Don’t Believe Everything You Read. . .


June 1979 After a couple of months on the road, I’ve just finished wading through a few hundred clippings, articles, and investment letters. Everyone seems to be trying to forecast the future in terms of his or her favorite investment medium. I must confess that my own personal crystal ball has been in the shop for several months. Oh it told me WHAT was going to happen, but it didn’t tell me WHERE or WHEN. I decided to go back to using my head and common sense in deciding how to invest. After all, there’s no “bad” or “good” news per se. there’s just “NEWS”. We see it as bad or good only in terms of the way it affects us personally. By maintaining our perspective and planning rational responses in advance we can prepare to take advantage of almost any turn of events.

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Bankers /vs./borrowers – A Fight To The Finish?


May 1979 Last month we touched upon the economic commotion being caused by the Reagan budget. Looking at the “big picture” this seems to be a bloodless conflict of charts and graphs between economists of different hues and of little interest to ourselves as investors. Not so! Whereas the speculator might peruse the financial pages to see how his portfolio is doing, the long term investor must look to the front page headlines. These are the clues to the long term health of his invested capital. The headlines are turning grim!

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Commonwealth Letters Vol. 1 No. 8


April 1979 CONDOS AND CO-OPS ARE ON THE MOVE in Chicago, New York, Washington, Boston, Houston, Santa Monica, Milwaukee, and points East, South, West, and North! IN SOME MARKETS, CONDOS ARE APPRECIATING AT A RATE 2%-3% ABOVE THE RATE FOR SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES. While we have long been leery of any involvement with Condos, the purpose of this letter is to give us all a changing perspective to match our changing times. Maybe this would be a good time to take a hard look at the ranges of opportunities in these multi-family situations.

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Commonwealth Letters Vol. 1 No. 7


March 1979 In most areas of the country the reports are the same regarding the house market: SALES ARE FAIR TO STRONG, PRICES ARE STILL INCREASING, AND FINANCING IS CONTINUING TO BECOME MORE DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN. People seem to have no objections to paying the high interest rates when money is available, but as practical matter people can only afford to pay so much of their disposable income for housing unless they change their traditional buying priorities. I think that AROUND THE MIDDLE OF THIS YEAR THAT THE HIGHER AND HIGHER COST OF EVERYTHING, ESPECIALLY HOUSING IS GOING TO HAVE A DAMPENING EFFECT ON NOT ONLY THE HOUSE MARKET, BUT THE WHOLE ECONOMY.

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Commonwealth Letters Vol. 2 No. 6


February 1979 THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS TO CONGRESS HAS BEEN GIVEN. As usual, it was filled with high-flown rhetoric about the challenges the future holds forth or our Government, coupled with clarion calls for sacrifice and perseverance on the parts of the citizen tax-payers. Once we get past all the glowing projections, I think the facts speak for themselves.

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Commonwealth Letters Vol. 1 No. 5


January 1979 “A title wave of new home seeking families will sweep the Unites States for the rest of the century”. That is my kind of prediction and was made by Nathaniel Rogg past Executive Vice President of the National Association of Home Builders. He bases his forecast on the number of Americans reaching 30 years of age in the next two decades. Over 84 million will achieve that fateful age in the coming twenty years compared to 55 million in the past twenty years, (over a fifty percent gain). Not bad news for the owner of a home or two or twenty.

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Commonwealth Letters Vol. 1 No. 4


December 1978 The 1978 Graduate Series was concluded with a total of 263 in attendance who were inducted into the CommonWealth Trust as Trustees. Through the use of advanced option and financing techniques, they will carry the burden of increasing Trust Assets while escorting them safely through the uncertain years lying just ahead. Trustees will meet in several locations throughout 1979 to consider ways in which the combined Trust Assets (which now total an estimated $67,000,000) will be preserved. Trust meetings will be announced on page 4 each month.

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Commonwealth Letters Vol. 1 No. 3


November 1978 DATE LINE LAS VEGAS! A turnaround crowd of over 110 enthusiastic investors from fourteen states, Virginia to California, representing over 27 million dollars in SFH assets, descended upon the Sahara Hotel for the first MILLER/SCHAUB Graduate Seminar. Joanne Reese and Dan Redmon led a rowdy Los Angeles area contingent, who kept Jack and John or their toes by booing, and cheering at the appropriate times. Joanne was awarded the second annual “Coveted White Belt Award” given each year to the student who shows the most perspicacity while implementing what they have learned. The highlight of the two days was the introduction of two hot-off-the-press MILLER/SCHAUB books. The blue book titled, “Advanced Option Techniques and Investment Survival Strategies,” along with the red book “How to Buy, Hold and Pyramid Houses for Investment” are in limited production and will be distributed to those attending the graduate seminars. Due to the dozens of last minute registrations, we had a problem finding enough seats and materials, so please register today for either the Graduate Class at Washington, D.C. (November 13 and 14) or Tampa, Fla. (November 16 and 17) to insure yourself a seat. These are the last graduate classes to be held this year and there will be only two (dates to be announced) in 1979.

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Intro Commonwealth Letter


Why do only five percent of the people in the richest country in the world ever obtain financial freedom?... How do the people making all of the money avoid paying taxes? How can you enjoy the benefits of owning investment property and avoid the hassles of management? … How do you find wholesale buys in runaway markets? … How can you predict a downturn in the economy?... what will happen to investments and investors when we have another depression? In the event that the answer to any or all of the above questions have eluded you, please read on… The only thing you can lose is five minutes and the potential winnings are unlimited.

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