Commentary on Industrial Markets

Commentary on Industrial Markets

Week of March 29, 2021

Difficult Decisions and Industrial Space Markets

The two strongest forces in the industrial real estate markets come from insatiable capital and logistics engineering. In this commentary, I’ll review why logistics, supply chain, and transport will lead the way in the post-covid recovery. Industrial real estate is an investment safe haven, but its actual purpose for moving and making goods will take precedence in industrial space markets.
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Why Is Industrial the Hot Investment

Why Is Industrial the Hot Investment

As 2020 comes to an end, Industrial Buildings continue to be good investments. With annual appreciation at 6% and current cap rates at 5%, Buyers are getting 11% annual returns and greater on an “all-cash” basis. These calculations reflect market conditions and not based on finding a “good deal”. With interest rates at 3% or lower, there is strong leverage boosting cash-on-cash returns to 10% with conservative financing. Levered returns increase to 15% (cash flow + appreciation). If you can find property for sale, not always that simple, conditions are very supportive.

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CREate 360 – Fall Conference

CREate 360 – Fall Conference

Twice a year I meet with my SIOR colleagues from around the world to make deals and compare markets. This was the first time we held the meeting virtually. While not the same as in-person, I was still able to connect with many of my peers and have valuable learning time.
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New Asian Cities

New Asian Cities

Through my attendance at MIT’s World Real Estate Forum, I was introduced to new research that is collected in the book entitled, Toward Urban Economic Vibrancy, Patterns and Practice in Asia’s New Cities, Edited by Siqi Zheng and Zhengzhen Tan. The several papers that make up the book include sections on finance, structure, Public Private Partnership, design, success measurements, industrial policy, location, and case studies.
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What I Learned From Attending MIT’s World Real Estate Forum 2020

What I Learned From Attending MIT’s World Real Estate Forum 2020

This year’s Forum was held virtually with presenters and participants from Asia, Europe, and the United States. There were a wide range of future-focused topics that came at the right time.  The Forum opened many new doors for exploration and research. My favorite sessions addressed ESG, Wellness, New Cities, Pricing Metrics, and Virtual Worlds.
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Machine Learning and Industrial Real Estate

Machine Learning and Industrial Real Estate

An Overview of Properties on a Map

Most of us have experience with basic spreadsheet packages, databases, and CRMs like Excel, Access, or Salesforce. These are common examples of machine learning. More complicated are the advanced expressions that computer scientists write for high finance trading. All rely on search, update, replace, and other basic commands. By setting up procedures and calculations that process your property information, you too can start gaining valuable machine knowledge to make more deals. We’ll be discussing more about this in person during the TransACT 360 Tech Committee’s Program, “Collaborative Innovation”, on April 30 in Indian Wells, Calif.

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