Sunday, August 4, 2013

Which EB-5 visa Business Advisor / Broker can you trust? Who should EB-5 visa seekers avoid?

Here are some criteria to judge which Business Broker / EB-5 visa advisor is trustworthy and who isn't:

  1. Does the Broker hold professional license as a Real Estate Broker? 
  2. Does the Broker offer an unconditional fee refund in case a client is denied due to incompetence, negligence or malfeasance on the part of the Broker or Broker's affiliates?
  3. Does the Broker have a long track record?
  4. Does the Broker only steer clients towards safe and established franchises such as 5 Guys / KFC / McDonalds / Subways / 7 Eleven etc. or does the Broker steer clients towards riskier franchises such as Marcos Pizza (Brian Hall) and Voodoo Barbeque (Fred Burgess)?
  5. Does the Broker have a policy of 100% disclosure of all material facts and strict policy against conflict of interest, or does the Broker have a policy of engaging in conflict of interest such as Burgess does with Voodoo?
  6. Does the Broker have a past history of dealing honestly and ethically, or are they like Brian Su, Kevin Jeffers, Chaim Katzap and Fred Burgess, who've helped swindle hundreds of EB-5 visa seekers out of millions of dollars by failing to disclose material information and violating securities laws?

The only safe option for EB-5 visa seekers is to choose Direct Investment Businesses. For $500,000 investment, Investors can start an auto parts store or 2 convenience stores or a Subway sandwich shop or day care or 2 Mexican fast food outlets or 2 used car lots or 3 scooter & motorcycle dealerships in Brooklyn (NY) or LA County (CA) or Fort Pierce (FL). These are just ideas off the top of my head. They can also take bank loans and start a KFC & Taco Bell Locations or banquet halls or other similar businesses, and basically the businesses would depend on the customer’s preference on location and type of business they’d like to run. Some clients prefer good old liquor / convenience stores, many like KFC & Taco Bell or 5 Guys fast food outlets, some prefer car dealerships, some prefer scooter dealerships, some prefer auto parts stores and some even prefer gun shops.

For $1,000,000 + $1-3 Million bank loan, clients can get started with movie theatres, sportsplexes, sports academies, sports arenas, skating rinks, etc. Again, they are all profitable, and the business referral I make is based solely upon the client’s preferences.

The above are only a small sample of lucrative opportunities, but they all have a few things in common, which make our Direct Investment Business recommendations the smart choice:

1) 0 possibility of fraud as we offer a written guarantee of ZERO Conflict of Interest and FULL disclosure of material information to all clients, whereas regional center executives will always refuse to give this guarantee to EB-5 investors.
2) The annual ROI ranges between 15% to 50%, but averages about 22% for most businesses. In contrast, regional centers usually don’t even pay 1% annual ROI.
3) Easy exit strategies, which means investors can sell whenever they want and freely, whereas the shares of the regional center are not freely resellable and investors are locked in for at least 5 years.
4) Investors in regional centers usually experience capital loss, whereas investors in Direct Investment Businesses usually exit with capital gains. In 9.7 years as a Broker, I’ve yet to see even one regional center investor exit without capital loss, and in that same time, none of my clients made less than 20% capital gain.
5) The approval time for petitions based on Direct Investment Businesses is about half that of regional center sponsored petitions, and I’ve 100% approval rate at the I829 stage, and I have yet to see a regional center with 100% approval at I829 stage.
6) I confidently offer a 100% fee refund guarantee to clients because I know I do a professional job and so do my affiliates, while regional center promoters expect investors to pay for the negligence, greed and incompetence of regional centers and their marketing agents.
7) Unlike people who recommend franchises with not so great market records (i.e. Voodoo BBQ, Marcos Pizza, etc.), we only steer our clients towards franchises with strong track records and a proven history of success, because we believe in treating our clients in the way we expect to be treated: With honesty and competence.

If you'd like to get your EB-5 visa in a safe and professional manner, please contact me.

Yours truly,
Mohammed Shaikh, Licensed RE and Business Broker (CA & FL), MBA, CFE
Phone: +1 407 535 0616

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