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Jorge Newbery is Founder & Chief Executive Officer of American Homeowner Preservation LLC.

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The Amazing Grace of Punk Pioneer Bobbi Brat

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 1:57 PM

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Red Scare performs at the Orphanage, Los Angeles, April 1983 (Photo by Alison Braun)

"Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me," punk rocker Bobbi Brat sang at the start of each set. Bobbi was...

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Why Buy A Real Haunted House?

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 3:37 PM

"You hear footsteps and there's nothing there," said a woman who owned a haunted house at 11051 Bennett State Road in Forestville, New York. "Voices, muffled music, a ball bouncing, claws across the floors," she told a local newspaper in 2012. "One night I heard a blood-curdling scream....

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Top Ten Metros Where the Most Homeowners Are Underwater

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 1:56 PM

When the housing bubble burst almost a decade ago, very few people predicted the fallout would last as long as it has. But today the pain still lingers for countless American homeowners, even though some vibrant real estate markets, such as Portland, Denver and San Francisco, have by and large...

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Dodd-Frank Redlined America's Poorest Neighborhoods

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 1:28 PM

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Redlining, the first time: In 1934, in response to the Great Depression, the Federal Government created the Federal Housing Administration. With low down payments, extended terms and affordable interest rates, the FHA backed mortgages which ignited wealth growth for white people through homeownership....

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The First Sixteen Regulation A+ Companies

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 3:12 PM

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Crowdfunding for Non-Accredited Investors panel at RealCap Chicago (Photo: M.Cruz)

Ever since President Obama signed the JOBS Act in 2012, the market for equity crowdfunding has grown steadily. Now, in 2016, funding raised through crowdfunding is expected...

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Donald Trump Might Be Right About Defaulting on Debt

(2) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 3:51 PM

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"I would borrow, knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal," Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told CNBC recently. Further, he suggested that the US "can buy back [debt] at discounts. You can do things with discounts."...
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Americans Should Follow Puerto Rico into Default

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 1:54 PM

Over the weekend, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla of Puerto Rico announced that the US territory would skip payment on almost $370 million in debt that was due today.

Anyone who's struggling with unaffordable debts should follow Puerto Rico's lead, and stop paying.

If a group of islands with a...

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World Cycling League's Missy Erickson: 'Traumatic Accident Made Me Better'

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 11:25 AM

"Chicken out or keep going." Those are the two options that cyclist Missy Erickson figured she had last July when she first lined up to race again after a devastating 50 mile-per-hour crash less than two months before.

The crash had left her with a Level 3 concussion-the most...

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Anti-Black Racism

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 11:28 AM

"If there's one thing missing in our country, it's an acknowledgment of the broad humanity of black folks. Racism--and anti-black racism in particular--is the belief that there's something wrong with black people." --Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I owe my existence to black people. You...
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Fan-Friendly Cycling League Ready to Roll

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 6:26 PM

Mix together a hearty helping of the Tour de France, a few dashes of NASCAR and a pinch of roller derby, and you've got the World Cycling League, a new fan-friendly approach to indoor bike racing. The debut is next weekend in Los Angeles and will soon fill other major...

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Crowdfund Consortium Resurrects Tycoon After Shark Attack

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 2:21 PM

In the great tradition of lemons to lemonade, five crowdfunding platforms have banded together to buy a sixth - one that was attacked by sharks on national television - and turn it into an educational space for the industry it inadvertently smeared.

When Tycoon Real Estate's CEO, Aaron McDaniel,...

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Toastmasters: My First Step in Launching a Hedge Fund

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 12:39 PM

What was my first step in creating a socially responsible hedge fund? Did I engage attorneys and accountants, generate capital provider interest, prepare financial projections? I did all those, but my very first step was joining Toastmasters in Summer 2011. To connect with new investors, I realized that I would...

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Entrepreneurs Are Losers

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 5:06 PM

"No one wants to do business with a loser," I concluded a decade ago as I tried to rebuild from my financial collapse. Once you've crashed and burned with one business, why would anybody agree to get in a new cockpit with you?

Well, maybe because this time you'll...

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Online Reviews Are the New Word of Mouth

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 10:33 AM

If you still find it possible to fathom that there was a time before the Internet, you may recall the days when books were either New York Times Bestsellers or not. That was it. But in our modern era, you're likely to read a friend's Facebook post crowing that his...

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Five Steps to Raising Institutional Capital

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 11:24 AM

American Homeowner Preservation has raised money from high net worth "accredited" investors since 2011 and consistently generated above-market returns, both financial and social. This past January, we set out to take the next step in our growth and raise institutional capital. We kept hearing that institutional investors were chasing yields....

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What If No One Shows Up to My Book Signing?

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 11:19 AM

2015-08-04-1438703587-8588940-BZbooksigning.jpgI am a debut author hawking a self-published book. Not exactly the ingredients to attract a throng of buyers clamoring to get me to sign their book. In fact, not really enough to get most book stores to even agree to host a...

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Mourning Public Enemy #1: Woodland Meadows

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 5:09 PM

2015-07-08-1436382752-7061871-TeachProgramGroup.jpgThe buildings have all been torn down, the residents scattered to other homes, and the political theatrics of Columbus, Ohio officials have faded into the rear view mirror. However, for those of us who were part of Woodland Meadows, it's still a vibrant...

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Peer Pressure at Camp NaNoWriMo

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 11:12 AM

2015-06-29-1435590649-8443892-Nanowrimowithcredit.pngI can feel the tension escalating already. The sensation is all in my head, but that's what matters. I need to adjust my priorities, attitudes, and behaviors to conform to those of my peers. If I can't keep up with what's expected, I'll...

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There Is No Success In Failure: Lab

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 3:22 PM

2015-06-23-1435082397-2380260-Jorgeinsuitgraybrickwall.jpgI'm a failure. And on Friday night I'm going to get up on stage with a bunch of other failures and talk about it. There will be no happy, successful ending -- just failure.

I'll be in Pittsburgh for a

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Some Homeowners May Never Come up from Underwater

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 10:04 AM

2015-06-17-1434554157-7100386-VideoJune15Jpic1.pngRemember your childhood summers when you held your breath underwater so long that your head felt ready to explode? For millions of homeowners in America today, being underwater too long has a different impact: they implode.

The iconic American feeling is...

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