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All about CCIM’s Course Offering and Designation and What it Means for You.

How’s it going?

Today we are reviewing CCIM, and we are making a mother’s homemade pie attempt at deciding whether their courses are all that and a bag of chips. Before you supersize your credit card balance keep reading.

First off, my name is Paul. Around here they call me the real estate spy. I am also in real estate, but my real estate is a bit different.

I am a digital property manager.  A what?

I used to have rental property and back in 2008-9 I got hammered… CHAPTER 13, BLAH BLAH BLAH….

I couldn’t get the real estate fever out of my system and starting over from nothing was like trying to get noticed by Beyonce.

After getting to Chapter 13 of my life’s course, I was feeling pretty depleted.

That was when I met a guy named Brad who showed me how to develop digital properties and collect like a moth collecting yo grammy’s sweaters.

Watch this 3 min. video. It explains everything and then jump to the review.


Did you watch the entire video? …great… now see the CCIM Review below.

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CCIM Review Background

CCIM Institute is a professional organization that credentials its members with designations that communicate education, knowledge, and experience to the global commercial real estate investment world. Mark Macek was CCIM President for 2015. Steven W. Moreira is the CCIM 2016 President.

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Xplode, Ziemelis and Fagioli, : Educating and Connecting Real Estate Professionals

Hey, welcome to my review site of real estate guys, gals, heroes and zeroes. . . .

I’m glad you dropped in. I’ve got a good Xplode conference review for ya today. I think you’ll get some good stuff out of it.

Before we jump in, though, can we just take a sec to talk about you?

Like, about what brought you here. Other than the obvious, I mean. I know you came for the review.

Did you drop in just to check out Xplode, Fagioli and Ziemelis? Are you only on a search for the surface details . . . the 4-1-1 on the facts . . . the skinny on the scene?

Or are you on a deeper quest? A break out of jail . . . a ticket to a fresh life . . . a sign-up to a new show?

Maybe you’re here, because of that quest, to explore real estate investing. It might be the break, the ticket, the sign-up, you think. After all, you’ve seen every TV real estate guru and watched all the boot camp infomercials.

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Can Vena Jones Cox’s Radio Podcast Work for you?

Hey guys, what’s up?

Today we are gonna take an in-depth look at Vena Jones Cox’s Wholesaling Course, her radio show and couple of other things.

By the end of this article you should be able to answer the following questions:

  • What products, coaching and other offerings does Vena Jones Cox have?
  • Is the Real Estate Investing world right for you?
  • Can you make money by buying this type of education?
  • What alternatives are there to Vena Jones Cox’s programs?

-Quick Question for ya before we dive off this cliff into the nitties of Vena’s offering…

Are you thinking pretty hard about doing the real estate investing trek? I did it too, gonna warn ya straight off though. I lost my shirt. Don’t get me wrong! I’m not against it.

I am just FOR YOU getting the “look before you leap” skinny on REI before you end up like I did…

sitting in front of a round bellied bankruptcy attorney with a smoker’s cough barkin’ that it was all gonna be ok, uhhhhack.


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Advanced Commercial Property Real Estate Academy Coaching: Does it Work?

Note: OFFENSIVE PREFACE by me: Paul the Real Estate Spy

Can “Scott Scheel’s CommercialAcademy.com” work for you?

Let me shoot ya straight… prolly not? Why?

>>Not because of Scott, but because of you.

WAIT… you’ve been on my blog for ’bout 6 seconds and I’ve most likely already offended ya. I know, I get it. Take it easy….

Before you hit the back button to Bliss and Blindness, Let me explain.

The problem I find with most of us (includes me) is WRONG RATIOS

Whatcha mean?

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A Real Estate Investing Enthusiast’s Look at People Over Profits

How’s it going?

As my Digital Property business continues to grow and I add on employees and acquire larger clients, I realize that to be prepared for battle, I’ve gotta get my mind right…

I feel like I need as much mentorship as possible. Brad (pictured here below) has done a great job and has encouraged me to “never stop growing.”


AND I’m still trying to get my sh*t together for sure. (for instance never start a sentence with And) #myblog #myrules. LOL

Lemme ask you.

How’s your mind? Seriously, ever wondered if people knew what was really going on in your head whether they’d be terrified? I have…

I don’t know about you, but in reality I tend to always feel like I got things figured out. Until… life teaches me I DON’T.  Hear about the royal @ss kicking life gave me for being stupid here.

Sevenly and Dale Partridge

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A Closer Look at Darius M. Barazandeh: Does his program work?

A Texas Attorney Who’s All About Tax Liens and Deed Sales

Gonna answer the question on who Darius Barazandeh is and talk about his real estate investing strategies.

I’m glad you stopped by my site. I’ve been waiting all day for ya!  JK

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I’m Paul the Real Estate Spy and that’s my wife, the cutest damn woman on the planet. Welcome!!! I have a lot of real estate guru reviews here on my site, and I hope you take some time to explore all of them. Not that ya have nothing better to do, wink.

The guy under the spotlight today is Darius Barazandeh. We’re going to dive into his review in just a few minutes here but before we get to it I just want to ask you a few questions.

Can I take a sec to do that? I promise you, we’ll get to the review and I’ll tell you everything I know.

I just wanted to ask what brings you by this site. I guess pretty obviously you’re looking for information on real estate gurus and real estate investing.

But can I just drill down a coupl’a levels and ask you …. what puts you in the place where you’re looking for this kind of information?

Are you rocking a day job that honestly isn’t rocking? You crawl out of bed in the morning, grope around for the K-cups, throw back some java to turbocharge your system, head in to the 9-5, grind through the hours, trudge back to the crib, melt in front of the tube, crash, and next day hit the repeat button?


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Is Wholesaling or Working with Wholesalers a good option for your REI business?

Looking for the secrets to wholesaling properties and making your wallet whale over with wealth? Think again…

Would you like fries with that?

Imagine you’re in the McD’s drive-through you’re already envisioning that bag of hot fresh salty fries that most likely won’t last the drive home. when you get to the window, you hand the cashier your money.

She takes it and recklessly slips the bills crinkled and all into the money slots and with brute force smashes the change into the black dividers in the drawer.

With a half smile she looks at you and says do you want to come inside sir?

Your response… >>UH, What?<<

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HGTV Fixer Upper Show Critique

Looking at Season 1 Episode 5, I gotta blog on this one.


Cause I gotta take a break from doing the same ole routine of local SEO stuff. Wanted to chillax and hang with ya here for a bit.

I’m getting more and more business and I’m not gonna lie. It can be intense.  By the way, that’s Dan up at the top. He is one of the 2 mentors that totally taught me how to rock it in the world of digital property management.

This blog is actually fun for me. So I figured what a great way to pay attention to a cool show and ask a bunch of questions that always made me go….yeah how’d ya do that?

To those Flip Guru TV Types.

The flip TV programs were one of the big influences for me getting into the Real Estate Investing Scene.

Gettin’ a bit more real though, I don’t believe it is ever as easy as it seems on some of these shows.

Prob because I never approached the projects with the types of teams that we see on these shows.

I tended to get the cheap, broke ass contractors that disappeared like Houdini in a large tank of purple piranhas in the middle of a project.

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A Chuck Smith Real Estate Investor Critique

Hey, what’s goin’ down?

Paul here, Real Estate Spy.

I do the sleuthing; you do the deducing.

That’s why you paddled into my info pond, yes? To get the 411 on Chuck Smith? Well, your canoe aimed true. I’ve got a review for you, and we’ll get to it in two secs.

First I’m gonna get some 411 on you, if that’s ok. Stick with me…I’ve gotta purpose here.

What brings you to these waters, really? Got a 9-5 that’s lost its jive? An itch to get rich that ya just can’t ditch? A guy in a tie that’s sucking you dry?

You’re eyeballing real estate investing and you’re like, baby, if they can do it, I can too. Just need a dish of the skinny and I can rock this!

I get it. I mean, I used to get it. If that’s you, then you were me.

I got the low-down on the real estate gig and I rocked it for a few spins around the dial. Got a nice stash o’ land; held some, flipped some, took some to the bank to turn in for jewels and gold, and strutted out like a king.

And then Mama Misfortune, a.k.a. the ekonomy krash, brought down her heavy hand on my backside and whupped the tar out of me.

(To Chuck in one sec.)

All of my awesome props took themselves away, with the able assistance of the bank suit, found an ocean, toppled in, and glug-glugged their way to the bottom. Leaving me gaping at the swirling eddy that they left behind.

And then sinking in after them, faster than you say, hell, no. Oh, hell, no.

Took me a looooooooooooooong time to dog-paddle my way back to the white-sand strand.

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Crawled out like a wet dog, gasping for O2, and then lay there all undignified-like while I sifted through sand to collect the fragments of my life.

Mid-sift, a guy named Brad looked down, tapped me on the shoulder and said, hey bro, there’s another way. Check out this ride: digital properties.

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Scammer or the Real Deal? Larry Holder: Maybe Irrelevant Now…

Hey there.

I’m Paul, the Real Estate Spy.

I make it my business to put real estate guys and gals under the microscope, and it’s Larry Holder’s turn today.

(Although . . . preview . . . there isn’t a whole lotta stuff out there about him. But I’m getting ahead of myself. . . . )

First, I want to do a quick check-in on YOU.

Yep, you.

What brings you to this page? Beyond the obvious, I mean (the review on Holder).

Why are you looking into real estate investing trainers? You wanna get into real estate investing yourself?

Cuz . . .

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