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The Self-Storage Transformation 

Self storage has evolved from the homely stepsister to the Cinderella of the commercial real estate industry. Once relegated to sites unsuitable for other productive uses and stigmatized as unsightly metal buildings, self storage properties historically haven't attracted sophisticated investors'

Smooth Sailing 

Long ago considered the domain of sunburned sailors with red and white striped shirts, eye patches, and spyglasses, boating has blossomed into a trendy recreational activity, especially among families. In the past decade, the number of recreational boats owned has

Triple-Net Triple Threat 

Looking for a rock solid investment in a shifting economy? Look no further than single tenant net leased properties. In markets where shopping centers sit empty and office buildings are dark, the lights are on (usually 24 hours) at the

Score! 

In a country where most kids learn the names of sports stars before the name of the president, it is no wonder that cities across the United States place so much emphasis on building stadiums to house their local teams

Sizing Up Self-Storage 

The self storage property sector currently provides great opportunities for investors and developers across the nation. F.W. Dodge reports decreases in the number of self storage property starts during the last five quarters, which bodes well for the supply demand

Degrees of Success 

Church Street Plaza, a mixed use development near Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., includes a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, which caters to students’ increasingly expensive tastes. In the past decade, commercial real estate activity in U.S. college and

Finding Value in Vacant Properties 

Despite its run down exterior, the 125 year old brick property located at Kingston, N.Y.'s busiest intersection evokes many fond memories. “Depending upon who you ask in town, it's the old Chevy dealership, a pool hall, an Army Navy recruiting

Historic Undertakings 

Historic properties may present commercial real estate professionals with many challenges, but they also offer both tangible and intangible rewards. While brokers and developers may have to meet current building codes and obtain government approval for redevelopment projects, they can

Homing In on Manufactured Housing 

Manufactured housing is a marriage of two industries the companies that build and distribute manufactured houses, which are single family homes constructed in factories, transported to a location, and installed on site, and the manufactured home communities, which are either

Indoor Waterparks 

In 1994, indoor waterpark pioneer Stan Anderson expanded his Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Polynesian Resort to include an indoor waterpark. Since then, other investors have followed suit by getting involved in this lucrative niche. Madison, Wis., based Great Lakes Cos. issued

Old School, New Analysis 

While real estate activity has picked up so far in 2011, investors are still very cautious about their property investments. The areas that have remained relatively strong are those niche market sectors that allow easy identification of a market’s demand

Ready-Made Investments 

Ten years ago, mobile home parks suffered from an image problem and languished in the back of the proverbial real estate investment closet. Savvy investors were aware of their generally low acquisition price tags, attractive operating expense history, and stable

The Rising Tide of Seniors Housing 

To visualize the demographics of the seniors housing market, imagine a shoreline as the tide comes in, each wave slowly yet inexorably creeping higher up the beach. But out on the horizon is a tsunami, a tidal wave of unbelievable

Student Housing 101 

In 10 years, U.S. campuses will host a million more college students than they do today. To meet the steadily growing demand for student housing, college and university markets are seeing a proliferation of multifamily development projects driven by the

What's Cooking With Restaurants? 

As day to day life becomes more hectic, Americans increasingly rely on services that save them time and energy. Nowhere is this more evident than in the restaurant industry. With projected sales of $354 billion, 1999 should mark the eighth

Uncle Sam Wants You 

Editor's note Government demand for safe, modern office space continues to grow, and no single tenant exists in the United States with better credit. Commercial real estate brokers increasingly will have opportunities to promote clients' properties to government entities. What

New Wave Investments 

In 1994, resort pioneer Stan Anderson expanded his Wisconsin Dells, Wis.–based Polynesian Resort to include an indoor waterpark. Wisconsin lenders were willing to fund the development because they had been financing outdoor waterparks for years. Despite the steep construction costs,

Seniors Housing Blossoms 

In terms of net operating incomes and real estate market values, America's long term care industry is about equal in size to the hospitality lodging industry a fact that surprises most people but makes sense given the aging U.S. population.

Seniors-Housing Funding Sources 

At last all segments of the seniors housing industry appear to be performing strongly at the same time. For independent living and assisted living operators, occupancy and profits are moving toward record levels. After five consecutive years of economic growth,

Self-Storage Fills Up 

Investor interest in self storage has skyrocketed during the last decade. This niche property's stable returns and growing demand are drawing attention from an array of new investors, particularly large institutions seeking to diversify their portfolios. These new players are

What Drives Parking Investments? 

Parking facilities now present intriguing commercial real estate investments. Traditionally, most parking related opportunities have not appealed to pension funds and institutional investors, but parking assets' low cost of capital and strong underlying fundamentals are generating new interest in this

Healthy Investments 

When southeastern grocery store chain Ingles Markets needed help subletting its 32,000 square foot box in an ailing strip center, the prognosis for leasing to another retail tenant didn't look good. But John D. Spake, CCIM, president of Spake Real

Capitalize on Campus 

Rundown campus properties often languish in colleges' real estate portfolios with their revenue potential unrealized. To capitalize on these opportunities, commercial real estate professionals can create joint ventures with educational institutions. The key is to identify the best prospects for

Manufactured Success 

When Warren Buffet&rsquo s Berkshire Hathaway acquired Clayton Homes Inc. for $1.7 billion in 2003, investors took notice. In commercial real estate circles, the acquisition drew attention to a sometimes overlooked specialty property manufactured housing communitites, also known as land

Investing in the Arts 

"John says he found us a needle in a haystack," says Diane Litsey, executive director of the Children's Dance Foundation in Homewood, Ala. "And he did." The needle was at least 10,000 square feet of dance studio space with 50