Blog Archive

How Fractional-Reserve Banking Really Works

When you are thinking about investing in commercial property, you are probably talking about big numbers. While your broker can help you with some of the complicated banking, the more you learn as a consumer, the better for you.  Fractional-reserve banking is a term you may have heard. It sounds complicated (and it...

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How the Local Economy Impacts Real Estate

In Salem, state government is our largest employer.  What is interesting is that the state owns a great deal of Salem’s available land yet pays no property taxes to Salem.  This has long been an issue for city officials and Salem’s legislative representatives, but the problem has not been solved. 

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Today's Interest Rates Aren't Making Sense

In talking to colleagues they have agreed that in recent years the overall numbers haven't been making as much sense.  The inflation rate is low, but cost of food and housing has gone up.  That leaves us scratching our heads and asking why.  

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Is It Now Time to Sell or Hold Onto Your Commercial Real Estate?

There are already signs warning us of a downturn. For example, when cap rates have been decreasing on investment properties, (and they've now plateaued and they haven't been getting lower for a while) it is possible that we have hit the market peak. History tells us that the next major move will most likely be down. 

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Why Overpricing Your Property Can Be Fatal

Our region has a lot of vacant commercial property on the market, but it still can be hard to find that perfect space.  When pricing the space, your real estate professional is your best resource.   Sometimes, owners think that initially setting the square foot rate high is a good strategy.  This can be problematic...

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Monitoring the Future of 1031 Exchanges

While working with Coldwell Banker Commercial, I have access to professionals in the field who keep me updated on political and real estate trends. Those who use 1031 Exchanges may want to pay attention to what I learned from Jim Gillespie, an expert in the Commercial Real Estate field. There are proposed changes to the current income tax laws that might eliminate the option for a 1031 tax-deferred exchange.

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How Will the New President Affect Commercial Real Estate?

While Oregon didn’t follow the voting trend, we are still wondering what this means for commercial real estate? Well, we've probably never had a President who has as much personal investment in commercial real estate doing well as Donald Trump does. He owns a lot of commercial property, and if the market goes south, he's going to take a big hit with his personal wealth.

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