Sun, 27 June 2010
Once prized retail assets are available at bargain basement prices. Does that mean they're a good deal? Our expert guest has 30 years and billions of dollars of experience. He says now just might be the best time he's ever seen to make big money in retail. But the game has changed, so to win, you need creative solutions for today's challenges. Join Robert Helms, Russell Gray and the Godfather of Real Estate, Bob Helms as they explore the state of retail real estate with special guest, veteran real estate investor, Tom Morris. Discover how Tom is overcoming a difficult economy using inside knowledge, relationships and creativity.
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Sun, 20 June 2010
Economist and businessman Dr. Mark Skousen discusses his views and outlook on real estate and economic policy, including what he believes is the single most important component of a sustainable recovery. Dr. Skousen also shares his insights into the increasing interest in off-shore investing. As a former Forbes Magazine columnist and the promoter of Freedom Fest, he has access to the ideas and opinions of several very intriguing people, including Steve Forbes, Peter Schiff and Whole Foods CEO John Mackey. Celebrate the first amendment and tune into this very interesting show! Want more? Sign up for The Real Estate Guys™ free newsletter at www.realestateguysradio.com.
Sun, 13 June 2010
What's a reasonable return on investment in today’s market? As you might expect, the answer is, “It depends!” Every investor must accept risk in order to attain reward. Even doing nothing is a risk with its own reward. The obvious goal is to achieve maximum reward with minimum risk. Duh. But what are the risks and how do you assess them? What are the potential returns? What’s about the not-so-obvious risks? And what’s reasonable to expect in today’s economy? Tough questions!
Balancing in our chairs behind The Real Estate Guys™ golden microphones (actually, they’re black with smelly foam that prevents our P's from popping too profusely), to talk through all of these perplexities are your Host and mental gymnast, Robert Helms; Co-host and floor tumbler, Russell Gray; and Chief spotter, the Godfather of Real Estate, Bob Helms.
Real estate is as much an art as it is a science. There are so many different markets, sub-markets, product types and deal structures to choose from. Beyond that, there are variations in economic conditions, seller motivations, tax laws, interest rates and on and on and on. The types of returns which can be attained in a real estate investment range from bankruptcy (on the VERY negative side) to infinite returns (profit on nothing invested). We like the latter better, don't you?
Recognizing that real estate investing is “non-traditional” when compared to the conventional approach of "work hard, pay taxes, live below your means and buy stocks, bond and mutual funds for the long haul" - we talk about the ranges of returns which are reasonable to expect when investing in certain kinds of real estate. We also talk about how certain deal structures can really improve your ROI.
Another topic of discussion is the risks of investing versus those of NOT investing. There is an adage which says that the more risk you take, the more return you should demand. We agree with that one. Of course, it presupposes that you understand the risks and can factor them into your decisions.
There is another adage which says that higher returns mean more risk. NOT NECESSARILY! There are actually deal structures which REDUCE risk while INCREASING return. So of course, we talk about those things because they are among our favorite benefits of real estate investing!
After this broadcast, we slipped off our leotards (sorry, bad visual) and headed for the showers (worse visual!), pleased with our performance. Now we’re waiting for the judges (that’s you) to put our scores. We only ask that not take into consideration what we look like in our leotards. And, that you remember to take us to the gym because, as you probably already know after the leotard visual, we REALLY need the workout!
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Sun, 6 June 2010
Lots of good real estate news lately! Does that mean real estate is back? Inquiring minds want to know! So we decide to dig deeper into the headlines to see what we can find out. In the news room for this broadcast are your host and chief news analyst, Robert Helms; Co-host and head article clipper, Russell Gray; and the stone tablet reviewer, The Godfather of Real Estate, Bob Helms.
Thanks to the internet, real estate investors have more access to more information than ever before! But to whom much is given, much is required. It's more important than ever to consider carefully what is being reported, who's reporting it, and whether the underlying facts are accurate.
We shoot through reports on news about housing, employment, consumer confidence and economic trends - all of which provide clues we can use to determine what's really happening out there. Of course, you always run the risk of paralysis of analysis, so managing your mindset is just as important as filtering through all the noise.
At the end of the day (and this broadcast!), it all comes down to taking action. Knowledge is only power when acted upon. If there's opportunity in turmoil, then a key to success is to take action when others are hesitating. How? Tune in and find out!
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