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19

Sep

Access Tax Lien Talk Conference Series 2014: Accomodations

Where you will be staying…

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  Beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

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The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

Our daytime conference sessions will be held at Puerto Rico’s most exclusive hotel. The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel was built in 1919 by Frederick William Vanderbilt, grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of the wealthiest Americans to ever live. It was designed with a Spanish Revival style by the same firm that architected Grand Central Station, and the hotel has hosted numerous distinguished guests such as Charles Lindberg and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Today, the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel remains as exclusive as ever. Come and enjoy the best of Puerto Rico as we learn and network with other tax lien professionals.

Tom McOsker

The beautiful Condado Vanderbilt Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico


La Concha, a Renaissance Resort 

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La Concha Resort

When you come to Access Tax Lien Talk 2014, you will get the best of both worlds. Not only will you be spending your days at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, you will be spending your nights at the modern La Concha Resort. You name it; they have it. With everything from infinity pools to open air bars and beach front views, this hopping place offers the best night life in San Juan.

So kick back.

Relax.

And enjoy your stay.




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16

Sep

Come Join Us in Puerto Rico…

Access Tax Lien Talk

November 5-7, 2014

We’re excited to see you…

Tom McOsker

Access Tax Lien Talk Conference Series

Each year, hundreds of the top professionals in the tax lien industry gather to discuss the latest market trends. The previous year, the conference focused on the regulatory environment and changing landscape of the tax lien industry.  This year, we will be discussing tax liens as they relate to the global economy. You wont want to miss this time of learning and networking. We’d love to have you here!

We know you’ll love the atmosphere…

Tom McOsker

Hotel El Convento in San Juan, Puerto Rico

OurThursday night dinner will be helf on November 6 at Hotel El Convento. Originally built as a monastery in 1646 and reopened as a hotel in 1962, this historic place captures the essence of Puerto Rican Culture.

So, come and join us in Puerto Rico!




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15

Sep

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New York Skyline 
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New York Skyline 

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Paris Hotels and Restaurants With Amazing Views
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Plan any event and chances are one in five of the people you invite will be late.
A study done at San Francisco State University found that about 20% of the U.S. population is chronically late—but it’s not because they don’t value others’ time. It’s more complicated than that, says lead researcher Diana DeLonzor.
“Repetitive lateness is more often related to personality characteristics such as anxiety or a penchant for thrill-seeking,” she says. “Some people are drawn to the adrenaline rush of that last-minute sprint to the finish line, while others receive an ego boost from over-scheduling and filling each moment with activity.”
In her book Never Be Late Again: 7 Cures for the Punctually Challenged, DeLonzor says our relationship with time often starts in childhood and becomes an ingrained habit.
“Looking back, you were probably late or early all of your life—it’s part physiological and part psychological,” she says. “Most chronically late people truly dislike being late, but it’s a surprisingly difficult habit to overcome. Telling a late person to be on time is a little like telling a dieter to simply stop eating so much.”
DeLonzor says the majority of people have a combination of late and punctual habits—usually on time, but with a frantic rush at the last minute—but we can all learn from those who are chronically punctual. DeLonzor shares four traits that always on time share:
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Plan any event and chances are one in five of the people you invite will be late.

A study done at San Francisco State University found that about 20% of the U.S. population is chronically late—but it’s not because they don’t value others’ time. It’s more complicated than that, says lead researcher Diana DeLonzor.

“Repetitive lateness is more often related to personality characteristics such as anxiety or a penchant for thrill-seeking,” she says. “Some people are drawn to the adrenaline rush of that last-minute sprint to the finish line, while others receive an ego boost from over-scheduling and filling each moment with activity.”

In her book Never Be Late Again: 7 Cures for the Punctually Challenged, DeLonzor says our relationship with time often starts in childhood and becomes an ingrained habit.

“Looking back, you were probably late or early all of your life—it’s part physiological and part psychological,” she says. “Most chronically late people truly dislike being late, but it’s a surprisingly difficult habit to overcome. Telling a late person to be on time is a little like telling a dieter to simply stop eating so much.”

DeLonzor says the majority of people have a combination of late and punctual habits—usually on time, but with a frantic rush at the last minute—but we can all learn from those who are chronically punctual. DeLonzor shares four traits that always on time share:

Read More>

The most productive employees didn’t work full eight-hour days, and they took 17-minute breaks for every 52 minutes of work.

Hotel de Russie: Rome’s Hidden Luxury Landmark

Tom McOsker
The gorgeous Hotel de Russie in Rome, Italy

The Hotel de Russie is a more than a hotel.  It is, in its own way, a cultural institution within a city of such landmarks. Rome hardly has a shortage of cultural and historical experiences, but as Tablet points out, it is easy to look upon the oranges growing in the hotel garden and picturing a young Picasso or Cocteau having at them back in their heyday.

Of course, the hotel’s clientele has changed quite a bit since that time. Its luxury accommodations and striking neoclassical style are more likely to attract film stars, models, and business elites than members of the avant-garde. But what brings people to the Russie remains. Right in the middle of Rome’s city center, just across from the famed Spanish Steps, the hotel stands as both a gateway to the city and a respite from it. The hotel is quiet and unpretentious, offering guests the most discreet of service.

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View from the Hotel de Russie

Late spring to early autumn is the best time to visit the Russie, as it is when the weather is best to take advantage of all the hotel grounds have to offer. Wealthy guests can enjoy drinks on the terrace while taking in the sights and sounds of the Piazza del Popolo just below them. Visitors can take their wine or breakfast on the patios or wander in the famous garden.

Hotel de Russie features a rather unassuming facade. After it was built in the early 1800s, it became a popular place for Russian dignitaries and celebrities to hide out – thus, the hotel’s name. But what could easily passed by on the street, will delight all who enter. The Russie contains 30,000 feet of landscape, Roman Ruins, and the Villa Borghese Borghese gardens. These sights, along with top-tier service, and the only luxury spa in Italy, make Hotel de Russie easily one of the top luxury hotels in Rome.

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08

Sep

L’Hotel Is Paris’s Artsy Boutique Treasure

Tom McOsker, BloxTrade
Paris, France

Near the end of his life, Oscar Wilde quipped, “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death; one or other of us has got to go.”  The wallpaper to which he was referring adorned the walls of room 16 in Paris’s Hôtel Alsace pension house. Oscar Wilde would die in that room and the building would become a place of fascination for everyone from pop singers, to artists, to stars of stage and screen.

Now called simply L’Hotel, the place now exists as a boutique treasure in the heart of Paris, according to Concierge.com. In 2000, interior designer Jacques Garcia began his neo-Baroque redesign of the entire hotel, giving the place a modern spin on decadent pomp and style. Each room was designed with its own theme in mind. A room preferred by 1930s singer Mistinguett contains a mirrored bed that she once owned; the Rues de Paris room features oil paintings of Parisian city life from the Belle Époque. Gone is the wallpaper that served as Wilde’s adversary. In room 16, Garcia has placed a mural of a phoenix complete with the unpaid bills of the writer.

Tom McOsker of BloxTrade
Streets of Paris, France

L’Hotel is much more than a great example of opulent Parisian style. For a small structure with only 20 guestrooms, the hotel has charm to spare. What was once the building’s cellar now features a stunning, mosaic paved swimming pool. The casual restaurant, called simply Le Restaurant, serves up classic French cuisine from chef Julien Monbabut. And visitors to L’Hotel will only have a short walk to Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre.

The fame brought the hotel from people like Oscar Wilde led to a boom of interest in the middle of the past century, with luminaries such as Salvador Dali and Frank Sinatra having stayed there. Now, with the recent resurgence in interest and Garcia’s redesign, the rich and famous are once again prowling the halls of Saint-Germain’s L’Hotel.

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25

Aug

Tax Lien Investment: Primary and Secondary Marketplaces Explained

New Blog Post

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Tax Lien Industry

The potential property tax lien investor has a number of particulars to consider when making the choice to enter the business. One of these will be the distinguishing between the primary and the secondary marketplaces for the sale and purchase of tax liens or tax deeds. A recent post on the BloxTrade blog helps to clarify the matter.

BloxTrade is a brokerage firm serving institutional tax lien investors. It explains that what distinguishes the two is quite simple. The primary marketplace for tax lien sales is between the issuing authority and the primary market investor. The issuing authority is the origin of the lien sale. This is normally a county or another type of municipality that is looking to monetize inactive assets.  In the current market, about 75% of primary market purchases are with an institutional investor.

The secondary market, which could probably be inferred, is any type of transactions involving those leans after the original point of sale. These usually occur between two or more institutional parties. According to Matt Kemper, the author of the blog post, secondary market transactions for tax lien sales once were characterized by shady backroom deals. This may have turned off potential investors in the past. However, the current secondary marketplace benefits from legitimate institutional marketplaces for tax lien investment, such as the one co-founded by the author with the GFI Group in 2010.

Today, full size of the tax lien marketplace is difficult to quantify, but the National Tax Lien Association (NTLA) values it at roughly $6 billion annually. Kemper also points to a private research effort by the Tax Receivables Assignment Clearing and Escrow platform which estimated the total value to be between $7-10 billion. That estimate included large block deals that would not have been available to the marketplace at large and thus were not figured into the NTLA estimate.

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22

Aug

One Big Reason Why Introverts Make Excellent Employees

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Recent studies, articles and books have done away with the age-old myth that introverts were shy and ineffective in social situations. Introverts are actually a great addition to any team because they’re typically great listeners, writes introvert and OPEN Forum contributor Erika Napoletano.