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The Impact on Commercial Real Estate of C-19 – Insights from CrowdStreet

The Impact on Commercial Real Estate of C-19 – Insights from CrowdStreet By Adam Gower Ph.D. The COVID-19 crisis has swept America by storm. In most metro areas, retail activity has come to a grinding halt. Restaurants have been shut down. Office workers have been ordered to stay home. Layoffs and unemployment claims are simultaneously on the rise. The stock market has experienced more volatility than perhaps ever before.   The commercial real estate (CRE)…

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Covid-19 Didn’t Cause the Market Panic

Covid-19 Didn’t Cause the Market Panic – Here’s Why Guest Post by Phillip J. Anderson If you reckon that this Covid-19 virus thing caused the panic, then you are looking at markets the wrong way. Let me explain. I also want to bring you some perspective about current events. If you know your history, it wasn’t that hard to work out the likely scenario for 2020.   Take a deep breath…   Fred Harrison, in…

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6 Keys to Crowdfunding Real Estate

6 Keys to Crowdfunding Real Estate By Adam Gower Ph.D. The Internet is transforming how capital is raised across the commercial real estate industry. A 2012 change in federal law allowed real-estate developers to advertise to the general public to raise capital. And that means sponsors can now turn to the most potent tool of modern marketing: The Internet. Specifically, real estate entrepreneurs can now use the most sophisticated of Internet marketing systems to raise…

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How will Blockchain Change Real Estate Investing in 2020?

How will Blockchain Change Real Estate Investing in 2020? By Adam Gower Ph.D. There has been a lot of chatter about “cryptocurrency” in recent years, with terms like “Bitcoin” making real estate and financial headlines. Most people still do not understand the basics of cryptocurrency. Indeed, it is a somewhat opaque and foreign concept. Fewer still understand how cryptocurrency will change real estate investing in the future.   In short, think of cryptocurrency as an…

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Your Ultimate Guide to Real Estate Waterfalls

Your Ultimate Guide to Real Estate Waterfalls By Adam Gower Ph.D. When investing in a real estate project as a passive partner, cash distributions are calculated and made using what is called a ‘waterfall,’ most of which are structured according to reasonably uniform standards, and some of which are more creative.   Real estate syndications use these ‘waterfalls’ to structure and compensate principals and investors, and these are seldom altered once a developer creates a…

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Real Estate Crowdfunding: Is It Legal? How It Got That Way

Real Estate Crowdfunding: Is It Legal? How It Got That Way By Adam Gower Ph.D. Something big happened just a few years ago that changed everything for the commercial real estate industry. It is now legal to raise capital online for real estate projects. But it wasn’t always that way. In the wake of the Great Depression   The Great Depression transformed American capital markets. Before the crash that devastated the U.S. economy in the…

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The Impact of Coronavirus and Market Tumult on Commercial Real Estate

The Impact of Coronavirus Covid-19 on Commercial Real Estate   Over the past few weeks, I’ve fielded questions from investors, real estate professionals, and others in the CRE world regarding the potential effects of Covid-19, aka the “Coronavirus.” People want to know if this pandemic is really the end of the world, or if it is just another flash in the pan, irrational selloff that should right itself in a few months.   The truth…

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The Role of Foreign Investors in US Commercial Real Estate

The Role of Foreign Investors in US Commercial Real Estate By Adam Gower Ph.D. How and why investors from other countries choose to invest in the US should be of interest to every American commercial real estate investor. It is no secret that foreign individuals and companies often compete for the very same deals many of us are on the hunt for; just ask commercial real estate brokers or investors in NYC, the SF Bay…

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House Price Dynamics

How to Recognize a Housing Bubble By Adam Gower Ph.D. Past performance is not a guarantee for future results. This boilerplate disclaimer is standard wording for just about any financial investment we might make, but when it comes to buying a home it is often disregarded. Home-buyers tend to be driven by the idea that because prices went up last year, they must go up again next year. Same goes for speculators, who, seeing a…

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A Primer on How to Utilize Opportunity Zones

A Primer on How to Utilize Opportunity Zones By Adam Gower Ph.D. When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was passed, while the bill itself was a partisan one, there was also a concept with bipartisan origins that came along with it: Opportunity Zones. The idea is to stimulate inward investment in both businesses and real estate in specifically designated areas around the country that are considered economically distressed. To create this investment impetus,…

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