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The Wild, Wild West 

The year is coming to a close. Now is the time to consider charitable donations for today and tomorrow.

Individuals may think about what charities have made a difference in their lives. Or ask themselves what legacy they want to create. Now Alfred Nobel is not remembered as a cannon manufacturer but for funding the prestigious Nobel Prizes.

Unsinkable Investments? 

Even in today's real estate environment, specialty properties such as marinas hold a particular attraction in select markets and appeal to certain investors. But purchasing a marina is not like buying a retail strip center or a self storage facility.

Self-Storage Steps Up 

Despite the difficult economy and market challenges during the past four years, self storage as an asset class has continued to provide solid performance and stable returns for investors. Once dominated by mom and pops, or small, independent owner operators,

Tourist-Market Investment Tips 

The atmosphere may be laid back in tropical tourist destinations, but solid investment opportunities can make some big waves. For example, Curtis A. Skomp, CCIM, senior commercial agent and broker associate with Coldwell Banker Commercial Schmitt Real Estate Co. in

Fast-Growing Fast Casual 

The fast casual food segment may be small, but its growth is outpacing the restaurant industry, attracting new competitors and spurring evolutionary changes from quick service and full service brands. Fast casual sales were about $31 billion in 2012, up

Medical Office Momentum 

The re election of President Barack Obama and last year’s favorable Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have removed some uncertainty as to whether or not the healthcare law will take effect. While some provisions

Fulfilling Promise 

Developers today are drawn to the modular construction's new designs coupled with improved efficiency, environmental benefits, and cost savings.

Tourist Attraction 

Serving as a powerful economic engine, travel and tourism generate an estimated $1.9 trillion in the U.S. each year, according to the U.S. Travel Association. And, where there are travelers and tourists, there are prime opportunities for commercial real estate

Real Estate Nest Egg 

Self directed individual retirement accounts represent an estimated $171 billion of the overall IRA market, and one of the most popular assets for these accounts is real estate. Single family residential property is the most frequent target of these real

Student Housing 

Student housing continues to provide bigger returns than multifamily properties for investors.

Affordable Housing 

 

From Strength to Strength 

Amid steadily increasing occupancy and rents, self-storage is primed for continued growth in the next year. 

Going Green 

With sales approaching $10 billion in 2018, the emerging cannabis industry looks to establish itself despite obstacles related to nonstandard property development.

Medical Office Fever 

Sales of medical office buildings topped $6.7 billion in 2013, according to Real Capital Analytics, proof that this niche sector remains attractive to investors ranging from large institutional funds to the medical practice groups that buy their own facilities. Some

Intelligent Investments 

The world is getting smarter Smart phones, smart cars, smart devices, and smart cards are the new norm. If our buildings don’t become smarter too, they’ll fall behind in today’s technology driven world. Smart buildings are popping up across the

Healthy Seniors Housing 

Seniors housing demand will continue to be fueled by several factors, including the attractive spread between borrowing rates and capitalization rates, the resurgence of the housing market, and the improvement in the stock market. The continued demand growth is also

Space Explorations 

In Seattle, they’re called SEDUs — small efficiency dwelling units. In Boston, they’re known as innovation units. Chicago has a group of them called Flats. But while there’s variety in what developers call tiny apartments, there’s no question that microunit apartments are big news. 

Gold Rush 

As self-storage has evolved into a highly profitable investment, multiple buyers hunt for the best properties. Begun as a niche of multifamily, self-storage has developed its own identity as a highly profitable investment. While many mom-and-pop businesses still operate in the self-storage arena, real estat

Student Housing Graduates 

In the early 1990s off campus student housing was primarily single family homes and small apartment buildings around universities. The owners were local mom and pop operators who rarely had properties in more than one market. But since then, institutional

Mixing It Up: Considerations for a Retail-Residential Development 

Looking at one hypothetical project can highlight the opportunities and challenges associated with mixed-use developments. Mixed-use developments, by definition, include competing and often mutually exclusive interests. A developer wants to attract customers to the corner bistro, but those in the rental prop

Student Housing 

As off-campus housing changes communities, asset-rich investors vie for the best properties. International and affluent students are pushing the envelope on amenity-rich housing on college campuses, helping to transform communities across the U.S. and Canada. While the funding for leasing students' one bedroo

Student Housing Stats 

There was a time when student housing either meant living in an on campus dormitory or an apartment in town. On campus housing was often austere, and off campus housing was likely to be a poorly maintained apartment shared with

Seniors Housing Stacks Up 

Seniors housing generated solid returns for investors in 2014. By many measures, the returns were well above those of other investment opportunities. The sector has attracted growing attention from seasoned veterans in the sector as well as new entrants who

Medical Office Miracle 

Big and small MOB investments are up adding to a record year. 30345 As the healthcare industry adjusts to a new mode of service delivery, the effects of the Affordable Care Act, and the growth of the 65-plus demographic - traditionally the largest users of healthcare services - the medical office building

Senior Housing 

The days when traditional retailers fit into one box and online retailers fit into their own separate box are falling by the wayside. The next generation of retail is a big melting pot of physical stores and showrooms, e-commerce platforms, and logistics networks all tied together with more technology.