The Commercial Investing Show

Joshua Simon founded SimonCRE in 2010 in order to carry out his vision of building a real estate development company that focuses on using impeccable service and superior technology to assist clients. A seasoned real estate professional with over 10 years of experience in leasing, development, and finance, Joshua leads SimonCRE’s growth strategy.

Prior to founding SimonCRE, Joshua spent over six years as an independent contractor for Sandor Development in the capacity of a Developer and Senior Leasing Associate.  With his help and guidance, the Sandor Arizona office opened and grew from three employees to more than twenty.  His primary role was the due diligence, acquisition, design, development, and leasing for more than 1.6 million square feet of retail space located throughout the country. In addition, he also managed the construction portion of Sandor’s projects.

Key Takeaways:

[3:10] The importance of Entrepreneurs Organization in Josh's life

[5:06] How an internship helped Josh get started

[8:02] What Josh started his business doing

[9:33] Josh's first deal

[12:27] Josh's surprise business partner

[14:51] The best business mistake Josh ever made

[17:41] How Josh has scaled up his business and what kind of development he does

[20:08] How shopping centers have changed from the big box draw to places of entertainment, thanks to the internet

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Direct download: CI_51_Josh_Simon.mp3
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Howard Blum is an American author and journalist. Formerly a reporter for the The Village Voice and The New York Times, Blum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of several non-fiction books, including the New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century. His new book is entitled The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal

Key Takeaways:

[3:52] Howard's angle in The Last Goodnight that differentiates it from other World War II stories

[7:10] Betty Pack's impact on the war

[9:29] The making of Hollywood

[12:17] If government agencies are hiring more "honey trap" women for spying and the growth of women in the field world wide

[16:08] Howard's belief of the possibility of contact with extraterrestrials

[18:08] Howard's world take about how it's a different view depending on if you're a reporter or citizen

Websites Mentioned:

Direct download: CI_50_Howard_Blum.mp3
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Marc is the founding partner and managing director of both the American Home Recovery Fund and NoteWerx, the cutting-edge note portfolio management cloud ware.

Marc brings over 20 years of senior management and transactional experience in the paper business of mortgage banking and real estate. Marc co-founded American Home Recovery Fund, a multi-million dollar private equity multi-fund, whose primary mission is to purchase NPLs and modify the current borrowers. With the expansion and success of the fund’s business, AHRF developed their own note portfolio management platform, but when it became clear that their software filled a huge void in the note space, NoteWerx was born and turned into its own business channel.

Marc also serves as president of American Home Veterans, a non-profit organization in formation to convert distressed housing assets into donation homes and provides sustainable housing for our nation’s disabled veterans.

Key Takeaways:

[2:08] How the American Home Recovery Fund buys distressed assets but tries to keep people in their home

[5:03] Why investors are crossing over into new territory when traditionally they've specialized

[7:33] Why banks are selling the notes rather than collecting the money from borrowers themselves

[9:32] Why banks haven't gotten more organized since the housing collapse

[11:34] What kind of inventory is still available on the market

[15:02] Great properties available in middle America

[17:49] Where Marc sees the market going in the next few years

[19:24] If the Dodd-Frank revisions have impacted his business

Websites Mentioned:

Direct download: CI_49_Marc_Gold.mp3
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