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Heavy hitters share insights at Akerman Real Estate Summit

I just spent a fantastic day at the Akerman Real Estate Summit at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. We did a live show on-site, and I had a chance to talk to some of the heaviest real estate hitters in the country. They covered A LOT of ground. So much, in fact, that you really need to listen to the …

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Wynwood may become a winner for Goldman Properties

What does it take to make a place – a place? What makes it real? What makes it unique? Our guest on the March 6 Fried on Business, Joseph Furst, certainly knows. He’s been making places with Goldman Properties for many years, and lately he’s been focusing on the artsy Wynwood neighborhood here in Miami. A managing director at Goldman, …

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Metrostudy economist nails down squishy housing market

Yeah, I know. It’s tough to get a read on the housing market these days, and Brad Hunter agrees. I recently spoke to Hunter, chief economist and director of consulting at housing research firm Metrostudy, at the UF Bergstrom Center Real Estate Trends and Strategies Conference in Orlando. He acknowledged the confusion and said it doesn’t help with the government’s …

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Loyal listeners, sponsors help Fried On Business mark Episode 250

Well, we reached a milestone last week when Fried On Business aired its 250th show. Yep, I can’t believe it’s been 250 episodes, either, but it’s true. The first show aired in mid-May 2009 when Jorge Guevara asked me to come into the studios at AM 880 The Biz and talk about the real estate market, which was terrible at …

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Networking secrets unveiled by guru Ivan Misner

When it comes to networking, we just interviewed the guy who wrote the book. Seventeen books, actually. And founded the largest business networking organization on the planet – with 6,300 chapters worldwide. Ivan Misner, Ph.D., founded BNI International in 1985 without really intending to do so. “I’d love to tell you I had this vision of an international organization when …

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Opportunity awaits in a tough 2014

So, here we are, well into 2014. This is a good time, I think, to clue you in on some of the things I’ve been thinking about as we survey the next 12 months. Recession redux? I got a call recent from a friend who’s close to the Fed. The scuttlebutt there, he says, is that we’re about to go …

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Liberty Property Trust marks grand opening at Miami International Tradeport

I’ve been in the commercial real estate game for a long time, but I still get excited when a new project opens down here in South Florida because it speaks to the continued resilience and prosperity of the area. And this was very evident recently at the grand opening of Liberty Property Trust’s new Building A at the company’s Miami …

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Lauren’s Kids prepares for busy 2014

Here at Fried On Business, we are privileged to support Lauren Book and her organization, Lauren’s Kids, as they get ready for a new year of activity to promote awareness of childhood sexual abuse and how to prevent it. In fact, they’ve already hit the ground running with Lauren recently named a recipient in L’Oréal Paris’ Eighth Annual Women of …

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Colliers economist connects the dots for 2014

We just spent a fantastic 30 minutes getting economic and commercial real estate market insights from one of the leading minds on the subjects – and he was kind enough to do it in the middle of his vacation. KC Conway, MAI, CRE, Chief Economist – USA at Colliers International in Atlanta, speaks everywhere and is frequently quoted in the …

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Jim shoots straight on 2014 predictions

OK, it’s that time of year where we have a little fun making some predictions about 2014, so let me break out the crystal ball and tell you some of the things I see ahead in the next 12 months. Higher interest rates This, without a doubt, will be one of the big financial stories of 2014. The recovery is …

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