Category: Office Investing Education

How to Buy Commercial Real Estate

Investors looking to diversify their portfolio often consider investing in commercial real estate. Some will start by buying small multifamily properties, two or four units at a time. When the time comes to buy more substantial commercial real estate properties, such as an office building, most investors aren’t sure where to begin.

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Is commercial real estate in a bubble?

Commercial real estate is on a substantial uptick right now. With interest rates at all-time lows, employment at all-time highs, the economy booming, and occupancies high, it’s hard not to remain confident that for the foreseeable future, commercial real estate is going to remain on an upward trajectory.

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How to Invest in Institutional Quality Real Estate

Walk through any major city whose skyline is dotted with skyscrapers.

Look up.

At first glance, it might seem that these office towers are out of the reach of average investors. These properties are generally reserved for only the highest caliber investors, or those known as “institutional” investors.

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Diversification In Office Building Investing

Although it might be very “sexy” to land a giant corporate tenant, this could be a terrible mistake for the landlord. Many office building landlord’s will go to great lengths to land a major corporate tenant to lease up all or the majority of their property. On the surface, this may seem like a great idea.

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Risk Adjusted Returns Explained

Real estate investors often look at the highest IRR when comparing one investment to another. But, in commercial real estate, such criteria is potentially short-sighted. Instead, investors should be evaluating commercial real estate opportunities by looking at their risk-adjusted returns – not just the overall IRR.

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Trends in Commercial Real Estate Technology

Real estate professionals tend to be old-school. A room full of investors, brokers, and mortgage lenders may resemble an episode of Mad Men more so than an episode of Silicon Valley, complete with the bourbon and the blue blazers. Real estate, they say, is a business of relationships—a series of handshakes, meetings, and phone calls, learning who can play ball and who can’t over luncheons, mixers, tee times, and kids’ graduation parties. That’s how deals get done.

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What are Typical Commercial Property Real Estate Management Fees?

Most real estate investors understand the value of a good property manager as a key member of their team.
Do-it-yourself (“DIY”) property management is way too time-intensive for serious investors. That time is better spent finding more deals. Even if you make a little less money each month by paying some of your gross income to a property manager, you could end up purchasing five, ten, or twenty properties with a fraction of the effort.

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