The Art of Writing A Book on Real Estate

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The News Funnel recently spoke with Stephanie Krewson-Kelly and R. Brad Thomas about their new book The Intelligent REIT Investor: How to Build Wealth with Real Estate Investment Trusts. Our Content Manager, Lauren Cenicola, asked them some questions to learn more about the book but also understand the process of getting a book published on real estate subject matter.

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The Commercial Real Estate Market in 2020

Article | March 13, 2020

In the crowded conference room of a major institutional investor in late 2009, an investor asked the owner of a global real estate development company why so much of its good money had been thrown at obviously failing development projects. The answer was: Because we could. This anecdote raises a number of questions about checks and balances, alignment of interest, but also the understanding (or in this case misinterpretation) of market momentum. We analyze past performance, market dynamics and risks, and target markets/products going forward, yield expectations and interest rates, private real estate debt markets, and technological impacts. We provide some guidance to investors on how to look at potential commercial real estate investments in 2020 and how to avoid common market misperceptions.

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What Property Investors Need to Know About Sustainable And Impact Investing

Article | March 13, 2020

There’s no escaping the importance of sustainability in any investment sector. Globally, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing is worth $30 trillion in assets under management each year, around a quarter of all professionally-managed assets. It is more relevant than ever as the ‘high impact, low probability’ shock imposed by Covid-19 has strengthened the case for prioritising people and planet alongside profits, and illustrated the power of collective action to tackle global problems. Many investors are unaware how significant this trend will be. If you are an investor, you need to consider why sustainability will be important, what sustainable property investing actually means, and what the major issues and opportunities are, as these will affect your risks and returns. Why is sustainability so important for investors? The UK’s legally-binding commitment to achieve net carbon zero by 2050 means that sustainability is no longer a ‘nice to have’. Our legal obligation is showing up in the form of new rules, regulations and best practices affecting all sectors that contribute to emissions. 40 per cent of UK emissions come from households, which makes the chance of more regulations and policies around the environmental performance of property more likely than not. These regulations will not only affect your ability to operate in a way that is compliant, but fundamentally change the value, performance and risk associated with your investments.

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Should Your Real Estate Client Sign An Appraisal Waiver?

Article | March 13, 2020

Real estate professionals sometimes have to answer a buyer’s questions about appraisal waivers. What are they? What do they mean? Is it a good or bad idea for the home loan applicant to sign one? If your client is applying for a home loan, signing an appraisal waiver does not mean that the home won’t be appraised. The lender will insist on an appraisal, to ensure that they’re not lending more money than they can expect to recover if they foreclose on the mortgage. An appraisal waiver is a document loan applicants sign to tell the lender that they’re waving their right to receive the appraisal report at least three days before the loan is consummated. In rare cases, a real estate professional might have to draft an appraisal waiver letter. In that case, the letter should include the name of the applicant, the address of the property, and, if applicable, the number of the loan application. It should state that the applicant knows about the right to receive the appraisal report at least three business days before the loan is consummated and that the applicant waives that right. At no time does the applicant waive the right to receive an appraisal report.

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HOW EXCHANGE RATES AFFECT REAL ESTATE

Article | March 13, 2020

Globalization offers international real estate investors the opportunity to build wealth from investment properties anywhere on the globe. Despite the ongoing uncertainties caused by the coronavirus breakout , the real estate industry continues to be one of the most attractive sectors for investors worldwide looking for financial stability. And if you’re looking to invest in a real estate market abroad, there are a number of factors that you should pay attention to. These include trends in supply and demand residential properties in the target market, taxes for rentals, interest rates (if you’re planning to borrow in the foreign currency), and exchange rates. In this article, we’re going to focus exchange rates how they affect your real estate investment decisions. The simplest and most accurate way to define the term “exchange rate” would be to say that it’s the value that one currency has when transferred into another.

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Project Management Advisors, Inc.

Project Management Advisors, Inc. (PMA) is a real estate project management company that provides consulting services to businesses in a wide variety of public and private sector industries. PMA’s professional staff employs an approach to project assignments which combines an established team methodology with problem solving, collaboration and innovation.

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