Thinking Beyond Apartments in Multi-Family Real Estate

  • On March 20, 2018
Of all of the commercial property types, multi-family is often the most pigeonholed.  Most investors will look at the category and see only apartment complexes.  However, the category is actually much more nuanced with expansive opportunities based on their locations. Below is a list of four asset sub-types outside of traditional apartment complexes which exist […]
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Common Terms and Clauses in Commercial Leases

  • On February 20, 2018
Leases are complicated. They are usually long, full of redundancy, and include contradictory information. More so than residential leases, commercial leases are full of complications that often can only be understood by a legal professional. The difficulties only increase when investing in retail or office properties due to the specific needs of each tenant and […]
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Turning 1 into 1000 – The Role of Ancillary Income

  • On February 13, 2018
  As many markets continue the process of overheating their rent rates, it will become more and more challenging to force appreciation when purchasing multi-family assets in larger markets. Buying an asset at an attractive rate is only one part of the equation when investing in apartments.  To be successful, you will need to provide […]
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A Recipe for Retail Success

  • On October 24, 2017
Achieving success when investing in retail assets is challenging, especially when you are pursuing value-add opportunities.   More often than not, investors are in a mad dash to fill vacancy, often forgetting to properly align new tenants correctly to ensure success in the given market. Creating the right tenant roster is like creating a go to […]
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Communal Living Isn't Just for College Dorms Anymore

  • On August 22, 2017
The world as we know it continues to change – the biggest being a shift from ownership to a sharing economy.  Now it seems that the sharing economy has begun to bleed into the multi-family housing market with renters now looking at the idea of hostel style homes. In a very creative way, renters have […]
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Why "Comps" Shouldn't Be Trusted in Commercial Real Estate

  • On July 18, 2017
Here at the Commercial Academy, many of our alumni started out investing in residential real estate.  One of the biggest differences, and greatest benefits, many of them have found when transitioning from residential to commercial investing is that the two do not treat competitive properties in the same way. In residential real estate, the value […]
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The Pitfalls (and Benefits!) of Purchasing Older Multi-Family Properties

  • On July 12, 2017
When looking at potential commercial real estate properties to invest in you are sure to come across listings in various states – pristine to falling apart, vacant to full, or new to old.  In the case of the new to old spectrum, particularly for the multi-family arena, properties prior to 1980 tend to have certain […]
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The Amazon of Things

  • On June 27, 2017
Over the course of the last month, Amazon has taken further steps in the “War on Retail.”  With the company’s purchase of Whole Foods Market on June 16th, the e-commerce super giant seems to be taking steps to render brick-and-mortar locations obsolete before the year 2020.  Or, at least that is the absurd conclusion many […]
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The Perks of Investing with a Partner

  • On June 20, 2017
Regardless of the location, property type, or age of your first asset, investing in commercial real estate will require three things to ensure success:  capital, experience, and calm. If you lack any or all of these requirements then there is often only one solution:  Get a partner!  Just because you may not have the funds […]
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