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5 Solid Property Investments This Year

5 Solid Property Investments This Year

Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Which property types are holding the most promise for investors this year? Experts from research firms Situs RERC, Reis Inc., Green Street Advisors, and Real Capital Analytics share with the National Real Estate Investor the property types that could prove to be the most profitable.

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1. Senior housing: An aging population is making senior housing a good bet for investors. “Senior housing is experiencing upward demand, but with this property type, you can’t increase rent as rapidly as you can with multifamily,” notes Barbara Byrne Denham, a Reis economist.

2. Student housing: The pre-tax yield for student housing properties was 7.6 percent during the first quarter of this year, according to data from Situs RERC. “Student housing operations are generally in line with the long-term trend, and the sector’s defensive attributes have not gone unnoticed by investors,” says Andy McCulloch, managing director and head of real estate analytics at Green Street Advisors. He notes that student housing is the best performing sector year-to-date in the REIT space.

3. Warehouses: Big-box flex warehouse space is one of the healthiest industrial sub-sectors, which has been getting a lift from e-commerce tenants. “Against a backdrop of healthy demand boosted by e-commerce, market rent growth has been stronger than expected,” McCulloch told the National Real Estate Investor. “While new supply and obsolescence are always concerns for industrial, the sector’s future growth prospects look better than past performance would suggest.”

4. Neighborhood community centers: Situs RERC calls the neighborhood community center the second-best investment at the moment, right behind industrial warehouses. “Strip center tenants are generally healthier than mall tenants today, especially when putting department stores into the mix,” McCulloch notes. “While retailer bankruptcies are a continued nuisance in the strip sector, the lack of ground-up development points toward a continued improvement in operating fundamentals.”

5. Self-storage: The price appreciation within the self-storage industry has risen 16 percent over the past year, according to data from Green Street Advisors. “Storage continues to become more accepted as an institutional asset class, and operating fundamentals have been phenomenal,” says McCulloch. “Higher cap rates, solid NOI [net operating income] growth, and low cap-ex make self-storage a great business.”

Source: “Seven Property Types to Invest in This Year,” National Real Estate Investor (May 26, 2016)

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Connecting for a Better World

Dear Friends,

“Connecting Development for a Better World” is theme of the 67th FIABCI World Congress in Panama. Connecting with you and our FIABCI colleagues around the world has been the highlight of my Presidency and why I joined FIABCI. I know the work we did and the connections we made – at the UN in New York, at the 66th World Congress in Malaysia, in Singapore, in Hawaii, in Dubai and in Nice – all contributed to growing FIABCI and our business opportunities.

I am ready to pass the President’s Gavel to Maire Rosol in Panama and focus on getting entries for this year’s Grand Prix Awards Competition. The Awards Gala will be in Aspen along with our Leadership Retreat this year. Over the last few years, I have been able to bring international recognition to four outstanding Aspen projects. The Grand Prix program is the easiest way for you to leverage your FIABCI membership. There is a deserving project in your home town. Raise your profile and secure an entry by August 31st. Click here for the entry form.

Thank you for your support over this past year, especially those who have served as leaders on the local, national and international levels. There is still more work to do and more connections to make. Now it’s your turn!


Ruth Kurger
2015-2016 President