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Expect commercial real estate sales to continue standstill in 2009

By   /  Monday, January 5th, 2009  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Expect commercial real estate sales to continue standstill in 2009

Though regional commercial real estate managed to escape the toxic effects of the sinking residential market during the first three quarters of 2008, it caught up with the industry in recent months and may continue to weigh it down in 2009. “You really have to look at 2008 as being two totally different markets,” said Read More →

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Successful niche firms will help economy rebound

By   /  Friday, January 2nd, 2009  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Successful niche firms will help economy rebound

When the American economy does turn around, presumably at some point next year, one aspect of that recovery will be very easy to forecast. I can say with absolute certainty that the vast majority of private sector jobs created in the rebound will come from small business. That’s because small businesses, particularly niche companies that Read More →

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Jingle bells rock but wine gifts are smashing

By   /  Friday, December 19th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Jingle bells rock but wine gifts are smashing

Every holiday shopping list includes at least one person for whom it is nearly impossible to find the right gift. You could buy them a bottle of wine, but let’s be honest — it usually isn’t the most unique gift in the world unless you’ve made it yourself. And I say this as your wine Read More →

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Year-end perspectives on the economy

By   /  Friday, December 19th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Year-end perspectives on the economy

How amazing is it to wake up morning after morning to headlines telling us that what was unthinkable yesterday has happened today. To punctuate a remarkable four-month period in the history of the markets, the Federal Reserve set a target for short-term interest rates at as close to zero as you can get. A $50 Read More →

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Santa Barbara investors target multifamily units on clearance

By   /  Friday, December 19th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara investors target multifamily units on clearance

Santa Barbara-based M3 Multifamily is seizing the bargain real estate opportunities caused by the market’s collapse. M3’s principals – John Mosby, Jon Martin and Mason Farrell – have been purchasing apartment properties from sellers in financial distress. Because would-be apartment buyers have been sidelined by rising capital rates, the principals expect rents and occupancy rates Read More →

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Lessons to keep your business alive through 2009

By   /  Friday, December 12th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Lessons to keep your business alive through 2009

When the current period of recession ends, probably sometime next year, there will be two kinds of companies left. Those who survived and those who didn’t. Having weathered a terrible recession in the publishing industry in 2001 and a total washout of the real estate market in my home state of Colorado a couple of Read More →

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That

By   /  Friday, December 12th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on That

Just in time for the holidays, the cute little gingerbread-style house across from the Santa Barbara News-Press building on Anacapa Street is going to be torn apart. Maybe that’s a little more Hansel and Gretel than it is holiday cheer, but you get my drift. The small Victorian-era cottage, listed as “Myers Carpenter Gothic Cottage” Read More →

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