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New country, new name for US citizen ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’
BOSTON — Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is changing his name to “Enes Kanter Freedom” to celebrate becoming a United States citizen.
Kanter’s manager, Hank Fetic, told The Associated Press that Kanter will have his citizenship oath ceremony on Monday afternoon and at the same time will complete his legal name change.
The news was first reported by the Athletic.
Kanter, 29, is a native of Turkey who has been an outspoken critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Turkish government. Kanter has said his passport was revoked by his homeland in 2017.
Related ArticlesThe 2011 first-round draft pick has also taken to social media to support Tibetan independence and criticize Chinese treatment of the Uyghur people. During games, he has worn shoes decorated to say “Free Tibet” and argue for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
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John Lee Dumas spent the first 32 years of his life chasing the almighty dollar—with little success. But when he took Albert Einstein’s advice and decided to become a man of value, that’s when JLD got a taste of success.
JLD is the host of the award-winning podcastEntrepreneurs on Fire, which has racked up over 100M listens and 3K five-star reviews since its launch in 2012. Through EOF, he has interviewed more than 3K of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, delivering the inspiration and strategies listeners need to FIRE UP their own entrepreneurial journey. JLD is also the author ofThe Common Path to Uncommon Success: A Roadmap to Financial Freedom and Fulfillment.
On this episode of Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing, JLD joins cohost Garrett Lynch and me to discuss his early struggle to succeed and explain how he approaches the podcast as a way to provide value. He reflects on the powerful combination between hard work and passion, sharing the lessons he’s learned from elite entrepreneurs around productivity, discipline and focusing on one path to success. Listen in for JLD’s method of deciding which opportunities to pursue (investment and otherwise) and find out how achieving financial freedom can help YOU bring big-time value to the world.
Why JLD struggled to succeed prior to EOF
- Dealt with PTSD after tour in Iraq
- Chase success vs. provide value
JLD’s short career in commercial real estate
- Commit to one year as junior broker
- Felt no excitement for closing deals
JLD’s approach to starting the podcast
- Think long-term and be patient
- 18-month window to earn revenue
Why hard work isn’t enough to succeed
- Hard work + passion win every time
- Grow to love things you’re good at
Why financial freedom is important to JLD
- Utility of money brings joy
- Lack causes anxiety and overwhelm
The key themes inThe Common Path...
- Steps to make more than you spend
- Become #1 solution to real problem
What JLD is investing in right now
- Cryptocurrency and NFTs
- Angel invest in startups
JLD’s top takeaways from 3K interviews
- Focus on producing right content
- Discipline to execute on plan
- Focus on one course to success
How JLD picks what opportunities to pursue
- If it’s not a hell yes, it’s a no
- Miss great opportunities if plate full
How JLD decides what to invest in
- Research and find mentors in space
- Believe in value company brings
Connect with John Lee Dumas
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The Inventors of America’s Most Dangerous Idea
Conservatives in America have, in recent months, used the idea of freedom to argue against wearing masks, oppose vaccine mandates, and justify storming the Capitol. They routinely refer to themselves as “freedom-loving Americans.” Freedom, as a cause, today belongs almost entirely to the right.
This was not always the case. In the early 1960s, civil-rights activists invoked freedom as the purpose of their struggle. Martin Luther King Jr. used the word equality once at the March on Washington, but he used the word freedom 20 times.
The conservative use of the idea of absolute freedom, of freedom as your personal property, to shift American politics to the right came shortly after King’s speech, and indeed was a direct reaction to his argument that one’s own freedom depended on everyone else’s. This wasn’t an organic response. Rather, conservative activists and business leaders designed an opposite idea of American freedom to protect their own interests. That effort can be seen in the role played by one of the most overlooked yet powerful forces in 20th-century America: the nation’s Realtors.
In 1963, California, with half of the country’s Realtors, passed a fair-housing law to limit housing discrimination. Realtors decided to fight back. They asked voters to approve a state constitutional amendment, Proposition 14, prohibiting the state and any municipality from ever limiting residential discrimination in any way.
Realtors had big incentives for maintaining segregation. Having invented it in the early 1900s as a marketing tool for selling homes, they had made segregation central to their business practices. They created racial covenants to exclude members of minority groups from new developments, existing neighborhoods, and entire cities and shaped federal redlining maps, all premised on the idea that anyone selling to minority families was destroying the future of all the neighbors. Any broker who did so was therefore destroying his future business. Despite the Supreme Court outlawing court enforcement of racial covenants in 1948, Realtors used racial steering—such as lying to minority prospective buyers that a home had just been sold and controlling newspaper real-estate listings—so effectively that by the early ’60s, Black Americans were excluded from 98 percent of new homes and 95 percent of neighborhoods.
Read: The unfulfilled promise of fair housing
But in asking voters to constitutionally authorize residential discrimination in Proposition 14, Realtors had a fundamental problem. How, at the height of the civil-rights movement, could they publicly campaign for sanctioning discrimination in California? No state’s constitution, even in the Deep South, had such a provision. No prominent politician—not Barry Goldwater, not Ronald Reagan—would support the Realtors for fear of seeming racist.
Victory would depend, realized Spike Wilson, the president of the California Real Estate Association, on convincing the large majority of white voters—who did not want to see themselves as racially prejudiced in any way—that the Realtors were campaigning not for discrimination but for American freedom. Realtors would need to secretly and systematically redefine American freedom as the freedom to discriminate—to challenge the idea at the heart of the civil-rights movement itself.
The first step was inventing what became known as “color-blind freedom” to justify discrimination. Per Wilson’s request, the national Realtors’ organization created a secret action kit to oppose fair housing everywhere. The kit’s detailed scripts instructed Realtors to “focus on freedom” and avoid “discussion of emotionally charged subjects,” such as “inferiority of races.” This kit, weighing a pound and a half and distributed to the local real-estate board in every American city, provided form speeches, Q&As, and press releases for their cause. Freedom, the kit explained, meant each owner’s right to discriminate, and Realtors were in favor of “freedom for all”: the equal rights of all owners to choose whom to sell to. Realtors claimed that they, unlike civil-rights advocates, were color-blind.
The key to color-blind freedom was what was left out. Wilson drafted a Property Owners’ Bill of Rights that Realtors advertised in newspapers nationwide, emphasizing owners’ absolute right to dispose of their property—never mentioning anyone’s right to buy or rent a home in the first place. The right to be treated equally, to not be discriminated against, to choose where to live, was not part of American freedom but a special privilege. Wilson therefore claimed that “militant minorities have organized and vocalized for equal rights until equal rights have become special privileges.” Color-blind freedom meant that government must be oblivious to, must forever allow, organized private discrimination.
Realtors thus made government the enemy, not minority groups. “Am I anti-Negro? By God, I am not. I am their champion,” Wilson insisted at a meeting of apartment owners, the Los Angeles Times reported. By making state bureaucrats the enemy, Realtors could be on the side of the underdog, the individual owner. Proposition 14, Realtors claimed, was not about race but about “the rights of the individual.”
This idea of absolute individual rights was at the heart of how Realtors redefined American freedom. Freedom of choice was blazoned on L.A. freeway billboards. To discriminate simply means to choose, Realtors insisted. Freedom of choice required the right to discriminate.
This became Wilson’s most important argument to millions of Californians who did not want to see themselves as racially biased. To be in favor of Proposition 14, to limit where millions of fellow Americans could live, did not mean that you were prejudiced but that you believed in individual freedom.
Calling the Realtors’ campaign “Gettysburg—1964!” in the monthly magazine California Real Estate, Wilson cited Abraham Lincoln: “We are involved in a great battle for liberty and freedom. We have prepared a final resting place for the drive to destroy individual freedom.”
King recognized the danger of the Realtors’ ideology. Rushing from ongoing civil-rights conflicts in the South, he warned at a freedom rally in Fresno, a few miles from Wilson’s office, “If this initiative passes, it will defeat all we have been struggling to win.” King’s terms evoked his speech at the March on Washington, but he was now defending shared freedom not against southern diehards but against northern salesmen promoting color-blind “freedom of choice.”
Proposition 14’s sweeping passage stunned politicians in both parties. The Realtors’ victory was overwhelming, with 65 percent of the total votes in favor, including 75 percent of the white vote and 80 percent of the white union vote. Two years later, in 1966, when the California Supreme Court ruled Proposition 14 unconstitutional, Reagan, running for governor, adopted the Realtors’ cause and their message as his own: “If an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house, he has a right to do so.”
Read: The racist housing policy that made your neighborhood
Reagan and other conservatives saw that the Realtors had zeroed in on something extremely powerful—something whose full force would not be limited to housing segregation but could be used on virtually any issue.
The timing was crucial. At the very moment when liberalism seemed most dominant—on the same 1964 ballot where Lyndon B. Johnson had crushed Goldwater by the largest landslide in history—Realtors had shown how conservatives could succeed. If this idea of freedom could triumph in California, it could work anywhere.
The Realtors themselves ultimately lost their war against fair housing when Congress passed a fair-housing bill, weakened by the shadow of Proposition 14, days after King’s assassination in 1968. Realtor organizations today distance themselves from their past role in segregation. Dave Walsh, the president of the California Association of Realtors (the modern-day incarnation of the California Real Estate Association) acknowledged by email the “sad truth that real estate agents, REALTOR® associations, real estate developers, government officials, and others developed and supported systems and policies designed to exclude people of color, especially Blacks, from many neighborhoods and homeownership opportunities.” He added that Realtors today “must own the fact that in the past, we advocated for” rights that supported discrimination. But though Realtors have disavowed their past arguments, the vision of freedom they created has had lasting effects on American politics as a whole.
This vision of freedom proved so enduring because it solved three structural problems for American conservatism.
First, Realtors used the language of individual freedom, of libertarianism, to justify its seeming opposite, community conformity. Here was a way to unite the two separate and competing strands of conservatism, to link libertarians and social conservatives in defense of American freedom—and create the way many, if not most, Americans understand freedom today.
Thus, the more disparate the issues on which this idea of freedom was invoked—abortion, guns, public schools, gender rights, campaign finance, climate change—the more powerful the message became. The conservative movement’s ability to grow and thrive depended not on an adventitious alliance but on a unifying idea: freedom of choice.
Second, by defining as freedom what government seemed to be taking away from “ordinary Americans,” Realtors helped create a polarizing, transcendent view of what was at stake in our politics. As one homeowner described Proposition 14 in a Sacramento Bee letter to the editor, “We are fighting for our rights, and this, voters, is the only way we can do it. It appears to be our last chance.” This picture of government taking away your rights would provide a compelling reason, far beyond economics, for millions of union members, Catholics, and white Americans who had long been part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s coalition to see, in issue after issue, why they should define themselves as conservatives.
Timeliest of all, the Realtors’ redefinition of freedom offered a common ideology for something new in modern America: a national conservative political party. First proposed by southern racists in 1948 to protect Jim Crow, it would have white southerners abandon the national Democratic Party in return for a pledge from pro-business northern Republicans to protect local racial customs. This proposed party, devoted to limiting federal regulation of business and civil rights, could dominate American politics and push it to the right for generations to come.
Such party, when it finally emerged after Goldwater’s defeat, needed a publicly acceptable ideology that could work in both the North and the South. The Realtors’ color-blind freedom, which had proved so successful in California, could unite southerners, working-class northern Democrats, and conservative and moderate Republicans in a new national majority party—one very different from the Republican Party whose congressmen had voted 80 percent in favor of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts.
Read: The only thing integrating America
Over time, the internal dynamics of a national conservative party would only push it further and further toward those who most ardently embraced the Realtors’ vision of freedom as the only meaning of American freedom. This dynamic has produced today’s Republican Party.
Republican politicians now view every issue through this single lens: that American freedom means placing one’s own absolute rights over those of others. To go against that credo, to view freedom as belonging to the country itself and, as such, to everyone equally, threatens the party’s most basic tenet.
This idea of freedom is based on a technique that the Realtors perfected. They identified a single, narrow, obscure right, an owner’s right to choose a buyer—which Realtors themselves had restricted for decades with racial covenants—as American freedom itself. Elevating as absolute a right rarely mentioned before, so government cannot limit it or protect the rights of others, became the model for the conservative movement. The concept can be and has been used regarding virtually any issue.
Everything that is not one of these carefully selected rights becomes, by definition, a privilege that government cannot protect, no matter how fundamental. Since January 6, two-thirds of Republicans—more than 40 percent of all Americans—now see voting not as a basic right, an essential part of our freedom, but as a privilege for those who deserve it.
This picture of freedom has a purpose: to effectively prioritize the freedoms of certain Americans over the freedoms of others—without directly saying so. By defining freedom as they did, Realtors did not have to say that it belonged more to some Americans than others. But it did—and it has ever since.
4 Commercial Real Estate Predictions for 2022
While a rising tide lifts all boats, not all boats are created equal. That's the case in commercial real estate (CRE). Nearly every segment of the vast industry showed recovery from the initial shock of the pandemic-induced shutdowns, but some improved way more than others.
And the factors that influenced the kind of year each of these verticals had in 2021 will continue into the new year, including logistics issues, labor shortages, travel restrictions, inflation, and the immutable law of supply and demand. Especially demand.
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The Fall 2021 ULI "Real Estate Economic Forecast," based on a survey of 49 economists and analysts at 36 major real estate organizations, predicts CRE property price increases of 10% this year, to be followed by 7% in 2022 and 6% in 2023, based on the RCA Commercial Property Price Index.
But, again, that rising tide thing: A lot depends on the segment. Industrial and multifamily continue to outperform the market in rent growth, each at 5% this year, while rent growth for retail is predicted to be 0.6% and office even lower, at -1.5%.
Here are some predictions about four major CRE segments for next year.
1. Industrial will remain hot
Demand for warehouse space all along the logistics pipeline drove prices to record heights and vacancies to record lows throughout 2021. E-commerce is a major driver of this, with Amazon( AMZN -1.28% ) at one point this year accounting for nine of the 10 largest warehouse construction projects in the country.
But Amazon is hardly alone. Retailers of all sizes -- from Walmart and Kroger to craftspeople on Etsy -- are driving the growth of distribution facilities. Manufacturers will also be requiring more space as they look to start keeping more parts in stock on-site or nearby, going from "just in time" to "just in case" inventory practices.
A couple of real estate investment trusts (REITs) to consider in this space for your investment dollars include Prologis( PLD 0.78% ) and Terreno Realty( TRNO 1.88% ).
2. Multifamily will stay hot, too
Just like in industrial real estate, multifamily investors can expect strong demand to support higher rent in most markets across the country, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Rising mortgage rates and home prices that affect affordability for many people, and building activity that lags demand, will all continue to be factors, the trade group said in its fall forecast.
The report projects rent growth for multifamily units could remain at about 10% in 2022. That depends on the market, of course. Double-digit rental growth was recorded this year in 127 out of 390 major metro areas, defined as having populations of more than 1 million. Leaders in this area include Tampa, Florida, which posted 25.1% rent growth year over year in the fourth quarter of 2021. In markets of 25,000 or less, rents on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, saw 24% rent growth at the same time.
REITs to consider here include Mid-America Apartment Communities( MAA 1.41% ) and AvalonBay Communities( AVB 1.57% ).
3. Retail will continue an uneven roll
The pandemic was particularly hard on brick-and-mortar retail, and the shift to online shopping that was well underway only sped up. Stores closed by the thousands, and while that trend has slowed down, UBS is still estimating that about 80,000 -- or 9% of total stores in the country --- will close by 2026.
From the landlord perspective, essential brands -- think Walgreens( WBA 1.42% ) and grocery stores -- will continue to be stable tenants and anchors, and individual entrepreneurs may be the right choice to fill strip mall and downtown space that was previously unaffordable to them. (I'm seeing that now in an open mall center in my neighborhood that is now discounting its rents deeply.)
From the investor perspective, the net lease structure that REITs typically use will continue to work well for those that have survived the retail apocalypse, including mall giant Simon Property Group( SPG 1.93% ) and diversified retail portfolio holders like STORE Capital( STOR 2.10% ).
4. Office will also continue to be a mixed bag
There's a good reason that the ULI report predicts rent growth for office space nationwide to be slightly negative in 2022. The continued prominence of working from home will combine with the net effects of the Great Resignation to dampen demand in 2022.
While some companies have started bringing people back into the office, the list of those who haven't -- including major employers -- is long and probably won't shrink much, given the continued uncertainty of COVID-19 and the effect of its variants.
In fact, a report from PwC and ULI says that almost two-thirds of real estate professionals believe that fewer than 75% of workers will be there in person at least three days in 2022, and that office space utilization will likely decrease between 5% and 15% through 2024.
Suburban office markets have performed better than some central city business districts, and one of the better bets in the sector is on the life sciences. Two REITs in that space to consider are Alexandria Real Estate Equities( ARE 1.24% ) and increasingly, Boston Properties ( BXP 2.48% ).
There are a lot of ways to invest in CRE, and REIT returns still look promising
There are a lot of ways to invest in this kind of real estate, including through Delaware Statutory Trusts and 1031 exchanges, opportunity zones, crowdfunding, directly, and through REITs.
I find the latter choice the most attractive as a source of passive income and stock appreciation and with a strong return that should continue in the year ahead.
That ULI report says total annual returns for equity REITs are expected to end 2021 at 27.8%, an impressive showing that approaches a 2014 peak of 30.1%. For 2022 and 2023, they're forecasting 10% annually for that investing choice, which is still not too shabby, indeed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is looking to expand reporting requirements on all-cash real estate deals to help crack down on bad actors’ use of the U.S. market to launder money made through illicit activity.
The Treasury Department was posting notice Monday seeking public comment for a potential regulation that would address what it says is a vulnerability in the real estate market.
Currently, title insurance companies in just 12 metropolitan areas are required to file reports identifying people who make all-cash purchases of residential real estate through shell companies if the transaction exceeds $300,000.
“Increasing transparency in the real estate sector will curb the ability of corrupt officials and criminals to launder the proceeds of their ill-gotten gains through the U.S. real estate market,” said Himamauli Das, acting director of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
Das said the move could “strengthen U.S. national security and help protect the integrity of the U.S. financial system.”
The metropolitan areas currently facing reporting requirements are Boston; Chicago; Dallas-Fort Worth; Honolulu; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami; New York City; San Antonio; San Diego; San Francisco; and Seattle.
The U.S. real estate market has long been viewed as a stable way station for corrupt government officials around the globe and other illicit actors looking to launder proceeds from criminal activity.
The use of shell companies by current and former world leaders, and those close to them, to purchase real estate and other assets in the U.S. and elsewhere was recently spotlighted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ publication of the “Pandora Papers.”
The leaked documents acquired by the consortium showed King Abdullah II of Jordan, former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair and other prominent figures used shell companies to purchase mansions, exclusive beachfront property, yachts and other assets for the past quarter-century.
The tax dodges can be legal but have spawned various proposals to enhance tax transparency and reinforce the fight against tax evasion.
The effort to push for new real estate market regulation comes as the Biden administration on Monday issued its “U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption.”
The strategy was published as President Joe Biden prepares to host the first White House Democracy Summit, a virtual gathering of leaders and civil society experts from more than 100 countries that is set to take place Thursday and Friday.
The strategy offers broad brushstrokes for confronting corruption at home and abroad. It includes calls for the U.S. government to shore up regulatory gaps, elevating anti-corruption in U.S. diplomatic efforts and bolstering the protection of civil society and members of the media, including investigative journalists, who expose corruption.
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Over the Thanksgiving break, 40 high school students partnered to understand and research the myth of the Thanksgiving story and learn the truth about Native American history and culture from members of Yolo County’s Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.
Yocha Dehe members partnered with the Oakland-based Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center for its annual Days of Gratitude in Guinda from Nov. 26 to Nov. 28. Students from the San Francisco Bay Area, Yolo County, Sacramento and Kent and Tacoma, Washington, spent time with Yocha Dehe Language and History Associate, Dillon McKay and Cultural Resources Manager Laverne Bill to learn about the importance of Native Sovereignty and the role of cultural values in American democracy.
McKay and Bill spoke to the group about many aspects of Yocha Dehe culture, including preservation of its language and oral history, governance, dance, food and agriculture, cultural resources/archaeological sites and the roles of tribal members in community.
“Our cultures may be diverse, but we share values,” McKay said. “We all have one thing in common: we all want to make this a better place.”
“We’re no longer living in a world where we are isolated from each other based on our color or our culture — we’re are evolving from that–and people need to understand each other,” Bill said. “Your family and your community raised you to be who you are and to express yourself through your culture and heritage.”
The Freedom Center’s dynamic Days of Gratitude course accomplishes three significant goals. First, students, staff and community members study the history of “Thanksgiving” deconstructing false narratives of “the first Thanksgiving.” The group studies Native Sovereignty and self-government. Participants dig deep into the psychological, political, economic and cultural value of gratitude and particularly its fundamental role in the Civil Rights Movement and in making positive social change.
“We are honored, humbled and deeply grateful to the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and to Dillon McKay and Laverne Bill,” Roy Wilson, executive director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center said. “They generously shared their cultures, histories, traditions and explained the concept of native sovereignty and self-governance. We have much to learn as a democracy from their generational examples of sovereignty, community and civic engagement.”
In addition to spending Friday with McKay and Bill, the students and staff studied the role of gratitude as a fundamental principle of self-transformation and civic engagement as part of traditions of nonviolent social change and civil rights.
For more information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center, visit www.mlkfreedomcenter.org.