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Are we Goal-Oriented or Growth-Oriented?
Are we Goal-Oriented or Growth-Oriented?

There is no such thing as a “risk-free” real estate investment. With any return, there is risk. Successful real estate investors typically know and understand two essential things: The financial objective or why they are investing in real estate, .i.e., is it for future cash flow, preserve...

How do we Perform at an Elite Level?
How do we Perform at an Elite Level?

In real life, we don’t get trophies for merely participating. There are winners and losers, and we all desire to be the winners. However, there are several things we need to do to get there. Going from being average to good to great is impressive, but performing at an elite level is where most...

How are we Wasting Time?
How are we Wasting Time?

Jim Rohn said, “Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” Making better use of our time also generates freedom and less stress in our lives. There are many ways through better time management we can improve our efficiency and be more...

Traits I see in Successful Real Estate Brokers
Traits I see in Successful Real Estate Brokers

I have been in real estate financing business for over 30 years. I consistently work with real estate brokers to finance the investment property transactions that come my way. It’s incredibly important how a broker conducts business and treats people. The right real estate broker can make...

A Simple Formula to Determine When is the Best Time to Refinance
A Simple Formula to Determine When is the Best Time to Refinance

At what point do you decide to refinance a loan based on the interest rate? A question most of us have been asking, given the low-interest-rate environment we have been in for a while. Making the right decision to refinance can save you money, but if not done at the appreciate time and for the...

How to Choose the Right Employee or Business Partner?
How to Choose the Right Employee or Business Partner?

Choosing the right employee or business partner can make an enormous impact on whether you prosper or flounder as a business owner. Often when employers look to hire someone, or when entrepreneurs want to find a business partner, in their search, they often miss certain character traits in a...

How can you Quickly Determine Your Capacity for Success?
How can you Quickly Determine Your Capacity for Success?

A simple summation of a “recipe for success” is the combination of a unique skill that is needed, where there is a passion to excel, and the timing is right. However, there is a missing ingredient in this recipe. It is our stress level capacity and ability to adapt that will be the ceiling of...

What do I see on the Horizon for San Diego Real Estate?
What do I see on the Horizon for San Diego Real Estate?

What I currently see on the horizon for San Diego real estate is based on information I receive from conversations with real estate owners, lenders, borrowers, buyers, and sellers in the San Diego market. This provides valuable information as to what changes are developing.

Our Decisions are a Series of Opportunity Costs
Our Decisions are a Series of Opportunity Costs

We believe relationships are more important than transactions. Most of our loans are to repeat clients and borrowers we have known for years. What makes Fidelis different from other private lenders is how well we treat our clients and carry on our everyday business activities with a sense of...

Six Investment Strategies of Successful Real Estate Investors
Six Investment Strategies of Successful Real Estate Investors

​​​Over my career of 30 years in the real estate financing business, I have helped hundreds of investors ​achieve their financial goals through investing in real estate. I’ve learned some valuable lessons throughout the years and would like to share them with you.​​ 1. Three Things Make...

What Six Attributes Make a Successful Real Estate Investor?
What Six Attributes Make a Successful Real Estate Investor?

I have been in the real estate financing business for over 30 years, and subsequently have helped hundreds of investors finance over a billion dollars in real estate. There are qualities I have observed throughout my career in people who experience continued success and happiness. The success I...

Four Practical Steps to Move Beyond an Idea and Make it Happen
Four Practical Steps to Move Beyond an Idea and Make it Happen

We all have plenty of ideas. This is the easy part. The hard part is turning an idea into reality. These are four practical action steps I found helpful to get an idea to a result: Write the idea down on paper – This helps solidify what you desire to achieve. It gives clarity to