How to Invest in Real Estate Notes – Part 1

Investing in a safe place that also provides you with a good return on investment has been a challenge since the origin of markets.  From high employment and dropping housing  prices, to unsustainable debts at the federal and state levels, to several foreign wars and emboldened Asian powers, the U.S. has a deeper set of economic issues than at any time in our recent history. The housing market has been absolutely crushed over the past four years, and commercial properties are also struggling.  Some very smart and well known investors are saying that now is a great time to buy Read More

Slowly falling off an economic cliff

The positive spin that most politicians and self-interested others put on the U.S. economic situation would be laughable if it were not so serious and real.  Their fantasies and falsifications are so outlandish that I’m amazed any of them can keep a straight face. The economy is NOT recovering nor is the real estate market improving.  The Fed has run the printing press to create hundreds of billions of dollars out of thin air, while the politicians have implemented fiascos like ”Cash for Clunkers” and various home mortgage modification programs.  These actions have done nothing but delay the inevitable economic Read More

Why can’t politicians be more like Boy Scouts?

Over the weekend, my two sons and I went backpacking in the mountains with their Boy Scout troop.  The weather was perfect and the kids had a great time, even though some of the climbs were difficult for them. On any trip, the people that you’re with can make a big difference in your level of enjoyment.  Boy Scouts and their leaders tend to have higher character standards and values than your average Joe (in my opinion), and it is fun to see the boys learn, mature, and grow. Now that I’m back in the office, I started to wonder Read More