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Real Estate, Inflation, and Dividends

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After 30 years in commercial real estate, our next guest decided to become a blogger on that topic, specifically under the auspices of Forbes magazine. And he has some interesting things to say about real estate investment trusts.

Mike Switzer interviews Brad Thomas, CEO and founder of Wide Moat Research in Duncan, SC and author of Forbes Real Estate Investor newsletter.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.