Green Building Journal


October 2009
Real InvestIs Your Building Healthy?

Real Invest Journal
in this issue:

1 Educational Video Series: Hacking Commercial Real Estate – 6 Part Series
1 Is Your Building Healthy? by David Helliwell
2 VIDEOCAST: I’m Not Sick, But I’m Not Well
3 ReThink Real Estate by Troy Hicks
4 Business Will Never Be Done the Same Again by Charles E. Wilson IV
5 Contaminated Property: Who is Left Holding the Bag in a Down Economy? by Catherine W. Johnson

Educational Video Series: Hacking Commercial Real Estate – 6 Part Series

This is a six part Educational Video Series, featuring Gunnar Branson, Principal of Branson Powers, Inc. Gunnar is a true believer in innovation and knows that’s the key to getting better business results. He explains how to turn the idea of innovation into something that’s real, makes money, and actually ‘plugs into’ real life situations.

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Is Your Building Healthy?
by David Helliwell

As the economic landscape changes, responsibilities for environmental cleanups are also threatening to shift. Many parties are unable to make payments on promissory notes, mortgages, indemnity agreements and other contractual obligations to remediate contaminated property, leaving lenders, property owners, and others to sort out how the remediation will be funded and who will be responsible for the costs. Some parties elect to renegotiate the terms of their indemnity or cost sharing agreements. In some cases, however, debtors may file bankruptcy or creditors may assume ownership of contaminated property.

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VIDEOCAST: I’m Not Sick But I’m Not Well

Sick? Well? On the road to recovery? The diagnosis is still out on the state of today’s commercial real estate market, according to “I’m Not Sick, But I’m Not Well,” the latest in a series of timely, informative podcasts.

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ReThink Real Estate
by Troy Hicks

Of late, I have been thinking about my many years in Real Estate. I have bought and sold residential and commercial, overseen lending, assembled partnerships, contracts, and REITs, developed technology, and founded real estate related companies. At times this has been great fun, but at other times? Well, it was enough to make me want to throw in the towel.

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Business Will Never Be Done the Same Again
by Charles E. Wilson IV

In side conversations outside meeting rooms and around water coolers everywhere, it is frequently said that after the current economic recession, “business will never be done the same way again.” While that may be an exaggeration in many cases, executives are noticing that in the new economic landscape their current business model will no longer continue to drive the same profits as they have in years past. In no other sector is this realization more applicable than that of the Real Estate Investment arena.

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Contaminated Property: Who is Left Holding the Bag in a Down Economy?
by Catherine W. Johnson

As the economic landscape changes, responsibilities for environmental cleanups are also threatening to shift. Many parties are unable to make payments on promissory notes, mortgages, indemnity agreements and other contractual obligations to remediate contaminated property, leaving lenders, property owners, and others to sort out how the remediation will be funded and who will be responsible for the costs. Some parties elect to renegotiate the terms of their indemnity or cost sharing agreements. In some cases, however, debtors may file bankruptcy or creditors may assume ownership of contaminated property.

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From the Editor:

I would like to welcome all of you to the first edition of the Real Invest Journal, a monthly publication of Real Invest 2.0, the real estate innovation community. We are quickly becoming the place to visit in order to learn about innovation in real estate, get help from others, gain information about new tools and technologies, and to learn how to implement all of this within your business.

I’m sure many of you are asking yourselves, an online social community? How can that help me to close deals, make money, and add to my business? Well, like any trade show, chamber of commerce meeting, or other business event, it deepens your pool of contacts, and allows you to transcend the impersonal nature of web-based advertising, helping you to make new contacts, become a trusted advisor, or possibly even form a new partnership. This isn’t a place to make a quick buck; if you stop in once to make a post about industrial space for lease in Boise or to pass along info about a “great deal” in Atlanta, few will pay attention to your pitch. But if you join in, become a part of the Community, innovate, chat, talk, post, and advise others, you will become that trusted advisor, the innovator, the “go to guy” who might just have a great deal up his sleeve. THAT is when and how social networking pays off, and it does work.

So grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and take a look through the Real Invest Journal. Afterwards, stop by www.realinvest20.com , join the Community, and get involved. Looking for something that you don’t see? Post a question in our forums or groups; there are plenty of members willing to help. And remember, the more involved you are, the more you will get out of Real Invest 2.0.

Cheers
Troy Hicks
Editor-in-Chief
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