What is Cash on Cash Return?

Posted on October 09, 2019

In real estate, the cash-on-cash return helps property owners measure cash-flow on a pre-tax/after-debt services basis relative to the owners’ invested equity. It can be used to gage investment performance and forecast projected earnings and expenses in the future. While this metric assesses the potential cash distributions over the life […]

Etailers Get Physical, Change the Leasing Landscape

Posted on October 02, 2019

Purely digital, online businesses once praised (and condemned) for disrupting the traditional way consumers buy and use goods and services are increasingly going old school, opening physical brick and mortar stores in shopping centers across the country. The reasons for this shift go back to basic sales 101 strategies, including […]

What are Retail Properties and What Benefits Do They Provide to Investors?

Posted on September 28, 2019

Retail properties include a broad range of large and small malls, power centers with big box anchor tenants, strip shopping centers, individual stores and pop-up shops that market and sell a broad range of goods and services to consumers. Retail tenants can include clothing and accessory stores, grocery chains, pharmacies, […]

Assessing Gross Income vs. Net Income in CRE

Posted on September 18, 2019

Commercial real estate brokers and sellers often promote the gross income that an owner can reasonably expect to receive from an investment in a particular property. However, different sellers use equally diverse methods for calculating this figure with varying degrees of detail. Not only do investors need to dig deeper […]

What Do Bank Consolidations Mean for Commercial Real Estate Investors?

Posted on September 10, 2019

The pending merger between BB&T and SunTrust banks represents the largest banking industry deal since the start of the “Great Recession” in 2008 and a potential signal that more consolidation could be on the horizon. The combination of these two southeastern U.S. banks brands will create the nation’s sixth-largest bank […]

What Does the Fed’s Interest Rate Cut Mean for Commercial Real Estate?

Posted on September 06, 2019

On July 31, the Federal Reserve Bank announced its first interest rate cut since 2008, leaving investors to wonder if this is the beginning of the end of the decade-long economic expansions that has helped fuel investment in commercial real estate (CRE) and appreciation in property value. According to the […]

The Positive Impact of Ecommerce on Restaurants

Posted on August 29, 2019

At a time when pundits are blaming e-commerce for the rash of retail store closings, the Internet of things is fueling new growth opportunities for businesses in the food and beverage industry. According to the National Restaurant Association’s 2019 State of the Restaurant Industry, customer-facing technologies, such as online and […]

The State of International Investment in U.S. CRE

Posted on August 21, 2019

Overseas investors made up 16 percent of commercial real estate (CRE) deal volume in 2018, pumping more than $92 billion into U.S. commercial properties through the end of the year, according to Real Capital Analytics (RCA). The majority of foreign capital (34 percent) went to retail properties, including restaurants, grocery […]

Meet Orion Executive at ICSC’s Florida Deal Making Conference this August

Posted on August 14, 2019

The Orion Real Estate team will be exhibiting at Booth 2924 at the ICSC’s Florida Conference and Deal Making, August 25 through 27, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. More than 4,500 commercial retail, restaurant and shopping center professionals are expected to attend the annual event, which […]

Understanding the Risks of REITs

Posted on August 06, 2019

Not every investor has the funds to purchase one or more commercial buildings on their own, nor do they have the time to manage all the responsibilities associated with buying, selling and managing commercial real estate (CRE). Thankfully, investors have options, including pooling funds with other investors to purchase a […]