CRE Insights Blog
Our CRE insights blog sheds light on trends within the commercial real estate industry, focusing on capital markets, commercial development, economic indicators, and more.
Top 10 Commercial Real Estate Lenders of 2023
This year’s list of the top 10 commercial lenders highlights lenders which have thrived in the past year, despite rising interest rates and other challenges.
Top 4 Refinancing Loans for Industrial Real Estate in 2023
Our top four options for industrial property refinancing include SBA 504 and life company loans, but there are important caveats to understand for each.
How to Set Rent Rates for Your Commercial Property in 2023
Setting your commercial property's listing rates based on several key data points ensures your space is competitive and you earn a healthy return.
Self-Storage Refinance: Your 2023 Guide
Looking to refinance your self-storage property? Read our comprehensive guide to securing the best loan.
Top 10 Commercial Property Management Companies of 2023
Find out who earned the top spot in this year's commercial real estate management company rankings.
Top 5 Markets for Medical Office Investing in 2023
Not sure where to buy a medical office? Check out these five cities that have a clear shortage.
How Does ChatGPT Work With Commercial Real Estate?
I asked everyone's favorite chatbot to help me out with three important commercial real estate functions. Here's what happened.
The Top 10 Markets to Buy Industrial Real Estate in 2023
Find out which places are this year's best industrial markets. Most are in the eastern half of the U.S., but one California market stands out.
The Top 10 Self-Storage Companies of 2023
Although 2022 was a far less explosive year for self storage, most of the 10 largest owners and operators continued to grow in this fragmented sector.
Commercial vs. Residential Real Estate: A Comprehensive Guide
Understanding the key differences between residential and commercial real estate is critical when it comes to financing, property management, and more.
5 Proven Tips for Your Next Value Add Investment
Doing most, if not all, of these is essential to make your next commercial real estate value-add investment succeed.
7 Tips to Keep Your Office Portfolio Recession-Proof
Is office safe in a recession? Find out some steps you can take to ensure your commercial real estate portfolio weathers what's on the horizon.
How to Sell a Commercial Property in March 2023
Thinking about selling your commercial real estate? Read our comprehensive guide to ensure you’re prepared and have realistic expectations.
4 Commercial Property Loans for Borrowers With Bad Credit
Has your credit score taken a hit? That doesn’t mean there aren’t options for your next commercial real estate acquisition, development, or refinance.
Get Better Loan Terms With a Commercial Mortgage Alert
When looking for your next commercial real estate loan, it can pay dividends to keep up to date on what's happening in the financing world. Find out more on the blog.
Understanding the Difference Between Fannie Mae and HUD Multifamily Loans
HUD and Fannie Mae loans are two of the strongest and most popular financing options out there for multifamily real estate. What's the difference between them?
5 Methods for Handling Balloon Payments
If you have a partially amortizing loan, you no doubt have a balloon payment awaiting you at maturity. Find out five ways of handling these lump-sum payments.
4 Ways Self Storage Is Recession Resistant
As we head into what increasingly looks like a recession, self-storage properties appear to be a strong example of recession proof real estate investing.
6 Ways CRE Investors Can Prepare for a Recession
With heightened volatility in the capital markets, here are six ways commercial real estate investors can prepare for a potential recession.
What's the Difference? SBA 7(a) and 504 Loans in Commercial Real Estate
For small business owners looking to acquire commercial property, the SBA offers some excellent financing choices — learn the differences here.
Top 10 Fastest-Growing Markets for Industrial Real Estate Investment in 2022
Commercial Real Estate Loans examines the 10 U.S. industrial markets where transaction volumes have grown the fastest.
An Investor’s Guide to the 1031 Exchange
For savvy investors, the 1031 exchange can be a powerful tool for deferring the taxes typically associated with the sale of a commercial real estate asset.
5 Tips for Shopping for a Commercial Real Estate Loan
Shopping around for a commercial real estate loan can help you save money down the road. Here’s what to consider to make sure you get the best possible deal on your loan.
8 Reasons Why You Should Consider an Agency Loan
Agency loans are multifamily loans backed by government-sponsored enterprises such as Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Here's what makes them stand out.
5 Considerations for Taking an Office Loan
Looking to finance an office building? There’s lots to think about, but don’t overlook these five key elements.
Is Non-Recourse Financing Right for You?
There are plenty of advantages and disadvantages that come with non-recourse financing for your commercial real estate property. Find out if this type of loan fits your needs.
How Do Wage Requirements Impact HUD Projects?
The nearly century-old Davis-Bacon Act requires that workers on federally funded construction projects are paid prevailing wages. Find out how this affects your development.
A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Storage Investing
Investing in self storage requires closely examining a market, the cash flow of the property, and the competition within a certain radius.
Defeasance or Yield Maintenance: Which Is Better?
While there’s no easy answer, read our comparative guide to prepayment options to see which may be the most suitable for your situation.
Commercial Real Estate Appraisals: Common Challenges, How to Prepare, What to Expect
Here's a comprehensive overview of what you can expect during a commercial real estate appraisal and how to prepare for one.
5 Myths About FHA-Insured Multifamily Loans
HUD multifamily loans are often the most competitive options available — yet many misconceptions persist about these financing packages. Let’s break down the five most common myths.
Top 5 Advantages of HUD Construction Financing
HUD loans typically have some of the best terms for multifamily properties — and they’re not just for affordable housing. Find out how a HUD 221(d)(4) loan could work for you.
Janover Closes Central Colorado Industrial Construction Loan
A credit union provided the $2.7 million financing package, which features a 24-month interest-only construction period followed by 10 years of permanent financing at a fixed rate.
What You Need to Know Before Applying for a Commercial Real Estate Loan
Here's a comprehensive guide to applying and qualifying for a commercial real estate loan.
Top 3 Niche Real Estate Assets for Investing and Why They Work
The Bridge-to-HUD Financing Option Explained
A bridge loan can provide investors with an immediate source of capital that can be utilized while awaiting the proceeds from a HUD loan to be funded.
Janover Secures Financing for Self-Storage Acquisitions
A Texan investor purchased the two properties encompassing 168 units in Canton, N.C. The portfolio will operate under the Iron Self Storage brand.
Thriving vs. Struggling CRE Asset Classes: Where to Invest Next?
Multifamily and industrial properties will continue to be the most attractive investment options in the foreseeable future.
Bridge Financing: How Does It Work?
Bridge financing is a loan option that is used to immediately finance a real estate purchase, renovation, or completion while longer-term funding is secured.
How to Finance a Build-to-Suit Industrial Development
As the industrial real estate sector continues to perform, new development is essential. Find out how to finance a build-to-suit property.
Top 5 Commercial Real Estate Lenders in New York City
The largest lenders in the city originated roughly $3.8 billion in financing in August 2022.
Top 5 Industrial Real Estate Markets in 2022
We examine the driving forces and outlook for each of the top five industrial markets across the U.S. While four of the markets on our list may be commonsensical, one entry on our list may surprise you.
4 Reasons to Refinance Your Office Loan Today
Now may be the perfect time to refinance your office asset, regardless of the sector’s headwinds.
What to Know Before Making Your 1st Industrial Property Investment
Important considerations for investors looking to acquire or develop their first industrial property asset.
Idaho Hilton Sells for $32M
Noble Investment Group took a $24 million loan from Huntington Bank to finance the 132-guestroom deal.
5 Key Considerations for Your Hotel-to-Apartment Conversion
Construction costs, location, and zoning regulations are the key factors to consider before deciding on a hotel-to-multifamily project.
Top 3 Medical Office Investment Considerations
The medical office sector is booming and considered to be recession proof in many respects. Find out three major factors to weigh before diving into the sector.
How Office Use Is Changing in DC
Though the nation's capital has had one of the most resilient office markets, ongoing changes to the sector will have an impact.
Hines Pays $89M for Raleigh Retail Center
The 190,000-square-foot community retail center sale marks a more than one-third increase in value over the past eight years.
The Future of Seattle's Office Space
Seattle's office dynamics continue to be mixed as employers move back to the office. What does this mean for office investors?
What Property Types are Eligible for CMBS Financing?
In this article, we examine some of the most popular — and some of the most overlooked — property types eligible for CMBS financing.
Prologis to Buy Duke Realty for $26B
The all-stock deal, expected to close in the fourth quarter, will see Prologis gain 153 million square feet of industrial assets in 19 markets.
Retail's Comeback Is Here
Lee & Associates’ first-quarter retail report highlights the commercial retail real estate sector's struggles and how its recovery is now well underway.
SL Green Offloads Manhattan Office Condo for $101M
SL Green has sold the 132,542-square-foot office component of 609 Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.
Industrial Real Estate Sector Hits New Heights
With more and more investors focusing on this golden asset class, where does industrial stand in the cycle?
Office-to-Lab Conversions Pick Up, Despite Costs
Strong rent growth amid soaring demand is bringing investors large and small into the life science sector.
What's Next for Coworking?
The office sector has largely struggled since early 2020, but coworking space may be taking a different path.
Seattle Office Tower Trades for $730M
The blockbuster office deal marks the largest multi-tenant transaction in the sector so far this year.
CRE Lending Jumps 72%
A report from the Mortgage Bankers Association highlights the strong rise of originations in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same time last year.
Top 3 Healthcare REITs
Despite a challenging past couple of years in most property sectors, healthcare real estate is thriving.
Stockdale Capital Trades 2 MOBs for $156M
Harrison Street acquired the 107,000-square-foot portfolio within two months of selling 35 other medical properties for a combined $815 million.
Hospitality Industry: On Its Way to Recovery?
While the sector still has a long way to go — particularly in markets reliant on business travel — there is much to be optimistic about.
Benefits and Drawbacks of a Triple Net Lease (NNN) in Commercial Real Estate
A triple net lease is a common lease structure in which the tenant (or lessee) is responsible for paying taxes, property insurance, and operating expenses in addition to the base rent and utilities.
The Fed Announces 50 BPS Interest Rate Increase
What does the Federal Reserve’s largest interest rate increase in 22 years spell for commercial real estate lending? Find out here.
Which Assets Are Investors Seeking in 2022?
CBRE’s 2022 U.S. investor intentions survey highlights some striking — though in many cases unsurprising — trends about where investor dollars will flow this year.
Why is Chicago's Office Sector Facing Headwinds?
Although the Chicago office property market is holding its own, there are some concerning dynamics at play when taking a closer view.
Federal Tax Implications for Commercial Real Estate in 2022
While changes to capital gains tax are worth reviewing, using a tax professional to handle a wide range of deductions could be your best bet to reduce your tax burden.
The Pros and Cons of Hard Money Loans for Commercial Real Estate Investments
Learn the advantages and disadvantages of hard money financing for a commercial real estate investment.
Reading Office's Future
A look at the current office property market and beyond.
Defeasance for CMBS Loans
Most CMBS borrowers wanting to prepay must go through a process known as defeasance — a process that involves replacing the collateral and interest income that the lender will lose as a result of prepayment with alternative securities, often U.S. Treasury bonds.
Top 7 Office Investment Considerations
While there are many facets to a successful office investment strategy, don’t forget about these seven critical components.
5 Considerations for Choosing an Investment Property
To help guide a thoughtful strategy towards investing in an income producing property, here are some of the most important considerations that an investor should keep in mind.
The Historic Tax Credit Explained
Learn about the benefits and eligibility requirements of the Historic Tax Credit program.
Picking the Right Industrial Investment
Find out about some key considerations before making an investment in industrial use commercial real estate.
SBA 504 Loans and Commercial Real Estate: What You Need to Know
The SBA 504 Loan Program is meant to be utilized by small growing businesses to facilitate growth and job creation. This is done by helping small businesses collect the funds necessary to buy the real estate or machinery they need.
CRE's Strong Outlook for 2022
Commercial real estate is in store for another great year, according to panelists Richard Kalvoda, Bryan Doyle, Timothy Savage, and Brian Bailey of Reonomy’s first-quarter webinar, The Current State of CRE. The panel was a detailed discussion on the current landscape of commercial real estate, discussing timely issues from inflation to the potential impacts of interest rate increases.
Timber: The Future of Commercial Development?
Top 5 Commercial Construction Lenders of 2022
With a surge in commercial development activity — particularly in the rapidly expanding industrial sector — here are five lenders to watch when it comes to financing the construction of commercial real estate.
The Top 10 Self-Storage Companies of 2022
Our list of the largest firms includes both REITs and private owners that continue to expand in one of the country’s fastest-growing real estate sectors.
What Makes Office a Strong Investment Today?
As many companies continue work-from-home policies, how can you determine if an office asset is worth the investment?
2022 Commercial Real Estate Forecast
Here is our easily-digestible commercial real estate investing forecast for 2022, highlighting the market trends and latest fiscal policies to watch for a strong year of CRE investing.
Top 10 Commercial Real Estate Lenders of 2021
We have compiled a list of the top 10 commercial lenders of the year by examining the intersection of two leading mortgage banking firm rankings—the MBA’s and Commercial Property Executive’s—while weighting additional factors uncovered through a review of publicly available lending data, from loan diversity to recent growth in originations.
The Top 6 Markets for Industrial Real Estate in 2021
The industrial real estate industry is thriving, and, while some believe a market correction may occur in the next year or two, others believe the strong e-commerce industry will keep the industrial market strong for several years to come.
The Top 10 Tax Benefits of Investing in Commercial Real Estate
From accelerated depreciation to mortgage interest deductions and tax advantages for an investor’s heirs, these benefits can lead to a massive difference in returns, especially over an extended period of time.
Coronavirus & The Commercial Real Estate Industry: What You Need To Know
The COVID-19 Coronavirus has had a massive impact on commercial real estate, with both property values and the treasury rate tanking. For certain investors, it could be a good time to take action.