Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Creative Real Estate: Happy 2009

Happy New Year!

As we look forward to the great opportunities of 2009 in real estate I want to share with you an e-mail that was sent to me; it said …

94% of people dwell on the negative, and 6% see an opportunity in nearly everything that comes their way.

I'm looking forward to 2009. I'm convinced it will be a year of great opportunity, as it will also be a year of great change and paradigm shifts!

The best advice I can give is to "prepare for change". Keep a level head, work-out what is working and what is NOT working, mix this with an opportunity, and change accordingly. If your horse is dead, get off it and find another (I'm into riding several horses at a time). If your horse is wounded, then decide if you are going to fix it or shoot it. BUT whatever you do – DO SOMETHING - take action.

Good business is a combination of hard work, commonsense, grit determination, and gut feeling.

Talk with you soon.

James Gage

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah

On behalf of everyone at Gage Consulting Group, we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas. May the coming weeks entering the New Year be a time of refreshening and redefined goals and business plans for a prosperous 2009.

To your ongoing success,

James Gage

PS: Don’t forget our annual 50% Holiday Sale ends tomorrow, Christmas Day!!! So before you start your holiday festivities why not stop by our web store and get a jump start on your 2009 investing :

Friday, December 5, 2008

Creative Real Estate Investing: XM Satellite Radio

"Lease Option Marketing"

Event Info
Brian Higgins & James Gage

Time and Place

Saturday, December 6, 2008
9:40 AM EST
XM Satellite Radio Channel 169


Hello All:
James Gage here, with a quick note to invite you once again to join me on MYB Talk the topic will be " Lease Option Marketing" - the details are below...

See ya there.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

XM Satellite Radio Channel 169

"Mind Yo Business Radio Program. AKA MYB Talk w/ Brian Higgins"

Time : 9: 40 AM, EST

Topic : " Lease Option Marketing "

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Creative Real Estate Investing: New Real Estate Cylce In Play!

Hello All:

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday and didn’t eat too much turkey – I know I did…

Many of you have asked me to let you know when I see another real estate trend/cycle developing, so your wish is my command.

What I am seeing is just starting to develop, that is, another real estate tsunami in the making – Commercial Real Estate ! I was very reluctant to call this cycle until I could confirm this with solid data, and now I have! If you’re an investor stay clear of commercial properties unless you use 1 of the 3 strategies I lay out:

  1. Unless you have someone waiting in the wings to lease or buy said property- don’t touch it with a 10 foot pole!
  2. You can negotiate it 35%-40% under Fair Market Value
  3. You can use a Lease Option to secure the property; remember it’s the ultimate escape clause!

Now there is an exception to every rule, and commercial real estate is no exception. That being said, you will hear people and guru’s hyping up commercial real estate as the last frontier for investor’s to invest. But I believe that we will soon see massive empty commercial dwellings with tumble weeds blowing through them due to the following reasons:

  • Consumers are holding on to more of their income; people are becoming savers again.
  • Christmas sales will be much lower then forecasted causing retailers to close stores.
  • If big retailers who use leverage to buy are feeling the pinch what does that mean for “Mom & Pop” stores.
  • More people are turning to the internet, rather brick and mortar stores.
  • Businesses are filing for bankruptcy at an alarming rate, and start up businesses are at a 35 year low!

This is just a brief schedule of indicators supporting my call – there are at least 50 more…

I have been accused in the past of being the type of person that looks at a glass half empty Nothing could be further from the truth, actually, I look at it half full also! I want to be a balanced investor, looking at best case and worse case scenarios, thereby allowing me to make educated and balanced decisions on my investments. That is how I have been able to survive the last 21 plus years as an investor in changing trends and cycles; now I pass on my observations to you my fellow investors.

Until next time – may all your investments be profitable.

Be well,

James Gage

PS: Don’t forget my 50% Holiday Sale on all my leveraged Investing products – sale ends December 24, 2008