October 2017

Gary Wilson

My Investment Services

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Flipping for Millions? You Bet!

Remember me telling you foreign investors were pouring money into the US and Canada? Well, check out the article below! REMINDER: Please get your profile up and running on the Community site. Access to this is from the Silver level member section on MyInvestmentServices.com

Foreign Buyers Drive Record
$153 Billion US Sales

The National Association of Realtors is reporting that foreign investment in U.S. residential real estate skyrocketed to a new record-high, as property transactions grew in each of the top five countries where buyers originated.

NAR’s 2017 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate found that between April 2016 and March 2017 foreign buyers and recent immigrants purchased $153.0 billion of residential property, which is a 49 percent jump from 2016 ($102.6 billion) and surpasses 2015 ($103.9 billion) as the new survey high. Overall, 284,455 U.S. properties were bought by foreign buyers (up 32 percent from 2016), and purchases accounted for 10 percent of the dollar volume of existing-home sales (7 percent in 2016).

Although China maintained its top position in sales dollar volume for the fourth straight year, the significant rise in foreign investment in the survey came from a massive hike in activity from Canadian buyers...
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Q: The word September comes from the Latin root for what number?
A: Seven. September used to be the seventh month in the old calendar.
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Listing My First Home from Your Letter!

Just wanted to let you know that I won't be on the webinar tonight because I'm listing my first house tonight from my letter campaign!

Got a call from the first round of letters I sent out last week and he wants me to come list his house tonight.

I sent him the letter based on an eviction notice he filed on his tenant two weeks ago.
Thanks for your help!

The start of many more to come. ~ Hall Smith

Now You’ve Seen It All

Former Department of Water and Power employee, Tony Dighera, retired and bought an organic farm, which he named Cinagro farms. Cinagro is organic spelled backwards.

Dighera spent the next four years and close to $500,000 to develop something truly unique: A Frankenstein-head pumpkin that he calls pumpkinstein.
All that expense and time went into creating a special mold that grows the head into its unique shape. Was it worth the cost? Pumpkinsteins net Dighera $75 each and he can produce nearly 6,000 per season. 

Welcome New Friends!

Thank you to all who've trusted me to help them, and a warm welcome to all our new members who joined last month:
Kevin Dixon, Stephanie KC Lai, Andrew Kusuda, Rob Arnold, Enza Dulcigno, Kirsten Rohloff, Mayssoun Hatoum, Justin Price, Diane Price, Lenny Macaluso, Gregory Lawrence, Deb Bennett, Laurie Rohloff, Sam'an Oudeh, Barbara Best, Milena Sozio, Luke Orwinski, Michael Rivard, Genevieve Raymond, Carmine Catino, Julio Borsellino

Cartoon Tiny Homes
Revitalize this Town

But It's Not What You Think
In the seaside town of Folkestone, England, a unique project has been underway with the purpose of revitalizing the seaside town through creativity.
Known as the Folkestone Triennial, in just a few short years the project has become a significant event in the international calendar of recurring art exhibitions. The heart of the Folkestone Triennial is the display of contemporary art exhibitions that change the character of the place in which they occur, while calling attention to community issues.

Each Triennial invites artists to engage with the culture and built environment around Folkestone to exhibit newly commissioned work in public spaces. Around twenty artworks are commissioned for each Triennial.

One of the 2017 exhibitors, Richard Woods, has created a series of colorful “Holiday Homes” which he has placed around town to call attention to the housing crisis. Holiday Home consists of six complete, but 1/3 sized houses, with flat, garish coloring that calls attention by its contrast. They are placed in ‘unlikely’ places – suggesting, tongue in cheek, that no site is too small or too inconvenient for a holiday home.

To see pictures of art installations around Folkestone during the September to November 2017 Triennial, visit: https://www.folkestonetriennial.org.uk/artists/2017/

Monthly Market Report

Catch Up on the State of the Market

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When Is It Time to Stop Renting and Buy Instead?

When you buy a house, you know you’re making a financial decision, not simply an emotional one. And you know that the factors involved in deciding when to stop renting and buy a home are complex. This interesting report will help your clients weigh the pros and cons.
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Why Zombies Are Popular

Halloween is just around the corner...and many of us are tuning into old horror shows like Night of the Living Dead, as well as newer versions like The Walking Dead series. A little fact to take with you to movie night: zombies might not be as popular as they are in today’s culture, if it weren’t for one big copyright mistake.

Back in 1968 when George Romero's Night of the Living Dead was released, the film was originally called Night of the Flesh Eaters. When the name was changed, the distributor forgot to place a copyright symbol next to the new name and date. According to copyright law at the time, leaving the symbol off meant it automatically entered the public domain.

The film’s entry into the public domain became the ultimate distribution tool, because theaters, video stores, and TV stations could air it at no cost. You can even download it on YouTube today. Wide distribution led to wild popularity, which let zombies chew their way into our popular culture.

For Fun: A Brief Chat with God

A man walked to the top of a hill to talk to God. The man asked, “God, what’s a million years to you?” and God answered, “A minute.

Then the man asked, “Well, what’s a million dollars to you?” and God said, “A penny.

Then the man asked, “God…..can I have a penny?” and God said, “Sure…..in a minute.”

October Quiz Question

What is the subtitle of the book Frankenstein?
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Vacationing in the USA

Ol' Nantucket! What a great surprise!

I was there the weekend after Labor Day and has a blast. Great classic New England Seaside village. Cisco Beach is a short bike ride from town and they have a great brewry and beach area for surfing and sunning. Eat at the Brotherhood of Thieves! Best lobster (Lobstah) roll I ever had. Plan the trip. I really enjoyed it there and I know you will too! Here is the link: https://www.nantucketchamber.org/

Tricks to Stop Yourself from Overeating

Anyone can diet in the middle of the night. But in the light of day, when there’s nothing between you and that piece of cherry pie, it comes down to willpower.

Diets don't give you willpower—they demand it. Their role is to change your body chemistry to reduce cravings over time. But if your willpower around food is in short supply, you need something immediate that will automatically stop you at the moment you're reaching for the junk food or the second helping of tamale pie.

Here are a few fast tricks you can try to enhance yiour willpower and help you stop eating in the moment.
  • Spice it up. When you’re in the kitchen reaching for a donut, first put a pinch of pepper on your tongue. It eliminates your craving.
  • Smellicious. A craving is a trigger. If you can wait out the craving, the feeling will pass. So instead of eating the donut, smell it. Sniff deeply for a full minute, and you might notice the craving has passed.
  • Suck it up. When feeling peckish, suck your stomach into your back and hold for a count of ten. Repeat until you can move past the craving.
See more ideas in the book: Mind Over Mouth

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