Retail Sales Thrive during Typical Summer Slump

Posted on September 26, 2018

U.S. retail sales survived the summer doldrums, increasing 6.6 percent in August from the same period in 2017, which is more than double the rate of inflation! While e-commerce remains strong, sales in brick-and-mortar stores continued at a steady pace, especially at some of the larger retailers, including Target and […]

Drugstores Adapt in the Internet Age, Remain Strong Retail Anchor

Posted on September 19, 2018

Amazon’s plans to enter the $560 prescription drug market with the purchase of PillPack has not caused significant concern for brick-and-mortar drugstores. Even with the rise of e-commerce and introduction of online pharmacies over the past several years, the corner drugstore continues to fill 90 percent of all consumers’ prescription […]

Future-Proofing Commercial Real Estate

Posted on September 11, 2018

Despite doomsday forecasts, brick-and-mortar retail is not going away anytime soon. Ninety percent of retail sales continue to take place in a physical store, and, according to research advisory firm IHL Group, in-store sales increased more than $100 billion in 2017, when retailers opened 4,000 more stores than they closed. […]

What is the Best Structure for Holding Commercial Real Estate?

Posted on September 07, 2018

There is not one-size-fits-all recommendation for what type of legal structure investors should use to hold their ownership interest in commercial real estate. Rather, the selected structure will depend on an individual investor’s unique situation, including his or her ultimate goals, tolerance for risk, and time horizon. In addition, when […]

Foreign Investors Get Local Assistance from Orion’s European Office

Posted on August 30, 2018

Despite escalating trade tensions across the globe, foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate continues to grow. However, commercial real estate can be challenging for foreign buyers to go it alone without a strong partner with boots on the ground to guide them through the ins and outs of the […]

Impact of Rising Interest Rates on Commercial Real Estate

Posted on August 21, 2018

Commercial real estate professionals are split on whether rising interest rates are cause for panic, mild concern or optimism. Some investors fear that rising interest rates will lead to higher capitalization rates and result in declining property values and lower overall returns. Others take a more historical view. They recognize […]

Investments from the Ground Up

Posted on August 15, 2018

Ground-up construction of commercial real estate may seem like an exciting investment, but investors must understand the significant investment of time and money that these projects require. For commercial real estate investors, combining ground-up development of land acquisitions with sale-leaseback deals often provide an opportunity to diversify their portfolio and […]

To REIT or not to REIT

Posted on August 09, 2018

Investors seeking to diversify their portfolios often consider commercial real estate (CRE) as a viable option to achieve their goals. However, the universe of commercial real estate investment options is immense. For one, investors have the option to place their money in publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) that […]

Orion Helps Real Estate Investors Track Returns in Real Time

Posted on August 07, 2018

Orion Real Estate Group recently introduced an online portal to provide its investors with 24/7 access to real-time information about their investments with the firm. The encrypted and password-protected site allows Orion to enhance its communications with investors and offer them a centralized and easy-to-use dashboard for tracking details about […]

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