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

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

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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

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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

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