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7 Lessons from a Bad Business Partnership

7 Lessons from a Bad Business Partnership

"A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Most business owners (if not all) are acutely aware of this universal truth. In reality, most humans are aware of it. The people we allow to influence us can have a positive or negative impact on our lives. As motivational speaker Jim Rohn said, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” With reference to a company, the quality and success of a business is deeply affected by who is on the team. A bad business partner can alter the trajectory in all the wrong ways – and it's not always obvious when a partner is bad for business, but when it becomes obvious, it’s not always easy to motivate change.
The Significance of DFI and SEC

The Significance of DFI and SEC

For many professionals, the mention of DFI (Department of Financial Institutions) or SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) can elicit anxiety or trepidation. However, the primary role of these regulatory agencies is to bring order, structure, and transparency to...

Rethinking Rentals

Rethinking Rentals

We'd like to posit the question: Who told you that rentals are a good idea? Was it the memory of playing monopoly; the thrill of your opponent landing on your property— and paying you rent— that inspired good feelings about owning rentals? Maybe it was someone that...

Market Update

Market Update

“The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” The phrase from the tale of Chicken Little is familiar to most of us— the chicken who panics easily. Sometimes we can find ourselves in the same frame of mind; especially when change is proceeded by what we have grown...

The Flipping Lie, Part 2

The Flipping Lie, Part 2

I recently had a unique conversation with a novice real estate investor who was beginning to question their strategy. It was the way he made the comment that caught me by surprise. It was delivered with the attitude of absolute certainty that I already knew what he...

The Commercial Calamity

The Commercial Calamity

“History does not repeat; but it does rhyme.” - Mark Twain You’ll never hear me claiming to be an economist or historian, but I am often asked to share my opinion on real estate from time to time. I am thankful to share my experience and insight for the benefit of...

The Flipping Lie

The Flipping Lie

“When a man with money meets a man with experience, the man with experience leaves with money and the man with money leaves with experience.” —Anonymous As I rushed into the master bedroom to answer my wife’s emotional shriek, I found her pointing at the TV saying,...

The Future Is Now

The Future Is Now

Put yourself in this disaster situation: You're no longer able to work, you're retired and living on a fixed income. You need to pay for food, medicine, and heat, but only have enough money to pay for two of them. What two choices would you pick? Not being able to pay...

Why I Love What We Do

Why I Love What We Do

I am relatively new to the real estate world; I married into this business to be more precise. And I have joined what I believe is one of the coolest niche industries. I get to assist in the project management of million dollar assets, create and drive the interior...

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