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2021’s Top Commercial Real Estate Books for Investors and Brokers

This Year’s Best Commercial Real Estate Books for Brokers and Investors To be a successful investor or commercial real estate agent in Houston or anywhere else, you should know the ins-and-outs of the industry and stay on top of current trends. In some cases, learning commercial real estate is as simple as reading a book. Here are the top books for CRE investors and prospective investors in 2021. These books will help you gain knowledge and hone your skills, giving you the advantage in commercial real estate investing. 1. Long-Distance Real Estate Investing by David Greene One of the top real estate books on the market, Long-Distance Real Estate helps commercial investors find, purchase, and manage properties outside their local area. With all that’s happening in the world right now, your local market might be sluggish. Greene’s book shows you how to identify properties in other cities and states and make those properties work hard […]

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Is Commercial Real Estate Moving to the Suburbs?

For decades, large American cities have enjoyed unparalleled population growth and economic stability. Commercial real estate properties located downtown were profitable, while those in the surrounding suburbs were less profitable. However, we began seeing commercial real estate shift its focus to the suburbs in the last few years. The pandemic has only expedited that process. As the world continues to adjust to a new normal, is commercial real estate moving to the suburbs? The History of Thriving Downtown Business America began as a predominantly rural nation. However, as industry became more commonplace at the end of the 19th century, more and more Americans moved towards thriving downtown areas. New technology allowed skyscrapers to don the landscape of major cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. In the 20th century, these downtown areas only continued to grow. However, in the 1950s, as automobiles became more commonplace in the American family, people began moving away from […]

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Commercial Real Estate Investing: Alternative Investments

When it comes to commercial real estate investing, most investors think only about the four main asset types: multifamily, office, retail, and industrial. However, there are many other options, known as alternative real estate properties, that investors too often overlook. These alternative investments offer many of the same return opportunities as their traditional counterparts, but often face less competition. If you’re interested in diversifying your commercial real estate portfolio, consider adding alternative investments. Here, we are exploring these alternative properties, giving you a comprehensive look at several options. In addition, you’ll see how to invest in each of these properties and learn how our services can protect these investments.  What Are Alternative Properties?  Historically, commercial real estate investing has been a solid wealth-building strategy. Even as the economy grew and contracted, CRE has remained a relatively steady performer over the decades.  When you think about commercial real estate investing, what comes to mind? Undoubtedly, it’s […]

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The State of Self-Storage Investing in Texas in 2020

Self Storage unit

If you rent or have ever rented a self-storage unit, you have Texans Russ Williams and his stepson Bob Munn to thank. In 1964, the pair constructed the first modern self-storage facility in Odessa, Texas. Of course, there were storage facilities before 1964, but Williams and Munn revolutionized the industry. . The pair added garage-style doors, allowing easier access for clients. You might say the Lone Star State is the home of modern self-storage. The Rise of Self-Storage Investing In the 1960s, Americans enjoyed unparalleled income growth. Therefore, consumerism increased nationwide, leading to more possessions in each household.  Enter the self-storage unit. As more and more homes amassed possessions, they struggled to find places for everything they owned. As a result, self-storage investing became increasingly popular as well. Throughout the decades, self-storage has shown steady returns for investors. Even during the 2008 economic recession, this sector saw positive returns. Self-storage real estate investment trusts (REITs) […]

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How Off-Campus Housing Performs Amid COVID-19 and Beyond

As students head back to their fall semesters at colleges and universities across the country, investors are eyeing off-campus housing as potentially lucrative assets. Over the past 20 years, student housing developments have increased in both popularity and profitability. Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, student housing remains a fairly consistent source of steady income for investors. The asset class has proven its stability through economic downturns, and many believe this pandemic will be no different. While some locations are seeing moderate upticks in vacancy rates, most off-campus housing complexes are taking minimal hits – and some are actually seeing increased occupancy. As college dorms close or reduce their density, students are turning to off-campus options instead. Here, we are looking at student housing options, ways to invest in this asset class, and how the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted student housing across the U.S. Student Housing and Commercial Real Estate Investments For investors looking to diversify […]

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