Friday, August 26, 2016

Christopher Thornberg, Principal at Beacon Economics, Joins Bruce Norris on the Real Estate Radio Show #501

On Friday, October 21, the Norris Group proudly presents its 9th annual award-winning black tie event I Survived Real Estate. An incredible lineup of industry experts will join Bruce Norris to discuss perplexing industry trends, head-scratching legislation and opportunities emerging for real estate professionals. Proceeds for the event benefit Make a Wish and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This event is not possible without the generous help of the following platinum partners: HousingWire, PropertyRadar, the Apartment Owners Association, the San Diego Creative Real Estate Investors Association, InvestClub for Women, MVT Productions, the San Jose Real Estate Investors Association, Inland Empire Real Estate Investment Club, Think Realty, and White House Catering. Visit www.isurvivedrealestate.com for event information and tickets.

Bruce Norris is joined this week by Christopher Thornberg. Christopher is the director of the UC Riverside School of Business Administration, Center for economic forecasting and development. He is also the founding partner of Beacon Economics.

Bruce and Christopher discuss his upcoming speaking event Inland Empire 2035, employment and the GDP growth, the ten-year T-Bill, quantitative easing, the reason for inflation over deflation, helicopter money and who has implemented it, and much more on this week's Norris Group real estate radio show and podcast.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Scott Robinson, President of the Appraisal Institute, Joins Bruce Norris on the Real Estate Radio Show #500

Bruce Norris is joined this week by Scott Robinson. Scott is the Appraisal Institute president and holds designations as MAI, SRA, and AIGRS in the appraisal world. He has been involved in appraising in North Carolina for most of his life and followed in the footsteps of his father who started the family business in 1960. He has been actively involved with the Appraisal Institute since joining as a candidate for the SRA designation in 1987. Including the 4-year term of the National Board of Directors and serving as chair Regional 5, he has served in all offices for the North Carolina chapter. He has been involved in the regional and national chapter since 1991. He served as national president-elect and vice president of the executive committee and was chair of the National Finance Committee in 2014. Since 2014, he has served as vice-president for World Association Evaluation Organization and has been a trustee for the International Property Management Standards Coalition since 2014 and serves on the organization’s executive committee.

Bruce and Scott discuss the duties of the Appraisal Institute president, worldwide access to information and how much it varies, the education required to become an appraiser, when it was first required for appraisers to have a license, the different levels of certification, areas of concern in the industry and much more on this week's Norris Group real estate radio show and podcast.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Peter Aldana, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder for Riverside County Joins Bruce Norris on the Real Estate Radio Show #499

Bruce Norris is joined this week by Peter Aldana. Peter was elected as the assessor-county clerk-recorder for Riverside County in June 2014. He has been with the assessor’s office for over 25 years in a variety of appraisal, supervisory, and management positions. He is a lifelong resident of Riverside County. He earned his B.A. from Cal State University, Fullerton and his M.A. from Azusa Pacific University. He is a member of the California Assessor’s Association, the County’s Records Association of California, International Association of Assessor’s Offices, and the Appraisal Institute. He is also a member of the Inland Empire Hispanic Leadership Council.

Bruce and Peter discuss the 2016 and 2008 cycles, the area of the market where assessors saw the biggest increase, bright spots in construction, Prop 8 and Prop 13, and much more on this week's Norris Group real estate radio show and podcast.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Brad Hunter of HomeAdvisor Joins Bruce Norris on the Real Estate Radio Show #498

Bruce Norris is joined this week by Brad Hunter. Brad spearheads HomeAdvisor, which works with the analysis and tracking of housing markets and the home improvement industry using proprietary data. In his former position, he was Chief Economist and Director of Consulting for Metro Study, where he orchestrated 100s of areas for specific housing market studies over his 18 years at the firm. He also presented original research and insights to the federal agencies who focused on the housing industry during the depths of the housing crisis.

Bruce and Brad discuss his HomeAdvisor site, the percentage of remodeling projects in the market, demographics and their effect on home improvement, the output gap we should see filled, foreign and local investor participation, what we should expect for the real estate market in the coming year, and much more on this week's Norris Group real estate radio show and podcast.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Susie Leivas of Leivas Tax Wealth Management Joins Bruce Norris on the Real Estate Radio Show #497

Bruce Norris is joined this week by Susie Leivas. Susie is the CEO of Leivas Tax Wealth Management. She began at age 13 and has nearly four decades of experience. Susie started in the tax business assisting her father Richard Leivas. After completing her education, she and her father became business partners, eventually forming Leivas Tax Wealth Management. Today, she serves as the leader of the team as an enrolled agent, a tax preparer, and a financial advisor with HD Vest Investment Services. She can assist clients with a wide array of services, and she has had Bruce as a client for many years.

Bruce and Susie discuss capital gains, the current percentage of the state tax at $55,000, tax rates for payments that are part interest and part principal, rules for exchanging properties in another state, and much more on this week's Norris Group real estate radio show and podcast.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Susie Leivas of Leivas Tax Wealth Management Joins Bruce Norris on the Real Estate Radio Show #496

Bruce Norris is joined this week by Susie Leivas. Susie is the CEO of Leivas Tax Wealth Management. She began at age 13 and has nearly four decades of experience. Susie started in the tax business assisting her father Richard Leivas. After completing her education, she and her father became business partners, eventually forming Leivas Tax Wealth Management. Today, she serves as the leader of the team as an enrolled agent, a tax preparer, and a financial advisor with HD Vest Investment Services. She can assist clients with a wide array of services, and she has had Bruce as a client for many years.

Bruce and Susie discuss her start in the tax business at a young age, tax law changes from 2015 and what we should expect this year, the group mood for taxpayers in 2016, the attitude of baby boomers and millennials in regard to spending and saving, how well prepared people are today financially for surprises, and much more on this week's Norris Group real estate radio show and podcast.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Appraiser and Investor Rick Solis Joins Bruce Norris on the Real Estate Radio Show #495

Bruce Norris is joined this week by Rick Solis. Rick is a real estate investor, property manager, note buyer, options investor, real estate appraiser, and a good teacher.

Bruce and Rick discuss his typical tenants, how he determines a good tenant, what makes people decide to rent versus owning, why he chose to manage rental properties himself, and much more on this week's Norris Group real estate radio show and podcast.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Appraiser/Investor Rick Solis Joins Bruce Norris on the Real Estate Radio Show #494

Bruce Norris is joined this week by Rick Solis. Rick is a real estate investor, property manager, note buyer, options investor, real estate appraiser, and a good teacher.

Bruce and Rick discuss the appraisal world, what inspired him to become involved in the business, the appraisal market during the 90s, the price difference between 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, construction in areas such as Hesperia, and much more on this week's Norris Group real estate radio show and podcast.  Full transcription coming Monday.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Ray Brewer, HUD Field Office Director, Joins Bruce Norris on the Real Estate Radio Show #493

Bruce Norris is joined this week by Ray Brewer. Ray is currently the field office director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in L.A. He has been serving in this capacity since June 2009, consisting of more than 200 employees. The HUD LA office is the largest field office in the nation. Having joined HUD in 1978, he has been involved in many different departments. As field office director he represents the agency and is responsible for coordinating outreach activities and program delivery to HUD customers and communities across Southern California.

Bruce and Ray discuss the real estate market over the past 38 years, HUD and how much it is involved in, the housing choice voucher program, how one applies for a voucher, the main demographic for the program, HUD's push to end veteran homelessness, and much more on this week's Norris Group real estate radio show and podcast

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Licensed Realtor Jack Shae Joins Bruce Norris on the Real Estate Radio Show #492

Bruce Norris is joined this week by Jack Shae. Jack moved to Florida in 1978 and began investing in real estate. He is a licensed realtor and mortgage broker. He has done syndications in mobile home park development. He has also bought and sold mortgages on real and personal property. Jack has concentrated on buying options on real estate. He has been an investor on single-family and mobile homes. He operates a 1031 exchange facilitator business in Florida. He has taught classes to investors nationwide on lease-purchase contracts, note-buying, land trust exchanges, and IRA investing.

Bruce and Jacke discuss the market in 1980 and how this opened the door for creativity, Florida’s real estate market, including their price point and years of volatility, his work with mobile-home parks, his idea of a stick-building tract of rentals, and much more on this week's Norris Group real estate radio show and podcast

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dennis Block, Eviction Attorney, Joins Bruce Norris on the Real Estate Radio Show #491

Dennis Block is an eviction attorney in Los Angeles with over 39 years of experience in the field. He serves as an attorney through his own firm Dennis P. Block and Associates. Through his firm he specializes in tenant evictions from both residential and commercial properties. Since 1976 they have handled over 175,000 evictions and are currently the leader in law firms dealing with evictions.

Bruce and Dennis discuss property owners who convert single-family homes bought at trustee sales into duplexes, Properties managed by the owners vs property management companies, Landlord rights when tenants decide to start in home business like daycares or dog centers, the easiest eviction process, much more on this week's Norris Group real estate radio show and podcast

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Dennis Block, Eviction Attorney, Joins Bruce Norris on the Real Estate Radio Show #490

Dennis Block is an eviction attorney in Los Angeles with over 39 years of experience in the field. He serves as an attorney through his own firm Dennis P. Block and Associates. Through his firm he specializes in tenant evictions from both residential and commercial properties. Since 1976 they have handled over 175,000 evictions and are currently the leader in law firms dealing with evictions.

Bruce and Dennis discuss eviction laws over the last 40 years, 2008's foreclosure glut and its effect on the eviction business, the different issues landlords can run into and how to handle them, cash for keys, rent control, and much, much more on this week's Norris Group real estate radio show and podcast

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Brett Rainey of First American Title Joins Bruce Norris on the Real Estate Radio Show #489

Bruce Norris is joined this week by Brett Rainey, the sales rep Bruce has worked with for a long time. He is with First American Title and has had lots of jobs along the way. He has been a sales rep now for 29 years and does a great service for the Norris Group. Bruce and Brett discuss the title businesses in Florida and California, the different types of title insurance available, title policies that produce claims, the ramifications for receiving title without title insurance, fraud in the real estate industry, an update on the HERO loan program, and much, much more on this week's Norris Group real estate radio show and podcast.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Ralph McLaughlin of Trulia Joins Bruce Norris on the Real Estate Radio Show #488

Bruce Norris is joined again this week by Ralph McLaughlin. Ralph is the Chief Economist for Trulia and leads their housing and economics research team. He provides house hunters with key insights about the economy as well as housing trends and public policy. His educational background includes a BS in geography and regional development from the University of Arizona. He also has a PhD in planning, policy, and design from the University of California Irvine with a specialization in urban development. He has more than a dozen publications and research papers in the field of housing, economics, land use, and housing policy. He was previously director of the certificate in real estate development at San Jose State University. Bruce and Ralph discuss affordability and its relationship to the housing market, yields and investments and their effect on real estate, traditional and speculative flipping, touch and go properties, the different demographics and whether they are favorable toward real estate, the buying activity of those of Generation-X, and much, much more on this week's Norris Group real estate radio show and podcast.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Ralph McLaughlin of Trulia Joins Bruce Norris on the Real Estate Radio Show #487

Bruce Norris is joined this week by Ralph McLaughlin. Ralph is the Chief Economist for Trulia and leads their housing and economics research team. He provides house hunters with key insights about the economy as well as housing trends and public policy. His educational background includes a BS in geography and regional development from the University of Arizona. He also has a PhD in planning, policy, and design from the University of California Irvine with a specialization in urban development. He has more than a dozen publications and research papers in the field of housing, economics, land use, and housing policy. He was previously director of the certificate in real estate development at San Jose State University. Bruce and Ralph discuss advising builders what to do in an uncertain market, the economies to look at when determining the future of real estate, factors when viewing interest rates, our current economy with little GDP and full employment, the topic of housing among presidential candidates, and much, much more on this week's Norris Group real estate radio show and podcast.

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