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What is Leverage?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

What is Leverage?

Leverage is explained by webster in 2 ways which is the following

Leverage (noun) 

 as 1 : the action of a lever or the mechanical advantage gained by it 2 : power , effectiveness <trying to gain more political leverage> 3 : the use of credit to enhance one’s speculative capacity


Main Entry:
transitive verb
Inflected Form(s):
leveraged; leverag·ing

1: to provide (as a corporation) or supplement (as money) with leverage ; also : to enhance as if by supplying with financial leverage2: to use for gain : exploit <shamelessly leverage the system to their advantage — Alexander Wolff>

Realistically if you put it all together you combine any numerous amounts of techniques, tactics, to get what you want. Hunh?

Ok let me put another way for you by actually addding a short list of things of which you can leverage but not limited to following list:

True and Real Assets




Mailing List

Products  (Ebooks, Audio Ebooks, Videos Either on DVD or Downloadable online, Software)

Services (In Exchange for something else of equal or more value)


Knowledge and Skills

Marketing Ability


Alright I think that give you some kind of idea of what leverage is and how you can maximize your ability to achieve what you want, if you cannot do something find someone willing to partner with you and leverage each others ability to get things done.

Now choose someone where he fills in your weaknesses and you are able to fill his, that way you both are able to correct each other’s weakness through leverage, this will allow for you both to be a better structured and successful partnership.

If you have a group whereby you all lack the same abilities, find someone to help eliminate that gap of that group and you will see that your group will become so powerful through the art of Leverage.

So many people miss out on the real efforts and strength of what leverage can do for you both personally and business and as well as financially, friendships, etc.

All of it can deliver so much value to you and your goals, missions, plans.

This will be touched upon a little bit later on and should not be thought of as not valuable, because it will show you that you are not really using your head. Why do I say that here?

Think about all of the successful people who has come before us and are currently popping up all over the place, do you think that success just falls into their lap, no it doesn’t and if you believe that they are lucky, yes they maybe but not completely.

They used a variety of connections to the above list and helped them Leverage their past failures and turned them into successful leveraged leaders. Remember no matter who you are and what you do, even if you do not believe me, you are using leverage.

Do you use a alarm clock in the morning, tooth brush and tooth paste, fork to eat your food, keys to lock your door at night, I do believe I have given you a few examples here.

That’s how powerful Leverage is and how it can help you really achieve success.

Start thinking of ways of using the above list to start t achieve your desired lifestyle and take it from me, you will be hearing about how I am applying this strategy to both my personal and business lifestyles as well.

I have always loved this word but never really took that massive action that helps this really come alive for me until last year and now I am taking massive action and will unleash the power of leverage.

All the best,

Julio R. Mattos

Don’t always believe the headlines you read!

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Don’t always believe the headlines you read!

With thanks from Tom Tognoli, COO Intero Real Estate:

Here is a little proof that you can’t always believe the headlines. Imagine if you purchased a home each of these years what your net worth would look like today.

“A home is where the bad investment is.”
– San Francisco Examiner. 1996

“Financial planners agree that houses will continue to be a poor investment.”
– Kiplinger’s Personal Financial Magazine, 1993

“We’re starting to go back to the time when you bought a home not for its potential money-making abilities, but rather as a nesting spot.”
– Los Angeles Times, 1993 (Note: 1993 was the absolute low-point for real estate values in Los Angeles. Priced have sky-rocketed since.)

“Most economists agree…a home will become little more than a roof and a tax deduction, certainly mot the lucrative investment it was….”
– Money Magazine, 1986

“If you are looking to buy, be careful. Rising home values are not a sure thing anymore.”
– Miami Herald, 1985

“The era of easy profits in real estate may be drawing to a close.” (Average price at the time: $28,000)
– Money Magazine, 1981

“The goal of owning a home seems to be getting beyond the reach of more and more Americans.” (Average price at the time: $28,000)
– Business Week, 1969

“The prices of houses seem to have reached a plateau, and there is reasonable expectancy that prices will decline.”
– Time Magazine, 1947

No matter what the market tends to be, where you buy, where you lay down your flag to call home, real estate will still shine brighter then any other investment, even though to most people real estate is a liability and not an asset unless you are receiving passive income because of you being the owner of that such property.

We will see how everything around the globe will deal with real estate and regardless of the situation everything will turn out just fine eventually, of course if anything is like history it will, steadily fight it’s way back to stability.

By Julio Mattos

Taking Daily Action

Thunder Strikes the Real Estate and Mortgage Markets

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Thunder Strikes the Real Estate and Mortgage Markets

Wow can you believe the way that all the news has been going this year about the real estate and mortgage industries being bad.

Now this has a lot of investors, first home buyers, sellers, the consumers and everybdy else having mixed views on their futures. There has been crossroads of professionals, analysts, researchers, business investors, seeking answers and throwing all these numbers and advice and all these theories around, about the real estate market, mortgage industry, the fed is talking about one thing, all the feedback going around most do not know what to believe.

Now this is mostly coming from sources that a lot of people tend to read such as, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Chronicle, of course this is all offline, that I have read lately. Of course if we looked online you would see many and I do many more people talking about it, everywhere. Blogs, Real Estate Associations, cross the board everyone is pretty confused, but it seems that not only is the real estate market taking a hit but also the stock market as well, even though usually it’s one or the other.

Recently in the New York Times there was an article talking about Citibank was putting aside $100 Billion Dollars to help deal with this problem, of course this was only one bank since Citibank  is one of the top US Banks. Now this is here in the USA and this is not only effecting us here in the United States but also internationally, we have watched the World Bank also make preparations and trying to come up with solutions to there problems over in Europe.

You know I have been following this over the last passed few months and have watched some realtors and brokers, investors, analysts, all saying different things, some of it is good news and then others it’s bad news. Even with all of this bad news it seems like a lot of people are worried that if we are going to have a recession or if we are just battling through some brief storms that are mixing things up for us, but everyone is currently sitting around worrying if it’s going to be change in what’s beeing talked about and if solutions are being prepared.

We will all have to watch and see what happens, all in all, we are watching the Thunder hit all markets currently. Some investors recently on a conference call last week, said that even though all the news around in various places seems to be all bad news, in other places it’s not effecting them whatsoever and here in the Bay Area some places have been hit a little and others not that much.

We will keep you posted and have a few more articles coming your way here soon, even with all of this confusion taking place currently, we have seen time and time again that real estate has been the best investment to invest in over long haul.

Keep looking for your dream home, also right now more then ever you will be able to find some awesome deals from sellers, looking to get rid of there homes. I have spoke to some realtors and brokers this past couple weeks and they have still been saying that some areas are more effected then others and the different priced markets are also seeing slow offers coming in and in the higher priced homes they are seeing more offers and seeing that some homes are sold for  much more then the selling prices.

Even though with all of this real estate news, other people are concerned about the local environments such as floods, fires, Tornadoes. This of course is very important when looking for your home as well because you wouldn’t want to pay a $1,000,000 for a house, that tomorrow would burn down or have a earthquake hit. Please consider all options when looking for that home of your dreams or just a starter home.

Let’s hope that all this confusion is cleared up in the coming weeks, months ahead. I look forward to better and cooler news about the economy as well.

By Julio Mattos

Getting Up and Taking Daily Action