Mariah Carey Is Stiff as a Board in VH1 Hip Hop Honors Performance

There are many things Mariah Carey is known for: Her diva attitude, her dog-whistle high notes and her love of all things relating to butterflies.

One thing she is NOT known for is being a skilled, agile dancer.

So know that when I say that Mariah’s lack of movement onstage at the 2017 VH1 Hip Hop Honors was strange, it’s not because I had delusions that she was capable of pulling off a Janet Jackson-style “Rhythm Nation” routine. I just expected her to behave like someone with a pulse and a working musculoskeletal system.

Instead, we got the mannequin challenge.

Mariah looked so uncomfortable onstage throughout the entire routine and she required the assistance of two male dancers to move anything more than an inch.

And when she was supposed to interact with Ma$e during his verse, she looked like she was clenching her ass cheeks and suffering from a serious case of bubble guts the entire time. Ma$e, on the other hand, was bubbly and bounced around during his performance like Tigger. Mariah: She gave him nothing but her best Eeyore and had a face that screamed, “Why am I here right now?”

Watch Mariah’s incredibly lazy VH1 Hip Hop Honors performance below.

Mariah’s former choreographer Anthony Burrell admitted in recent interviews that Mariah’s laziness onstage is something that he dealt with when he worked with her. He also said she performs with “no f*cks given” and called her recent performances “lackluster.” So we already know what time it is, especially after we witnessed that horrendous New Year’s Eve performance.

But Twitter still couldn’t help but notice, mock and highlight just how terrible and awkward Mariah was on VH1 Hip Hop Honors.

I’m gonna need Mariah to do a little bit better than this, please. Either that or put away all of the damn dancers and just pull an Adele. But you can’t have all of these people bustin’ a move and breakin’ a sweat, twirling around you while you lazily gaze at them and sigh, Mimi.

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Rehab Looks Real Good on Love & Hip Hop Hollywood’s Teairra Mari

Although her relevance on the music scene remains a longshot, Teiarri Mari, once a protege of Jay-Z’s, appears to finally be on the road to recovery and wellness.

If you’ve been following Teairra’s storyline on the fourth season of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, then you know that Teairra’s battle with alcoholism has taken center stage.

After denial and denial and denial of her addiction, Teairra finally broke down and accepted rehab treatment in episode 9, after Moniece and Miss Nikki Baby sprung an intervention on her crazy ass.

You have to remember though that these reality shows film months in advance, so that means right now, Teairra is several months past her stint in rehab. And guess what? Rehab did Little Miss Teairra some serious good and she’s ready to show off her snapback to the world.

Wearing a teased afro wig and some sexy lingerie, Teairra Mari flaunted a noticeably fitter body, glowing skin and focus in a series of Instagram snaps. Gone are the glassy eyes, bloated body and cheap wigs that have been Teairra’s trademark for the least three years.

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Accompanying the sizzling pics is the use of the hashtag #rehab and #Bad. The #Bad hashtag isn’t an ode to Michael Jackson or a hashtag representing her credit score, but instead it’s in support of her new single, “Bad,” which isn’t destined to be a chart-topper but also doesn’t sound like complete hot shit.

Here’s a sneak peek from Teairra’s Instagram page:

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Teiarra has been a completely sloppy, utter mess for the last four years on LHHH and this season seemed to be no different, given that she was linked up with trash-ass Cisco “Creep Squad” Rosado. But it looks like 2017 is the year that Teairra FINALLY decided to get right with herself and repair all of those years of self-inflicted harm.

Go, Teairra! We’re rooting for you, boo.

P.S. Never ever pick up that ratty-ass, Sunikist-colored wig and put it on your head again, OK?

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The Truths Behind Crowdsourcing Technologies

The not-so-far-fetched science-fiction series, Wisdom of the Crowd exploits the most sensational benefits of real-time crowdsourcing platforms like RealtyeVest and draws parallels to the ridiculous, cringe-worthy fantasy world of The Circle, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.  In an industry like online real estate crowdfunding, where privacy can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars, the notion of people willingly relinquishing their data to go wild goose chasing and risking their lives seems contradictory of the ongoing battle for online privacy battles fought by men like Edward Snowden and backed by the majority of the nation. (And, frankly, the idea sounds a bit reminiscent of a little 2016 fad known as Pokémon Go, which seemingly dropped off the face of the earth as quickly as it appeared.)

Raising capital: Old school vs New school

“Dialing for dollars,” a phrase used by real estate investment firms trying to get capital raised for their deals. It usually lasts from opening to the close of business every day, and would go on until the deal closed. That’s how it was done in the 20th century. Old school. In the 21st, where technology is a driving force, it’s all about making things easier, and that includes raising capital.

Real estate investment firms all over the country are acquiring properties and turning them into profit. However, this is no easy feat. A lot goes into raising capital for a deal. Today, real estate sponsors will target an acquisition. Once the firm comes across an acquisition, a Letter of Intent (LOI) is drawn up, which is an agreement between the sponsor and the seller outlining the price and terms. Once the LOI, and subsequently the Purchase and Sales Agreement (PSA) is signed, the process to raise capital begins.

First things first, a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) is drafted by legal counsel which normally will take a month and $10,000-$20,000. This is followed by dialing for dollars.

To get started, one maybe two people with the firm sit down and look over an existing investor list and make warm-calls to investors advising them of a new opportunity. These firms in most cases, have a Reg D 506(b) exemption, which prohibits general solicitation of the real estate offering, and is only offered to friends, family and “existing” clients.

Not being able to reach out to new investors means relying on their existing network to support the project, which slows the success rate considerably. The firms can not advertise under the exemption, making it incredibly difficult to get the word out about a project.

Then, once these firms start to receive investments, managing investors and making distributions to investors or entire entities in multiple places is another ordeal.

It’s a long drawn out process just to get even a percentage of the funds raised for a new project, that in many cases result in success, but are costly and time-consuming. Fortunately, technological advances have served as a catalyst to launch a once formidable task into effortless achievement.

Step into the new school, now real estate firms have the option to manage their fundraising efforts from one location. Online platforms and accompanying software help sponsors manage investors and use promotional tools that will streamline a faster more consistent capital-raising process.

Sponsors who are formidably exhausted by the idea of “dialing for dollars” now have significant capabilities such as managing investor information, and sending documents electronically that allow for e-signatures. This eliminates the need to make constant phone calls and sending documents via snail mail. Contemporary methods of raising capital now include the use of accessible software that eliminates the need for sponsors to have to send documents and distributions to multiple places.

Additionally, modern technology allows for easier and faster communication. Sponsors can now issue correspondence and updates and communicate with investors via email and chat.

Keeping in mind that to be able to take full advantage of the software capabilities, sponsors need to be able to get new investors on board. That’s when promotional tools become an invaluable part of the process, as sponsors now have the ability to use a variety of multimedia applications to engage existing and prospective investors. Digital marketing now plays a huge roll in disseminating real-time data instantly to tens of thousands of investors with the click of a button.

Video, imagery, webinars, podcasts and the ability to share these things on social media are not only changing the way sponsors generate buzz about their projects with the goal of securing investment funds, but it’s also an extension of branding sponsors can take full advantage of.

In the past, much of the rate of success depended on the managing of many aspects of bringing a project to fruition. Now, sponsors can decide on one platform and utilize several digital marketing strategies and high level analytical tools to gauge investor’s interest in singular deals. This in turn, enables the sponsor to create better targeting and segmentation through email, syndication, and content marketing. Essentially, sponsors now have the option to build upon those old school practices by using available technology to improve their capital raising methods.

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RealtyeVest Marketplace For Sponsors

Jacksonville, FLA (September 29, 2017) ― It started as a simple thought. How can we interface with sponsors and utilize our crowd-sourcing technology? The solution, a new means to give sponsors an advantage over companies still using traditional methods. The RealtyeVest Marketplace is shifting the way sponsors raise capital with a simple integration of their methods and our technology.

Raising capital is now easier than ever. RealtyeVest marketplace supplies sponsors with both a stage to present their projects and the technology to aid in expediting acquisitions, achieved with an all-encompassing technology resource that manages the entire capital raising process.

Using traditional capital raising methods can be daunting. The rate at which sponsors can successfully raise capital and close the deal on a project can be considerably slow. Furthermore, paying out large groups of investors can be complicated, particularly when they’re coming from multiple entities. Lastly, sending documents to numerous investors can be tedious and can possibly become quite costly. These hurtles typically are cumbersome and expensive.

With RealtyeVest Marketplace, sponsors can use the company’s 506(c) exemption which allows investors to register and pledge same-day. This acts as a place-holder until accredited. Once potential investors go through our seamless accreditation process and are approved, they may then fund their investment into the sponsors escrow account. Most real estate companies have a 506(b) exemption, limiting the number of non-accredited investors to 35. Real estate companies can use either RealtyeVest’s 506(c) exemption or the 506(b) which offers a greater pool of non-accredited investors.

The RealtyeVest Marketplace also supplies various tools for sponsors such as the capability to include imagery, videos, webinars, and other promotional means to showcase their uniqueness. The platform not only comes with a designed landing page, but it also includes syndication, and the use of technology to better leverage the sponsor’s existing group of investors while also exposing them to new investors.

Sponsors have access to custom CRM tools for better investor management and communication through features like chat and email protocols. A Sponsor Dashboard is also featured within the Marketplace and includes many capabilities that facilitate document management, payouts, task confirmations, real-time data, and investor enrollment in one location. This subsequently results in lower overhead and faster closings.

In summation, RealtyeVest Marketplace is replacing the traditional capital raising methods with streamline technology along with drastically reducing fees and overhead.

All of these benefits are meant to simplify the capital raising process for all parties involved. More information about the Marketplace can be viewed on here.

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Real Estate Crowdfunding 101: Interview with Dan Summers, CEO of RealtyeVest

Last week Dan Summers, CEO of RealtyeVest, sat down with OakPeak Equity, an investing and management company, to talk about Real Estate Crowdfunding. The interview details the thought behind creating RealtyeVest, and why it’s a good idea to merge real estate with investing. Take a look at the interview below to get some insight on a fairly new industry that’s about to shake up the investment world:

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CEO OF RealtyeVest – Dan Summers

SEPT 26th 2017

Good morning! As part of my ongoing efforts to provide Oakpeak Newsletter readers with unique insights into the real estate industry, I will periodically interview executives at some of the emerging real estate crowdfunding companies as well as real estate private equity firms. We at Oakpeak are kicking off the ‘Interview the Executive’ series with an interview with the CEO (Daniel Summers) of a fast growing Real Estate Crowdfunding firm RealtyeVest based out of Jacksonville, Florida. If interested, you can also review RealtyeVest’s latest San Antonio, Texas based multifamily offering here.  I kicked off my interview with Dan Summers by asking him to give Oakpeak Newsletter readers an overview of RealtyeVest…

Question I: What is RealtyeVest and how does it differ from the multitude of real estate crowdfunding firms that have mushroomed over the last few years?

RealtyeVest CEO Dan Summers: RealtyeVest is a real estate company first and a technology company second. That’s our biggest distinguishing factor. I’ve personally owned and developed well over $1B in multifamily, office, retail and flex-office. My resume in this industry stands shoulders above any in the crowdfunding space. We also invest in every single deal on my site. No one else can make that claim. Our future is to stay nimble and cutting edge. We want to continue to marry technology with real estate investing. For instance, introducing a one-stop seamless process for IRA’s to invest on our site. We’re working with one of the largest custodians right now to make that happen. What was once a 7-10 day process will soon be a 24 hour process.

Question II: Can you talk a little bit about yourself and your background?  What was the catalyst behind launching RealtyeVest?

RealtyeVest CEO Dan Summers: I have been in the real estate industry nearly 40 years. There isn’t much I haven’t seen or done. I’ve ridden every peak and valley. I’ve touched every aspect from Brokerage to Development to over $1B in acquisitions. I’ve officed in Chicago, Houston, San Antonio, Pittsburgh and now Jacksonville. I started a 1 man company and grew it to 147 full time paychecks, rolled out its IPO within 10 years and retired at the ripe age of 47. Started another acquisition company in 2013 with several Goldman Sachs ex-pats out of Singapore. We bought multifamily in markets with a story. RealtyeVest was my answer to 30 years of expensive PPM’s, a limited capital audience and laborious SEC reporting. When the solicitation floodgates opened in 2012 as a result of the JOBS Act, I took immediate note and tracked the competition for 12 months. I was amazed at the imbalance between seasoned real estate experts and digital marketing millennials. My peers were reluctant to enter the technology world but the millennials jumped in with both feet. That was the beginning of what is now RealtyeVest. I rebuilt my underwriting team and hired the most talented digital marketers available in NE FL. I’ve built a company once again from scratch but this time with a wide open playing field and limited competition.

Question III: Which among the following real estate asset categories: (multifamily, healthcare, student housing, office buildings and retail) do you consider to be relatively “safe” especially for the individual investors who often participate in crowdfunding deals? Which are the markets (from a geographic perspective) that you are bullish on?

RealtyeVest CEO Dan Summers: No doubt Senior Housing. With 4,000 Baby Boomers turning 85 every day together with an additional 12,000 retiring daily, this asset class has the most staying power. This is an undeniable demographic that can’t be argued.  Couple the demand with supply or actually a lack thereof and you get a perfect storm. Blend in some nuances like retirees payments are normally secured by insurance, the government and/or an estate lends a heightened level of security to your investment.

Question IV: Where do you think we are in the real estate economic cycle (close to the peak or just mid-way there)?

RealtyeVest CEO Dan Summers: The light in my crystal ball went out ages ago but one thing I can attest to is real estate has no plateaus. It’s either up or down. Nothing in between. The question is…. when is that “Tipping Point”. When does Expansion turn into Over-Supply? The 2 benchmarks when determining where you are in this particular Market Cycle are Vacancy and Construction. Keep your eye on the GDP, rental rates and occupancy. With a strong GDP, job growth ticks up resulting in higher occupancies creating higher rates and eventually creating a need “or” opportunity for new construction. I think this where we are now but once again watch for the next “Tipping Point” when supply and demand meet. Vacancy starts inching up and while rent growth may remain it retreats a bit casting a decrease in overall revenues.

Question V: Finally, What are your thoughts regarding the future of Real Estate Crowdfunding?

RealtyeVest CEO Dan Summers: The real estate industry in large has long been overdue for a disruption. When you consider how archaic the traditional lending platforms are along with the minuscule returns investors are receiving from institutions, IRA’s and 401K’s, it’s no wonder why the real estate crowdfunding industry is expected to generate nearly $150B in managed asset within the next 5 years. Technology continues to upgrade the experience investors realize making the process seamless and transparent. There are 8.5M accredited investors in the US and less than 1% are actual investors on crowdfunding sites. This together with the Trillions of dollars in IRA’s and less than 3% are self-directed. Crowdfunding will mature into a sophisticated investing platform that will outpace Wall Street within 10 years.

(This interview was conducted by OakPeak Equity staff, and was published in their newsletter.)

 

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Why Assisted Living Facilities Are the Best Real Estate Investments of 2017

As national demographics shift and Americans between 50 and 90 years of age grow in larger numbers than our country has faced, the real estate market is experiencing a lateral evolution.  According to AARP, there is a rising 77 million baby boomers currently in the US, with 10,000 new people reaching retirement age each day until the 2030s. Per these stats, the need for credible, long-term support is rapidly sprouting into one of our nation’s greatest social and economic demands.

So goes a golden gap for capitalists looking for new entries into a flourishing investment market: assisted living facilities.

An assisted living facility is a care-based residential property where seniors can maintain independence while getting support from a licensed staff. In contrast to the traditional nursing home, assisted living facilities are communities for those who do not need constant supervision but can benefit from a daily support system to help with tasks such as meal preparation and medication regulation.

The Assisted Living Federation of America details that at the cynosure of senior care in assisted living centers should be independence, quality of life, dignity and personal choice, making this a core real estate group for the growing retirement demographic that will be virtually unaffected by seasonal market fluctuations.

Parallel to the demographic demand shift in recent decades, global business has been revolutionized by a technological boom that has eclipsed every industry. In a world where people can you send messages through space with the stroke of a finger, it is easier and faster than ever to diversify business and investment opportunities.

Of such methods enhanced by the ease of technology is real estate crowdfunding platforms; the process of raising money through a collective effort for a single purpose or project. With Realtyevest, accredited investors anywhere can enter the real estate market with ease while alleviating many of the risks associated with traditional investments.

Furthermore, included on our site is a bank of opportunities to make a fruitful and informed entry into the assisted living real estate space, with little to no experience or special insight. Our experts monitor trends and choose partners that offer the greatest benefit to our investment community. Then, we present a myriad of options through an interactive dashboard that allows everyone involved to track the progress of their investment. This is how solutions are created in the future and you can get started TODAY.

 

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Are You an Accredited Investor? Here’s How You Know.

As crowdfunding grants new entries to the market everyday, Realtyevest uses cutting edge technology to connect accredited investors with lucrative real estate deals throughout the nation. By definition, an accredited investor is a person or entity that is qualified by the SEC (Security & Exchange Commission) to make large-scale investments based on income or net worth. At Realtyevest, we go the distance to maintain a secure and transparent community of accredited investors through the most simple process possible.

Accredited Investor: A Profile

To qualify as an accredited investor, one of the following must be true:

  1. A person must have earned more than $200,000 (or $300,000+ joint income for married couples) for the past two years, with a projected third.

OR

  1. A person must have a net worth of at least $1 million (or joint net worth of $1 million for married couples), excluding his or her residential property value.  

To calculate your net worth, use the following formula.

Net Worth = Assets – Liabilities

Accredited Investors can also be entities (i.e. banks, partnerships, corporations, nonprofits, trusts, etc ). To qualify, each entity must:

  1. Have a trust comprised of at least $5 million

OR

  1. Be owned exclusively by a group of accredited investors

We’re honored to set the platform for informed investments that support the continued wealth and success of our partners. Click HERE to sign-up.

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Certainty in an Uncertain World…

 

It’s been said the only thing certain in life is death and taxes.

Of course, properly structured and well-advised real estate investors can usually mitigate most of their taxes.

Meanwhile, before people die, they live.  Along the way, they get older.  And as people age, their needs change …

… and because entrepreneurship is about serving needs, it’s a safe bet there’s some opportunity in meeting the needs of aging people.

In a recent radio show, we talked about investing in undeniable demographics … specifically, the baby boomers … who are moving into retirement and beyond.

A few days later, this headline popped up in our news feed:

More Growth Ahead in Seniors Housing – NREI August 16, 2017

“… research shows continued confidence in improving fundamentals …”

Of course, if you’ve been following The Real Estate Guys™ for any time, you know senior housing in general … and residential assisted living in particular … is a niche we REALLY like.

The article affirms our belief that …

“ Demographics continue to be a big driver for development.”

“ ‘As active as the market is with the product that we have today, we are looking at the tip of the iceberg in terms of boomers hitting retirement age,’ says Scott Stewart, a managing partner at Capitol Seniors Housing, a private equity-backed real estate acquisition, development and investment management firm based in Washington, D.C.”

“ ‘The fast-paced growth of that population in that sector is going to make today’s discussion of overbuilding obsolete, because there just aren’t enough places for everybody today,’ ” he says.”

 The article is addressing … diffusing … concerns about over-building in the niche …

“ Demand mops up new supply.”

 “Despite the new supply coming online, respondents remain confident in improving fundamentals. A majority of respondents (78 percent) anticipate that rents will rise over the next 12 months …”

Other notable comments include …

“When asked to rate the strength of market fundamentals by region, the South/Southeast/Southwest rated the highest.”

 “When comparing with other property types, respondents continue to rate seniors housing as a highly attractive property type. Its scores topped that of the five major property types on a scale of one to 10.”

Okay, so it’s probably clear there’s some real opportunity here.

But if you’re a Mom-and-Pop investor, does it make sense to jump into a niche that’s attracting big players … or are you just cruising for a bruising?

No … and YES!

When you invest in housing for seniors it’s critical to understand the difference between a high-density community and a residential facility …

… and not just from the investor’s perspective, but from the resident’s perspective.

Let’s start with the resident …

There are some seniors … probably MOST … and their children (the decision makers in many cases) who’d rather see Mom or Dad live in a real home …

… in a tree-lined residential neighborhood, with a backyard, and neighbors … where residents don’t feel like inmates in an institution.

Please understand … we’re not slamming the great people or services provided in bigger facilities.

We’re just saying from a senior’s perspective, having a room in a home in a regular neighborhood FEELS a lot different than living in a room at a campus for old people.

But for a BIG investor, those individual homes are a logistical problem.

To move BIG money, you need economies of scale and the ability to buy or build a lot of inventory at one time.

It’s the same problem Warren Buffet alluded to when he told CNBC …

“I’d buy up a ‘couple of hundred thousand” single-family homes if I could.”

The challenge, as noted in this Forbes article about Buffet’s statement, is …

“… the cost and logistics of making such an investment in large enough size to move the needle for Berkshire Hathaway is prohibitive.”

The point is big money can’t play well at the single-family residential (SFR) level …

… even if the SFR’s are being converted into highly-profitable residential assisted living facilities.

But YOU can.  And that’s why we like them.  Think about it …

The supply and demand fundamentals are solid.

The priority for expenditure is near the top of the list for any family.  Taking care of Mom or Dad is far from a discretionary purchase …

… so as an investor, being that far up your tenant’s payment priority ladder is a much safer place to be in uncertain economic times.

Plus, much of the money to pay you comes from insurance, government, and the senior’s estate.  In other words, you’re very likely to get paid … even in a weak jobs and weak wages economy.

Also, you don’t have to compete with big money investors, even though they clearly see the opportunity and are moving into the space.

That’s because the barrier to entry for the big money isn’t how MUCH money is needed … it’s how LITTLE is needed.

Meanwhile, the customers would rather live in YOUR product than big money’s product.  So while big money is adding to supply, they’re not really in your niche.

This is a BEAUTIFUL thing.

But it gets better …

Residential assisted living homes can’t be mass produced.  They need to be built or converted one at a time.  There’s very little threat of a big player glutting the market.

And taking lessons learned from watching hedge funds move into the SFR space … big money was only able to acquire tens of thousands of SFRs because huge blocks of inventory were available temporarily through mass foreclosures.

We don’t think there’ll be mass foreclosures in residential assisted living facilities.  They’re way too profitable.

But because this kind of senior housing is in high demand and highly profitable, at some point big money will start assembling them …

… buying up groups of homes from multi-facility operators … and then buying up nearby individual facilities which can strategically integrate into existing operations.

It’s called consolidation … and when it comes, big money will bid up existing operations (creating equity for those already there) …

… because they can recover the “over-payment” through operational efficiencies and financial leverage.

Between now and then, for the street level investor, the big opportunity is to be part of building the inventory by converting homes into residential assisted living facilities …

… cash-flowing along the way … then one day cashing out to big money players.

And if those big money players never show up … just keep on cash-flowing while providing a much needed service to the community.

Until next time … good investing!

Certainty in an Uncertain World… is a post from The Real Estate Guys Radio Show.

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