Category: Land

The first bottom

3 May, 2010 (11:46) | Capital markets, Economics, Land, Speculation, Subprime, US News |

By:David A. Smith    When I return from morning tennis and wait at the intersection of Mount Auburn Street and Fresh Pond Parkway, I can jump right on the green, beating the 71 and 73 buses off the mark, which is important since they always start rolling even before the light has changed.     […]

Know when to fold ‘em: Part 3, stop me before I negotiate again!

28 April, 2010 (10:31) | Everglades, Florida, Land, Negotiation, Primer posts |

By:David A. Smith   [Concluded from yesterday's Part 2 and the previous Part 1.] Concluding our series on the Florid Everglades proposed acquisition, using a lengthy New York Times piece as the principal resource (two others coming below), we’ve now reached the point where, if you’re like me, you’ve concluded that the deal has to […]

Know when to fold ‘em: Part 2, nibbled to death by ducks

27 April, 2010 (11:45) | Everglades, Florida, Land, Negotiation, Primer posts |

 By:David A. Smith     nibbled to death by ducks  [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   As we saw yesterday, reviewing the New York Times‘s lengthy expose, when Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced a June, 2008 agreement to buy a large portion of the Florida Everglades, many saw it as historic.    Like other supporters, Eric […]

Know when to fold ‘em: Part 1, it looked good to begin with

26 April, 2010 (12:03) | Everglades, Florida, Land, Negotiation, Primer posts |

By:David A. Smith   You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em – Kenny Rogers, The Gambler   Sometimes you make the best money not betting any more chips   When you’re negotiating a complex transaction with an extensive due diligence and financing period, you have to hold two ideas […]