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9 No Drama in Dayton 39 Creative Financing Options
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Investors Profit without Issues 40 Philbin Capital Discovers
11 California Living with Deals in the Golden State
Tennessee Cash Flow 42 The Key to Success by Club
Mathew Owens, CPA, owner of Founder Sam Sadat
OCG Properties, explains why
he loves to invest out of state
14 Beware of the Investment
Vampires by RBS Homes
16 Dolf & Carter: A Master-
mind with Arizona Investors
19 Enjoy a Tropical Paradise
with Phenomenal Returns
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45 Buy Bigger and Better Deals
by Kathy Fettke
46 Alternative Economics™
Club Debuts in California
51 Stop the Gambling!
Mike Woo, a “Rich Dad, Poor
In search of their latest gem in Dad” protégé, advises clients
Nicaragua, Maverick Investor 52 Is Your Mortgage Underwa-
Group traveled the world ter? Perhaps a Short Pay Refi-
22 Investor Nation Shares their nance is the Answer
Blue-Chip Real Estate Strategy 55 Pay Off Your Rental House
2 5 G i n g e r M a c i a ’s T h r e e in Five Years with the Short
FREE Ways to find a Great Term Retirement Program
27 Creative Real Es-
tate Techniques with
Educator Bill Gatten
28 Matt Malouf’s 10
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Passive Cash Flow
30 A Visit with Sensei
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35 Bruce Norris discusses the 57 Who’s On Your Team?
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by Ginger Macias | photography by Sam Green
ast year, while working as a pan- Ginger: What did you do before you
elist at a local real estate invest- became a full-time real estate investor?
ment club in Los Angeles, I had What is your background?
the pleasure of meeting Mathew Mathew: Let’s see, I grew up in the tiny
Owens, a certified public accountant and town of Los Angeles and graduated from
owner of OCG Properties. I was so im- the University of California, Santa Bar-
pressed by his experience and work ethic bara, with a degree in economics and an
that I invited him to partner with me on emphasis in accounting. Afterwards, I was
syndicating real estate projects. able to achieve one of the accomplishments
Having worked closely with him for al- I am most proud of, passing all four parts
most six months now, I can say that he’s the of the CPA exam in one sitting, a feat only
real deal and you’ll be in for a treat if you 10% of candidates have been able to do.
get the chance to work with him. Mathew After passing the exam, I worked as a
has many strengths that make him a great CPA, auditor and business adviser, help-
partner: integrity, organizational skills, ing my corporate and individual clients
and real estate and investment proficiency. increase their bottom line, helping them
Plus, he’s very likable. find fraud risk factors inside their business
I have met a lot of people in this business, systems and auditing their accounting re-
and I expect great things from him in the cords.
coming years. I guess that is why I am so good at do-
I recently sat down with him to ask about ing due diligence on real estate transactions
his real estate investing strategies and the now. The accounting and due diligence
current projects he’s working on out in Ten- skills are a perfect match for a real estate
nessee. Mathew has purchased, renovated, investor, I just had to adjust my personality
and sold or held more than 100 investment to be more outgoing and personable, which
properties in the last three years alone. most CPAs are not known to be. Being in
Below is a partial transcript of the inter- the real estate industry as a full-time inves-
view I had with him. tor, I am finding it is rare to find a CPA who
understands the tax and legal implications
Ginger: Mathew, in your own words, of investing and the real estate investment
what exactly does OCG Properties do? side in detail.
Mathew: In a nutshell, we help people in-
vest in real estate. At OCG, we sit down and Ginger: So tell us, how did you get your
go over our client’s financial situation and start in real estate?
resources to help them find the best ways Mathew: I started investing about five
to invest and meet their individual goals. years before I decided to take some real
With good in-house management in place, estate education courses and quit my cor-
you can hold for long-term growth and re- porate job cold turkey. I found that the skill
ally get a great return on your money. On sets I gained from working at CPA firms
top of that, the price points are low enough were hugely valuable, and I still hold the
that you can buy with cash and not even partners of those firms with the upmost
have to deal with financing. Talk about low respect for what they taught me, the eth-
risk! ics they instilled in me and the guidance
We help our clients achieve great returns they gave me. However, the skills that I
on their money while doing all of the due have developed running my own company
diligence on every investment. We bring a are unparalleled to anything I would have
ton of real estate experience to the table and ever expected. While working for myself,
help our investors every step of the way. I started flipping and holding properties >
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in Memphis. I got through my initial learn- that the current reported unemployment to go out and develop a team in every mar-
ing curve and kept striving for more deals rate is 12.8%, there is a $19.9 billion dollar ket, which is exactly what we did out in
with a magnificent obsession for real estate gap in the California budget, the California Memphis. We have in-house management
that only few can really understand. It was mortgage delinquency is up almost 100% and a team on the ground there that helps
tough, but after getting through the strug- year on year, 90% of us get all of the
gles, you find yourself breaking through the Alt-A and Option Mathew Owens, his brother and little sister. information we
and finally achieving success. Working that ARM loans coming need to be suc-
much taught me multiple things. But one due are underwater in cessful.
thing stuck more than anything else: Pas- California, 1/3 of Op-
sive income is the goal! tion ARM loans are Ginger: What
delinquent already, the team members
Ginger: You live in Southern California California tax rate rose should one have
and invest in Memphis, Tennessee. Why from 9.3% in 2008 to when investing
do you invest so far away from where 9.55% in 2009, and it out of state?
you live? will rise again to cover Mathew: There
Mathew: That is right, I live in sunny the gap in the budget. are a number of
Redondo Beach and invest in Memphis. On top of all that, team members
Most of the investors I meet ask me this people who are under- you need in order
exact question, and the simple answer is: water in their homes to be a success-
I invest with logic and statistics, not based and not in financial ful real estate
on what my emotions are telling me. hardship are starting investor. At the
Look at the economics in the Memphis to walk away because top of the list
market. It has one of the highest price-to- it does not make finan- for any buy-and-
rent ratios in the nation! It did not take a cial sense to hold them hold investor is a
huge dip like a lot of markets, it had an av- and hope they go up great, and I mean
erage annual appreciation of 4% per year $200,000! G R E AT, p r o p -
over the past 20 years. It’s a very stable e r t y m a n a g e r.
market. The population is also expected to Ginger: I’m an out- Property man-
increase and you can pick up property that of-state investor too but other investors agement is the number one reason an in-
not only cash flows but gives you apprecia- may be skeptical about owning property vestment property will fail to produce posi-
tion potential in the next 10 years, which is so far away. tive cash flow, assuming you did your
numbers correctly and did not buy in a
ghetto. In addition, an investor needs lend-
ers, REALTORS®, inspectors, appraisers,
attorneys, CPAs, IT consultants, marketing
agents and the whole nine yards to really
develop a good system. Each team member
is crucial to your success, and that is why
investing in real estate can be so difficult
Your team can make or break you, and
you need to have reliable team members
that communicate well with you to be suc-
Ginger: What separates your company,
OCG Properties, from the rest?
Mathew: At OCG we have in-house prop-
erty management, which is the key to our
A sample OCG Property.
and your investment success. We also take
an ethical and conservative approach to in-
not something I can say about California. Mathew: They are really missing out! vesting and do all of the right due diligence
California is a huge risk right now for buy- Ginger, we both know that with technolog- on every investment.
and-hold investments. ical advances you can invest anywhere in We really care for our clients and care
If you take a look at some of the econom- the world now, and it’s as if you’re invest- about their goals and what their interests
ic indicators in the California real estate ing in your own backyard. are. We have a guaranteed tenant and reno-
market, some of the things you will find are The reality is, everyone has the resources vation on every property, and put the proper
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structuring and risk miti- exactly what the majority of men do.”
gation procedures in place If you never quit, you will succeed no
on every investment. We matter what adversity you face.
also set up proper com- Ginger: What is the first step someone
munication procedures needs to take to invest with you?
for our management com- Mathew: They need to call us and sched-
pany to keep our investors ule a consultation. We look at each inves-
frequently updated on the tor’s resources, financial situation and in-
progress of their invest- vestment goals to make sure we help them
ment. invest the right way and surpass their indi-
vidual investment goals. Once an investor
Ginger: What due dili- schedules a consultation with us, we move
gence is done on your them from sitting on the sidelines to devel-
investments? oping a passive income stream to retire on
Mathew: Wow, where — as fast and safely as possible.
do I begin? I will give
you the quick version. To Ginger: Do you have anything else you
start off, we do a complete Mathew: Do not give up, no matter what. would like to share with our readers?
neighborhood analysis on every property Any business, any new venture or opportu- Mathew: Yes, thank you. I would just like
along with a market value analysis, which nity that you want to achieve, is 90% men- to add that some people will make up ev-
includes pulling comparable sales and get- tal and 10% skill. If you never give up, you ery excuse in the book for why they do not
ting an appraisal done before we close es- can never lose. It’s best said in the book or cannot do something. I am here to tell
“With technological advances you can
invest anywhere in the world now, and it’s as
if you’re investing in your own backyard.”
crow. We also do a rental analysis, cash “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill: you that you can do ANYTHING if you
flow analysis, profit analysis, renovation “Before success comes in anyone’s life, focus and take ACTION steps towards its
analysis and every kind of analysis a CPA one is sure to meet with much temporary achievement.
can think of to protect ourselves and our defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When Do not let your emotions tell you it can-
investors. defeat overtakes someone, the easiest and not be done, even if you were not initially
In addition, we get an inspection by a most logical thing to do is to QUIT. That is successful. Even if it is difficult to see how
qualified inspector and compare it to the you are going to accomplish it, don’t give
renovation bid. Each renovation bid comes up. There is always a way, but it comes
with an item-by-item, room-by-room down to taking action. Most people give
breakdown of the renovation costs, includ- up at the mere thought of difficulty, and
ing materials and labor. This is extremely your success in real estate, and in life, are
important so you know what your costs are going to be based on your ability to focus
going to be on future renovations. When and take action.
leasing a property, it is important to get a Also, a successful investor has to be
qualified tenant. If you do not, you will be completely dedicated. They must ignore all
sorry later when you have to evict them of the people who have an opinion but are
because they cannot afford the rent. We less- educated about the subject.
qualify them similar to a home loan pro-
cess. We look at their debt-to-income ratio Ginger: Thanks, Mathew. I wish you
and credit. We do a background check and continued success in your investments.
really get a good assessment of their per- Mathew: You’re welcome, Ginger.
sonality, which can tell you a lot.
For more information, please visit:
Ginger: What tips can you give to people www.ocgproperties.com or email:
who want to get started investing in real email@example.com | OCG Properties
estate? Photograph of Mathew Owens by Sam Green can also be reached at: (424) 757-4680
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This indeed is a rare treat; prepare to learn from two of Dolf de Roos Carter Froelich
Arizona’s top real estate investing giants. —The Editor
Carter: Hello, Dolf. Tell us about what Dolf: I like being on the cutting edge of cloud, you can access your portfolio’s de-
you’ve been doing lately and give inves- what is available. I have always done well tails from any computer connected to the
tors your perspective on the market. with new technology. When fax machines Web. Before long, most services will have
Dolf: Well, Carter, although the media re- came out, it saved us thousands of dollars a that feature, but by then The Property Led-
peatedly states this is the worst real estate year in courier fees. ger will have innovated yet another area.
market we have seen in decades, it is only Now, we don’t fax; scanned attachments Surfing is so much easier one foot ahead of
the wave than one foot behind.
Furthermore, having all the details of
“... with the information stored in the cloud, a property, including title documents,
HUD1s, leases, management agreements,
you can access your portfolio’s details from and the like, stored in one central reposi-
tory is simply a great way to run your prop-
any computer connected to the Web.” erty investment business. Once you have
experienced it, it is difficult to revert back.
It would be like going back to using slide-
the worst market if you are in the unfortu- are better quality, in full color and don’t rules, or for those readers not old enough to
nate position of being forced to sell. If you require an outdated phone system to get remember what they are, the curly-paged
are in the fortunate position of being able through to a recipient. and faded fax machine — if they even re-
to buy, then by definition, this is the best When I come across people in the real es- member that!
market we have seen in decades. tate industry who do not use email, and in-
With that said, there are still many who sist on using faxes exclusively, I think they Carter: Since you travel often, are the
have trepidation about entering our current must miss out on deals because of their features of Electronic Library useful?
real estate market. This has forced me to go aversion to new technology. I do not want Dolf: Absolutely. In fact, more and more
overseas. There are many countries right to fall into that trap. The Property Ledger companies are trending towards cloud
now experiencing the peak we saw a few is cutting edge, extraordinarily useful and computing. Clearly, it is convenient to
years ago so they see the relative merits of easy to use. Why would you not use it? be able to access all the relevant data on
bringing their money to the United States a property from anywhere and not have
and investing here. Carter: What benefits are provided by to be concerned with taking up space on
The Property Ledger, which other prod- your own computer, keeping data in sync,
Carter: Why did you become interested ucts do not provide? having the data concerned fall into strange
in The Property Ledger? Dolf: With the information stored in the hands in the event of a computer loss, in-
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stalling upgrades, etc. It is all done for the investments regularly, with real estate, you simply the income divided by the invest-
end user. can buy a property and put the title in a bot- ment. With real estate, since you only need
tom drawer, take a six-month cruise, and to come up with a small portion of the pur-
Carter: Why is it important for investors not worry if you should sell the property chase price in cash, the cash-on-cash return
to monitor the financial performance of again. However, it is comforting to be able becomes very important and, dare I say
their real estate portfolio? to put your finger on the pulse of how your it, interesting. It is an advantage inherent
Dolf: Interestingly, it is important for inves- investments are performing. in real estate investing that is often over-
tors in stocks and commodities to maintain looked by financial advisors.
a vigilant eye on their volatile investments Carter: What is your favorite financial
so that they can jump ship if the ship starts calculation when analyzing your proper- Carter: What type of investment do
to sink. With real estate being a much more ties? And why? Here are the choices: you favor right now and why?
stable investment, much of the interest in •Gross Rent Multiplier Dolf: When it comes to residential property,
monitoring your portfolio is just that: inter- •Cash-on-Cash Return on Investment I prefer the single-family home. However,
est. However, if you want to know when •After Tax Cash-on-Cash Return for the last two decades, I have personally
you can invest in yet another property, •Internal Rate of Return focused on commercial real estate. That
based on cash-reserve build-up, equity po- •Return on Equity doesn’t mean I haven’t invested in other
sition, available collateral, etc.), then you Dolf: I like to analyze based on cash-on- sectors but the benefits of commercial real
want to have the up-to-date information cash return. This calculation shows you estate for the property owner are incred-
available instantly. The Property Ledger how the cash you are putting up is perform- ible. Here are just a few of the benefits:
provides just that when you need it. ing. It is the prime indicator of how you 1. The leases tend to be much longer —
can truly leverage your money. What other anything from three to twenty years. They
Carter: How often should an investor investment allows you to get a $100,000 are generally secured by the business, with
track the financial performance of their asset for only $10,000 or $20,000 in cash? the owners offering a personal guarantee.
real estate portfolio? For most investors, you can’t buy 2. Commercial tenants tend to maintain the
Dolf: As often as they feel comfortable. $100,000 worth of stock or gold or oil property better as the look and condition of
One of the advantages of real estate invest- without coming up with the entire pur- the property is important to their business.
ing that I often tout is that unlike the stock chase price in full. When you put up all the
market, where you have to monitor your money to buy an investment, the return is Continued on next page
Dolf & Carter, pg. 17
Tenants often improve and up- the Gilbert Planning Commis-
grade the space with their own sion. This is indicative of the
money. long term. In the short term,
3. With residential property, the things look pretty grim, again,
landlord tends to pay the outgo- if you are forced to sell. There
ings such as property taxes, in- is word on the street that there
surance and maintenance. With will not be a u-turn for years.
commercial real estate, the ten- Things go in cycles. When
ants who are leasing the prop- you get old enough to have
erty, pay for those expenses. experienced a few cycles, you
learn to embrace them rather
Carter: We’re both located in than fear them. There will be a
Arizona; let’s discuss the local turnaround. If you can buy real
market. Where is it heading? estate that cash flows now and
Dolf: I’m optimistic. There was have a great chance that long
an article in the paper just three term the capital value will go
days ago stating Taylor Morri- up immensely, why would you
son Homes will begin construc- not acquire some real estate?
tion in July of a master-planned Learn more online about
community in Gilbert. There The Property Ledger, visit:
will be 17 phases developed www.thepropertyledger.com
over the next 12 years accord- To reach Dr. Dolf de Roos, visit:
ing to the report submitted to www.dolfderoos.com
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Scours the Globe for the
Best Investment Properties
Interview by Linda Pliagas
ith a name like Maverick, one
immediately expects the unex-
pected. Real estate with a hip
and a bit of a rebellious twist.
Maverick Investor Group delivers all that
and more. It is a real estate brokerage that
caters to a community of sophisticated real
estate investors and agents, all of whom are
committed to using real estate as a vehicle
for designing their lifestyles. The broker-
age is licensed with its primary office in
Las Vegas, but the Maverick principals all
live in different states, work from laptops
on rooftop pool decks, and travel the globe
in search of premium buying opportunities
for their exclusive clientele.
Maverick negotiates directly with devel-
opers and owners for prices and terms that
are not available to the public. The buying
power of the Maverick community enables
developers to move more properties in less
time and save money on advertising, mar-
keting and other normal overhead. This al-
lows them to offer special prices and terms
to buyers in the Maverick community that
they could not offer to the general public.
Indeed, the traditional brick-and-mor-
tar neighborhood brokerage dedicated to
farming a five-mile radius, driving buyers
around and sitting at open houses seems
like an archaic business model next to
Even more avant-garde than their busi-
ness model is their corporate vision: “To Mark Solak Valerie Schrock Matt Bowles
Next Destination: The Hidden Tropical Paradise of...Nicaragua
radically improve people’s lives through close as many as 34 transactions and pay the international component, is just a con-
real estate.” out nearly a quarter of a million dollars in tinuation of the global lifestyle enjoyed by
And their radical approach to real estate buyer referral fees to real estate brokers in its principals. The company was founded
is working. Even during 2009, in a single the Maverick Referral Network. by Mark Solak, Valerie Schrock and Mat-
90-day period, the company was able to Maverick’s business model, including thew Bowles — real estate investors >
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and licensed real estate professionals with worthy people I had ever met, all essential we use. It was crucial for everyone to start
formal, advanced degrees. Prior to joining qualities for business partners. The three of with the vision of their own ideal lifestyle.
forces, they led cosmopolitan lives, trav- us began pooling our skills, resources and Matt likes to work from his rooftop pool
eled the world and lived in foreign coun- creative energies to develop a cutting edge deck in LA, Mark likes to spend extended
tries for extended periods of time. business model that could provide unparal- time in Europe each year, and I like to go
Recently, I caught up with the Maverick leled advantages to real estate investors and skiing in Canada and spend part of the year
power trio to discuss their latest turn-key real estate agents. In 2007, it was ready to in Phoenix with my parents. So we struc-
buying opportunity—the Seaside Mariana be launched so we all quit our jobs, flew to tured our real estate business to facilitate
Spa & Golf Resort on the Pacific coast of Las Vegas and, while overlooking the Strip our dream lifestyles. But, more than that,
Nicaragua. from a rooftop lounge, raised our glasses Maverick has built an entire community
Seaside Mariana Spa & Golf Resort features the first Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in Nicaragua.
Q: How did the three of you become busi- and announced to the world that Maverick of real estate investors and agents who are
ness partners? Tell us a bit about how Investor Group was born! focused on using real estate as a vehicle
Maverick Investor Group formed? for designing their dream lifestyles. We
MB: Well, Valerie and I met in graduate Q: The Maverick partners live in differ- show our clients how to do what we do.
school in 1999. We both got master’s de- ent states — Matt is in Los Angeles, Valer- You will notice that we have a section on
grees in International Peace and Conflict ie is in Washington D.C., and Mark lives our website that discusses “real estate life-
Resolution and then worked in human between Chicago and Las Vegas. That is style design” in great detail, down to the
rights advocacy in Washington, D.C., for pretty incredible! How did you decide to specific technology products we use. Real
several years. We started investing in real structure your company like that and how estate investing is only a means to an end…
estate on the side, reading books about it does it affect your business? it’s always important to keep your eyes on
and learning by experience. Soon we had VS: We were intentional about structuring the larger prize. Money isn’t very useful
millions of dollars in real estate holdings in the company that way from day one, and if you have lost touch with your dreams.
states all over the country. the primary reason is “freedom of mobili- How can real estate enable you to recapture
I met Mark in 2005 when he sold me over ty” for the Maverick partners. It’s all about your time, design your dream lifestyle and
$2 million worth of investment properties lifestyle. We can live wherever we want make enough money to finance it? That’s
in Las Vegas. I was blown away by his and travel whenever we want for as long the big picture.
customer service; it was the best I had ever as we want, and no business falls through
seen in any industry. These were two of the the cracks because of the systems and pro- Q: Maverick has always encouraged
most talented, ambitious, honest and trust- cesses we have set up and the technology out-of-state investing, why are you now
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moving to international real ment in Nicaragua, making
estate? it particularly friendly to for-
MS: For the same reasons, eign real estate investors.
we’re just expanding the play- For example, as an inter-
ground. The reason why I national investor who lives
would never limit myself to in the US, I can own freehold
buying in my own city or state property in Nicaragua with
is because there might be a bet- title insurance from a North-
ter market than the one I live American-based title com-
in. The failure to consider in- pany, and when I sell it for
ternational real estate markets a profit I will owe no capital
produces the same restriction. gains tax in Nicaragua. Pres-
I want my money in the best ident Ortega has personally
market in the world no matter endorsed the Seaside Mari-
where I live, period. Maverick ana resort because it is an-
is opening up a private chan- ticipated that it will result in
nel for real estate investors to an explosion of tourism and
access unlisted properties in be a huge economic boon for
premium global markets, with the country. So the govern-
property management options ment is very supportive of
in place and a variety of exit foreign investors coming in
strategies. Buying through to buy real estate.
Maverick has always meant Seaside Mariana Spa & Golf Resort sits on 2 kilometers of pristine beach front.
getting exclusive prices and Q: What kind of deal terms
terms that are not available to up the coast is Nicaragua. It borders Costa was Maverick able to nego-
the public. That has simply expanded to Rica and has the same weather, the same tiate at Seaside Mariana and how can our
the international arena. beaches, the same sunsets, but a much readers get in on the action?
lower cost of living and, at the moment, VS: As you know, our prices and terms
Q: Why did Maverick choose Nicaragua? much lower property prices. Seaside Mari- are not available to the public, so I cannot
And why the Seaside Mariana Spa & Golf ana will be Nicaragua’s first luxury resort unveil any details here. I will tell you that
Resort project in particular? with a five-star international brand hotel this is one of the most extraordinary deals
MB: Over the last two years, the Maverick and a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. I have ever seen and that we have a global
partners have traveled throughout Europe, We are talking about a 923-acre resort on exclusive on the entire resort—the only
the Middle East, the Caribbean and Central 2 kilometers of pristine beach front. Noth- way to buy a property at Seaside Mariana
America to review real estate projects. In ing like it currently exists in Nicaragua. is through Maverick.
our opinion, Nicaragua is one of the pre- This project will single-handedly take the For detailed information and private ac-
miere emerging markets on the world stage country to the next level as a tourist desti- cess to our special prices and terms, your
today. When you look at a map of Central nation. When the number one golf course readers will need to become part of the
America starting from the south, you be- designer in the world chooses to go into a Maverick community. Real Estate Inves-
gin with Panama, then Costa Rica — both market for the first time, real estate inves- tors can apply to join our community of
of which have already exploded as tour- tors should perk up their ears. It is exactly VIP Buyers and get access to unlisted deals
ist destinations over the last 15 years and these types of seismic events that I look for like Seaside Mariana. Real Estate Agents
have seen corresponding appreciation in when I choose where and when to invest can apply to join the Maverick Referral
property values — and the next country my own money. Network and make 3% every time their cli-
ents close on a Maverick Deal.
Q: What is the political We invite smart real estate investors and
and economic climate in savvy real estate agents to contact us today.
Nicaragua right now? We don’t care if someone has a lot of ex-
MS: Nicaragua has had perience, we care if they are serious about
a democratic government using real estate to build their wealth and
for the past 20 years and design their lifestyle.
has had five transfers of
power during that time. For information, contact Maverick Investor
Recently, the government Group: www.maverickinvestorgroup.com or
has been passing laws to email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
encourage foreign invest-
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