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, burt@acresinfo.com or BurtPolson.com.



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.

We are taking a look at a particular land-use law and how a land survey plays a significant role in determining land use rights.

Wars were fought and battles continue to be waged over land. Disagreements lasting thousands of years in some cultures over boundaries continue today.

Have you ever considered the similarities and differences between Napa, California and Waco, Texas?

If you pay more than 30 percent of your income for housing, you are burdened, according to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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.