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Shop Talk: Which property type will be most durable during the next downturn

Even during times of economic distress there are some real estate property types or strategies that prove resilient. As investors reformulate their portfolios in anticipation of an expected real estate downturn, which property type or strategy would they be wise to bolster in their portfolios? We take that question to Spenser Allaway, an analyst on the retail research team with Green Street Advisors. (10/2019)

Shop Talk: Why has everybody stopped talking about biofuels?

Biofuels used to be a major talking point in conversations about renewables, but they seem to have disappeared from the scene as solar and wind power have escalated as clean energy sources. Why the silence about biofuels? Do they still have a future? Are there technological breakthroughs in the offing? Do investment opportunities exist? To learn more, we asked biofuel and biomass expert Naoko Ellis, professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of British Columbia, to join us.…

Shop Talk: The art and science of real estate forecasting

Forecasts underwrite every investment decision and are particularly important in real estate because capital commitments are often long term, assets are high value, and transaction costs are high. David Rees, a regional director of research for JLL Asia Pacific, joins the program to discuss the methodology and unique challenges real estate forecasting poses. (10/2019)

Shop Talk: Microsoft spearheading high-speed rail plan for Northwest

The US High Speed Rail Association is collaborating with Microsoft to produce the Cascadia Rail Summit at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash., to investigate the prospects of a so-called Cascadia Innovation Corridor rail system running from Vancouver, B.C., to Portland, Ore., with an eye toward creating a rival to Silicon Valley. A study completed in July 2019 by the Washington State Department of Transportation estimates that a state-of-the-art high-speed rail system would generate $355 billion in economic development for the…

Shop Talk: The challenges faced by advisers seeking to use alts and real assets

What are the primary challenges faced by advisers looking to add real assets to client portfolios? What knowledge are they lacking? Overall, how receptive are most advisers to real assets? What hard asset classes are most in demand by advisers and investors? And how do commission and compliance issues come into play? Matt Malone, a managing director at FS Investments, oversees product management of FS Investments’ real estate platform, including FS Credit REIT. He joins the program. (10/2019)

Shop Talk: The continuing case for investing in apartments

Despite a long expansion, high rents and an economic slowdown, Tim Ballard, co-founder and president of Buchanan Street Partners, makes the argument that apartment rentals will continue to see outsized demand for a long time to come. (10/2019)

Keith Lampi on 1031 Exchanges

Keith Lampi, president at Inland Private Capital, discusses how 1031 Exchanges began, the evolution of the industry and the current status of this tax-deferred real estate transaction. Advisors looking for similar educational videos should visit The Inland Academy. (10/2019)

Shop Talk: Tony Chereso on the future of alternatives and the IPA

What are the latest changes and advances in the alternative investment market? What is spurring renewed interest and fundraising among nontraded REITs? What are some of the latest initiatives from the Institute for Portfolio Alternatives and its work in promoting the use of alternative and portfolio-diversifying investments? Tony Chereso, president and CEO of the IPA, joins the program to explain. (10/2019)

Shop Talk: The flexible office space market — today and in the future

What is the current state of flexible office space? Why has flex space caught fire in the United States? What type of tenants benefit most? What percentage of office space does flex space account for, and what is it likely to be in five or 10 years? In what ways will flex space evolve? CBRE has released a new report on the topic and its lead author, CBRE executive Julie Whelan, joins us to discuss the report’s findings. (10/2019)
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