Thursday, January 16, 2014

Why is Florida the safest choice for EB-5 visa investors opting for Direct Investment Business? How can EB-5 visa investors avoid conflict of interest?

Thanks to the multi-agency crackdown on the fraud perpetrated by regional centers on EB-5 visa investors, EB-5 visa investors have themselves come to realise that the only safe option for them to get an EB-5 visa is through Genuine Direct Investment Business. Even in Direct Investment Businesses, EB-5 visa holders need to be wary of the conflict of interest that individuals such as Matt Gordon and Nenad Radu (of E3 Investment Group) or Joe Sloboda (of Florida Restaurant Franchise Group) engage in. E3 investment group doesn't disclose that their terms are highly unfavourable to investors and Mr. Sloboda doesn't seem to disclose that he actually has a stake as the master franchisor for Voodoo BBQ.

We don't have any stakes or financial interests in any of the franchises we advise our clients to select, in order to ensure that our advice is entirely objective, neutral and based solely on a particular franchise's merits. This is why we only advise our EB-5 visa investor clients to select safe franchises such as 5 Guys, KFC / Taco Bell, PotBelly Sandwiches, etc. and advise them to avoid risky franchises such as Twistee Treats, Voodoo BBQ, Marcos Pizza, etc.

We advise our clients to make Florida their first pick due to the following reasons:

1) Florida does not have personal state income tax, which is usually a saving of about 8.5% on gross income.

2) The cost of living, cost of doing business, cost of labour, cost of rent, cost of insurance and even incorporation fees are significantly lower, and typically this adds an advantage of about 9% to 14% annually to the bottom line.

3) Florida has a thriving trade, education and tourism based economy, and Orlando is the number one tourist destination in the world.

4) It has excellent weather, and we’re usually the only state in the US that doesn’t see snow or hail, which makes life a lot more bearable for people from the sub-continent and keeps insurance premiums low.

5) Asian clients also find that FL has a diverse population with a huge Asian and Latin American community, with vibrant communities of Indians, Pakistanis, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thais, Cubans, Venezuelans, Brazilians and Argentinians calling Florida home.

6) Florida is USA's gateway to trade with Latin America, with Miami and Jacksonville being among the busiest ports in the nation. Over 40% of all of America's exports to Latin and South America pass through Florida.

7) It is easy to find TEA's in great locations such as Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee (arguably the best fishing in the South), etc.

Advantages of Genuine Direct Investment Business started with our team's guidance:

1. Faster processing and approval times.
2. Easy exit strategy.
3. Investors usually get a 15% to 35% annual Return on Equity.
4. Investors usually get Capital gains, whereas regional center investors usually get capital losses.
5. Our clients have a 100% approval rate of I-526 and I-829, while those who choose regional centers or other partnerships don't.
6. Our clients have very little risk as we conduct extensive due diligence and work hard to prevent fraud and conflict of interest, whereas regional centers and partnerships are overrun with fraud and conflict of interest.
7. Full control of business and capital, which helps prevent fraud, conflict of interest and losses.

For more information, please visit our website

If you're an EB-5 visa investor, be sure to hire our team to help you. You'll be glad you did.

Mohammed Shaikh, MBA, CFE, Licensed RE & Business Broker (CA & FL)
Skype: Mohammed.Shaikh

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