Enough with the doom and gloom. Retail real estate has bright spots

Retail isn’t just decades-old apparel brands and antiquated shopping malls. “Store closures grabbed the headlines and drove the retail apocalypse narrative in 2017 and into 2018,” said Deborah Weinswig, managing director of FGRT (formally Fung Global Retail & Technology). However, “total in-store sales continued to grow, yielding an uplift in sales densities across US retail,” she said. “Moreover, occupancy rates …

Self Storage Firm SmartStop Asset Management Expands Into Student Housing

Update 1/25/18 – SmartStop has expanded its student-housing footprint, acquiring three properties between June 2017 and January 2018. It also has an agreement to purchase three senior-housing facilities in Utah for $78.5 million. The assisted-living properties and two of the student-housing transactions are tied to the Strategic Student & Senior Housing Trust Inc. (SSSHT), a non-traded REIT sponsored by SmartStop. …

TD Self Storage Proposes Mixed Use Project for Greenville SC

TD Self Storage Enterprise LLC, a development and acquisition venture launched last year by JHM Hotels, is pursuing a mixed-use project in the West End historical district of Greenville, S.C. The four-story facility would be built on a nearly 1-acre lot at the corner of Oneal and Rhett Streets, which currently houses a Piedmont Electrical Distributors warehouse. It would include …

Leon Capital Launches Debt Capital Platform for Self Storage

Leon Capital Group, a Dallas-based real estate development and investment firm, has launched a capital platform for developers of class-A self-storage facilities. The company will provide “high-leverage,” nonrecourse construction financing up to 99 percent of the total project cost and will purchase the property upon completion, according to a press release. “Our experience in the storage industry has shown us …

Selecting A General Contractor For Self Storage Development

You are going into the self-storage business at a great time. The industry is booming and continues to grow as people learn that self-storage is a cost-effective, convenient way to keep their property safe and in good condition without the need to find space at home to put it. Finding a general contractor to assemble your new steel self-storage buildings …

The Amazon effect: Industrial real estate firm scoops up warehouse

The owner of a large East Coast portfolio of warehouse buildings just increased the size of its holdings in the city. A few months after buying three warehouses in East New York, Seagis Property Group has acquired a roughly 80,000-square-foot, single-story industrial building in Maspeth, Queens. The real estate investment firm, which also owns 42 warehouse buildings near John F. …

Avoid These Four Common Commercial Real Estate Investing Mistakes

Buying and managing investment property — be it houses, multifamily units or commercial real estate — is hard work. Owners must choose between paying to outsource and handling everything themselves. The latter can range from finding financing and performing maintenance to resolving emergencies and legal problems. All these tasks extract a price in terms of time, aggravation and mistakes for …

Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency used to buy home

After a lot of red tape, a recent college graduate used cryptocurrency assets to buy a home, though everyone from the mortgage company to tax collectors needs to be paid in regular U.S. dollars. In what is believed to be a first for Seattle-area real estate, a young investor has used bitcoinlike cryptocurrency to buy a house in Tukwila. The …

Partnervest Advisory Services LLC Raises Stake in iShares US Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA:IYR)

Posted by Stefani Robinson on Dec 11th, 2017 Partnervest Advisory Services LLC increased its position in iShares US Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA:IYR) by 62.8% in the third quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 4,141 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,597 shares during the period. Partnervest …

At $5.86, Is Investors Real Estate Trust (IRET) A Buy?

Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE:IRET), a reits company based in United States, had a relatively subdued couple of weeks in terms of changes in share price, which continued to float around the range of $5.8 to $6.28. However, is this the true valuation level of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s …

Buy Bitcoin, Not Real Estate

read more at bitcoin.com Real estate is how ordinary people have stored value and ultimately accumulated wealth. Indeed, post World War II societies all but demanded access to credit through politics, and governments responded with in-kind favors to keep power. Compounding of easy, loose money spurred decades of growth in housing construction, materials, land, and requisite financial products. This, in …

Commercial Investment Group Creates Business Funding Division

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Commercial Investment Group LLC announces the formation of its Business Funding Division. CIG is exclusive partners with leading business lenders offering invoice financing, equipment funding, purchase order financing, government contracts funding and merchant account funding. In addition, CIG is able to offer commercial real estate funding via its network of preferred lenders. CIG’s “working capital solutions” offer funding opportunities to …