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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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of Opportunity 

Many commercial real estate developers today realize the importance of functional parking structures. If a parking structure is inefficient due to poor design or inadequate site dimensions, the development's cost may be too high to make it feasible. And if

Niche Knack 

When it comes to commercial real estate brokerage, the days of trying to be everything to everyone are numbered, experts say. Instead, many commercial real estate professionals are discovering a wide range of opportunities in narrow niches. “Today's broker must

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

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

Place Your Bets on Gaming 

Gaming in the United States has changed dramatically over the years. Originally perceived as a sinful activity that was enjoyed predominantly by the very rich, gambling today has been accepted as entertainment and is enjoyed by mainstream society. Likewise, as

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

A Maturing Market 

By 2030, an estimated 20 percent of Americans will be older than 65 years of age. Accordingly, the long term prospects in seniors housing look more promising as the baby boom generation retires, presenting developers with a unique set of

Cleaning Up After Dry Cleaners 

While environmental contamination often is associated with industrial sites, dry cleaners—a staple of retail centers—sometimes have their own dirty laundry to air. Cleaning up dry cleaning solvent that has contaminated groundwater aquifers can cost millions of dollars. When the dry

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

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