

Yet, the subject believes Trump is going to get them hired again.

Excuse me while I LMAO!

Anyway, here's the story:

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Now, This Is What I Have Been Talking About!

As this link shows, 100% of Professional Athletes will experience unemployment in their future.

That is why I have been so vocal about young athletes acquiring a CRE NNN property early in their careers so that they will have an income producing asset to fall back on for monthly income once the lay-off or employment termination comes.

The author is a former professional athlete, so I think he knows.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Trump: Flimflam man?

A few months ago, I did an Internet search for businessmen who became presidents.  Some were senators and congressmen before becoming president.

But, these supposed businessmen who were elected president had one thing in common: They were all in the lower half when ranking them as successful presidents.  (I think the highest was 26.)
Anyway, on the opposite end were the successful Presidents.  These men all had one thing in common: they were failed businessmen.

And, by far the most successful president ever was even considered a failed lawyer.
Go figure. (Or, Google this yourself to verify.)

Now, as for Trump's "Successful" Las Vegas Tower.  People may look at it and wonder how this became so successful.

Well, it was headed into foreclosure in 2010-11.  How do I know this?  Well at that time, a Los Angeles real estate investor client, called me to ask if I could do him a favor and get him quality comps for the Las Vegas Strip condos.

I asked, 'Why?"  (The reason I asked is because I don't sell residential real estate -- at least not individual properties.)

Anyway, he told me that the bank holding the note had contacted him to see if he'd be interested in acquiring the loan.

(Now, this is not unheard of since lenders do this all the time. (It's one of the factors that led Wall Street into their collapse in 2008.))

Anyway, I got the condo comps and sent it to him.

He decided to NOT purchase the loan because, upon receiving the comps, he knew the bank was asking way too much per unit for him.

Later, when talking to this very same investor about another property, I asked what had happen to that loan.

He said that he was told by the bank that Phil Ruffin had paid it off.

(Apparently, Phil still owned the land separate from the tower and wasn't going to chance losing his investment in the land to the bank foreclosing on the tower when the condos didn't sell.)

So, if Phil didn't mention this as a Trump success at the Republican Convention, I guess Phil would know first hand.

Lastly, I doubled checked the ownership on this property recently and most of the units are currently owned by Hilton Vacation Timeshares.  Phil sold the remaining unsold condos to them after he had started to use this building as a timeshare component of his TI Resort Property.

So, if Trump is heard talking about how successful his Las Vegas Tower has been, remember, here is another building with the Trump name on it where he only owns the condos on the 33rd floor.

I guess getting your name on a building you no longer own is something to brag about.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Las Vegas CRE with +/-8% Cap Rates are NOT selling! Why?

You know, I believe that anything is possible.  I think it's the optimist in me.  So, when the economy turns and I see deals starting to come along, and they turn to steals, this is when I believe that I can help any investor buy any Las Vegas investment property.

However, the problem I am having today is kind of complicated.

You see, there is an election going on in the US and both candidates are either well liked; or hated.

The sad thing about this is -- since I am subscribed to several property listing services -- I am being barraged with other CRE company's emails claiming that they have SOLD property in surrounding states at such a high price (or low Cap Rate) that right here in Las Vegas, Sellers are struggling to even attract investor's attention at +8% Cap Rates!

I am, after all, more than willing to help a Seller get as much money for their property as long as the Buyer is willing to accept the Seller's price as a great deal (maybe a steal) from acquiring a real estate property.

What confuses me more than anything else is that our +8% Cap Rates are a steal!

Especially when a McDonald's in Southern California sells for a 3.54% Cap Rate!!  OR, a Walgreen's in Arizona Sells for a 5.33% Cap Rate!

I find this not only confusing, BUT unbelievable!  Why would an investor buy such a property at such a high price -- just because it is located in another state?

IF you are NOT one of these investors, or you are and are now just realizing your mistake, please send me an email and I will gladly send you the latest on the better than average CRE properties that are currently available.

I appreciate your support.

Contacting David Howes is easy -- either by: davidATdavidhowesDOTnet OR call him at: 70 25 01 93 88 AND Follow David on Twitter: @DavidAHowes

Friday, July 15, 2016

Real Estate Mortgage Payoff -- Part III (Sigh!)


Now for the finale.

I was finally able to speak to an Account Manager at Shellpoint.

She told me that Shellpoint was only loan servicing my loan from PNC.  So, the PNC people I had spoken to lied to me. (Not surprised.)

Anyway, she said the only discount I could receive was 10% -- and I'd have to qualify for that.  I thought that I could do better.

So, with that done, I called my client/friend, who does loan buying and selling, and foreclosing.  A few days later, he called back.

What he told me should NOT have surprised me; but it did.  And, I now have a fuller understanding of this parade of loan/debt buying that I didn't before.

My client/friend told me that the amount of my loan was actually pittance. It is not near enough for him to go near.

He said that if I want to pay the loan off, write them a check for the full amount.  He did say I could take a chance and write a check for 90%, but he asked: Is losing your home over $3,800 +/- worth it?

He knows, I know, it's not.

He said that the lender is fully aware of my house' value. They know I have equity, and if I try to play the game, they will take the house through foreclosure and I'd be out of everything.

He suggested that I don't do that.  'Pay them off and move on,' he said.
'At least you'd have a home free and clear' --  which is a rarity these days.

So, I learnt my lesson. Whether I think it fair or not, paying them what I owe and moving on is my only option.

Now, if only I can convince Donald Trump to stand down....maybe my foreign investors will get off the real estate buying fence...

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Las Vegas Restaurant offered at an +/- 8.4% Cap Rate!

This may or may not be your cup of tea, but it is an investment worth a second look.

Popular China Star Restaurant located on Craig Road and very, very near a Wal-Mart Superstore.

Investment Summary:

Offering Price:                   $1,990,000
NOI:                                    $166,320
Cap Rate:                           8.36%
Lease Term Remaining:   10 Years (This is excellent for a free standing investment.)

Location:                            Very busy retail corridor in North Las Vegas, NV 89032
 Home Depot Anchored Shopping Center Pad

Sale Highlights

•             Safe & Secure Investment:  Tenant's been at this location since the property was built in 2007
•             NNN Lease (No Landlord Responsibilities!)
•             Over 10 years remaining on their initial lease term!
•             Home Depot Outparcel: Located in a very busy retail corridor/district
•             Adjacent to anchors: Home Depot, PetSmart, and Office Depot.
This has excellent exposure on high traffic Craig Road -- which is one of the busiest east/west
thoroughfares in the Las Vegas MSA.
Shopping Center has its own signalized intersection!

I Googled Earth this site, and there are major retailers in this area including Walgreen’s, Walmart, Target, as well as Home Depot and Office Depot.  Albertson’s is across the street.

Contacting David Howes is easy -- either by: davidATdavidhowesDOTnet OR call him at: 70 25 01 93 88 AND Follow David on Twitter: @DavidAHowes

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Trump's Ignorance of International Trade Just Cost Me Another Potential Transaction!

It has become a theme that won't go away.

And the reason it won't go away is that most White middle-aged American Republicans are prime for Donald Trump's hateful, bullying rhetoric.

They swallow his message without even giving it a second thought.

For your information, China has NOT raped America!

China didn't twist any arms; China didn't even do anything illegal.  They just had a large pool of people willing to work cheaper than American workers were.

So, if anyone is to blame for China becoming the world leader in manufacturing, it is: wait for it: White, Middle-aged American Republicans!

Too close to home to place the blame?

Oh, well.  If Americans were more willing to work at less money, then the CEO's wouldn't have moved the jobs to China.

And, Congress is also responsible for this debacle.  They reduced the import tax/fees on goods manufactured outside the US.  This was done so White Middle-aged Americans could buy the cheaply made Chinese goods at low, low prices, too!

So, don't like China having all those Jobs?  Well, you know what you have to do to get them back, right?

Unfortunately, that is not going to happen.  Americans won't work for almost free.  And, Americans do care about the air they breathe -- even though they say they don't like the EPA regulations; and, obviously, they care about the water they drink; and the food they eat.

So, Mr Trump, insulting China is idiocy.  Bullying other presidential candidates can be viewed as one thing; but bullying an entire nation or a major religious faction is NOT presidential.

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Contacting David Howes is easy -- either by: davidATdavidhowesDOTnet OR call him at: 70 25 01 93 88 AND Follow David on Twitter: @DavidAHowes

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Real Estate Mortgage Payoff!


I am going to get a little too personal in this blog.  I try to NOT talk about myself here.  (There are so many other "things" that are way more interesting then me.)

It's not going to be TMI.  Since, I am not a celebrity or even a 'want-to-be,' there will be no naked pictures.  (My 60 year old body would break the camera.)

Anyway, I have a bone to pick with a mortgage servicing company.

My wife and I took out an Equity Line of Credit ten years ago just in case there were any exceedingly expensive expenses we may encounter during our home ownership stay.

Now that the initial ten years has passed, and our loan is now a 15/15 loan, we have decided to just pay it off.

But, since I deal with lots and lots of real estate investors -- some that I have talked to offered to buy my loan and then I could pay them off!

Sounds good, right?

Anyway, I know the trick to mortgages and since I did help one client to do just this, they have "owed" me ever since.

You see, I know that the mortgage servicing company that "took over my loan" actually "acquired"  my loan from Goldman Sachs "at a very steep discount."

Now, they are trying to convince me to make monthly payments to them for the full loan amount that we currently owe.

So, I said to myself: Self! Since this mortgage servicing company didn't pay full price when they acquired my loan, why don't I just offer them a reduced payoff?.  Then, they would just re-convey the loan to me!  Since they paid less than half of what I owe to buy my loan, I think it is more than fair that I pay them slightly more than what they paid and we can call it even.

Logical, right?!

The mortgage telephone lady said, "I couldn't do that" because "I owe almost $40,000.00."
I told her to have someone from their company who had the authority to say yes, call me.  Once agreed, I would set up a wire transfer between my bank and their bank and we could call it a day.

Hopefully, this works.

I will have to keep you posted.  No calls yet...

In the meantime, for more detailed information about Commercial Real Estate...

Contacting David Howes is easy -- either by: davidATdavidhowesDOTnet OR call him at: 70 25 01 93 88 AND Follow David on Twitter: @DavidAHowes

Monday, June 20, 2016

Las Vegas: Profitable Nevada Ski Resort For Sale!

Within the past month, I have mentioned that I was trying to list a Nevada Ski Resort.
Well, the attorney for the owner wants to handle the sale, so I will let him.

This Ski Resort is NOT in the Las Vegas area!  However, it is within the state boundaries of Nevada and is one of the state's oldest and well run Ski Resorts!

I won't tell you much about it here but if you are interested and qualified, send me an email and I will reply with an Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) -- so that no one will go around me on this.

The attorney handling this has set up a Data Room where all the property details are located.  To access the Data Room, you need to email the signed NDA back to me.

If you want to see the Ski Resorts' financials, you will have to prove to me and the attorney you are capable of closing a sale in the $65 Million range.  So, please include your financial capacity with your company signatory signed NDA to proceed.

Want further information?  That will take you sending me an email.

Contacting David Howes is easy -- either by: davidATdavidhowesDOTnet OR call him at: 70 25 01 93 88 AND Follow David on Twitter: @DavidAHowes

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam! CRE Spam is making a comeback!

I like to think that I am one of those Real Estate Brokers who will keep you informed -- via email -- about a variety of Las Vegas CRE Properties that are For Sale.
And, even though these properties may NOT necessarily be within your acquisition criteria, I feel that notifying you about potential deals was way more important than just saying, "The heck with it. They don't want to know."

Well, my apologies upfront if I over stepped my bounds.

Now, as I blog this theme, there was a time -- like about 7 years ago -- that I blogged that I wasn't receiving anywhere near the amount of email Spam I had been receiving recently.  And, between, September, 2008 to even say July, 2010, I don't recall receiving any spam at all.

BUT, now I have noticed that my junk mail folder does receive quite a few more emails than I would like.  But, since it is Real Estate Spam from vendors, etc, the amount I am receiving is making a come back.

Some of you may be saying: But, David -- "You have been spamming me forever!"  And of course, I probably do still send you real estate alerts about a variety of Las Vegas CRE properties than you'd liked.  But, this is what my business requires me to do.  Which is why I am being up front with you so that the properties that I run across gain a wider audience of potential buyers.

So, instead of viewing the emails as Spam, why not view them as Alerts!  (Hey! Google has Alerts! Why can't I?)

And since these alerts are there just to make you aware of a potential CRE Deal, taking a few seconds to review an email just might be worth that time and effort.  Especially, AFTER you conclude that this property will fit your income needs, your long term investing needs, and it will help you support your family without having to open a wallet every time a family member asks for a hand out. (Was that mean?)

I get the sense that most -- if not all -- of you are genuinely okay with these emails because it gives you the inside tract as to what is available.

And, since there are fewer brokers and agents and fewer marketable properties, I need to stay as one of those Real Estate Brokers you come to count on for those alerts!

Anyway, I know you aren't a Buyer at this time.  However, since I do NOT know when an acquisition inspiration will strike you as being an important aspect of your life, I know that by providing you with a periodic email about a variety of properties can be important to you in the future.

Any questions about this?  Seriously, please just ask.  If you are interested in acquiring a Las Vegas CRE property, I will do my best to find it for you.  I can find that worthwhile CRE investment without breaking your bank.

Contacting David Howes is easy -- either by: davidATdavidhowesDOTnet OR call him at: 70 25 01 93 88 AND Follow David on Twitter: @DavidAHowes