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James Nelson

James Nelson, a former partner at Massey Knakal Realty Services, which was recently acquired by Cushman & Wakefield, has been involved in the sale of more than 280 properties and loans with an aggregate value of over $2.1 billion. He has won numerous awards and been recognized for his well-earned success by Massey Knakal and by his peers in the real estate community. James was included by The Real Deal as one of the “Top 35 and Under NYC Real Estate Players” and was ranked as the “#1 NYC Deal Maker” by LoopNet, an on-line commercial real estate publication. James was Massey Knakal’s top producer for 5 of the past 6 years, surpassed only by the Founding Partners. 

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Although your comments seem to be in-line with some of the political hacks that want to change laws to satisfy a personal or certain groups, in this case it may be more appropriate to have open and in-detail discussions regarding this proposed change. The very intent of the current law IS to discourage too much foreign investment on our American soils. The heavy investment by outside interests could tilt the control of this country, indirectly and potentially directly, to foreign governments and their differing beliefs. One parcel at a time being sold to foreign interests could, over time, give control over to the interests of their governments.

We believe we can always preserve our way of life, for which you and I, and millions of others, enjoy the privileges of real property ownership, and the opportunity to make a lot of money. However, many countries, and their constituents, have an interest in changing that here.

I suggest a lot of open discussion here, without scare tactics from the varying 'positions', and maybe we should take care of America first.

Thanks for the article.

Michael J Blackmon
Berkshire Hathaway HS | Ambassador Real Estate
Omaha, NE 68154
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