Old Buildings and State-of-the-Art Technology: How to Have the Best of Both Worlds in Your CRE Investment Properties

DuPage County real estate attorneysAlthough simpler times have long since passed, a great many people still feel a sense of nostalgia when they step into an old building. Older, convertible buildings can also be a boon for real estate investors, as they are often priced below market value. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to retrofit these buildings to ensure they offer the state-of-the-art technology that most commercial real estate tenants want and need for their businesses. The solution? Find a way to have the best of both worlds. 

When is Retrofitting an Old Building Worth the Cost and Effort?

Not every building can or should be retrofitted. Consider New York’s Pennsylvania Station as an example. The building, though a historical and architectural work of art, had become dilapidated to the point that it was a safety hazard, and the cost of repair was prohibitive. Without another practical use for the space, retrofitting seemed not only impossible, but also pointless. There are buildings that can be retrofitted, however – ones that would greatly benefit the community, investor, and potential tenant.

Consider a building that can be converted into an eco-friendly, high-tech space in a high-demand location with little additional building space. So long as the possible return on investment (ROI) and demand are high enough, the cost of retrofitting could be well worth the investment. As an added bonus, the investor is able to walk away from the project, knowing they benefited their community and the environment by not requiring a new space or additional resources.

Taking the First Steps – Due Diligence and Determining the Potential ROI

Before deciding to retrofit an older building, investors are encouraged to conduct their due diligence. First, determine the cost of repairs (which can be especially costly in older buildings). Be sure to consider things like bringing the electrical wiring and building structure up to code. Then determine if retrofitting is even possible, and calculate its total cost. It is also important to know what your potential ROI on the property might be. To reach an answer on this, you may want to look at what similar structures have rented or sold for in the area. If no transactions like yours have recently taken place, consider looking at structures in areas with similar demographics. Lastly, ensure you have the assistance and knowledge of a skilled legal professional on your side. 

Contact Our DuPage County Commercial Real Estate Lawyers

Whether you are considering retrofitting an older space or would like to build something completely new, Stock, Carlson, Oldfield & McGrath, LLC is the firm to call. Seasoned and backed by more than 40 years of legal experience, our Wheaton real estate attorneys can assist you with every legal aspect of your next real estate project. Call 630-655-2500 and schedule your consultation wth our offices to get started today. 

Sources:

https://www.crainsnewyork.com/real-estate/commercial-real-estate-conundrum-investors-want-old-buildings-new-tech

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-nostalgia-plays-into-our-love-of-buildings-old-and-new-180947649/

 

Student Housing Market is Growing – What You Need to Know Before Investing in It

DuPage County real estate lawyersThinking of expanding your investment portfolio this fall? Student housing saw a 10 percent increase in value over the past year, even as several other commercial real estate (CRE) sectors experienced a decline. The student housing market is also projected to continue in an upward trend over the next several years. Learn more about how to invest this growing market, and discover how a seasoned real estate lawyer can help you make the first steps. 

Why Invest in Student Housing? 

Student housing is unlike any other CRE sector. It tends to be less volatile since students typically continue to enroll in college, despite (and sometimes because of) economic downturns. Another major advantage to this market is that students typically only sign year-long leases, so landlords can analyze the market each year and increase their rental rates accordingly. Since the rent costs are typically shared between roommates, landlords can also typically charge more per square foot in a student housing unit – especially if they are in a highly desirable location. Lease renewals may also be easier to obtain in areas nearest to campus since students often know well in advance whether they will be returning the following year. 

Student Housing Landlords Face Unique Challenges

Although there are many potential benefits to investing in student housing, landlords who invest in this market often face some unique challenges. While rent may be paid by the student’s parents (which often means consistent, timely payments), there are students who rely on financial aid for their housing needs. As such, the landlord may need to accommodate a tenant who pays their rent on a quarterly basis. Students may also return home for the summer, so they may not sign a full year lease, so landlords often need to prepare for a lag in the summer months. 

Maturing adults may also struggle with certain tenant issues, like calling in to let the landlord know that there is a leak. There could also be issues with noise disturbances with certain students. Landlords can attempt to mitigate these issues by being patient but firm about their expectations for student tenants. 

Breaking Into the Student Housing Market

Whether you want to take a hands-off approach to student housing and invest in an REIT or wish to purchase and rent student housing on your own, it is important to have seasoned legal assistance. With more than 40 years of legal experience, Stock, Carlson, Oldfield & McGrath, LLC can help protect your investment and advise you of your options in the student housing market. Call 630-665-2500 and schedule your personalized consultation with our DuPage County real estate lawyers to learn more.
Sources:

https://money.usnews.com/investing/real-estate-investments/articles/2018-08-10/take-a-crash-course-in-student-housing-investments

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bisnow/2017/07/10/these-two-public-reits-are-making-a-killing-in-student-housing/#46c6ed985eff

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-commercial-property-values-surge-in-niche-sectors-1531825204

 

Growing Access to Data and How It Is Affecting the CRE Market

Wheaton commercial real estate lawyersTechnology has changed how we communicate with family and friends. It has made shopping easier and more convenient. It has even changed how people invest their money. Yet, when it comes to the commercial real estate market, not much has changed. Investors still rely heavily on traditional methods for buying and selling property – but all of that is slowly starting to change. 

New technology-based companies are cropping up. They are giving commercial real estate (CRE) investors that chance to access real-time data, such as neighborhood statistics, buyers and sellers, analytics, and even the asset itself. What does all this mean for the CRE market’s future, and how can you get in on the game? The following information explains, and it details how the aid of a seasoned, competent commercial real estate lawyer can help you stay on the cutting edge. 

A Closer Look at Technology in the CRE Market

Though CRE investors were slow to catch on to the technology trend, they have sunk over $5 billion into CRE-based technology in the past year alone. That a tremendous increase from the $33 million investment back in 2010. The reason for the growth is clear: not only are investors gaining access to real-time data and analytics, they are also finding that technology can take them expand their portfolios in ways they had never imagined. 

The market is still hyper-local, so investors often focus their time and energy into learning all they can about specific neighborhoods. Thanks to technology, many are gaining a better understanding of markets they had never previously considered – places they may not have any prior knowledge about and may not be able to visit in person – and all with far less risk.

Buyers are not the only ones benefiting from the expansion of technology in the CRE market either. With the help of technology, sellers pull in more bidders, which often means a better deal for them. In turn, they are able to increase their profits and invest more into future purchases. 

Looking to the Future – Are More Positive Changes on the Horizon? 

While one can only speculate as to how technology may further improve the CRE market, many experts believe that there are additional positive changes on the horizon. Specifically, they foresee an easier, faster processing of contracts, which could benefit both buyers and sellers and supercharge the already highly profitable industry. 

Industry experts are also expecting to have Alexa-guided 3D tours of properties, which will be viewed through cameras placed throughout the property, which would mean buyers would no longer have to travel to gain a realistic view of what they are planning to purchase. In short, investors will spend less money and less time procuring and selling new business ventures. There will still be a need for careful consideration, especially when it comes to matters like due diligence and negotiating a contract. This is where the aid of an attorney comes in.

Contact Our Wheaton Commercial Real Estate Lawyers 

Stock, Carlson, Oldfield & McGrath, LLC believes in making commercial real estate transactions easier and seamless so that our clients can focus on what is most important – growing and expanding your portfolio. Dedicated and experienced, our Wheaton commercial real estate lawyers handle al the legal aspects of your deal, including due diligence and contract negotiation. Schedule your personalized consultation by calling our offices at 630-665-2500.

Source:

https://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/news/2018/07/13/growing-access-to-data-is-changing-the-commercial.html