Real Estate Crowdfunding: A Trend That’s Here to Stay

The playing field is becoming more level for small investors thanks to a slew of real estate crowdfunding websites sprouting up across the web. The crowd-sourced investment websites have become an expansive trend in the industry. In the last year, an estimated half a billion dollars pooled into sites like, and To … Read more

Lease or Buy Analysis

When it comes to leasing or buying a commercial real estate property, there are a number of advantages and disadvantages to consider before making that big decision. While the market can be unpredictable and intimidating, unfortunately there is no fool proof way of determining which option is overall the best.

Taking into consideration these pros and cons that we’ve compiled from QuickBooks’ article on “Leasing vs. Owning Commercial Space” and LeaseMatrtix’s “The Pros and Cons of Leasing vs. Owning”, in addition to your own finances, objectives, and motives will help you in making the best investment decision for your circumstances.

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Get Started with Real Estate Crowdfunding with These Simple Steps

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An enduring trend, real estate crowdfunding is credited with generating more than $1 billion worth of investment in recent years. With dozens of platforms cropping up across the web, experts anticipate a two-fold investment increase within the next year. Thanks to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), popular investment pools like, and … Read more

How to Use the Investment Property Valuation Calculator: Step Five

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Yesterday, myNOI covered Step 4 of the Investment Property Valuation Calculator (IPV). In the fourth step, investors found an estimated valuation of their commercial property by combing the income withe expenses. In Step 5, we’ll examine the debt taken on through your investment and the monthly payments you’ll make on your commercial real estate. Step 5: … Read more

How to Use the Investment Property Valuation Calculator: Step One

investment property valuation calculator

  The Investment Property Valuation Calculator is an invaluable tool for investors and brokers alike. When used effectively, the IPV Calculator can help you plan ahead with your commercial property investments. An in-depth reading of the results can reveal when the best time to sell would be, areas where building expenses could be trimmed back, … Read more

Ready to Sign a Commercial Lease? Read this First

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“You ought to be able to explain why you’re taking the job you’re taking, why you’re making the investment you’re making, or whatever it may be. And if it can’t stand applying pencil to paper, you’d better think it through some more. And if you can’t write an intelligent answer to those questions, don’t do … Read more

Increase the Value of Commercial Property with these Simple Tips

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In the fast-paced world of commercial real estate, many investors understand that high returns don’t just come from a signature on a lease agreement. On the contrary, successful property owners are business savvy with a drive to invest large sums of time and money in order to reap high returns down the road. Whether you’re … Read more

Investing in Retail Properties

investing in retail properties

Commercial investors who aren’t scared to take a risk for potentially high rewards will enjoy investing in retail properties. A retail building’s success is obviously tightly connected to the health of the local and national economy, meaning investors will be riding high during the peaks and feeling low during the valleys. Below we’ll provide a ‘starter pack’ … Read more

Commercial Real Estate Crowdfunding Laws: Lets Get Technical

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Commercial real estate crowdfunding laws can be dense, yet more than ever, commercial investors are harnessing the power of the internet to raise funds on the fly. Crowd-sourcing websites like, and draw in droves of investors on the daily, and the demand doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. In 2015, … Read more

How to Spot a Bad Commercial Real Estate Deal

Bad Commercial Real Estate Deal

Every investor should know how to spot a bad commercial real estate deal. First time investments are usually a huge commitment for those starting out. And while it can take time to learn the ins and outs of a property, it’s well worth it to make sure your money is safe. Here are three signs … Read more

5 Commercial Real Estate Markets to Watch in 2017

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As we head into the new year, it’s helpful to know which commercial real estate markets are expected to see increased activity in 2017. Nailing down which areas are set to perform well is not an exact science, but Zillow, and REFM have all released lists highlighting potentially strong markets. These are five cities … Read more

Tips for Making Your Next Open House Count

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Despite living in an ever-expanding digital world, real estate investors still rely on the in-person perks of an open house to land a sale, fast. Sparking an interest among buyers requires much more than a veggie tray and snap tour. Instead, an open house should allow audiences to engage with you and the property first-hand. … Read more

The Pros and Cons of Investing in a REIT

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Earlier this week, MyNOI covered what a real estate investment trust (REIT) is and how you could get involved in them. While REITs offer a great way for skittish first-time investors to try their hand at commercial real estate, there are some drawbacks to them as well. Today, we’ll cover both the good and the … Read more

What is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)?

Real Estate Investment Trusts

If you’re interested in commercial real estate, but don’t know where to begin, a real estate investment trust (REIT) can be a good way to get your feet wet, while avoiding much of the inherent risk. A REIT turns the commercial real estate market into the stock market, allowing investors like yourself to purchase shares … Read more

Top Three Ways to Ensure a Sound Commercial Real Estate Investment

Commercial real estate investment

It’s no secret that investing in commercial real estate can reap high rewards. Whether it be the potential for hefty returns or flexibility in maintenance expenses that draw you in, be sure to consider ways to sustain your investment before taking the leap. To quote American businessman and investor Tamir Sapir, “If you’re not going … Read more

Understanding the Phases of the Commercial Real Estate Cycle

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Unbeknownst to many who aren’t involved with commercial real estate, the market actually follows a fairly predictable pattern. This real estate cycle can be broken down into four distinct phases—recovery, expansion, hyper supply and recession. Knowing which of these phases the market is currently in can help you make the best decision regarding your investment … Read more

Three Popular Commercial Real Estate Investment Strategies

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Before you get involved in commercial real estate, it’s important to know how you plan on making money from deals. Entering the market with an understanding of what you plan to do with your property in the future can help you make the best decisions now. In this post, we’ll cover strategies for turning a … Read more

Online Trends in Commercial Real Estate

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In 2014, Loopnet partnered with Google and released a study called “Commercial Real Estate Consumer Online Behavior and Trends”, with the stated objective of “better understanding the role of the internet in finding, selling, and leasing commercial properties.” Utilizing a 3rd party company, a blind survey was conducted to examine the behavior and sentiments of … Read more

Where to Find Your Local Cap Rate

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A Quick Re-cap (no-pun intended) As you likely know already, the cap rate is a ratio used to estimate the value of income producing properties. It is the net operating income (NOI) divided by the sales price or value of property, and is expressed as a percentage. The cap rate is used by appraisers, investors, … Read more

Let’s Talk About Zoning for Commercial Real Estate

commercial real estate zoning

If you’ve ever glanced at a land-use zoning map before, you understand why people don’t bring it up in conversation often — it’s complicated. Just look up the phrase “zoning maps” in your area of interest and you’ll see what I mean. Despite the somewhat drab nature of the topic, zoning ordinances play a crucial … Read more

Commercial Real Estate News for Tuesday, Dec. 13

Commercial real estate news

The week is just beginning, but already there’s lots of commercial real estate news to catch up on. Check out these four articles on Miami investments, CommLoan, the state of CRE and a call to brokers to work toward more affordable housing. As Miami’s Condo Market Plummets, Commercial Real Estate Soars The tables are turning … Read more

5 Traits of a Successful Commercial Real Estate Developer

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Ask people what a commercial real estate developer does and you’re likely to get a different answer from all of them. The fact is, being a real estate developer is a complex blend of architecture, finance, managing, engineering, hand-shaking and more. There’s no straight shot to becoming a real estate developer, but we’ll highlight some … Read more

What is Internal Rate of Return (IRR)?

In commercial real estate, it’s smart to think ahead and keep a close eye on the numbers. As a commercial broker with more than two decades in the ring, I’ve continued to rely on a variety of metrics, including Internal Rate of Return, or IRR, to ensure my investments are sound. IRR stands strong in … Read more

How to Identify Hot Commercial Real Estate Markets

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One way to identify a potential investment location which is on the precipice of rapid value increase is to understand where gentrification has recently started. Gentrification is “a process of renovation and revival of deteriorated urban neighborhoods by means of influx of more affluent residents” and can be an excellent signal for investment opportunities. One … Read more

The Risks of Real Estate Crowdfunding and How to Protect Your Investments

This week, I’ve spent time covering popular real estate crowdfunding websites and the history behind their current popularity. While there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to crowdfunding, it’s important to remember investing is never completely risk free. I’ll cover some of the bigger concerns here and what you can do … Read more

The JOBS Act and Crowdfunded Real Estate

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On Monday, I shared some of the best crowdfunding real estate sites available for you to invest with. Today, I’ll spend some time explaining the history of crowdfunded real estate. In 2012, the US Congress passed the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) act, which legalized equity crowdfunding—the sale of corporate equity stakes through online platforms—for … Read more

Skills of a Commercial Property Manager

Skills of a Commercial Property Manager

Yesterday, I covered the responsibilities you take on when you adopt the role of property manager. Today I’ll cover some of the skills of a commercial property manager. These are the talents they should have and the behaviors they should exhibit. Before you decide to do the job yourself, make an honest evaluation and see if these … Read more

Key Components to Include in a Letter of Intent

Before putting pen to paper on a fresh new lease, it’s often recommended to draft up a Letter of Intent. An LOI, as it’s called in the industry, helps prospective tenants edge forward to signing a lease that’s inclusive of their plans for the property in years to come. These documents vary from deal-to-deal and … Read more

Getting Involved with Retail Investing

Retail property is one of the most sought after investments around today. Out of the four asset classes on the market, investors are paying large sums for small, multi-tenant and single-tenant retail properties in locations across the globe. With such hot demand, it’s hard to get your foot in the door. That’s why I’ve put … Read more

Trends in Retail that Center Owners Will Want to Know

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With the continued evolution of eCommerce putting a dent in the bottom line of brick and mortar retail stores, from AAA national brands to local mom and pop shops, it’s tougher than ever for owners of retail centers, malls, villages, and the like to know what to include in their tenant portfolio to maximize effectiveness … Read more