Friday, October 26, 2007

Santiago Wildland Fire

Useful, up to date, information on this site.As someone living near the fire, I like to keep tabs on what it's doing.

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Monday, October 8, 2007

Real Estate Related Investments in IRA's and Qualified Plans

Real Estate Related Investments in IRA's and Qualified Plans

8 hrs Continuing Education Workshop
(DRE, CPA & CFP credit)

Saturday November 3, 2007

Embassy Suites Irvine
2120 Main Street
Irvine, CA

Learn About:* Mechanics of Self-Directed Plans
* Contribution & Rollover - Rules & Regulations
* Buying Real Estate in Self-Directed Retirement Plan
* Purchasing Notes, Deeds of Trust, etc.
* 1031 Exchanges
* And Much More!

Real Estate Related Investments in IRA's and Qualified Plans is a workshop, sponsored by The Entrust Group offering 8 hours of Consumer Services Continued Education Credit. (The 8 hours of CE Credits will be granted upon successful completion of the course).

General Admission: $199
Entrust Clients: $99
Licensed Realtors: $65

All retirement arrangements give you the opportunity to fund your future with profits from investments in a tax-free or tax-deferred environment. However, a self-directed retirement account lets you leverage your real estate knowledge and benefit from a variety of alternative investment opportunities.

Registration Required

Call: (949) 788-2970
or e-mail:

Friday, October 5, 2007

Foreclosure Short Sale Boot Camp

Foreclosure Short Sale Boot Camp

Nov 2, 3, 4th - Denver, CO

While all the whiners are screaming about the real estate “bubble” and the mortgage meltdown, SMART INVESTORS in your backyard right now are snatching up bargains and discounts of 20%, 30%, even 40%! Because RIGHT NOW is the BEST time to be in the market for bargain-hunters who want to make $15,000 per month or more and secure a properous and early retirement! Believe me, there is a limited window of opportunity, because prices are down, banks are suffering, and deals are EVERYWHERE!

The Foreclosure Investing Boot Camp is limited to 35 and we’re already selling seats faster than you can imagine, so don’t even think about falling back on that old, “I’ll get to this when…” thinking. You won’t, you already know that! When it’s a buyer’s market, you don’t wait, YOU BUY! But, you buy HUGE BARGAINS, and that’s what our training will show YOU how to do, at discounts that are so HUGE, you won’t believe you paid retail for your last house.

For more info: Click Here!

10th Annual Real Estate Investor's Wealth Building Convention


10th Annual Real Estate Investor's Wealth Building Convention

October 12 - 14, 2007 in Denver CO

Real Estate is Still the #1 Fastest and Easiest Way to Wealth

No other investment has created so many millionaires in America! But, not all forms of real estate investing are equally profitable! Come to this incredible Real Estate Convention and learn the most profitable real estate investing strategies for 2007 and 2008! Markets are changing and many of the old formulas are no longer working! You have to learn to be nimble and adapt to changing markets, and we will show you how to profit no matter if your local market is up, down or sideways.

This is a Convention with something for EVERY real estate investor. Are you a beginner with limited funds or limited experience? Think you need to qualify for financing? Think again! When foreign leaders borrow billions of dollars, they don't have to fill out a loan application. Why should you?! Come to the Convention and learn the most powerful financing options for the "credit challenged"!

The Rules Have Changed...(Do You Want to Know the NEW Rules?)

For more Info: Click Here!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Submit your Seminar

If you have an upcoming real estate seminar, let me know by commenting here and giving, date, time, location, title and other relevant info.

I'll post it and put it on the calendar.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

What You Should Get Out of a Seminar

There are only three things that you can get from a seminar: why, what and how.

These are the same things you can get from any learning tool, be it a book, a seminar, or a school course. All three are necessary for learning but the most useful is the how.

This is how I define each of those words, with regard to seminars:

Why: why are you in this seminar, why you should pick this seminar over others, why invest in [fill in the blank]. This is the motivator. It is both the sales pitch for whatever product they are selling (if you don't know that they are selling a product, you haven't been paying attention) and it is a call to pay attention and learn something. If you don't have a strong why, you'll never succeed. If you don't have a strong why, then why bother? Also, if you don't know what you want to do, the why can let you know if the topic is for you or not.

The Why question is necessary and the first question that needs to be answered in a seminar but it is also the most trivial. If this is all you get out of a seminar, it better be a free seminar. Even if it is a free seminar, if you don't get more than this, you are in for a long ride, generally paying for ever more expensive levels hoping to get some useful information eventually.

What: This is where they tell you what you should do. This will be things like: buy zero down, buy low and sell high, buy foreclosures, buy probate property, buy/sell on eBay, etc. These are the strategies. You need to pick a strategy so you can focus your efforts to accomplish your goal.

A number of presenters will act as if they are giving real information here but it is not as helpful as they make it seem. These are the fortune cookie answers. Yes, I should buy low and sell high, now what. This kind of information can be deceiving. There are multiple levels of "What" and some seminar chains just give more detailed levels of "What" as you pay for more expensive levels of seminar. If you don't get some "What" in even a free seminar, stay away. If you payed more than $1000, don't be satisfied with "What."

Don't get me wrong, you can learn a lot from these seminars but you will have to a lot of homework and figure out a lot on your own. That brings me to:

How: This is where they get into the details of how to implement the strategy. It is where they show you how to go to the courthouse and what information to look for, what signs to put in front of your house, what ads to place and when you should place them. This is what you are going to the seminar for. The main question is how many levels of seminar you'll have to go through to get this.

If you get some of the "How" at a free seminar, you will generally get more at the next levels. The difference will be between being able to accomplish the task at all and being able to excel at it.

Some presenters have a variation of this: They give the "What" and sell a utility or service that takes care of the "How." This can be useful but it isn't as good as getting the "How" and getting the utility. If the market changes and you know the Why, What, and How, you can make adjustments to fit the new market. If you just know the Why and What with a utility to take care of the How and the market changes, you will then have a useless utility.

Don't expect a presenter to give away all their secrets at a free or low cost seminar. However, you can use what they tell you at the free seminar to predict their behavior at later seminars.