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Private residential lending widens as mortgage window closes

When my phone rings these days, I can predict with almost 100% certainty the next words I’ll hear. It will go something like this: “Hey Jim, I have a special situation.” Then I’ll respond: “Well, thanks for calling. I can help.” I help by working with Spectrum Mortgage and providing private residential lending for deals that don’t fit the cookie-cutter …

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Urban in-fill housing market heats up in South Florida

The biggest real estate opportunity in South Florida today is in-fill housing. I know. With everything that’s going on in this market, that seems like a very bold statement. It is a bold statement – but it’s also true. It’s true because the supply of land here is dwindling rapidly. They just aren’t making it anymore. What’s not dwindling is …

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On family offices, focus and peace

Family is everything. And, hopefully, the ties that bind become stronger when families work together and prosper together. When they prosper, they often need professional guidance that will help them protect and grow those blessings. Sometimes, they form a family office, which is a business established to run the affairs of an affluent family. That’s where my most recent guest …

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Healthcare, botox and JCCs mix well during latest Fried On Business show

We hit the trifecta on the most recent Fried On Business show when a parade of experts came in to talk about everything from workplace wellness programs to dermatology to a local community center. I only have space to hit the high points here, so make sure to click on the links to listen to the full interviews. You don’t …

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Market research expert sees good South Florida housing fundamentals

The good folks at IMN brought us a great opportunity to speak with a real expert on the housing market during the most recent Fried On Business show. Steve LaTerra, managing director of Meyers Research in Phoenix, paid us a visit to talk about the home building market nationally and in South Florida. LaTerra will be at IMN’s 4th Annual …

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Attorney to the stars notes new philanthropy education programs

I like all of my guests, of course. But one of my favorites recently returned to the Fried On Business show to discuss some issues related to celebrity philanthropy. Handler Thayer attorney Andrew Morton does good by helping other people do good. What do I mean by that? Well, Morton handles philanthropy law, non-profit compliance, best practices, and philanthropic branding …

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Guests this week covered Wynwood’s future, autonomous cars, holograms for health and GMO mosquitoes to fight zika

The March 2 edition of the Fried On Business radio program was a veritable smorgasbord of excellent guests covering excellent topics. Future of autonomous vehicles First up was my great friend Larry Zinn, general manager of Warren Henry Land Rover, Range Rover, Infiniti and Jaguar, to discuss the future of autonomous vehicles. Now, autonomy has been appearing in cars for …

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Broadcast brings out best at Bergstrom Center conference

It’s always a treat when I get to do a live remote broadcast, and it’s even better when that broadcast is done in support of an organization that’s dear to my heart. So I had an absolute blast when I got to do the most recent episode of Fried On Business live from the Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies …

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Residential prices rise in face of high Miami inventory, says RE/MAX chief

When you want to know what’s happening in a particular real estate market, you are wise to seek out an expert. It’s even better when that expert is part of a network of professionals who can provide perspective and context for any decisions. RE/MAX, as I learned recently, is one of those networks. The company’s Chief Operating Officer, Adam Contos, …

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Trusted Family co-founder says communication key to continuity

If you think managing a family business is difficult, how about managing a family business across two, three or even more generations? That is exactly the place where our most recent Fried On Business guest, Edouard Thijssen, found himself. Born in Belgium, Thijssen is a next-generation member of a global family business. As he grew older and got more involved, …

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