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Shop Talk: Everything you wanted to know about family offices but were afraid to ask

The family office and multifamily office have boomed as private wealth has exploded in the United States and in other parts of the world. But every family office is distinct, and therefore the space is somewhat mysterious to many advisers, investment professionals and observers. In search of clarity, we turned Rael Gorelick, partner and head of investments at Biltmore Family Office. (07/2020)

Infrastructure Report: The urgent need for investment in Western U.S. water systems

Our guests, Christine Arbogast and Patrick O’Toole, recently wrote an opinion piece in the Reno Gazette Journal arguing it is time to invest in Western water infrastructure. Arbogast is president of the National Water Resources Association, and Patrick O’Toole is a cattle and sheep rancher from Wyoming and president of the Family Farm Alliance. What is the nature and scale of the western water infrastructure problem? What is the potential crisis in the event of inaction? Short of Congress acting…

Shop Talk: Digital infrastructure assets today and into the future

What encompasses digital assets in the infrastructure space? Why are they hot among investors? Who’s investing in them? And what does the future hold regarding their power and reach? Our guest, Brandon Hunt, portfolio manager at Strategic Capital Fund Management, tackles this wide-ranging subject. (07/2020)

Shop Talk: Investing in senior housing post-pandemic

In advance of their July 23 webcast titled: Investing in Senior Housing Post-COVID-19 (which can be registered for at, we are joined by Lloyd Jones Senior Living chairman and CEO Chris Finlay, and executive vice president and COO Tod Petty to discuss the demographics of the situations, the sweet spot in the senior housing market, as well as the industry’s potential stress points. (07/2020)

Shop Talk: The comeback prospects for hotels and Airbnb

U.S. hotel occupancy has more than doubled from historic lows of just over 20 percent in April, according to Reuters, but the hotel sector’s lost glory is still a long way off. Indeed, Airbnb is likely better positioned for recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout. We talk about those prospects with our guest, Michael Beckman, managing director at Townhouse Partners, a due diligence firm focused on the U.S. commercial real estate industry. (07/2020)

Shop Talk: The expanding market for single-family rentals

Investor participation in the buying, renovation and renting of single-family homes has taken off in the United States, and trend lines indicate the market will grow much larger. This new real estate sub-category, a byproduct of the housing market devastation triggered by the global financial crisis, is promising to both reward investors and improve the housing market for single-family rentals. Our guest, Brian Mitts, CFO of NexPoint Real Estate Advisors, a player in the space, joins the program to explain…

Author Spotlight: Healthy buildings and indoor spaces in the age of coronavirus

With impeccable timing, co-authors John Macomber and Joseph Allen hit the market with their new book, Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity, right in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Macomber — a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School with more than 30 years of experience in the real estate, construction and information technology businesses — argues that, rather than pinching pennies on energy-cost reduction, building owners and managers have far more to gain by focusing on…

Inside the Edition: The marriage between AI and senior housing and care

Take the underserved senior-care market and apply artificial intelligence, and what do you get? Might AI make senior-care residents healthier and facilities safer as it swiftly and autonomously discerns whether residents are suffering from any number of ailments, such as increased pain levels or even a minor stroke? Might it reduce the workload and stress on personnel? Might it also keep beds occupied and boost the profitability of senior-care facilities? Take a tour through this technology with our guest, Terry…

Shop Talk: Faith-based and mission-focused real estate investing

What is the Collegiate Church Corp. and how was its real estate assets managed in a way that assisted in boosting its portfolio’s value by more than 300 percent? What is mission-focused and faith-based real estate investing? Our guest, Casey Kemper, recently retired from his post as head of the Collegiate Church endowment and has since co-founded the faith-based K4 Real Estate Group. We talk with him about his real estate investing principles, as well as his speculation as to…

Shop Talk: The current and post-pandemic outlook for student housing

Like so many other sectors of our economy, student housing has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the partial economic shut down, as colleges and universities have sent their students home to do their course work and observe social distancing. How will student housing — one of real estate’s hottest property types — rebound from this? What are the demographics telling us about the future level of college enrollment and occupancy at student housing developments? And what are the…
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