Burt M. Polson, CCIM, is a real estate broker with ACRES Real Estate Services Inc. helping clients sell, buy and lease real estate. Reach him at 707-254-8000, firstname.lastname@example.org or BurtPolson.com.
No one wants to be taken advantage of, but there are plenty of unscrupulous people who want your money and are devising ways to get it.
Several of the resources real estate brokers use can cost upwards of $1,000 or more per month.
If you are purchasing real estate, you probably want to know what you are getting yourself into and perform due-diligence.
The news media tells us Amazon.com is disrupting the retail industry causing stores to close. Retail is evolving, and it is not all negative.
Every investment has some level of risk. Unlike my nephew who is trading bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, commercial real estate is probably a less risky investment.
“I thought the only risk you had was making sure the rent check cleared the bank,” exclaimed Paula, a friend of mine who is considering investing in commercial real estate.
The Napa earthquake of 2014 likely affected the value of several homes close to the fault with several owners finding it may be difficult to sell at some time in the future.
I recall going on a run at Alston Park in Napa after the earthquake to find a 6-inch crevice that opened up across several trails.
Substance abuse and homelessness are part of our community in the Napa Valley, and The Salvation Army of Napa Valley’s Culinary Training Academy was established to make a difference in the lives of those needing a second chance.
The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) appears to be in a constant state of change. Fortunately, the changes are mostly positive as they strive to meet the needs of the broker and consumer.
My prayers are with those who have lost family members, homes, businesses and belongings during our recent wildfires.
I find myself confronted with a classic example as described in my recent two-part article, “The maintenance money pit.”
In the 1986 comedy “The Money Pit,” Tom Hanks and Shelley Long play a young couple who just bought their first home paying an unbelievably low price for a beautiful mansion.
California will soon be another state legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. No one seems to know the full effects of the new law and to many of us feels like one huge quasi-experiment on the population of the state.
There has been an accelerated impact of technology on our lives that is hard not to notice. As we continue to embrace new technology, it will affect our lives in ways we never imagined.
Do not get ahead of your emotions. Watching those house-flipping shows, hearing the real estate gurus tell you about how many millions they make and counting the success stories of other investors is far from reality in the real estate investment world.
Did you know you can realize many of the benefits of owning investment real estate in a syndication without ever screening a tenant, repairing a leaky roof or collecting rent?
Gone are the four basic sectors of commercial real estate: retail, office, industrial and multi-family. They are still very much a part of many portfolios, but the investor and broker will need to consider several new categories.
Selling and buying real estate has changed more in the last five years than in the last 25. Long gone is the one-page carbon purchase agreement my grandfather used or the MLS listing book brokers kept close in hand.
It can be tempting to sell your commercial investment—especially when we are told it is a seller’s market. We may feel an urgency to place our commercial property on the market—reaching for the best possible price.
Whether you are a seller, buyer or broker, hearing the words “closing escrow” from an escrow officer are words of beauty that conjure up feelings of rainbows, puppy dogs and unicorns.
I am going to wrap up my three-part series on the five compelling ways real estate can make you wealthy by taking a final look at Pete’s case study.
The Napa Valley is a great location to vacation as well as to have your company retreat. Many of the quintessential luxury estates throughout the Napa Valley are vacation homes or company-owned retreats.
News of the lead-tainted water supply in Flint, Michigan, poured over the nation. With lead levels five times higher than the level of concern for safe drinking, residents are looking at who to blame.
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