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How Are Markets Rebounding from Harvey?

How Are Markets Rebounding from Harvey?

September 21, 2017

As the city of Houston continues its recovery after Hurricane Harvey and its catastrophic flooding, analysts are starting to size up the long-term implications on the real estate market, real estate investments, and the overall economy.

How Commercial Real Estate Mitigates Disasters

September 15, 2017

How Commercial Real Estate Mitigates Disasters September 15, 2017 | Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault Whenever a natural disaster strikes, investors in commercial properties may wonder how their assets are being managed and protected. According to the Whole Building Design Guide, a program of the National Institute of Building Sciences, “the most successful way to …

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Emergency Preparedness: Some Best Practices for Property Managers

September 7, 2017

As we saw last week with Hurricane Harvey and now with Irma headed toward south Florida, Mother Nature can be relentless. When it comes to protecting property – whether personal or business-related – having a current emergency preparedness plan in place helps preserve human life and minimize damage as much as possible.

When it comes to protecting commercial real estate (CRE), property managers usually have the responsibility for preparing emergency plans. Such plans protect the safety of employees who work in the buildings as well as the buildings themselves as much as possible.

What’s Next for Houston’s Downtown Business District?

August 31, 2017

What’s Next for Houston’s Downtown Business District? August 31, 2017 | Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault As the nation witnesses the historic and catastrophic flooding in the city of Houston, one question on the minds of many is, “What will it take to recover and rebuild?” According to the Houston Downtown Management District (HDMD), the …

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Have You Been Tracking Sales Lately?

August 25, 2017

If you’ve been following sales trends in alternative investments, you’ve likely noticed that sales are down. After reporting sales of $350.9 million in June, nontraded REIT (NTR) sponsors’ monthly total for July fell to $245.8 million – a difference of 30%.

Business Development Companies (BDCs), nonlisted Interval Funds, and nonlisted Closed-End Funds were also down in the month of July. Private Placement sales declined as well, albeit only by a very modest -0.7%.

Who’s Who in Alternative Investment Offerings?

August 17, 2017

Investors looking at prospectuses for nontraded REITs (NTRs), Business Development Companies (BDCs), and other alternative investments might see a diagram, organization chart, or other explanation of the entities involved in the offering. But, how can the reader make sense of their roles, especially if some of those entities have the same name or are the same company?

The Latest on the DOL Fiduciary Rule

August 11, 2017

It looks like there’s yet another reprieve on the final implementation of the Department of Labor (DOL) Fiduciary Rule. After sitting on the back burner while President Trump called for a reassessment of the ruling, the DOL earlier this year said that it wouldn’t start full enforcement until January 1, 2018. Now the date has moved to July 1, 2019 – a full 18 months later. Investment News reported on August 9 that the DOL submitted this proposal to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the OMB must review and approve the proposal before it can go into effect. The delay itself could require its own rule making process, according to the article.

Sector Focus: Necessity Retail

August 4, 2017

Despite the huge rise and popularity of online shopping, there’s still a need for bricks and mortar stores. According to a recent study, by 2025, the share of online grocery spending could reach 20% of the total market, representing $100 billion in sales. However, as one supermarket executive puts it, “You can’t forsake the 80% of consumers who are shopping in your physical stores.”

Sector Focus: A Look at Senior Adult Housing

July 27, 2017

It’s no secret that Baby Boomers make up a significant portion of the U.S. population. Born between 1946 and 1964, Baby Boomers are now reaching the ages of 53 to 71. As this group continues to age, the number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older age group’s share of the total population will rise to nearly 24% from 15%.

What’s in Store for Self-Storage?

July 20, 2017

What’s in Store for Self-Storage? July 21, 2017 | by Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault Whether it’s for extra space for a college kid returning home or it’s finding temporary storage for grandma’s estate, it’s clear that self-storage is a need that’s here to stay. Currently, about one in every 10 households rents a self-storage unit …

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A Primer on Student Housing

July 13, 2017

A Primer on Student Housing July 14, 2017 | by Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault Did you know that student housing is a robust and still-developing sector of real estate? Some real estate operators are acquiring older student housing developments and modernizing them, while others are building brand-new housing that meets the expectations of today’s students. …

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A Basic Overview of Commercial Real Estate Leases

July 7, 2017

A Basic Overview of Commercial Real Estate Leases July 7, 2017 | by Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault Occupancy and tenant relationships are an important part of commercial real estate ownership. The structures of tenant leases can vary, depending upon who is expected to bear certain costs. According to Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) authors, versions …

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What are Cap Rates?

June 29, 2017

What are Cap Rates? June 30, 2017 | by Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault If you spend any time around commercial real estate professionals, chances are good that you’ll hear the term ‘cap rate.’ Short for capitalization rate, the term offers a metric for a real estate asset’s performance. Cap rates’ ups and downs are a …

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What’s New with the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

June 23, 2017

What’s New with the DOL Fiduciary Rule? June 23, 2017 | by Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault  Have you been keeping up with the status of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fiduciary Rule? After years of contentious debate between government regulators and financial industry professionals, the controversial ruling basically went dormant for a while after President …

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Advisors’ Perspectives: What are the Cons to Alternatives?

June 16, 2017

Advisors’ Perspectives: What are the Cons to Alternatives? June 16, 2017 | by Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault We’ve been looking at the pros and cons of nontraded REITs and other alternative investments from advisors’ viewpoints. We heard from several independent Broker Dealer (IBD) sales and marketing executives that alternative investments are showing a lot of …

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Advisor's Perspectives: What are the Pros to Alternatives?

June 9, 2017

Advisor's Perspectives: What are the Pros to Alternatives? June 9, 2017 | by Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault We’ve been looking at the pros and cons of nontraded REITs and other alternative investments from an investor’s standpoint. But, how are advisors and Broker Dealers feeling about them these days? We spoke with independent Broker Dealer …

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Nontraded REIT Pros and Cons – Putting it All Together

May 26, 2017

Nontraded REIT Pros and Cons – Putting it All Together May 26, 2017 | by Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault We’ve been looking at the pros and cons of nontraded REITs for individual investors. To sum things up, nontraded REITs may be appropriate for investors who can set aside a portion of their investment holdings (usually …

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What are Some ‘Cons’ to Owning Nontraded REITs?

May 19, 2017

What are Some ‘Cons’ to Owning Nontraded REITs? May 19, 2017 | by Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault We’ve been looking at the merits of nontraded REITs for individual investors, including the opportunity for potentially higher yields, dividend distributions, diversification, a potential inflation hedge, and owning high quality, commercial grade, professionally managed properties. However, as with …

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The $19.5 Billion Dollar Industry No One Was Paying Attention To:

May 16, 2017

The $19.5 Billion Dollar Industry No One Was Paying Attention To: Interval and Closed-End Funds May 16, 2017 | by Jared Schneider | Blue Vault Recent headlines have continued to talk about the decline in sales of some alternative investment types, but what is not discussed is the growth in other alternative investments. For example, the …

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Benefits of Nontraded REITs

May 11, 2017

Benefits of Nontraded REITs May 12, 2017 | by Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault Last week, we discussed the features of nontraded REITs that make them an attractive consideration for investors, including potentially higher yields and dividend opportunities. They also can give investors a chance to diversify into a different sector than traditional asset classes, …

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New Series: Why Nontraded REITs?

May 5, 2017

New Series: Why Nontraded REITs? May 5, 2017 | by Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault If you’re new to the concept of nontraded alternative investments, you may be wondering why financial advisors turn to these products as part of their investment recommendations. The following are some of the features that set nontraded REITs apart:  Potentially …

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NTR and BDC March Sales Recover

April 27, 2017

NTR and BDC March Sales Recover April 28, 2017 | by by Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault In March, we witnessed a significant one-month recovery in sales of nontraded REITs (NTRs) and Business Development Companies (BDCs). NTR sales in March were $622.6 million and BDC sales were $94.1 million, according to Blue Vault research. What accounts …

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Crowdfunding—a Viable Source of Capital?

April 13, 2017

Crowdfunding—a Viable Source of Capital? April 14, 2017 | by Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault In October 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules to permit companies to offer and sell securities through “crowdfunding.” Mary Jo White, SEC Chair at the time, stated, “There is a great deal of enthusiasm in …

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What are Subordinated Investments?

April 6, 2017

What are Subordinated Investments? April 6, 2017 | by Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault The topic of fiduciary responsibility is on everyone’s minds this year. One unique approach to protecting investors’ interests is subordinated co-investing. It’s one possible way to address the mandates for transparency and fiduciary responsibility imposed by FINRA’s 15-02 rule and the …

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Traditional vs. Daily NAV REITs

March 30, 2017

Traditional vs. Daily NAV REITs March 30, 2017 | by Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault Traditionally, nontraded REITs have been designed to follow a predictable life cycle. These investments move through distinct developmental stages over time as they grow from inception to maturity. The nontraded REIT’s ultimate goal is to create a liquidity event for …

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