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.
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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

 

Women Face Unique Challenges in the CRE Market

DuPage County real estate lawyersAlthough great strides have been made in achieving gender equality in America, women continue to face significant challenges in the commercial real estate market. In fact, studies show that women are still making less than their male counterparts, even though they are doing the same work. Learn how you can overcome the issues you are facing in the CRE market, and discover how a seasoned attorney can assist you in the process. 

Gender Equality Issues in the CRE Market

In a study published by RETS, a commercial real estate recruitment and staffing firm, 618 women in entry- to senior-level CRE market positions revealed their biggest concerns. A startling 87.2 percent said they are concerned about the lack of equal pay, and 65 percent said they had learned that a male counterpart made more than them. Of those, 75 percent claimed they had heard on two or more occasions that a male agent made more than them. 

Advancement opportunities were another great concern. In fact, 79.2 percent said they felt they did not have any advancement opportunities within their company, and 61 percent said they felt they had been passed up for an advancement opportunity. Of those women, 85 percent said it had happened on more than one occasion. Additionally, 79.1 percent of women said they did not feel that their opinions were as valued as their male counterparts. 

Overcoming Challenges in the CRE Market 

While there is little that women can do about the gender gaps in the CRE market, there are measures they can take to ensure their opinions are valued, and that they receive the best possible  chances at advancement. First and foremost, women need to speak out when they feel they are being discriminated against over gender. Second, know where to find assistance if you feel you are facing gender discrimination in the workplace, as this is against the law. Lastly, women are encouraged to utilize the resources that are available to them, such as the aid of a lawyer when growing their portfolios. 

Contact Our DuPage County Real Estate Attorneys

The CRE market is one of the leading employers in the nation, which means there are many women who could be at a disadvantage on the job. Stock, Carlson, Oldfield & McGrath, LLC advocates for these women to ensure their rights are protected, and we assist them in making sound investment decisions so they can grow and expand their wealth. Discover how our seasoned DuPage County real estate attorneys can assist you. Call 630-665-2500 and schedule a personalized consultation with us today. 

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https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/316015

 

Screening Potential Tenants Can Protect Your Real Estate Business from Financial Loss

Illinois real estate attorneysWhen renting out property – be it commercial or residential – landlords are encouraged to conduct a thorough screening of all prospective tenants. The reasoning for this is simple: tenants can cost you thousands of dollars in property damage, lost rental fees, and court costs. Learn more about how to ensure you have done your due diligence on a potential tenant for your property, and discover how a seasoned real estate attorney can help protect your real estate business.

The Pre-Screening Process

There are many ways to conduct a tenant screening, but most landlords find a two-step process preferable, which starts with a pre-screening, and it typically includes questions like:

  • Why are you moving?
  • Can you meet the income requirements?
  • Do you have pets?
  • When do you want to move in?
  • Will anyone else be living/doing business with you?
  • Are you willing to undergo a background and credit check?
  • Can you provide me with past rental references?

With these few questions, landlords are often able to filter out tenants who might be problematic. Some may even remove themselves from the pool of tenants because they are uncomfortable with the questions or cannot answer them satisfactorily. At the very least, these questions allow the landlord to focus their efforts on the tenants who seem to be the “best fit” for their property or situation.

Digging Deeper Into a Prospective Tenant’s Rental History

Although it may be possible to screen out problematic tenants with the pre-screening questions, one should never rely solely on this phase of the screening process. There are “professional tenants” that know how to difficult it can be to evict someone. Able to make themselves sound like model tenants, these seemingly charming and charismatic people often have a slew of evictions on their record. Alternatively, they may not have active employment and may, instead, offer you invalid employer information to get themselves into your property. Avoid such issues by ensuring you always conduct a criminal background check, credit check, and a rental history check. Also, always verify employment and call a prospective tenant’s references before moving forward with a lease.

Adding Another Layer of Protection to Your Real Estate Business

Although many landlords choose to handle tenant matters on their own, savvy business owners recognize that it is often best to delegate some of your more taxing or complex duties, such as screening tenants or fighting a problematic tenant in court. It is here where the aid and assistance of a seasoned real estate attorney can become valuable.

With over 40 years of experience, Stock, Carlson, Oldfield & McGrath, LLC can add yet another layer of protection to your real estate business. Able to assist you in developing a clear and concise rental agreement, and capable of aggressively representing you in court if a tenant defaults, our DuPage County real estate lawyers make your financial future our top priority. Learn more about how we can assist you in growing and protecting your portfolio by scheduling a personalized consultation. Call 630-655-2500 today.

Source:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesrealestatecouncil/2018/03/08/how-to-screen-potential-tenants-and-save-thousands/#7adb48b0332c