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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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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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Property Manager vs. Facilities Manager

Property Manager and Facilities Managers: Which Do You Need? What’s the difference between a property manager and a facilities management team? Which do you need for your commercial property or properties? Most importantly, what makes a good property manager or facilities manager? Here, we are focusing on property and facilities managers, how they’re similar and different, and how you can find the best managers for your commercial real estate assets. What are Property and Facility Managers? In order to choose the best services for your building, you need to understand the functions and responsibilities of both facilities managers and property managers. To understand these functions, we must first examine whom the manager serves. Despite similar titles, Property Managers and Facility Managers actually have different roles and oversee different types of commercial real estate space.  Property Managers First and foremost, property managers work for the property owner or investors. While they are responsible for overseeing the safety and […]

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Fair Housing Act and ADA Regulations in Texas

For building owners, property managers, real estate agents, or other real estate professionals in Texas, knowing and complying with Fair Housing regulations and the Americans with Disabilities Act is crucial. Depending on the location of your property, your role in leasing or sales, and the age of the property, you are subject to federal, state, and local fair housing and ADA laws. Here, we are outlining the federal Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Also, we explore Texas accessibility standards and Texas fair housing requirements. It’s important to note that some jurisdictions in Texas have additional protections for marginalized groups not covered by federal and state protections. Knowing, understanding, and following these fair housing and accessibility laws is crucial to your success as a real estate professional. Failure to comply with these regulations could result in expensive fees and fines, or potential litigation. The Federal Fair Housing Act In 1968, Congress passed […]

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Technology in CRE Series: Telecommuting

If you feel like life has been turned upside down over the past few months, you’re not alone. Working in a COVID-19 world can be challenging. Luckily, many employers are allowing workers to telecommute, keeping businesses running while still staying safe. In commercial real estate, technology is helping professionals get their work done, even if they can’t step foot in the office. However, many employees struggle to find a work-life balance, particularly as we all continue to adjust to this “new normal.” If you are a CRE professional working from home, we’re sharing popular real estate technology tools that can help you keep up with your workload as you telecommute. Can Real Estate Professionals Telecommute? As COVID-19 spread across the country, more and more businesses moved to “work from home” models. Currently, about half of American workers are telecommuting – double the average from a few years ago. However, even if the virus disappears, experts […]

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