CI 32 – How To Save On Life’s Largest Expense with Diane Kennedy, CPA

Most of us spend lots of time shopping around for the best deal on the things we buy while spending more money on taxes than anything else. Why not “shop around” to save money on life’s single largest expense? Join Jason as he talks with famed CPA, Diane Kennedy, about the tax strategies of wealthy real estate investors and business people. Diane Kennedy, a preeminent tax strategist, is the founder of USTaxAid Services, a leading tax firm that works with clients throughout the U.S. and founder of TaxLoopholes, an award-winning online tax education site. Diane is the author of The Wall Street Journal and Business Week bestsellers, Loopholes of the Rich and Real Estate Loopholes, and co-author of The Insider’s Guide To Real Estate Investing Loopholes, The Insider’s Guide to Making Money in Real Estate, The Insider’s Guide to Tax Free Real Estate Investing and Tax Loopholes for eBay® Sellers.

CI 29 – Mobile Home Millions

Jason welcomes his friend and mobile home investing guru, Corey, to this episode of The Commercial Investing Show. Visit: Adding another entry to our favorite success stories, Corey started his real estate investing career in 1993 by selling his jet ski to raise enough money for a down payment on his first deal. Since then, he went on to build a sizable portfolio of real estate, including apartments, single family homes, self-storage facilities and mobile home parks. Over the past several years he has focused primarily on mobile home parks and self-storage facilities. Corey regularly shares his expert knowledge and enthusiasm for the industry at real estate clubs, national seminars and universities about investing in his favorite avenues of real estate investing: mobile homes, mobile home parks and self-storage units.

CI 25 – Self Storage Investing

Jason talks with Scott Meyers, CSSM©, the nation’s one and only self storage millionaire maker. Scott’s company focuses solely on buying and selling self storage facilities, that’s it. At the present time, he owns and operates several facilities throughout Central Indiana. Listen in at: As a leading self storage educator, he travels the country revealing why self storage has become the hottest sector in commercial real estate over the past 30 years.  Practically every real estate investor and entrepreneur has uttered the words “I’ve always wondered about self storage, I’ve heard those things were cash cows.”  As a result of his research and 16 years experience, he’ll reveal the top 10 reasons to invest in self storage and how built a $10,700 positive monthly cash flow his first year in one of the best kept secrets in real estate: self storage! You will learn the following:

The endless opportunities available in the over 60,000 facilities nationwide
The two reasons why demand is projected to skyrocket in the next 10 years
Why self storage facilities are “cash cows” and why they have outperformed many other investments

CI 22 – Intro to Commercial Real Estate and Getting Your Spouse Into Investing

Jason talks with commercial real estate expert Tolliver Morris and one of Platinum’s clients turned Investment Counselor, Dave Toombs. Visit:

Commercial real estate: A review of product types and their corresponding tenant profiles. What is best for you and what are the management responsibilities of; apartments, retail, office, industrial, triple net NNN properties, medical properties, mobile home parks or self-storage?

Client and Investment Counselor, Dave Toombs, talks about maintaining marital bliss while investing and helping his kids buy their own rental properties.

What’s in YOUR Storage Unit?

It’s finally arrived, a reality television show about – wait for it – storage units! Believe it or not, Auction Hunters premiered November 9 on Spike TV. The premise is probably exactly what you thought it would be. A couple of mismatched fellows spend their days digging through abandoned or seized storage units in search of valuable items. Allen is the taller one in a Polo shirt who could pass for Dana Carvey if you weren’t looking too closely. Ton is the rather large fellow sporting a shaven, tattooed scalp, obligatory goatee, and who looks like a refugee from the Road Warrior.

So what are these two losers going to teach us about valuable stuff found in storage units? Well, it turns out they actually have pedigree, sort of, for discerning what might be worth something and what isn’t. Allen is a second generation antique dealer with 20 years experience as a collector. He bought and sold his way through college and was one of the first vintage dealers to realize the extraordinary potential for profit offered by eBay. Auction Hunters isn’t his first foray into television. You might have seen him previously as the Yard Sale Guy on the Style Network’s Clean House, or HGTV’s My House is Worth What?

At 6’0” and 300 lbs, Ton makes an impression everywhere he goes. Maybe lacking a bit in the professional experience department, this self-described hobbyist has spent years collecting knives, swords, guns, old currency, and jewelry. A renowned Southern California auction hunter, Ton has carved a niche for himself as a quick turnaround artist for many of the pieces he finds: coins, guns, swords, and collectible baseball cards. In his spare time, Ton wrangles bobcats, mountain lions, and venomous snakes under the auspices of his Reptile Rescue and Wildlife Services business.

Though we haven’t seen anything but the trailer, it’s a good bet there will be plenty of guns and money discovered. Who ever knew the self storage business could be so much fun? The lesson to take away from this is that there is absolutely no human occupation under the sun too obscure for a cable television channel to turn into a reality series. Bounty hunters, animal control specialists, and now self storage unit pilferers.

Make sure to tune in and enjoy what’s left of this mini-run show. Or don’t. To be perfectly honest, Ton kind of scares us.

The MHP Listings Team

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