Global Commercial Real Estate Value Rose in 2018

Posted on March 13, 2019

According to Real Capital Analytics (RCA), worldwide commercial real estate sales in 2018 increase by 15 percent year-over-year, reaching the second-highest level since the global financial crisis. Some of the biggest gains came from the U.S., the world’s largest market, which helped improve global acquisitions of income-producing property by 3 […]

Equity Market Volatility Sends Investors to Commercial Real Estate

Posted on March 07, 2019

The wild ride of the equity markets during the second half of 2018 has many investors asking if the economy’s extended period of expansion is coming to an end. In response, many investors are pulling their money out of the public markets and putting it into the relative safety of […]

The Government Shutdown’s Impact on Retail

Posted on February 26, 2019

Online and brick-and-mortar holiday retail sales fell 1.2 percent short of expectations in December after experiencing more than 5 percent year-over-year growth in October and November. Despite this dismal data, 2018 holiday sales actual grew 2.9 percent over the same period in 2017. What happened to hamper holiday sales? Following […]

How Can Investors Benefit from Cost Segregation Studies?

Posted on February 20, 2019

Under U.S. tax laws, commercial real estate (CRE) is generally depreciable over a 39-year period, or 27.5 years for residential rental buildings. A professionally prepared cost segregation study dissects real property, such as a building, into multiple smaller parts and assigns a shorter recovery period to each separate component can […]

Shopping Center Owners Win as Big Box Retailers Scale Down

Posted on February 12, 2019

Many big-box retailers, including Walmart, Target, Nordstrom and Kohls, are following their online competitors to establish small footprint brick-and-mortar stores in more locations that reach consumers in dense urban areas. By downsizing inventory in these locations, retailers are able to reduce their real estate footprints and open more mini stores […]

Online Retailers May be Coming to a City Near You

Posted on February 07, 2019

According to the National Retail Federal, there was a record 65 percent increase in buy-online, pick-up-in-store sales during the 2018 Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday shopping weekend. Judging by these results, it is apparent that brick-and-mortar stores continue to play a vital role in consumers’ retail shopping habits. While the internet […]

What Are Depreciation Deductions?

Posted on January 30, 2019

Commercial real estate provides investors will an opportunity to create passive income from an appreciable asset while at the same time reducing the amount of that income subject to tax, thanks to depreciation deductions. Depreciation refers to an asset’s decline in value over time due to general wear and tear. […]

Are Opportunity Zone Real Estate Investments Right for Me?

Posted on January 23, 2019

Despite the prospect of significant tax breaks, investments in Opportunity Zones (OZs) are not for everyone. Investors must consider their exposure to a higher level of risk in distressed neighborhoods that often do not have a proven track record of rehabilitation success. In Florida, more than 90 percent of Opportunity […]

What is Tax Basis?

Posted on January 15, 2019

When an investor buys a commercial property, his or her “tax basis,” also referred to as “costs basis,” is generally the amount he or she paid to purchase the property. These acquisition costs include down payments, mortgage loans and most closing costs, such as title searches and legal fees, while […]

How Can Opportunity Zones Yield Tax Savings?

Posted on January 09, 2019

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act introduced the Opportunity Zone program to incentive investors to put their dollars to work revitalizing low-income neighborhoods. In return, investors may qualify to defer or even eliminate capital gains tax from the sale of appreciated real estate assets when they roll over those gains […]

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