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Chris Hurn on Varney & Co. on FOX Business News

Well, it turns out that Stuart Varney stood me up this morning in retaliation to me snubbing him at his Super Bowl party last week. Instead, I had the great pleasure of talking with Charlie Payne and Liz MacDonald about a tepid economy as the “new normal” and the idea that real estate (commercial real estate in particular) is making a comeback. Watch the clip from this morning and see what you think.

You may have noticed that Charlie teed it up for me to talk about my book, and I completely missed it. But he did say that I was “extremely informative” and challenged me at the end to try and match our 143% growth from last year again this year. We’ll certainly see what we can do.

So what do you think? Do you know any small business owners who have bought their commercial real estate recently? Or any who should be buying their commercial property? I’d love to hear what you have to say about what small business ownership and commercial property ownership mean for our overall economy.

Thanks for reading, watching, and sharing!

Dedicated to Your Continued Success,


P.S. FACT: Stuart Varney never invited me to his Super Bowl party. It was a joke.

P.P.S. FACT: My appearance on FOX Business News this morning is my seventh so far. Nikos, my special projects manager, says that he’s going to start referring to me as a “regular contributor” to FBN. Fingers crossed they keep asking me back…

P.P.P.S. To those who asked for shout-outs, I apologize for not squeezing those in. With just three-and-a-half minutes, I had to stay on topic. Sorry, Ernest.

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  1. Ryan Durishin says:

    Should put you in touch with my CEO to see if there is any synergies there. Take a look at our website.

  2. Suzy Granger says:


  3. Judy Loden says:

    I saw you with Charles Payne this morning. You did great.

    • Chris Hurn says:

      Thanks, Judy.

  4. David M. Pomerance says:

    Very nicely done Chris. I enjoy watching your progress.

    • Chris Hurn says:

      Thanks, David.

  5. Marshall Stanclift says:

    Very nice segment, Chris. Well done.

  6. Margaret Goss says:

    Chris – I wish that residential buyers would also be “courageous” – there are still many markets, mine included, that have not recovered yet. Good deals out there.

  7. Jon England says:

    Congrats Chris! You do a great job. It’s no wonder they keep asking you back.

    • Chris Hurn says:

      Thanks, Jon. Very nice of you to say that. I hope you check out my book and let me know what you think of it. Take care.

  8. Daniel Cawdrey says:

    I saw your performance, outstanding. Nice suit. I believe we were lucky in having a 98% occupancy for the last 5 years. Seattle has been very strong in the commercial market, but very small in the “owner occupied” market. We are getting many calls in from that segment, having 50,000 square feet is hot.

    We want to continue to try to get a SBA 504 loan. Hope we can work something out.

  9. Brian True says:

    I don’t think Stuart Varney would appreciate the fact that you called his party a joke.

    Thanks for the information.

    • Chris Hurn says:

      :) Good one, Brian. Glad SOMEBODY got the humor in it.

  10. Larry Myer says:

    Hi Chris
    Your humor and writing style in your original email got my attention to take action.
    I enjoyed it!

    If you attending the IFA convention in Vegas stop by are booth 230.
    Come and see me with the Franchise All-Star Band, we are preforming at the Franchise party Tuesday night at 8:00PM

    • Chris Hurn says:

      Thanks, Larry. I’ll be out-of-town at a couple of other engagements I’m giving speeches at during the time of the annual IFA. That being said, I’ll have 3 of my folks there in Vegas. I’ve cc’d here and perhaps they can catch up with you then?

      Take care and thanks again.

  11. Bog Kling says:

    You are on track with the commercial market . I am a partner with a company called Lee and Associates in Phoenix.
    We are very active in the sales of Industrial and office properties. Owning has always been a great way for a small business owner to create
    Wealth down the road. We are actually going to start to run out of good product to sell. Next phase is new building and prices going up.
    Good luck.

    • Chris Hurn says:

      Thanks, Bob. We have a relationship with your firm. I’ll get my guy, Dan Eshbaugh, to reach out to you ASAP.

      • Bob Kling says:

        Sounds good.

  12. Mel Peterson says:

    Nice interview Chris. Wondering if you know of any site that offers national averages of price per s/f (i.e. particularly metropolis areas across the country) for commercial space. Just curious.

  13. Leo Gluck says:


    • Chris Hurn says:

      Probably by working with us, Leo — referring business to us, so our financing can expand the pool of borrowers you can help. Let me know if you’d like to chat more about this.

  14. Robert Zegota says:

    Feel free to use me as a source for commercial real estate in the Tampa Bay market. I attached my biography for your perusal. I have to warn you I am pretty straight forward. I am not as optimistic as you are about what is going on right now. It is flighty at best. CRE activity is sporadic and seems to follow in paths of certain uses. But that is what makes the world go round. Take care.

  15. Sandy Winkler Ehmer says:

    Chris…I hear Dick Morris’ spot may be open???

    • Chris Hurn says:

      I heard that, too, Sandy. ;)

  16. Gary Frimann says:

    No great loss if Varney is not talking to you. You’ll probably remain a little more optimistic.

  17. Sarah & Les Oswald says:

    Great broadcast and congratulations on your featured blog.

  18. Gregg Hill says:

    Chris. Watched u on varney. I have to say you may have missed your calling. You look comfortable in front of camera. Varney and co looked like the rookies. Great job!!

    • Chris Hurn says:

      Thanks, buddy! :) Maybe I’ll get a show one of these days.

  19. James Gasperowich says:

    Any thoughts on Ms. Mills sudden departure from her cabinet level position in charge of the SBA?

    • Chris Hurn says:

      A term often brings new cabinets… I don’t think it’s anything more than that, James.

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