Showing posts with label Gaming. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gaming. Show all posts

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Great Britain -- Yes, we finally made it

For more than a week now, I've debated -- with myself mostly -- as to whether or not to share some other (more personal) photos of our the trip that sailed around the island known as Great Britain.

Since I have never liked any photos of myself -- nor does my spouse like any photos of herself -- I decided to at least show us as a group having a pleasant time.

I can say this because it was the day of our disembarkation. We were traveling from London to Southampton to board the Norwegian Jade later that day. Stonehenge just happened to be on the way.

The traveling crew at Stonehenge

Since the people in charge of keeping Stonehenge nice and tidy, they don't allow anyone to go anywhere near the Stonehenge Monument any longer.  (I think it's for safety reasons.)
Anyway, this was as close as we could get.

It's okay.  Massive stones that were brought to this site thousands of years ago is as amassing as the recently erected gift shop that helps keep the place operating.

At every stop, there were multiple places for us tourist to drop a few pounds along our way.

I came home 5 pounds heavier than I left.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

London - A nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there!

Backwards.

That was the initial thought I had as we climbed into the taxi from Victoria Station to go to the hotel.

Even on our last day there, as we loaded up the taxi for our trip to Heathrow Airport, I mistakenly walked to the right side passenger door to get in the passenger seat.  When I realized my mistake, the Taxi Driver humorously offered me the keys asking if I wanted to drive!

Embarrassed, I beg my apologies and scooted around to he the left side.
Oh, well.

London was great!
Great Britain was better!

 Big Ben Being Repaired!

 The Queen was NOT Home this day!

 Carol & the Tower of London!

No Golfing on Sunday at St Andrews!
=(

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

I'm leaving on a Jet Plane...

Wish Us Luck!

The wife and I are heading off to London (for +/-48 hours); then on to a two week European Cruise.

At the last minute, yesterday, I received an offer for one of my motel listings. 
Told the Buyer's agent no response until May 17, 2018.

Fortunately, he replied, "Have a Great Trip!"

So, I'll see you all back here on May 17.

Can't wait?

Email me & if I have Wi-Fi access, I'll reply!

(Don't count on it!)

=)

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Friday, April 27, 2018

There are 34 Million Reasons Why you should Invest in Las Vegas!

I've known Jeremy Aguero for more than 20 years. I remember when he started his company back in his sublet offices of the (former Las Vegas) Lee & Associates Office -- when they were important in Las Vegas.

In this article, he points out that investors who go for it have a better than average chance of making money in Las Vegas.

Sure, property in Las Vegas seems overpriced.
Sure, some properties that have been recently acquired are at prices that seem to be a deal.

But, unless you get active and engage in attempting to acquire properties here (whether they be a resort property or an investment property), you will be left behind.

Thus, you will fail.

34 Million Reason why to invest in Las Vegas

The problem with Las Vegas isn’t the fact property prices (seem) high.  It’s investors from outside of Las Vegas don’t understand Las Vegas.

When Bob & I met for lunch yesterday, he said that when he entered the gaming business back in the 1960’s it was all about gambling.

He said, today it’s about the experience: the amenities, the wining & dining, the spa treatments, and shopping.

People are coming to Las Vegas. 42 Million last year alone.

You either want to be a participating observer; or you want to remain an observing participant.

Regardless of your investment size, a piece of the pie could be yours but you have to stop observing from the stands.

It is time to get into the game.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Subway to Close 500 more stores!

Subway has more than 40,000 stores worldwide.

Yet, they will be closing 500 stores here in the US.

Plus, in the same announcement, they will be opening 1,000 new stores around the globe.

This makes me think. ( I know, a bad trend for me.)

I don't eat at Subway.  I stopped going when I realized that the meats I was eating were similar to the meats I could acquire at a local grocery store. package and processes. It's probably always been that way, it's just that I suddenly noticed. Why would I want to buy a sandwich with the same meats I could get at home?

Is this cheaper for them to make my BMT?

A Subway restaurant is seen as the company announced a settlement over a class-action lawsuit that alleged that Subway engaged in deceptive marketing for its 6-inch and 12-inch sandwiches and served customers less food than they were paying for on October 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida.

Anyway, I gave them up even though other Subway sandwiches were a foot long for $5.  It wasn't enough to keep me coming back.

But, I think the core of their problem started when they changed their breads. I don't need 5 or 6 types of bread to choose from.

White or wheat will do for me.

But, I understand they were trying to be competitive and expand beyond their well established brand protocols.

Then, again, if they survive, I will most likely give them a try once again in the future.

I do have to eat!  Everyday!  At least three times!

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hot Las Vegas Housing Market!

Earlier this year, a local real estate investor that I've known for years, asked me to sell 8 residential properties that he has leased out.

The portfolio consists of Five Single Family Homes, a Condo, a Tri-Plex and a Four-Plex.



Since January, 2018, I've had more than three dozen inquiries for details about all the properties in the portfolio.

I've received two offers.

Both were so low, the owner just out right rejected them.

This article makes it sound as if you just have to meet buyers and they agree to buy.

HOT Las Vegas Housing Market!

I'm not finding that to be true at all.

There are not too many places where you can acquire 8 properties for around $1.5 Million.
AND, they still would be 'flip-able' post close.

The sad part of all this is that these buyers -- the one I'm running into -- don't want a deal.  They are demanding a steal!

If interested in these 8 residential properties that are currently earning a +/-$113,000/year rental income, email me at the below email address.  The deal is $1.5 Million for all eight!

Much Appreciated!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

One of these days, Clients will be honest and forthright!

Earlier today, a Buyer who had approached me on another property I had listed, responded to an email that I sent him about another property I had listed.

In the course of emailing back and forth, he stated that I'd be getting an offer from his broker.

What?!  Huh?!

I thought to myself: Haven't I been the one to correspond with this Buyer without the Buyer ever mentioning the other broker?

I was stunned to learn this.

Then, I get a call from an agent that I knew from years ago.  Apparently, he is going to write the offer on the property I have listed for sale.

I said that that isn't the way real estate works.

He tried to convince me that, that is what happens.

(I hate being invalidated.)

But, no.  That's NOT what happens -- unless you are doing something underhanded.

If your client calls me; or responds to my inquiry; I'm the procuring cause. It's that simple.

Anyway, with this sleaziness aside, I said write the offer and I'll present it.

(I know the Buyer is going to low ball.  If he low-balls, it is going to be turned down.)

Anyway, I ramped up my cold calling and hopefully, another investor would be interested in earning +/-$20,000 NET per month.

Alpine Inn Motel/Apartments

If you are interested -- and are NOT getting a kick back from a broker for funneling business to them -- see below.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

My Internet Subscription Conundrum

It's been about six months now when I first realized that the TV ads promoting certain web sites for real estate are actually killing off the real estate broker business.

Take for example: Realtor.com.

Now, I do not sell houses.  I don't want to.

I sell Commercial Real Estate and it's where I find my solace as a hard working person.

But since those ads have appeared, a light bulb went off in my head that said: "You don't need an agent to buy a home!"

I'm sure you have watched this commercial.  You know the one that has the 'NOT YOU!' tag line.

Realtor.com is saying to a broad customer base that you can find your home on this web site without an agent/broker.

I'm sure Realtor.com didn't realize this when they first thought of the ad.  But I bet they do now.

My problem is that a national commercial property web site has been doing the same thing for years.

I listed several motels in the Las Vegas area and wanted to put them on the web site.
But, I couldn't because I wasn't a premium subscriber.

Huh?

It's three listings!

But out of the three, only one would be available for other subscribers to see -- unless I pay a ransom of $69 extra per month to have the other listings made available for others to see.

AND, if I only want investors to see them, that's an additional cost.

I am calling out "Highway Robbery!"

The marketing person I ended up dealing with tried to say that if I advertised in the classifieds I'd be paying.


Such an ass!

Yes.  Newspaper advertising is expensive and limited.  But, because I am a basic subscriber, I only get limited listing exposure.

And the fact that they hide, hold back or prevent these "Investors" from seeing my listing is unconscionable.

It's the realtor.com scenario all over again.

I told the marketing guy you are killing my business.

Of course, he disagreed.

But, the bottom-line of all of this is GREED.  And, because of this need for Greed, they are killing my business, and every other real estate agent/broker's business as well.

But, since I know more about the Las Vegas market than their web site, you will find out that when you contact me that acquiring that specific commercial investment property will be smoother with my help!

Give me a call to see!

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Nevada Motel Casino For Sale!

If you are intrigued by owning a Nevada Motel Casino, send me an email and we'll begin discussing the aspects of Casino Ownership.

I have listed a Nevada Motel Casino that the owner wants to sell.

Will it be a steal?
No!

No active casino property inside of the Nevada state lines will be a steal.

Former Frontier Hotel Casino Marque

If it's an operational casino, it's going to cost to acquire.

Now, I've had a lot of foreign "investors" wanting the property details on this without disclosing their capability to buy.

The owner says no to those.

You must be willing to disclose your financial capacity prior to being issued property information.

It's the way the owner wants this handled.

His asset; his way.

So, if a $2 to $3 Million price tag is within your reach, email me your contact information, I will reply with the Confidentiality Agreement.  Sign and email that back to me and then we'll get started.

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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.)

No?

Okay, Let's try this.

"Triple Net!"

No? Don't know what that means?

Las Vegas Sign at Dusk!
How about:

"NNN?"

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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Monday, March 12, 2018

I heard it through the grapevine....

When it comes to real estate, it seems to be getting worse for us Commercial Real Estate Brokers.

Even Residential agents have to deal with buyer/seller clients who try to impress you with their vast knowledge of Real Estate.

The truth is, web sites are making the broker/agent's job that much harder.

When Realtor.com advertises on TV that if you searched for your house on their web site, you won't become a "Not Me!"  That sends an definite signal, that a broker/agent is no longer necessary or needed.

The striking thing is: Realtors are supposed to be the reliable expert!  And, if you are working with a Realtor, you are supposed to be getting excellent service.

Now, I'm NOT a Realtor.  I choose NOT to be because of the monthly and yearly expense that I can't afford and/or don't need.  But, it doesn't mean I am NOT capable.

Anyway, recently, I heard from a land owner (who is also a real estate agent), that another real estate agent from another real estate company had approached her about a larger than normal parcel of land she owns.  After talking to this other 'agent,' the owner/agent knew that this agent was working with the same client I had approached her about to acquire her land.

Being the upright agent she is, she called me to inform me about the inquiry right away!

Okay. Buyers will sometimes engage other agents to try to get the best deal. It happens.

Not wanting to be confrontational with the client, I had had just about enough of the client's I'm  smarter than you attitude.  You see, he wanted a property at a prime location that he could buy cheaply.  After dealing with this buyer for several months, I thought about my time he wasted with this effortless pursuit.
So, I thought he needed some pay back for running me ragged searching for land that he was never, ever going to buy.

Anyway, I suggested to this client another parcel (which was an airport owned parcel) and pretended I didn't know who/what had the land lease on the parcel.  (It's a local developer -- But, I didn't want to tell him that.)

Anyway, since he wanted to buy at a rock bottom-feeder price, I knew the airport was never going to sell this parcel. (The developer has a 99 year lease.)
But, I suggested it to him anyway.

(Side note to non-Las Vegas resident: In 1998, via an act of Congress, McCarran International Airport (Clark County owned) was able to acquire 5,500 acres of BLM land and have full control over the future development of said acres. Thus the creation of the Cooperative Management Agreement (CMA)).

Now, this CMA grants McCarran a deed restriction over certain parcels within a certain area.  If you are inside of this CMA Area, McCarran can say whether or not you can/can't develop certain properties, whether they own the land or not.)

Well, the client got mad when I (finally) admitted that the airport owned the parcel and we should find something else.

I understand his anger.  But, I had found him two perfectly good parcels outside the CMA that he rejected:
Parcel One was adjacent to a Wal-Mart.  He didn't want to be near any Wal-mart at all (I don't understand it either);
Parcel Two was the owner/agent's parcel who called me.  It had everything the client wanted/needed  but it also came with (former) NV Energy Power Poles that were no longer being used.
(NV Energy would take the poles down with a future development, but NV Energy wants the land owner to pay for the pole removal. (I know, Huh?!))

Well, I can only imagine the poles costing +/-$10,000 to $12,000 to remove.  But, still, he didn't want to pay; neither does the current land owner.

Now, I know it was mean of me to get the Client excited about a parcel he could never develop his concept on, but when I learned the Client was willing to go around me and directly to another agent/developer, I wanted to waste some of his time.

Besides, the Client wouldn't accept the truth no matter how it was presented.
He wanted what he wanted and any advice I gave him was countered by his ambition to screw a land owner over out of the equity in the property.

I came to the conclusion, right or wrong, that working with this Client was a waste of time.
It happens:

So, long story short (Too late?): Since he was working with another agent all the while he was working with me, I decided to cut my losses. In poker terms, I folded.

Now, I understand the logic behind clients doing this;  But, I don't understand the reason why.
If you are working with two brokers/agents at the same time, both are NOT going to purposely hide any available properties from you -- especially if the client qualifies to make a purchase.

And, since he was perusing the listing sites directly, this made my job extra hard.  He was making me jump through hoops that weren't necessary.

Who's to blame for this scenario?

First: I will blame the real estate web sites who make it easy for just anyone to search for properties without an agent.
Second: I will blame myself.  It is my fault the client is angry with me.
(It's never the clients fault even if they purposely waste your time.)

So, I accept that the Client is angry with me; the agent who referred the client to me is angry with me; and I am angry with myself for NOT being a better student of buyer/client behavior.

But, I have my sanity and I'm staying honest regardless of any dirty tricks Clients pull.

The moral of the story is: There is no reason to lie when it comes to real estate.  I truly don't understand why client/agents would.

Much appreciation to the loyal brokers/agents who Rat on lying, deceitful clients.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Residential Income Houses UPDATE!

It's been more than 45 days since the multiple property owner emailed me to sell his residential income houses.

He at the time said he needed a quick sale.  Four offers later, he hadn't accepted any.

Then, he let slip he was refinancing them. Sigh!  What a waste of time.

Or, so I thought.

But it hasn't been time wasted.  That's because I do my best to make lemonade out of lemons.
I would add some sugar because lemonade can be acidic.

Since I have marketed these properties, I have come across several investors still searching Las Vegas for properties.

Even a Hollywood Comedy Club owner called me.  Okay, we'll see how that goes.

Anyway, the last investor looking questioned the higher than normal income for several of the properties.

He actually hit the situation on the head with: "Are these properties where the tenants are renting rooms?"

Yes!

He said he's been down that path before and it usually doesn't end well.

You see, in Las Vegas, as is many other urban cities around the nation, Landlords of SFR's or small multiple unit buildings, find that they can rent out a bedroom with the hall bath and kitchen being a "common area" for more money by the bedroom.

My owner client went one better: He'd install a wall blocking off the living room and make that another bedroom.  More money!

Of course the bedroom with the attached bathroom paid the most monthly rent.

But, even in my middle class neighborhood, there are several houses that I know (no proof) are being leased out in this manner.

Is it legal? NO!

But, they do it anyway.



It's because instead of getting $900 or $1,200 per month for the 2 bed 2 bath property.
They get $500 per month per bedroom - and more for the bedrooms with the 'private bath!'

Sounds like a money making deal, right?

Well, I wouldn't rent there.  But, that's just me.

So, cash buyers!  Interested in earning +/-$170,000 per year owning a few multi-tenant properties?

Just remember: You will have to be a cash buyer for this.

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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!

Why-Investing-In-Las-Vegas-Real-Estate-Makes-Sense!

Stop delaying!

Contact Me Now!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Las Vegas No Tell, Motels For Sale

An owner has decided to cash in on his investment by selling his three No Tell, Motels!

There are 123 units in these three properties.




All three can be acquired as a business purchase! (Ask me how?)

Contact me with any property questions, or for details.

All are NON-Gaming!

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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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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

No Tell Motels For Sale!

To every Las Vegas Loving Gambler!

Placing chips on a table or coins in a slot won't give you anywhere near the Return On Investment (ROI) that a Real Estate Investment should bring.

I'm NOT saying investing in Las Vegas Real Estate is easy.  Far from it.

But, the ROI will be (Not Guaranteed) better than making a wager at one of our fine Las Vegas Strip Resorts.

Anyway, there are 3 Motels available for sale and they could be acquired for +/-$10 Million!



That's three properties with 123 units located NOT ON THE STRIP!

These are non-gaming properties and they are fully functional as we speak.

Interested in the details? email me.

If you want to acquire a Nevada Gaming Property, send me an email, too!

I have one listed.

More later...

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Quick! It won't last! There's an 8% Cap Rate CRE Property For Sale in Las Vegas!

This is to alarm you!

I am NOT seeing property prices going down!

I am seeing them stabilize and in some case go up!

I know all of you are searching for that Mystical Steal!

Well, here it is!

That's right!

There is an 8.5% Cap Rate CRE Multi-Family Property in Las Vegas that needs to be acquired.

Generally, in Las Vegas, NV, most properties that would be listed at or near an 8% Cap Rate are properties I would NOT recommend to you.  These properties will have lots of hair on them and trying to trim the excess follicles will be daunting.

The problems could be that the tenant leases have less than 3 years remaining -- with no more tenant options; or they are a weak non-denominational church (type) tenant; or they are basing the 8% on whether or not the new owner will be able to re-lease the remaining vacancy up in a short time period post escrow (Not Likely).

So, if any agent, whether they are here in Las Vegas or elsewhere, is telling you, you can acquire a property for an 8% Cap Rate, please expect the sales prices to be more or less in the 6.5% Cap Rate range.  At least your chance of a better tenant or longer lease exists with that property.

BUT, with that said, this multi-family/hotel apartment property is netting +/-$20,500 per month!

Yes, it is in Downtown Las Vegas; and you could walk away with the 'that's a down and dirty property' attitude.

Yet, the tenants here are long term and the property sits right smack in the City of Las Vegas Redevelopment district.

Besides, housing is needed in this area; this is housing; and Tony Hsieh is building an apartment complex down the street.

If you don't want to buy it, lend me the money, I'll buy it and flip it in a year or so when the price has increased.

Or, I'll refinance it and pay you off.

Interested?

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

"On the Edge of Sketchiness!"

Having lived and worked in Las Vegas Commercial Real Estate (CRE) going on 21 years, I have learned a thing or two about Las Vegas that most tourist will never ever know -- or even want to know.

Las Vegas Resort Casinos are prime properties.

It's as if the entire Las Vegas economy revolves around whether or not a resort casino is doing well economically or not.

For the most part, casinos generally do well.

Some are doing better than others.  Yet, some seem to just limp along month to month and these individual properties suddenly close or are sold quickly.

Recently, there was a lot of Internet talk abut the Rio being for sale.  I know one of the main executives at Caesars and he tells me that there is no way they will sell that property.

Then, my business partner who is a retired gaming executive who worked for Mike Ensign for years, tells me one of the board members wants him (the gaming executive) to bring an offer.

Do you see the problem?

Anyway, recently an 'Off Strip" resort casino property was in the news.  Now, the owner did give it his best effort to attract people to his property.

But, sometimes even the best laid out plans run a muck.

I recently found a potential buyer for this 'Off Strip' property, but just before we were to write an offer, he says to me that his investors were NOT willing to acquire a resort property that is on the "Edge of Sketchiness!"

This surprised me.  But, it shouldn't have.  The reason is that the property is located right smack on the Edge of Sketchiness.

As we spoke, he affirmed his investors position by reminding me of the other recent failures in this area.

SLS (former Sahara) was his prime example.

The SLS was once a nice property (when it was the Sahara years ago), but, once it was taken over by a corporation they drove the property into the ground.

If you don't understand how this happens, it's because corporations are profit driven.  Every aspect, department must make a profit --such as: Food & Beverage, the Casino, Housekeeping, even Retail.

And in most cases -- such as Caesars properties -- they reduced spending on certain departments so much that even preventive maintenance issues become overwhelmingly expensive while expecting and even more or better return on their (reduced) investment.

In other words, the properties begin and continue to decay from the lack of refurbishment.

My retired resort casino executive business partner once said he could tell when re-investment was absolutely required in a resort property: it was when he'd walk through a casino property and saw duck tape as a mending attempt to repair a tear in the carpet.
He said, he knew then that the management didn't have the capital to replace the worn carpet.

Thus, the Rio example.  Preventive maintenance issues?

Thus, the SLS (Sahara) example.  The location between nice neighborhood and bad.

OR, with the Lucky Dragon, the bank is pulling the plug before too much 'preventive maintenance' becomes an issue because the property is losing money and thus any future deterioration would reduce the resorts equity value?

So, on the edge of sketchiness.

What do you think it means?


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Monday, January 15, 2018

David, I need you to sell my Rental Houses!

If you have been a long time reader of my blog, you know that I concentrate my efforts on Commercial Real Estate.

Why?

Because, it's less emotional.
(I had grown tired of the wishy-washy buyer who wanted the mansion for $100!

Also, the home buyer who wanted to squeeze 10 pounds into a 5 pound sack.

As much as I tried to guide them, they never qualified for anything -- nor listened to reason.

Anyway, about 10 days ago, a client who owns +/-50 rental properties, emailed me asking for my help.

I once had one of his motels listed for sale, but when a certain Downtown Las Vegas buyer ran out of money, that went bust.  (I lost his listing.)

Well, here it is 4 to 5 years later and he now wants to sell 8 of his properties.

Since I don't do residential property, I had a residential agent run comps for me.
I was going to co-broker them with her, but when I met him to show him the comparable sales, he then just wanted me to find a buyer.

Okay.  (What's the catch?)

Turns out he just needed some cash (hopefully for another purchase) and thought these 8 would generate the most value. (He was right.)

So, I have a Fourplex, a Threeplex, five SFR's and a condo available for +/-$1.5 Million. I think they are a bargain.

The upside is they generate +/-$134,000 annually in Gross Rent.

So, is there someone out there (who's qualified) interested in becoming a landlord?
Anyone desiring of earning a passive income?

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Las Vegas Resort Casino Hotel For Sale Quietly....

This morning, I finally got a hold of the owner of a small Las Vegas Resort Casino Hotel.

He's interested in selling;

OR,

He's willing to take on a new partner!

So, if you have the stomach for acquiring a Las Vegas Resort property and the necessary $150 Million it will take to buy it, CONTACT ME ASAP!

OR,

If you want to invest in a Las Vegas Resort Property and have a minimal of $20 Million to invest in it, CONTACT ME ASAP!

Either way, you could be on your way to casino ownership!

But, you need to physically...

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