Category Archives for "Investing"

Apr 15

Stupid Zoning Rules

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

Here’s an excerpt from a book I wrote (Jenna’s Story, https://brucemfirestone.com/product/jennas-story/) in which Jenna McConnell launches into a diatribe on how stupid zoning regulations help the top .01% (which she calls “Big Mules” or “Equity Lords”) control almost all the levers of political and economic power. Jenna is from South Carolina and proudly speaks like […]

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Apr 06

Do you use historical prices or FMV when calculating cap rates?

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Finance , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

It’s complicated. A client of mine is doing a PAAN (property animation and analysis report) for a client of his. He writes and asks me the above question. Here below is my response… That is an excellent question, David. Truly. The honest answer? It depends. Say you bought a home in Ottawa in 1980 for […]

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Mar 18

Want to lower your property value in a New York minute?

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Finance , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

If you want to crater your property value, the fastest way to do that is probably to allow deferred maintenance to build up. Yesterday, I visited a place that had quite a few positives for my clients including: Decent land size, interesting home and outbuildings and the right location for these folks (they have family […]

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Mar 15

Thinking about adding a backyard Coach House?

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

Coach houses have been legal in Ottawa Canada since November 2016 and this trend (adding a secondary dwelling to your existing lot/home) is spreading across North America. Why? Well, for one, cities are worried about providing more affordable housing and more rental units. Secondly, parents are taking care of adult children returning to the nest […]

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Mar 08

Curb appeal ROI

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Entrepreneurship , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

If you read my title carefully, there’s a contradiction in it: An ROI from your front yard? Really? Most front yards are neglected wastes of space. Folks might think that grassy buffer zones (aka front yards) are somehow “green,” meaning environmentally important. Other than being the color green, grassed front yards are anything but. You […]

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Mar 03

ROI Group, networking that builds wealth

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Sports & Entertainment

Want to create an above-average performing real estate investment portfolio and/or a PB4L (personal business for life) that will take care of you and your family for 3 generations? Want to learn how to finance, buy, lease/rent, animate, and manage real estate properly? Want to know the secret to driving up the value of your […]

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