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Hands-Free Investments 

Non direct real estate investment choices run the gamut from tenancy in common interests and real estate investment trusts to net lease properties and mutual funds. Such investments provide many of the same perks as traditional real estate ownership, such

Valuing Vacancy 

A local property owner is anxious to sell his building and contacts you for assistance. The market is strong and the property is in top condition, but there is one catch The building is experiencing a vacancy problem. Should you

Trust-Worthy Tips 

Charitable remainder trusts are unique and powerful giving tools with useful applications in commercial real estate. CRTs often are employed to address the three biggest tax hurdles real estate investors face current income tax, capital gains tax, and estate tax.

Wealth Management 

During the last several years, America’s high net worth investors have both discreetly weathered the most bearish of conditions and abundantly flourished through the bullish upswings across all market sectors. Now, in an effort to even out the impact that

Contract Exchanges 

In specific markets such as California, New York City, South Florida, Las Vegas, and Phoenix, condominiums are the hottest investments. Many investors are looking for creative 1031 transaction structures to cash in on these booming commercial real estate markets. One

Reclassifying REITs 

In today&rsquo s surging and oftentimes turbulent real estate investment market, responsible real estate professionals and investors must make decisions and strategically plan future steps armed with all the relevant facts. One area that consistently baffles the investment press and

Money Magnets 

Capital that is now on the sidelines is likely to return to the market as a floor on asset pricing emerges and values become attractive once again. However, while lending conditions are expected to remain tight during the next 12

QI Questions 

The unregulated Section 1031 exchange industry has suffered instances of misappropriated client funds, breaches of fiduciary duty, theft, and qualified intermediary bankruptcy filings. The task of qualifying a QI has become paramount for real estate investors and their advisers. Understanding

Physical Fitness 

Commercial real estate investors conduct many types of due diligence, such as financial, legal, and physical. Regarding the latter, many investors assume that if they follow the current physical due diligence standard, ASTM guideline E2018 08, Standard Guide for Property

Restaurant Re-use 

Most owners of retail properties have restaurant tenants. Whether they are located on an end cap, inline, or on a free standing outparcel, these restaurants make up an integral component of the retail investment landscape. Savvy property owners recognize that

Just Due It 

The current economy and the lack of available credit have created a new paradigm for commercial real estate investors. Many lenders are indicating that, in the future, an appraisal won’t be enough to obtain financing Market feasibility studies will be

Military Maneuvers 

As a result of the U.S. Department of Defense&rsquo s 2005 Base Realignment and Closure proposal, several military facilities across the country have been deemed either obsolete or in possession of surplus lands that hold valuable development potential for the

Industrial's New Image 

Long stigmatized as the asset type of old dirty factories, industrial real estate has ascended to prominence in private investors' portfolios. No longer is the big box warehouse a distant cousin from the bright, colorful retail center or the tall

QI Questions(1) 

For investment property owners, the current top concern in a Section 1031 exchange transaction should be safety of the taxpayer&rsquo s funds. In the past decade, mismanagement and malfeasance have resulted in a handful of high profile qualified intermediary bankruptcies

Premium Advice 

Every multifamily property owner understands that many factors affect a property&rsquo s ability to turn a profit. They also understand that the real estate business is driven by net operating income. But not all owners may realize that a variety

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

Where's the Money? 

Asked where real estate investors are putting their money (if unable or unwilling to invest in real estate), Integra analysts ranked the capital vehicles in most to least preferred order. From the looks of REIT prices in April 2009, the

A Tale of Two Markets 

&ldquo It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the

Balancing Act 

Commercial real estate investors and traditional wealth managers live in the same world but speak different languages. While both camps are involved in asset allocation, wealth managers seldom understand how to deal with leveraged, illiquid property assets. Real estate investors,

Cashing Out 

Over the years, many real estate investors have had the good fortune of large appreciation in the real estate market. At the same time, many of those investors now are worried about potentially losing a significant amount of their appreciation

Exchange Your Strategy 

An increasing number of today’s commercial real estate investors are knowledgeable about the benefits of exchanging qualified investment real estate under Internal Revenue Code Section 1031. However, they might not realize that 1031 exchanges aren’t ideal for every investor or

Compound Logic 

In today’s highly competitive market, commercial real estate professionals continually look for ways to enhance their value to clients. Fortunately one of the best tools for accomplishing this value add status may be the well known Section 1031 tax deferred

REITs Rev Up 

Amassing capital in a credit restricted market topped real estate investment trusts&rsquo 2009 priority list, with more than $14.4 billion raised in equity issuance and another $6.7 billion in debt, according to Fitch Ratings. For the majority of REITs, these

ROI Check-Up 

Many investors ignore the return on investment that property condition assessments often can deliver. PCAs yield an ROI in three ways protecting buyers from bad purchases providing buyers with information for price negotiations with sellers and finding opportunities to improve

Ready for Reform? 

On July 21, 2010, the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law. The risk retention requirements under Dodd Frank for asset backed securitizations, including commercial mortgage backed securities, have garnered substantial attention from the