U.S. Property Owners Can Still Grab a Piece of Foreign Investment Dollars

Posted on October 23, 2018

Foreign investment in commercial real estate deals with an average value of $2 million increased in 2017, while large-cap commercial market transactions with an aggregated value at $10 million and above decreased, according to data from the National Association of Realtors and Real Capital Analytics (RCA). In 2017, small-cap commercial […]

Investors Looking for Stable Income should Consider Convenience Stores

Posted on October 18, 2018

According to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), nearly 80 percent of stores that sell gasoline reported an increase in in-store sales during the first six months of 2018, compared to the same period last year. How? For one, many gas station/convenience stores have expanded their product offerings and […]

Investments in Grocery-Anchored Shopping Centers Inch Higher

Posted on October 10, 2018

Amazon’s 2017 purchase of Whole Foods represents a larger trend in the grocery business: approximately 90 percent of all grocery sales continue to take place in brick-and-mortar stores. While there was an increase in boutique grocery store openings in 2017, the larger, traditional chains opened fewer stores last year. Instead, […]

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 […]

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