15 New Leases at higher rates signed in 2020 … Despite of, or because of, the pandemic?

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Since the pandemic began, 15 new leases, at higher rates, were signed at Dublin and Westerville Office Center. Why?

1.) No need to follow complicated protocols of a large office building:

  1. No shared lobbies to navigate. Every office has 2 entrances that go directly into their place of business.
  2. No restrooms shared by other tenants.
  3. No elevators.
  4. No parking garage protocols.
  5. They can come and go as they please..

2.) People are getting back to work … at the office!

  • They feel more productive.
  • There are fewer distractions. They can focus better at the office.
  • Their colleagues miss the energy that comes from interacting face-to-face with their teams. Turns out they are people-persons!
  • They eat better, exercise more regularly, and work better with the structure of an office setting.

3.) They want to get ahead of the curve:

  • As vaccinations and improved treatments appear, they believe their business will thrive in 2021.
  • They helped flatten the curve, and now they sense a return to growth and strength.

For pro formas and additional information, or to visit either site, call Garrett Scanlon at (614) 774-0300 or email him at gscanlon@castoinfo.com.

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Single Page Checklist for Buying Apartments

A checklist for Buying Apartments

My book, Single Page Life Plan for Realtors explains how you can extend single page planning to all of your important projects and ventures. Single Page Checklists are a ‘catch-all’ for special projects that you can review regularly to stay focused.

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For example, the Single Page Checklist for Buying Apartments summarizes on a single page the 4-color, 6 page laminated flyer I created that explains:

You’re Never Too Old to Lead

Imagine that you are Ronald Reagan when he was 65 years old. You have just spent the last 20 years of your life dedicated to implementing a policy of political leadership that you believe will help your country and the world. All of your efforts to touch hearts and garner support for your vision comes down to a single vote at the national convention in 1976. The vote is 1,187 to 1,070 … and you lose.

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Smile When They Say You’re Too Old to Lead

Excerpt from Lead Like Reagan – Principles of Dynamic Leadership:
One of my favorite quotes from Thomas Jefferson is when he said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, but by his acts.’ And ever since he told me that…

                           – Ronald Reagan, Annual Salute to Congress Dinner, February 1981.

Losing the Primary at Age 65

This is what happened to Ronald Reagan. He had just lost the convention vote to be the nominee for president of the United States to incumbent president Gerald Ford. He was 65 years old and had the financial security to retire in style. He had a large family, lots of friends, good health and many interests. He loved to spend time on his beautiful ranch in California, riding horses and working chores. I often wonder if Ronald Reagan was tempted to ride off into the sunset and spend the rest of his days in well-earned retirement.

32 Questions To Ask When Buying Apartments

I was in my office one day, when a real estate investor called me on the phone. He said, “Garry, I just had one of my tenants move out – and they took the refrigerator with them! They said it was theirs.” Uh oh.

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They took the refrigerator!

I immediately called the seller, who explained that those particular tenants had previously sold their home, and so they had brought their own refrigerator with them. He had simply forgotten, and there was no mention of it in the lease.

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What is a Cap Rate? [Podcast]

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Walking and Talking … Cap Rates!

(Podcast Transcript)

Cap Rates. You hear about them all the time, from people who specialize in investment real estate. They’ll says things like, “That property sold for a 6 cap,” or, “We’re looking for properties priced in the 9 to 10 cap range.” Today’s Walking and Talking podcast is all about Cap Rates!

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Today, you will learn 5 things:

  • What is a cap rate?
  • The reason why so many people are often confused about cap rates.
  • The best way to remember how to easily calculate a cap rate for any investment property.
  • The five main factors that influence cap rates.
  • Why you should beware that all cap rates are not created equal!

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What They All Have in Common

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What they all have in common. This was what I wanted to know. In my first book, Walking and Talking – 57 Stories of Success and Humor in the Real Estate World of Business, I recounted stories from some of the top real estate professionals in the Midwest. After observing their careers and listening to their stories, I asked myself this: Other than their sheer success, what do all of these winners in real estate have in common? This is what I learned:

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4 Characteristics of Top Real Estate Pros …

1. They create structure in an unstructured environment.

Real estate is not your typical 9 to 5 job, where opportunities are clearly identified and day-to-day responsibilities are well-defined. It is up to the real estate professional to identify the problems and opportunities; to set a plan of action that will bring success. They are not told how to allocate their time, or which deals to pursue or ignore.

The successful ones create a great framework for activity.