Author Archives: Reiko

Investing Outside of Wall Street – Building a castle on sand

Recently, I saw in a private Facebook group a request for support from someone clearly new to the business of investing in real estate. He wanted help with the purchase of a multi-unit property. I responded by saying, “Just sent … Continue reading

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Censorship

Cambridge Dictionary defines censor as a person whose job is to read books, watch movies, etc. in order to remove anything offensive from them, or who reads private letters, especially ones sent during war or from prison, to remove parts … Continue reading

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What John Adams said on this day in 1814

As of this posting, the 2020 election results in the U.S.A. are still being contested. As we face the fork in the road between socialism and capitalism, many of us are wondering how we got here. From where I stand, … Continue reading

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Investing Outside of Wall Street – Realtor.com

As an investor, I have been involved with real estate full time since late 2004. In the beginning, when we knew little, my husband and I had a terrible experience with a real estate agent who took advantage of us … Continue reading

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Investing Outside of Wall Street – Having fun helping others

First and foremost, as an investor, I became licensed as a real estate broker. In other words, I never intended to use my license to help buy and/or sell properties for anyone other than for our own investments. Then one … Continue reading

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The 2020 election – Socialism or capitalism?

Oh, how fast the last four years flew! If the 2016 election could be summed up as contentious, which it was, this year was, well, beyond contentious. Nevertheless, we still live in a democratic society where “We the People” decide the … Continue reading

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Drawn to Christianity

I came from a country where the number of Christians is estimated to be fewer than one percent of its total population. There are a couple of major reasons why Christianity has not taken root in Japan. The fundamental reason … Continue reading

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Investing Outside of Wall Street – A title company from hell

Have you ever dealt with a company that frustrated you so much so that you wondered how they could stay in business? This happened to me recently. Despite the headaches, I will withhold the company name for a couple of … Continue reading

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An accident – indirectly caused by the lockdown

A dictionary defines an accident as an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury. On August 21, 2020, that is exactly what happened to me. We had our house staged, and the staging crew … Continue reading

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Investing Outside of Wall Street – Who pays the water bills?

There is no doubt in my mind that it was one of the wisest decisions I have ever made to leave the country of my origin and come to America as an adult immigrant. Before getting into the specific water-bill … Continue reading

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