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Landlord & Investor Q&A presented by attorney Jim Clark for October 2018

In this segment Jim Clark answers the most popular questions that come up through his interactions with landlords and real estate investors through his presentations to local organizations, networking, one on one conversations as well as direct posting through his web site and social media. This month the following questions are addressed: What to look… Continue Reading



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When a Commercial Tenant Goes on Offense

We were nearly a year in to a heated battle with a retail tenant. In court, I was representing the landlord. Each side had hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line and the whole case was now turning on the judge’s interpretation of a few words in the lease. This was a Yellowstone Injunction… Continue Reading



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Timing the Cycles and Patterns

Much of your success in real estate depends on timing. As a real estate investor, you should strive to find order in the cycles and patterns of the market. Should you pull the trigger on that seemingly lucrative commercial real estate deal? If you evict your messy, property-damaging tenants now, will you be able to… Continue Reading



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The “Other Way” To Get More Deals

In the real estate world, there are two basic ways to get more deals. The first is obvious: to go out and find properties through marketing, networking, and hitting the pavement. The second is unconventional, but lucrative with the right approach: make better deals out of the properties you’re already looking at. There’s no such… Continue Reading



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Real Estate: Dealing With Setbacks, Crisis & Other Problems

Like any other field, there is plenty of potential for error in the real estate world. Whether you are drafting problematic lender contracts, delaying action on overdue payments, or underestimating budgeted repairs, chances are you have made a mistake at some point. This is completely natural, and believe it or not, may even pave the… Continue Reading



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Beware the Ides of March

Beware the ides of March. These famous words mark the day that Julius Caesar was tragically assassinated to death by his senate. Caesar’s stabbing followed a period of unrest in ancient Rome, and eventually led to Rome’s transformation from a republic to an empire. However, the ominous origins of this phrase are rooted in literature…. Continue Reading



The Downside of Being a Landlord

It’s 1am and your cell phone is ringing.  It’s one of your tenants.  A call at this hour, they’re not calling to say hi.  There’s a major problem.  What could it be?? You reach for the phone with a pit in your stomach.  Another day in the life of a landlord, right? Being a landlord… Continue Reading



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FAST Evictions in New York

No landlord wants to evict a tenant, they would rather that the rent gets paid, the tenant complies with the lease terms, and the landlord leaves the tenant to quiet enjoyment, but sometimes landlords have no choice. Fast Evictions: They’re All About Speed, Strategy, and Tact It’s evicting a tenant as quickly as possible, which… Continue Reading



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Making the Jump to Commercial Real Estate

I see it happen to successful residential real estate investors all the time. They get to a point where they’re doing a little bit of everything – working on rehabs, picking up some residential rentals to hold, assigning some of their contracts when the numbers  make sense and looking at bigger deals. They’re in a… Continue Reading



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Choosing a Residential Real Estate Closing Attorney

When you’re nearing the end of a real estate negotiation, every decision you make counts. If you’ve paid attention to the cycles and patterns in real estate, then this transaction will hopefully have positive implications for you. However, navigating this process alone is difficult, even for landlords who have spearheaded similar deals in the past…. Continue Reading