|Commercial Real Estate Investing|
Hope everyone made it through this week a few steps ahead of where you were on Monday.
Since we always look at Real Estate and Rent to Own from the Residential angle, today we're going to take a look at Commercial Real Estate Investing, along with some information and some forecasts that could prove quite valuable for you.
We spoke with two individuals that are quite well-versed in the Commercial Real Estate market, and we asked them about which markets are the best right now, and what the outlook is going forward.
Our first comments come from Shari Olefson, a Real Estate Lawyer, Author, and an expert panelist who frequently appears on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX, CNN, and CSPAN. Olefson says that the best Commercial Real Estate (CRE) markets, "mirror the best - or least worst - residential markets.", and that, "Folks perceive home wealth gains or losses as more permanent than stock markets gains or losses". Olefson says that home equity gains/losses are spread across all socio-economic groups, while only the top 1/3 of Americans hold most of the stock. "Why does this matter?"; Olefson said that, "since CRE values (occupancy and rates) depends on tenants or occupants generating income which oftentimes comes (from) folks in or near that geographic location.", and that, "When those folks feel poor they don't spend"
Olefson offers some tips for Investors with strong staying power, in that, "they may find the best deal in longer terms non cashing flowing asset purchases from lenders. For example defunct residential projects in Florida. And particularly where FDIC loss share agreements are involved.". She also says that, "For now acquiring banks are not selling notes on these deals as the guidelines for pricing notes from the FDIC are not clear.", and , "As a result these assets are having to go thru the entire foreclosure process. But once this kink is resolved those CRE note purchases may be good values. Knowing the terms of a banks loss share agreement is helpful as during the time immediately before those expire banks will be especially eager to try to deal."
We also spoke with Denise Beeson, a Commercial loan officer with Bay Sierra Financial, Inc., who states that, "If you are a professional i.e. MD, dentist, podiatrist, or small business owner, etc. this is the ideal time to buy your building under the SBA 504 program (10%) down, or through a commercial loan (25-35% ) down with interest rates this low.". The reason, she says, is that, "Owner occupied buildings are very appealing to the professional or business owners who have paid rent/leased and the building owners are interested in selling."
Beeson believes that the market will continue to be, "rather 'soft' in the next 2-3 years as buyers recoup from financial problems i.e. stock market decreases, vacancies, depressed real estate prices.", and that the economy has to stabilize before you will see any active purchasing.". Beeson does go on to say that, "the private money market is prospering since commercial investors always need money to buy or refi outside of the traditional banking avenues."
Overall, it does truly seem a mirror image of the Residential situation, but usually lags behind the events in the Residential spectrum. If you have anything to add to this, such as promising CRE markets, or anything additional, please comment below.
Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
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