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Economy Looking Up for the Self Storage Business in 2012

With studies being conducted on economic growth for the upcoming year, there are plenty of stats to mull over. Thankfully though, the results are showing that the self storage industry has room to thrive. Due to signs of upturns and changes in the way many are choosing to do business – including subsidies and a growth in self-owned businesses – 2012 has never looked better.
Unique changes throughout the country will also contribute to business in different ways. For example, Texas, according to an article in Inside Self Storage, will see …

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How Cost Segregation Are Beneficial to Self Storage Owners

The act of cost segregation – separating business and personal assets for the purpose of income taxes – has been in practice for decades, since 1954 to be exact. The government put this act into place to allow property owners a more accurate way of reporting their incomes. However, recent events and complains have caused these practices to take a significant jump as of late – changes that work toward the benefit of self storage facility owners.
In 1997, according to an article from SegregationHolding.com, the Hospital Corporation of America sued …

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Off Market Apartment Buildings For Sale By Owner

If you are an investor looking to acquire an off market apartment building or if you are a seller considering selling your apartment building by owner,  there is no question the by owner real estate marketplace is still a place where hundreds or millions in sales volume take place annually. Some estimates show that nearly 1 in 4 transactions are off market apartment buildings sales.
Many real estate investment brokers will try to lead you to believe that you can’t do an apartment building for sale without them. The numbers however prove …

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Parking Garage Buyers Target Returns In Niche Investment Property Market

Parking facilities present viable commercial real estate investment opportunities. In the past, many parking-type opportunities have not appealed to institutional and pension fund investors. However, new interest has piqued for this niche real estate opportunity.  This renewed enthusiasm can be attributed in great part to the relatively small amount of capital outlay required for what can potentially be a long-term, high-yielding asset.  Some industry experts recognize parking lot investments will fast become a highly sought-after component of a successfully diversified portfolio.
While potentially lucrative investment opportunities are accessible in many markets, …

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Chicago Foreclosures & Chicago Short Sales

Chicago Foreclosures & Chicago Short Sales
The Chicago real estate market still is awash with distressed properties. For savvy real estate buyers and investors this offers a tremendous opportunity.  There are thousands of pre-foreclosures listed on the market but Chicago real estate buyers do have to be careful as a large percentage of these are simply real estate agents guessing to the pricing. Often the listing prices of these Chicago Short Sales are absolutely meaningless.  Yes the property is worth less than the balance owed. yes the property is in pre-foreclosure and …

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Commercial vs Residential Real Estate Investment

by: Robert Stec
Many investors view today’s disadvantaged real estate market as a golden opportunity for investment.  The old adage of “buy low, sell high” is particularly relevant to real estate today and an almost limitless supply of product is available now.  Although experts do not all agree as to whether the market has begun to rebound in earnest, it is safe to assume that the low prices and extensive inventory of investment properties will not last forever.
This is an excellent time for investing in real estate.  However, for the inexperienced …

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Triple Net Lease Investment Benefits

by: Robert Stec
With the residential real estate market in a continued state of flux, many real estate investors are seeking reliable and profitable alternatives.  Commercial real estate  is a solid alternative for several reasons, particularly those properties with triple net leases in place.
In a troubled economy, even large national tenants elect to save their capital and, instead of purchasing their own properties, they execute long-term triple net leases.  Under a triple net lease, not only is the tenant responsible for the periodic lease payment, they are also responsible for taxes, …

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Home Energy Retrofits Green Real Estate

 
 

 
Green Apples to Apples:  A Case-by-Case or Model-Based Approach Toward Green Real Estate?
 
By: Luke Bujarski
In 2008 the Chicago Climate Action Plan set out an ambitious goal of retrofitting 400,000 residential units by 2020.  As the green real estate movement picks up steam, national and local initiatives like Obama’s proposed HomeStar legislation and the Chicago Region Initiative for Better Buildings (CRIBB), might actually offer the needed tailwind to give the ambitious plan a run for its money.  But, with a $2.0 billion dollar price tag and a the current retrofit rate …

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Green Real Estate Investment Trusts – Green REITs

REITs to Green Buildings:  Leading the way toward a Stronger Commercial Real Estate Market?
By: Luke Bujarski
Active property investors might want to pay close attention to a renewed interest in “green” real estate investment trusts, also known as REITs.  With the recently announced Better Buildings Initiative, President Obama has pledged new tax incentives and financial products to encourage these asset portfolio companies to retrofit the existing stock of commercial properties.  If these national and local policy efforts begin to work as intended, REITs should be among the first to react.  Those …

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Zoning Can Add Value to Real Estate Investment Property

Real Estate Investors & Developers often ask the question will re zoning my real estate investment add value. This question has been asked since the enabling statutes were first passed in the State. The answer to the real estate investors  question is not straightforward and is dependent upon a number of variables such as (a) the timing of the real estate market, (b) the true value of the land, (c) the population demographics in the immediate and surrounding areas, and (d) the job market.
 Other important considerations include what is represented in the …