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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 Commercial Real Estate Investors Can Increase ROI & Avoid Obsolescence

Everybody wants to get the most “bang for their buck.” Commercial real estate investors are no different. They want properties that make money. In this article, we explore Return on Investment (ROI) and property value. We also discuss factors that influence investors’ decisions, both now and in the future. What is Return on Investment? Return on investment, or ROI, is the amount the investor receives after paying all expenses associated with the property. Investopedia gives the following simple formula for calculating ROI: ROI = (Gain from Investment – Cost of Investment) / Cost of Investment This formula is simple, however, investors should consider a number of factors when calculating the cost of investment. Maintenance costs, leverage (money borrowed with interest to invest in a property), and the size of the investment all affect the cost. Essentially, a property’s return on investment shows determines the profit as a percentage of the overall building cost. Knowing your property’s […]

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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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Technology in CRE Series: “Smart” Commercial Real Estate

It’s hard to believe that just a decade ago, commercial real estate looked entirely different than it does today. Real estate purchases often meant flying across the country, a briefcase in hand, to discuss purchasing options and negotiations. Property management meant on-site employees were working around the clock to keep building systems operational. Then, smart commercial real estate entered the scene. Technology has infiltrated nearly every part of the CRE buying, selling, and management process.  It’s no secret that CRE is slower to change than other industries. But smart commercial real estate innovations have finally entered our industry, and there’s no looking back now. These technological advances are making life easier for investors, owners, and property managers.  Here, we’re laying out some of the smart commercial real estate technology that is revolutionizing the market. You’ll learn common smart tech phrases and learn how integrating them into your business can help you streamline every part of […]

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Technology in CRE Series: Property Values in Relation to Tech Innovations

Technology is changing the way the world does business, and commercial real estate is no exception. Property managers, investors, and tenants are all focusing on how real estate technology can make their lives easier. Artificial intelligence, smart tech, machine learning, and other technologies are making CRE more profitable than ever for today’s real estate professionals. Types of Commercial Real Estate Technology Real estate property technology, often called “PropTech,” is challenging traditional methods for acquiring, leasing, and managing commercial real estate across America. Technology infiltrates nearly every part of CRE, giving investors, property managers, and tenants fast, easy access to a multitude of tools. There are many ways CRE professionals use technology effectively. From property acquisition to tenant communication, real estate technology is transforming the commercial real estate landscape. Data Analysis Tools Investors love data; it’s at the heart of CRE. In the past, investors would pour over data, spending weeks analyzing each area, searching for […]

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