America’s once world-class infrastructure is in desperate need of repair. In recent years, bridge collapses and other engineering failures have sparked political debate about how the country’s aging public infrastructure should be addressed. Airports are often overlooked in this debate and viewed as less critical infrastructure, despite the fact that 1.7 million Americans get on… Continue Reading Making the Case for REIT Ownership of Airports:
Foreign real estate investment in major cities throughout the world has increased rapidly in recent years. Investors from the U.S., China, and the Middle East have turned to foreign real estate markets to capitalize on tax advantages, stable growth prospects, and political security (French, 2015). Investing in foreign markets has also provided portfolio diversification benefits… Continue Reading Should Countries Restrict Foreign Real Estate Investment?
This week, the Baker Program in Real Estate welcomed back Cornell alumnus Jim Dow (BA, Economics ‘91) for its Distinguished Speaker Series. Jim is an experienced real estate private equity executive with an extensive background in opportunistic real estate investment management. Jim began his career at Lehman Brothers in the early 90’s and has since… Continue Reading DSS Wrap-Up: Jim Dow, Head of Acquisitions, St. Bride’s Managers LLC
Consolidation in the real estate investment trust (REIT) industry has become more prevalent in recent years, a trend that is likely to continue. There are a variety of factors contributing to the accelerated consolidation of firms in the industry – from favorable current economic conditions that are generating increased economies of scale to optimization opportunities… Continue Reading REIT Sector Likely to See More Consolidation
In 2017, Congress established a new community development program known as Opportunity Zones in order to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. The Opportunity Zones program provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Funds that are dedicated to investing into Opportunity Zones designated by… Continue Reading What Are Opportunity Zones and How Can Investors Utilize Them?
Inside the Gulf – Part 4 – This series of articles will explore several major projects taking place in the Persian Gulf countries. While much of the news coming out of Qatar over the last few years has been its recent battle with its neighbors in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates who established… Continue Reading Qatar Looks to Take Lead in US Real Estate Investments by Gulf Wealth Funds (6 mins)
Inside the Gulf – Part 3 – This series of articles will explore several major projects taking place in the Persian Gulf countries. As the United States takes more of an “America First” approach towards foreign policy, China is looking to step in to the potential void left by the US as the dominant world… Continue Reading Chinese Looks to Assert Presence in the Middle East with Oman Industrial City (6 mins)
Issues around cyber security are nothing new for companies in the digital age but considering the recent headlines around the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the Equifax Credit Reporting hack, a new emphasis on how we in commercial real estate think about data protection might be warranted. Data breaches commonly involve the taking of consumer data,… Continue Reading How Vulnerable is Commercial Real Estate to a Cyber Attack? (4 mins)
Beginning December 15th, 2018, the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) Accounting Standards Update (ASU) issued in February 2016 will go into effect, requiring organizations that lease assets to recognize on the balance sheet the assets and liabilities for the rights and obligations created by those leases. The ASU will take effect for public companies for… Continue Reading How FASB’s New Guidance on Lease Accounting Will Affect Co-Working Companies (4 mins)
Big data analysis and data science techniques applied to public and private datasets is nothing new, but recent growth in the quality of information and its use in commercial real estate is. Commercial real estate is a $12 trillion industry and the ability to make better data-driven decisions can save time and money for… Continue Reading Innovations in “Big Data” Are Impacting Real Estate Investment (4 mins)