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Changing of the Guard 

Family-run firms make the leap to institutional fundraising. In terms of large assets, the real estate investment landscape is dominated by a handful of firms. However, a great many more investment firms manage small funds or are run as a family legacy, encompassing multi-generational family members. Like

Mining Gold 

Research from the likes of BDO and NAREIT  finds that Real Estate Investment Trusts are facing performance risks, potential market volatility, and heightened attention from investors after outpacing the Standard & Poor's 500 during  most of 2016.

REIT fund managers can either follow or ignore guidance on the financial opportunity that commercial building energy retrofits offer to maximize earnings and sustain a competitive advantage. Ignoring guidance presents major performance risks.

Post-Bank Lending 

Are borrowers making a shift to alternative financing sources? Before 2008, lending decisions were generally driven by the economics of loan volume. The priority of making money through loan origination was hard-coded into the commercial banking culture, as compensation was based on loan volume not loan perfo

Beware of Loan Provisions 

The language in preprinted lending documents could cause you plenty of trouble. When buyers purchase a property with financing or are refinancing an existing loan, they often see loan documents that are either preprinted or generated by a document assembly program. In either case, making changes to preset te

Evolving Landscape 

In the ever-evolving regulatory landscape, a new CMBS bill, under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, is slated to take effect in December. This bill, comprised of a new set of risk retention rules, will require CMBS lenders to retain a portion of the value of the loans they issue as opposed to selling them off as bonds. Commercial real estate brokers can capitalize on a growing market by understanding its unique needs and challenges. Startups aren't exactly synonymous with big money for commercial real estate brokers. New businesses are often looking for small spaces and short-term deals. However, brokers would be wise to gi

Competitive Conundrum 

Net lease developers can thrive with the right capital partners. During the last five years, real estate developers have benefited from an aggressive lending market coupled with falling capitalization rates. This has increased interest and competition in build-to-suit and speculative development. As cap ra