Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Negotiating Tips: Can You Negotiate PropertyTaxes

Hello All:

I received an e-mail this week asking me if I truly believed that everything is negotiable? He further inquired if I did believe that how he could negotiate his property taxes on his home?

If you have followed any of my newsletter or blog articles you know that my answer is going to be a resounding YES on the negotiating question, but do you know what I am going to say about negotiating property taxes?

I won't keep you in suspense any longer...

Everything is negotiable, even property taxes! I have attached a recent e-mail I sent to my real estate newsletter subscribers on tat very topic.

Hope this helps.

Hello All :

Just a quick note to remind you that in most states your last day to file for a real estate abatement on property taxes is January 31, 2009. You can fill out these requests for abatement for both residential and investment properties on a yearly basis.

For those of you that don't know what I am talking about, I'll recap briefly the process. First, you call your town or city assessors office and ask for an "Abatement” form for property taxes, and of course ask about the time frame to file. Next you fill in all the requested information, along with making a compelling statement on why they, the assessor’s board, should reduce the assessment on your property. Then, file it with the right governmental office and await their reply.

It has been my experience that most organizations will at least decrease your assessment, by at least a few dollars for taking time to apply to the process, while others will grant you a substantial reduction.

Remember, you have not, because you ask not !

Be well,

James Gage

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Negotiating Tips

Hello All :

I want to personally invite you to following me on Twitter :
in addition to my blog I will be posting other valuable negotiating articles.

Here is to a prosperous 2009.

Be well,

James A. Gage

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Negotiating Tips: Predications for Our Economy 2009

Hello all:

As I do every year I would like to give you what I see happening in the coming year in our economy.

  1. You will see more and more businesses experiencing financial problems, and most will have to shut their doors !
  2. You will see there will be an enormous need for professional negotiators to keep businesses viable !
  3. You will see gasoline prices increase once again.
  4. You will see oil prices escalate once again as speculators and corporations manipulate the oil and oil futures market !
  5. You will see unemployment increase further towards 10% or more !
  6. You will see the stock market increase to Dow 10,000 or even 11,000 in the months following the installation of the new President, after the optimism is gone and reality sets back in the stock market will retreat back into negative territory. We could possibly see Dow 6,000 before all is said and done !
  7. You will see Gold escalate to $1600.00 or higher an ounce !
  8. You will see the further devaluation of the U.S. Dollar against other foreign currencies !
  9. You will see a temporary stabilization of the housing market, and then we will return to the downward trend in home valuations and the foreclosure arena !
  10. You will see more banks fail and more bank mergers, until we end up with 1 or 2 banking institutions. Note: this may take an additional year or two !
  11. You will see your state and local taxes escalate, because federal funding will be greatly reduced or cut off entirely, not to mention business revenue paid to the states will greatly be impacted because they will be going out of business in alarming numbers !
  12. You will experience inflation on the rise in every aspect of our economy !

These are just a few of what I see happening in 2009, I hope they don’t happen, but 90% of my predictions last year have unfortunately have come true…

The good news here is if you start planning and taking steps with the info I have given you in these few lines you will be able to survive the storm, Remember, even in the “Great Depression” there were people who profited and actually became millionaires.

So what do I suggest?

  1. Start your own Independent Arbitration business as soon as possible to cash in on the mounting business that are having financial difficulties and need your help.
  2. Buy silver to hedge against inflation - it is getting ready for a big move per ounce.
  3. When investing in the stock market use “Options” – play the cycles, get in and get out.
  4. Play the cycles in the Forex market.

Until next time be well.

James A. Gage

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Negotiating Tip of The Month Jan 2009

Hello All:

Here is your January 2009 tip of the month.

Now is a tremendous time to renegotiate leases whether commercial or residential with your landlords, due to the down turn in the economy.

In fact I was speaking to a friend of mine who is looking to open a business in the next 30 days in Virginia Beach, VA. Guess what? He was able to get a rent 45% under fair market value and 6 months free rent !!! Talk about landlords being hungry…

So the morally of the story is ask for everything, expect nothing and you will be surprised what you get.

Be well,

James A. Gage