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...


"The Most Interesting Thing I Saw in DC"

Dear El Cardinale’, I see from your Twitter feed that you are in Washington, DC for the SIOR Spring Global Conference. I wish I could have gone. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve seen? – Wishing I Was in Washington Dear Wishing,...


My Checklist For Evaluating a Property

I’m often asked by colleagues what I look for when I’m evaluating a building I think I might want to acquire. They know I’m keen on having good procedures in place to keep things running smoothly. I’m also a big fan of The Checklist...


"Hello, my name is The INTERN"

Dear El Cardinale’, Summer’s getting close and I’m wondering about hiring some interns to help out at my firm. What’s the best way to find good candidates? And how much training or oversight will I need to provide? Or is having interns a...


Ways to Improve Your Attitude When On a Poopy Assignment

Recently I was in rural South Carolina to meet a man about some land. It was pouring rain, and I was pretty sure the meeting was going to be a bust. This guy had called me out of the blue wanting to talk about a piece of property he had. It was a...


"You're a Busy Guy - How Do You Do It All?"

Dear El Cardinale’, You are a busy guy. You produce newsletters, you Danced with the Stars to support the ballet, and I presume you are also earning a living at the same time. How do you keep things straight? – The Rugged Individual Dear...


Why Procrastinating is a Good Thing

I have been wanting to write this piece, but it took me a while to get around to it. Here’s why. In my opinion, procrastination gets a bad rap. Procrastination is viewed by society as being all wrong. People never talk about procrastination...


"My Rent Is Low. That's Great News - Or Is It?"

Dear El Cardinale’, I’ve been talking to other executives whose companies lease space in the same building where I do. From what I’m hearing, I’m paying cheap rent compared to others. That’s great news, isn’t it? Or is there something I...


Why Some Properties Sell and Others Do Not

Recent current events have reminded me of the Mark Twain observation: “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” The power of a “sticky” sound bite or story can be very effective when trying to...


Making the Case for Toll Roads

Traveling to Backwoods Quail Club in Reams, S.C. the other day for my annual quail hunt with my father-in-law and son, the travel app Waze sent us on a new path. In the past, Waze has always given me the same directions, but this time it told me to...