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 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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The Commercial Market of Tomorrow

  • On June 13, 2017
Since the industrial revolution, human history has been defined by the advancement of machinery and its ability to surpass our own capabilities. For the next generation, the defining fuel for commercial real estate investment will be Artificial Intelligence.  This technology will determine success and failure of entire portfolios over the course of the next decade. […]
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Is Adaptive Reuse the Answer to Your Vacant Commercial Space?

  • On June 7, 2017
The world of commercial real estate is ever changing.  Why?  Because the world we live in is ever changing.  Advancement in population, tastes, labor markets, and technology require that commercial assets continue to adapt. Unfortunately, the items required to keep up with tenant needs would dictate that buildings with historic or societal value be removed […]
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Is My Commercial Property a Brand? (Spoiler Alert: Yes!)

  • On May 30, 2017
Whether your investment portfolio is comprised of a 20 unit apartment complex in the suburbs or 10 retail strips located across five states, it is important to know that your building, whatever it may be, has its own brand. For those of you unfamiliar with developing a brand in commercial real estate, the basic principal […]
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Death of a Salesman

  • On May 23, 2017
  Last week another great retail chain closed its doors for good.  HHGregg was a brand which had built its fortune in the days when customer care and high profit margins walked together hand in hand.  However, the brand found it hard to adapt to the new era of retail experience. With the collapse of […]
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