"What's Your Summer Routine?"

Dear El Cardinale’, I recall you and I talking about a unique way you have to optimize your vacation time. Please remind me what tips you have to share. – Vacation Envy Dear VE, You are right. I do value vacation time and can’t...


Why Brokers Aren't Going the Way of the 8-Track Tape

I get asked a lot about my future as a commercial real estate broker. Friends and colleagues wonder about the need for a professional broker when there is so much information out there about real estate that people can find on their own. And not...


"Interface Recap"

Dear El Cardinale’, I saw you at the InterFace Carolinas conference last week – I recognized you from your portrait. What did you think was interesting? – Broker Buddy Dear Broker Buddy, Speaker Mark Vitner from Wells Fargo is...


"Where should the Cats go?"

Dear El Cardinale’, I read your articles about David Tepper moving the Carolina Panthers’ HQ and training facility (I agree, what is he thinking?). You said you can think of some better places for the team. Well, what are they? – Keep...


Why the Numbers Don't Make Sense

I can’t help but think about where Carolinas Panthers owner David Tepper wants to put the team’s new training facility and headquarters: Rock Hill, SC. This decision does not make sense to me and I think it is a mistake. Let me show you some...


Tepper's Hail Mary

It struck me this weekend that there is very little being said – at least publicly – about the Carolina Panthers moving their headquarters to Rock Hill. And when I say not much being said, I mean from north of the NC/SC state line. ...


Watch Out! Old Guys Are on Social Media

There’s something that’s dramatically changed about social media in the past six months. Old folks are now all over it – using social media for researching properties, finding out who people are, and learning about the market. Good...


"What are the top mistakes investors make when buying or selling real estate?"

Dear El Cardinale’, What’s one of the top mistakes you see investors make when buying or selling real estate? – Practically Perfect Dear Perfect, Great question. I work with a lot of high-net-worth investors. These are professionals who are...


Property Taxes On The Rise

I’ve been asked by a lot of people about property tax values. Many people tell me they are shocked at the increases they are seeing both in their residential property and commercial property. They’ve asked me to share my thoughts on whether...