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First and foremost, I am well on the road to recovery from Covid-19. Yes, both Tom and I had it.  He first, then me.  While he was nearly as affected as I was, he is still feeling the after effects of the general  fatigue.  He is back at work and should be fine.  Many of you know that I was in hospital and am still recovering at home.  I tire quickly and still (probably for some time) have a cough.  However, neither of us are contagious anymore.  This is something to take seriously and please be careful with distancing and using your masks.

 

I will say that many of my clients have given me great support and I want to thank you for this!

 

Real Estate continues to be very lively in Phoenix. Many investors are against multiple offers.

 

I wanted to share my thoughts when you may be in a multiple offer situation.  As a Buyer’s Agent, I am seeing this quite often.  I REALLY hate to get into a multiple offer situation.  Here’s why, you are simply bidding against yourself.  You and I have no knowledge of what the other offer is and we are simply allowing the listing agent to raise the price or remove contingencies.  If this is what you want, I will certainly do my best.  My recommendation is often, withdraw the offer and go on to another property. Many times the listing agent suddenly becomes much easier to work with and we still get an accepted offer.  Did the listing really have another offer? Who knows? A few days ago, I wrote an offer for a client that had several offers.  The listing agent wanted my client to pay 20K over listing price and remove appraisal contingency. Also to remove the inspection contingency.  While I certainly spoke with my client to offer them the terms and conditions, my solid advice was to move on.  In another case last week, we wrote a really good offer on a property and the agent called the next day that they had accepted another offer.  She let it slip that the other offer was one of her own clients.  Did she use my offer to encourage an offer from her client? PRobably.  This is called “shopping the offer”. Hard to prove but highly unethical!

 

As a Seller, if you received more than one offer be careful.  I usually recommend that we work with the best offer.  If you use the multiple offer forms and it is done correctly, often you may lose ALL offers for the very reasons that I have outlined above.  If we vet the offers on the table, while there is never a guarantee in Real Estate, most often we go to a successful closing,

 

I also wanted to touch base on the differences that I am personally using with Covid-19 and listing a property.

 

While I alway use professional photos and supply the due diligence upfront thus circumventing many buyers that are not serious, I have added other tools to the tool chest. I now have virtual tours done to all listings.  I also am in the process of obtaining actual floor plans for each property. This way every potential buyer has a tour of the property and floor plans.  Of course, I have always kept up with current books and records along with the most current rent roll.  Some properties have 20 to 25 different pieces of due diligence provided on the more than 30 websites that I list on.  Remember that this takes me almost 6 hours to update every month.  I want to thank the property managers and the owners for helping gather all of this information.  Without this timely help, this task would be insurmountable.

 

I hope that this Blog helps draw back the curtain to the job that I work on every day and again I want to thank everyone for their continued support while I am still recovering from Covid-19.

 

Remember that I do answer my phone and feel free to call me.  602-688-9279.

 

Linda

Roofs:

“New” roof materials are being observed in the Greater Phoenix Metro.  While not “new” in the sense that they are a new technology, these materials have been around for some time, they are showing up on some new builds and some remodels.  Specifically metal for sloped and rubber for flat roofs are being installed in residential applications primarily because their price points, while high on an absolute basis, are competitive when one looks at a total cost of ownership. 
Both these roof materials have very long lives (and respective warranties when installed by experienced and licensed roofers).  And in the case of standing seam metal roofs, they provide an updated architectural look.  (Most people don’t see flat roofs, unless they are flying a drone, so that benefit is not applicable to the rubber roof application.)
Expect to pay 2X to 3X for these roofs over asphalt type materials or tile type materials, but you can also expect 40-50 year life assuming proper ongoing maintenance.
The downside to these materials is specific durability.  While they hold up well to our intense solar load, a metal roof can dent easily from impacts, primarily tree debris, but also hail damage.  Rubber roofs do much better in this area, but are susceptible to tear damage, especially if there is mechanical equipment on the roof that needs maintenance or replacement.  Extra care must be taken to protect roofs from this type of damage.
While the vast majority of inexpensive roofs are still asphalt materials (either basic shingles or raised profile shingles for sloped roofs and rolled composition for flat roofs), the quality and durability of these roofs have also improved, with the newer architectural shingles (RP) routinely having 25 and 30 year material warranties.  Even polyfoam for flat roofs have improved, primarily due to improved seal coats.  Regular application of seal coats can extend properly installed foam roofs almost indefinitely.
And having said all that, probably the best value, as in balance between first cost, expected longevity, and durability is still a concrete tile roof with an inorganic underlayment.  These can last 30+ years at a reasonable cost and routinely hold up to our infrequent but powerful weather events.
Attic ventilation:
Most attic spaces in Arizona benefit from proper ventilation, both from an energy use standpoint, and also extending the life of roofing materials.  There are some attics that do not need to be ventilated, primarily  based on the location of the insulation material.  Good examples include sloped roofs where the insulation is applied to the underside of the roof deck (i.e. sprayfoam) or any flat roof where the insulation is attached to the underside of the roof deck.  If the insulation is anywhere else, the attic should be ventilated.
A good rule of thumb regarding ventilation rates is 1 SF of free area vent for every 300 SF of attic.  Further, for every SF of vent space, about 50% should be “high” and 50% “low”.  Take a conventional gable roof attic space on an 1800 SF house.  The rule of thumb calculates  6 SF of vent.  Keep in mind that most vents have baffles to keep water out and screens to keep insects and birds out, so the typical vent has a 50% free area ratio, so the 6 SF of vent is actually 12 SF of vent openings.  Next, take the 12 SF and divide it by 2 and you end up with 6 SF of “high” vent and 6 SF of low vent.  One could use a ridge vent or gable vent for high vents and a soffit or deck vent for the low vents.  Knowing the free area of each vent type allows one to calculate how many vents of each type are needed.
As Property Inspectors, we don’t do the calculations, but we make quick assessments to determine if the installed vents are sufficient and report that accordingly.  Of course, this is an oversimplification/rule of thumb…there are many other “rules” that design professionals must use to meet code requirements.  For example, if an attic profile is a long rectangle, there may need to be additional vents required in the center area.  There is also a focus on “short cycling”, where a high vent is next to another high vent and defeats the purpose of the low vent providing air to evacuate the entire attic volume (think of a soffit and gable vent arrangement (good), but then someone adds a turbine vent 5 feet from the gable vent (bad).   In that “bad” case, air enters the gable vent and goes right out the turbine vent (short cycle) and there is insufficient pressure differential to pull air into the soffit vent, resulting in low air flow at the lower portion of the attic, resulting in increasing attic temperatures.
Of course the real problems occur when there should be vents and none are installed, or they are blocked (i.e. by added insulation).  We’ve encountered attics that were 165F on a 105F day, where someone blew in 12″ of insulation, but blocked all the soffit vents!
If you ever have any questions about property inspection topics, don’t hesitate to contact us.  Thanks, Marty  (Martin Lenich, ACI, PE, Chief Inspector at Inspect-It 1st, Greater Phoenix Metro:  602-318-7480 or MartinLenich@InspectIt1st.com

Feel free to call me, everyone knows I answer my phone  602-688-9279. 

Have a GREAT day!

Linda

The BINSR is one of the most important but delicate items of the Escrow. I want to spend some time discussing this.  It’s important that if the property is the right property that the Buyer and Seller walk away with a Win-Win situation.  Too often the Agents get in the way of the BINSR. Ijust had a property cancellation and the inspection was not anything that could not have been overcome.  Mostly small items!

 

When the Buyer has completed their due diligence during the inspection period it is time for the BINSR to be prepared and submitted to the Seller.

 

Please note that the BINSR is not part of the contract and when this negotiation is completed, there may and probably will be an addendum to the Purchase Contract will be signed. The BINSR is typically not sent to Title or the Ender but the Addendum to the Contract certainly is.

 

First, it is important to understand that no matter when the BINSR is submitted that the inspection period is now over. This means that the Buyer needs to have all of the due diligence completed.  Remember that his DOES NOT mean appraisals or loan but rather books and records along with physical items. There is a list on the Buyer Advisory and the face page of the residential contract.  

 

Secondly, when the BINSR is submitted (either Commercial or Residential) the Seller has five days to respond.  IF the Seller does not respond, this means that the Seller will not do anything. Once the Seller responds (unless they agree to everything) the Buyer has five days to either continue to negotiate, accept or cancel the contract with full refund of the Earnest Money.

 

When submitting the BINSR for multifamily, often we are looking for the Buyer a credit at cose.  One of the important items that our referral partner provides is a SOPC which can help give the Buyer the number to work from.  I cannot stress how this is helpful for two reasons. First, this gives me a number to place in front of the Seller that is a third party.  This also delineated Health and Safety and Immediate needs. The Seller thereby has material knowledge of the Health and Safety and Immediate needs.  IF they will not agree to the number or the repairs and the Escrow cancelled due to this, the Seller and the Listing Agent now have to disclose this knowledge going forward.

 

A word of caution,do not wait until the very last minute to respond.  Last year a Buyer’s Agent who was self representing himself, waited until 11:59 to send the BINSR to me.  His email failed and he sent it at 12:01 AM. The inspection period was up and his Earnest Money was at risk-clearly.  His 10K was either forfeited or he had to close. He closed. If he had sent this earlier, he could have cancelled and gone on.  

 

It is important as in any negotiation that the Buyer be reasonable as well. Last year, I had a Buyer that asked for very unreasonable items to be repaired.  Remember that if it is not broken the Buyer cannot ask for replacement, especially on items that according to the inspection would last at least another 5-8 years. Here is a saying that I think about-Pigs get fat and Hogs get slaughtered.  Something to think about.

 

Also, on all of my transactions, the Title company issues a Critical Dates Letter.  This is important to review and it will give the dates of the end of the inspection period.

 

I hope that this helps and if you have any questions, remember that I answer my phone!

 

602-688-9279

 

Have a great day!

 

Linda

I wanted to take a few moments to really explain some of the processes that I use to make Investors successful.

First, I answer my phone.  How important is that?

When a person first connects with me, we have an automated procedure that I use.  I place the person on an MLS search for 2 or more units. This allows them to start becoming familiar with the market.  It is only sent out twice a week and is an opt in program. If you have not opted in, you are missing information. If you need me to send this to you again, let me know.  If you want to be added, let me know.

I use Salesforce as a CRM.  Once the person is in Salesforce, they will get an email from me to explain my background. 

Also, if the person is on LinkedIn not only will they receive an invitation from me to connect but also an invitation to the closed investment group that is updated with market stories in real time once or twice a week.  Another great way to understand the Phoenix Market.

Additibally, remember that I am a member of the Tucson MLS and can (by request only) add you to the Tucson MLS as well.

I keep a massive spreadsheet containing all leads and current clients. This is tracked as to when I have spoken to you and your comments.  It also tracks when and how often the MLS searches are opened. Two of my referral partners Tom and JC) help me with getting these people qualified for a loan.  If the person is just looking that’s great. What about if they are interested in more than 4 units? No problem, but then I can help find the right commercial lender for the task at hand.  

When I find a deal that I think is worth getting serious about, I send out a constant contact.  I do not play favorites, the first Investor that calls me and wants it-gets it!.

When we go to Escrow or Contract, I have an online portal system that we store all executed documents and due diligence and you will be invited to this as well.

 

Did I mention the website?  I know that you are on this now but have you registered for the back side-more information.  I have spent over $30,000 on this website. You can access it easily from your phone as well.  

How about my book on Amazon?  Just google my name and it comes up!

How about the 10 hours of education on the site?  I paid almost $25,000 to make this a GOOD educational program for the investor.

Don’t forget the classroom workshop on May 2nd.

Below is a bit about the market last week.

According to the Information Market, residential sales in Maricopa County were up 14.8% in January 2020 when compared to January 2019.  That’s 7,922 units vs. 6,898 units. Resales accounted for 6,768 of the sales in January of 2020 compared to 5,954 in January of 2019. Median resale prices were up 10.1% over that period to $285,000.  New build sales rose to 1,154 vs. 944. New median sales prices rose 6.7% to $365,706.

Feel free to call me, I answer my phone and return calls as soon as possible!  602-688-9279!

Hope your day is amazing!

Linda

The first quarter of 2020 zooming byand  I am going to share my research and thoughts on the market for the Phoenix area and in particular MultiFamily.

First and foremost one of the questions that I am continually being asked is how long until we see a correction in the Phoenix Market.  Let me be clear-I do not have a crystal ball and will not set specific times or dates. 

Here is what is happening now.  There are over 250 major companies relocating to the Phoenix Market and this means jobs and building growth.  One of the reasons that we see this is really two fold. One, California is almost impossible to build in and the laws that DISCOURAGE growth are rapant. My phone is ringing constantly with California Investors.  I am meeting with several Californians that have given up and moved here. Many are liquidating their assets on the coast and moving their investments here. The second reason is that our State has a VERY friendly legislature for growth and are incentivized to make this happen. What is really interesting is that I am receiving quite a bit of interest from the East Coast as well.

Remember that our cost of living is low as well.

 

So the next question is what about jobs, tenants and places to live? 

In reference to jobs, our unemployment rate is below that National average and our workforce is robust. Tenants are interesting right for two reasons.  The first is that the amount of rents are keeping up with the wages and rents are on the increase there is no doubt. We had a multi unit property that the tenants needed the rents raised.  The Property Manager raised the rents $200 across the board and not one tenant left! One of my clients in Tucson wanted to rent a small apartment here so he could manage the rehab on one of his properties.  He could not find an apartment or at least one that he felt was affordable for his needs. The second part of the Tenant situation is that the younger tenants (millennials) do not want home ownership, they do not seem to want the responsibility of maintaining their own property.

Places to live are really interesting and probably the main reason that we see NO vacancies to speak of.  

About 10 years ago, Elliot Pollock who is probably the foremost economist on the PHoenix market projected that in 2020 we would need 525,000 more dwellings and that 35% of this would be new multifamily.  I went to a conference two weeks ago on the economy that he was one of the featured speakers. Not only have we not met these numbers but now he believes that we need more units and that he projects that our growth will remain strong for at least another 4 years.

Here is a link for some breaking news that happened yesterday check it out Historically low inventory continues driving home prices higher 

I want to quote and give you directly from the horse’s mouth Elliott Pollack’s last Monday projections. I respect him a great deal and you should go to his website and sign up for his weekly updates.  See below.

Also, remember that I am on the ground and digging deals out.  Call me I want to speak with you and help you understand the market and what is going on.  

 

ELLIOTT D. POLLACK & Company

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 27, 2020 

The Monday Morning Quarterback 

A quick analysis of important economic data released over the last week

It was a slow week for national economic news. Leading indicators were essentially flat. Monthly existing home sales increased substantially from a year ago in December but were up only modestly for the year (2019 over 2018). And the supply/demand imbalance in the country caused resale prices to increase at four times the overall rate of inflation and more rapidly than wage gains for the December over December measure but were up more modestly for the year as a whole. This is because when interest rates declined during the year it allowed more of the pent up demand for housing to manifest itself. Other than that, it was political. The impeachment trial got underway in the Senate. And according to the Washington Examiner, the death of Mr. Peanut, the Planters Peanut symbol for the last 104 years, overshadowed the first day of impeachment arguments on Twitter. Is the public telling us something? 

On the local level, the latest Arizona, Greater Phoenix, and Greater Tucson employment data shows that the state and its major metro areas are continuing to do well economically. Arizona remained the third most rapidly growing state in 2019 and Greater Phoenix was the third most rapidly growing major employment market in the country in 2019. Thus, the state and Greater Phoenix are going into 2020 with a full head of steam. The same can be said for the single family, apartment, office and industrial real estate markets in Greater Phoenix.

U.S. Snapshot:

  • The Index of Leading Indicators fell modestly in December to 111.2.  This is a 0.3% drop from November’s 111.5 and a 0.1% increase over December 2018 (see chart below).  It is worth noting that leading indicators have modestly declined in four of the last five months. The manufacturing indicators are pointing to continued weakness in the sector.  However, financial conditions and consumers’ outlook for the economy remain positive.
  • Existing home sales grew by 3.6% in December when compared to November. They were up 10.8% over December 2018. For 2019 as a whole new home sales were flat for the year and single family sales were up a modest 0.5%. This indicates a significant rebound in housing the second half of 2019. The declines in mortgage rates helped free up some of the huge pent up demand for housing. The lower mortgage rates help offset the effect of higher prices on affordability as home prices increased by 7.8% December over December and 4.8% when comparing 2019 to 2018.

Arizona Snapshot:

  • Employment figures for both December and full year 2019 came out this week. The numbers show continued solid growth in the state as a whole, Greater Phoenix, and Greater Tucson.
     
  • For the state as a whole, December employment was up 2.9% from December 2018 or 84,400 jobs.   And for the year as a whole, employment in the state was up 2.6%. While this is somewhat slower than the 2.8% growth in 2018 over 2017, it is still strong. And while the rate of growth in employment has modestly slowed in the second half of the year, the state is entering 2020 on solid footing. Arizona remains the third most rapidly growing state (percentage terms) in the U.S. behind Utah and Nevada.
  • For the year as a whole, employment was up 74,800 jobs. The sectors with the biggest gains in absolute terms were Educational and Health Services with 19,300 jobs, Construction with 16,000 jobs, Trade, Transportation and Utilities with 10,500 jobs and Professional and Business Services with 10,000 jobs.
  • In percentage terms, the employment sector leaders were Construction with 10.1% growth, Manufacturing at 4.4% growth, Educational and Health Services at 4.3% and Natural Resources and Mining at 4.3%.
  • Greater Phoenix employment growth was up 3.2% from December 2018 to December 2019. That’s 68,800 jobs or more than 81.5% of all the jobs created in the state over that period of time. When comparing 2019 with 2018, growth was 2.9% or 61,800 jobs. That’s 82.6% of all the jobs in the state. The 2.9% for 2019 compares to 3.3% in 2018 and 3.0% in 2017. The 2019 number is likely to be revised upward when revisions are released in March. The present numbers paint a bright picture for Greater Phoenix. It is now the third most rapidly growing major market in terms of percentage employment in the country. Only Dallas at just under 3.1% and Orlando at just under 3.6% grew more rapidly in 2019.
  • Greater Tucson grew by 8,800 jobs or 2.3% on a December over December basis.  On a year over year basis, Tucson was up 1.9% or 7,300 jobs. This was the best year for Tucson since 2006.
  • According to CBRE, the Greater Phoenix industrial market continues to do well.  In the 4th quarter of the year, 2.6 million square feet of industrial space was absorbed while 3.3 million square feet was brought on stream.  Thus, vacancy rates increase modestly from 6.1% in the 3rd quarter to 6.3% in the 4th quarter. This is still very low by historical standards.  For 2019 as a whole, 10.7 million square feet was absorbed while 9.1 million square feet was delivered. Vacancy rates for the year as a whole declined from 6.5% to 6.3%.  Rental rates were up almost 8%.
  • According to CBRE, the Greater Phoenix office market also did well in 2019.  In the 4th quarter, absorption of office space was 830,401 square feet while change in inventory was 558,731 square feet.  Thus, vacancy rates dropped from 14.4% in the 3rd quarter to 14.1% in the 4th quarter. For 2019 as a whole, 3.2 million square feet was absorbed 2.8 million square feet was delivered.

 

About EDPCo

Elliott D. Pollack & Company (EDPCo) offers a broad range of economic and real estate consulting services backed by one of the most comprehensive databases found in the nation. This information makes it possible for the firm to conduct economic forecasting, develop economic impact studies and prepare demographic analyses and forecasts. Econometric modeling and economic development analysis and planning are also part of our capabilities. EDPCo staff includes professionals with backgrounds in economics, urban planning, financial analysis, real estate development and government. These professionals serve a broad client base of both public and private sector entities that range from school districts and utility companies to law firms and real estate developers.  

 

I want t post an article from my referral partner Rick Wittstock of IPX 1031.  Rick has been a valued REferral Partner of mu firm.

Since so many Investors are looking towards 1031 Tax Deferred Exchagnes this article cam out at the right time.  Please go to our Referral Partner Page to contact or learn more about Rick!

 

2019 was another record year for 1031 Exchanges. What’s in store for 2020?

Commercial real estate is predicted to have a very good 2020, supported by resilient economic activity, low interest rates and the attractiveness of real estate investment.

With an election year, government leaders will push to keep economic activity strong. A recession or major economic disruption is unlikely. However tax reform continues to be an issue that could drive transactional activity. Republicans want technical corrections. Many of the Democratic Presidential candidates are promoting substantive changes. Elimination of FIRPTA to encourage foreign investment is a bipartisan issue that could spur real estate transactions. Also, proposals such as mark to market, a wealth tax, increases in the tax rates, and increase or complete elimination of capital gains all could impact investor behavior. An increase in ordinary income tax or capital gains tax rates would make like-kind exchanges more valuable to taxpayers, but could also make 1031 a larger potential target for tax revenue seekers.

With expected growth in investment and commercial real estate transactions, we are expecting another strong year for 1031 tax deferred exchange transactional activity.

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A 1031 Exchange transaction requires planning, expertise and support. Here’s a checklist outlining key steps in your exchange.

  1. Choose your 1031 Qualified Intermediary (QI)
  2. Consult with your tax professionals
  3. Include Cooperation Clause language in your purchase and sale agreement
  4. QI prepares your exchange documents
  5. Start searching for Replacement Property
  6. Sign all documents QI prepares
  7. Sell your Relinquished Property
  8. Identify your Replacement Property
  9. Enter into contract on Replacement Property
  10. Contact QI once Replacement Property escrow is opened
  11. Close on Replacement Property
  12. QI transfers funds to complete your purchase
  13. Your exchange is complete
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2017 tax reform indexed the Long-Term Capital Gain rate breakpoints (whether a 15% or 20% rate) to inflation. The actual rates didn’t change for 2020, but the income brackets did adjust slightly. The breakpoints for 2020 are as follows: married filing jointly – $496,601+ and single filers – $441,451+. The capital gains brackets are based on “Taxable Income” whereas the Net Investment Income Tax thresholds are based on “Adjusted Gross Income”. For more information

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If your transaction closed at the end of 2019 and you are unable to find new property to identify or purchase the property that you have identified, you may still be able to defer paying taxes on your capital gains until 2021. Since you will receive your 1031 funds back in 2020, in certain circumstances, since you did not have control/possession of your funds until 2020, the IRS may allow you to pay taxes on your 2020 tax return, which are due in 2021. This is in accordance with IRC Section 453(d) and requires your accountant to file specific tax forms. Ask your accountant if you are eligible to take advantage of this “mini” tax deferral.

I work with a number of Investors.  All different levels. Why do I say this?

 

I receive a number of phone calls from “beginning” investors.  My very personal philosophy is that we all started somewhere. I receive and do ESCROWS with cross agents that have never sold multifamily as well.  I still believe that we all started somewhere.

When I started in the business 24 years ago; there were a number of people that helped me along the way.  I am always thankful for this. Anyone that knows me knows that I feel that it is my personal responsibility to give back.  I love educating not only my Investors but also other agents. I am currently in two escrows that I am helping the other agent understand what they need for their clients.

This does not mean that I do not represent my client correctly, but what kind of an Broker would I be for my clients if an Escrow would fall apart simply because the cross agent needed some basic guidance.  I guess that it is the Mom or now also the Grandmother in me!

This year promises to be outstanding for investors.  Every city in the Phoenix market is exploding with growth.  The companies that are relocating from California (I wonder why?). The people that are moving here due to the job growth.  The housing market is not keeping up. All of these factors not only are indicative of our market but also the growth in the rental prices and the lack of good units for tenants.  EVERYONE of these factors lead to a rich investment environment.

I am dedicated this year to be even more responsive and more on top of the growth of the Phoenix Market.

As one of my Investors, here is your job-call me and lets get you on your path.  READ the emails that I send. GET educated on our market and also how to evaluate the properties quickly and efficiently! 

I will be attending an in depth market update in about 10 days.  You really want to watch for this update from me as it is a GREAT yearly event that I attend so that I can be as effective for you as possible.

Remember that I answer by phone and look forward to seeing your success.  Your success is my success.

Have a GREAT day!

Linda  602-688-9279

This is the time of year that I set my goals and what I want to accomplish by quarters.  Anyone that knows me well knows that I take this time to reset the batteries. I have done this and have great plans and some of them include my investors!

First, I am attending in the middle of January a market update that will include 4 different leading economists for the Phoenix Area.  I will be sending you an in depth market update towards the latter part ofJanuary-so STAY TUNED.

I have given careful thought to the next.  First, I am offering the videos of the Legacy Seminar at a discount this weekend.  I really want you to go through this. I am also offering my book (which is a great add on for $50.00 this is a discount of almost $50.00.  You will need to send me a check for $50.00 and I will mail it to you-no matter where you live.

Here is the BIG news.  In November, I spent three days developing a trailing twelve spreadsheet and it is done.  I will be giving an advanced seminar locally (yes you can fly in) on how to do a trailing 12. This will be given on Saturday Feb. 1, 2020.  I will also be going over how to prepare the rent roll and the importance of this. If you own property or even sell this type of property-you need this. This will be limited to 25 people. Cost will be $500.00 per person-call me for couples discount.

This may sound like a sales pitch-it is not.

I wanted to keep everyone up to date on what is happening.  Education is the key to good and smart investing! Please don’t pay thousands of dollars to the so called real estate gurus! Use this money for your down payments.

I will also be introducing some new vendors after the first of the year so this should help round out your real estate team and give you more choices.

So as the bumper sticker says “sit down, hang on or be left behind and remember that I answer my phone!  602-688-9279.

HAPPY NEW YEAR and make it a good one!

Linda

How much time do you have left?

Recently one of my friends asked me what I want to do for the rest of my life.  The other item that I was asked was would the people that you spend your time with, would they come to your funeral?  Maybe this is a bit morbid but think about it. Are you wasting time and energy on unimportant items. Or giving your energy to people that really don’t care or want to care about you?

Here is a way to look at it.  I will be 64 in a short period of time.  Let’s say that I live to be a hundred.

Suppose I see my kids that live her once a week. This means that I will see them for 1,872 times.  Not enough for me.

The kidis that live out of state (2) of them I see about twice a year. This means that I will only see them 72 more times.  THEY BETTER move home.

The long and much enjoyed motorhome trip that Tom and I went on this summer means that I only have 36 of these to go on.  I need to plan these trips carefully as there is so much that I still want to see.

I want to spend my time with my Clients that I really enjoy and that together we can be successful.  How many more meetings will we have?

This is a short but very important blog today.  Put a high value on your time and energy. Make each and every day count.  As you get older the time goes faster and faster. Do not wake up and realize that everything you wanted to do has passed you by.

MAKE your bucket list and knock it off!  I am collecting stamps from all of the National Parks.  I just started this recently and have many more to go! I am collecting stamps from the different States of this GREAT Country and I have more to get!

Stop and look at the sunrise, I did recently and marveled at how beautiful it was.  My day was great that day and I demand more of these!

Have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Remember that I answer my phone and value our relationship,

Linda 

602-688-9279

The definition of relevant is being connected  with the matter at hand. This goes hand in hand with my thoughts of goals and staying on the path to attain them.

First and foremost it is important to state your goals. IN WRITING!

Every year I personally write a business plan.  On this plan I include both my personal and business goals. I not only do this for the coming year but 5 or even 10 year goals.

Years ago, a mentor sat with me to do this.  Here was and is my “Kodak” moment or take away from this life changing lesson for me.

If you write a business plan once a year a thought could be that you have goals that may or may not be realized?  So you have one chance a year to make an error. 

What if you wrote a business plan once a month?  Then you have 12 chances a year to reach your goals?  What is you wrote 52 business plans? Or 365 business plans? Things change with yourself, the economy and a myriad of other factors. So instead of writing a business plan once a year and failing by something changing, shorten the time distance.  Keep in mind your yearly or longer term goals.

I actually set m 5 year goals this time of year.  Then I lay down my path for the coming year. The next step that I do is think about what I want to do each quarter.  In addition,monthly goals are laid out.  

Once I have this, then weekly goals become easier to visualize. I actually write a list on a daily basis of to-do items.  I follow it. I do it.

Do not think that any of this is easy, it is not. I use the tools that I have developed over the years to stay on track.  You might use a legal pad or a spreadsheet. Some people actually use their calendar. In today’s world with the calendars being online, it becomes easy to write and then move the tasks or goals to the next day if you did not complete the item.  

I cannot stress how important it is to WRITE the goals down.  Sharing them with someone makes you more accountable. Sometimes only to yourself.

My sister told me one time that if she could not sleep due to things going through her mind that she would keep a pad next to her bed and write them down. This cleared her mind so that she could wake to her “list”.

It doesn’t matter how you get to the goal, just get started. This will keep you relevant to the life that you want to lead.

Remember that I am here to not only help you reach your goals but help you stay on track and REACH these goals!

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Linda

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