Real Estate Exchangers, outlaws in the real estate community, live up to their reputation in Jim Dreis’s provocative book -
Ivan Schmidt, a disbarred attorney, has his real estate license revoked – still, he convinces a group of fellow real estate exchangers to open their meetings to non-licensed owners. Each member of the group has his own agenda for agreeing with Ivan, though some are motivated by a fear of what Ivan might do if they don’t go along.
Soon, Ivan convinces a drug lord that he can solve his problems of getting drugs across the border while getting cash out of the country. Ivan points out the process requires two steps – first, buying out-of-state real estate owned by senior citizens, newly settled in the Southwest; second, trading that real estate for property out of the country.
To help with his scheme, Ivan hires Elmira Dunbar to set up and run the real estate marketing sessions that will attract senior citizens, along with regular real estate exchangers. The latter being a rogue’s gallery of “characters,” with ethical standards ranging from noble to none – many of whom have a unique way of operating.
Sprinkled throughout the story is a realistic portrayal of the way people think and operate the way they do. Occasionally, a bit of humor falls in place; but in the end it’s the reality that each person is responsible for deeds he has done, either vindicating or condemning himself.
Also addressed are the United States’ policies toward drugs, medical care and the plight of illegal migrants.
Overall, the purpose of the book is to entertain, while at the same time provoke readers to think about what might happen if we allow greed to grow and fester unfettered...
“The Traders” – will touch your funny bone, tug at your heart and make you vow you’ll teach your kids and grandkids right from wrong.
A zany caper about real estate and drug traffic. The problem is a scarcity of characters to like. Dreis, however, must know what he's writing about. He's a member of Real Estate Solutions, a Arizona limited liability company.
Married, proud father of a son, daughter and their families that include four delightful grandsons I’m convinced have bright futures. My sojourn into writing started in 1997. In The Traders, my first book, Ivan Schmidt, a real estate exchanger, gets involved in moving drugs. In the sequel, Trader Among the Flock, he invests in a church headed by a naïve minister. Constitutional Ban on Divorce – An Adult Fairy Tale, takes a humorous look at the institution of marriage.
I was fortunate in the service to have worked under a brilliant psychiatrist. His teachings serve as a back drop for much of my writing. The knowledge I gained working under him served me well in the psychiatric facility we worked at and later in my sojourn into drug treatment, residential treatment, employment work and real estate. I am currently licensed as a broker and have been since 1990. In 1984 I joined the Tucson Real Estate Exchangors because of their creative approach to solving real estate problems and in 1993 I was their president. I ended my involvement in 1997. Today I find writing, a delightful release for the ideas that float through my head.