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2017 SWFL Commercial Real Estate Round Up

2017 Round Up   2017 turned out to be another solid year for commercial real estate here in Southwest Florida, with a couple of exceptions.  The long lasting recession has finally reversed itself and we are seeing a resurgence in select construction.  Here’s the quick recap by […]

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Yield Isn’t That Important!

Yield Isn’t That Important! When we examine investment properties for investors we often find that buyers often place too much focus on the marketed cap rate of a property, and that sellers often skip steps they should be taking in an attempt to maximize their property’s value. […]

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Real Estate Trends – Land Leases

Real Estate Trends – Land Leases One of the trends in the real estate development scene over the past couple of years has been the increasingly common use of land leases for chain retail stores. The typical scenario, historically, was that when a chain store wanted to […]

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Retail Investments: Falling From Grace?

Retail Investments – Falling from Grace? With the increased impact of the internet on the retail world we are now seeing an increasing crescendo of change. Even in economic times as strong as the present we are seeing higher profile retail names fall victim to bankruptcy protection. […]

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Interest Rates Rise: Will Cap Rates Follow?

Interest Rates Rise, Are Cap Rates About to Follow? In the March Federal Reserve meeting the FED raised their FED funds rate by a quarter of a percent, a second time in the last couple of months. There’s more than one view on interest rates when it […]

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City Profile: Safety Harbor

I have always been a big fan of main street USA and small towns, and Safety Harbor is just such a town.  Safety Harbor is really more of an enclave in a big metro area than anything else. It sits away from the main highway up Pinellas […]

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Buying a Shopping Center 101 – Part 2

Last month we looked at dozen factors for first time buyers of retail centers to consider. Here are twelve more factors to keep in mind when you are starting your due diligence.  Some are obvious and some perhaps you hadn’t thought about. The list isn’t in any […]

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Q1 2016 Cap Rate Report

The national real estate firm Calkain specializes in net lease real estate, often called single tenant or NNN properties. Given their national base, they are able to collect a lot of great data on recent sales activity on these unique assets (like drug stores, banks, dollar stores, […]

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Buying a Shopping Center 101

OK, so you’re ready to buy your first retail center, or maybe you are already a seasoned owner who just wants a quick refresher course. Either way here are twelve factors to consider when you are starting your due diligence.  Some are obvious and some perhaps you […]

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City Profile: St. Petersburg, part 1

  First, a disclaimer: I was born and raised in St. Petersburg and probably always have a certain bias to this interesting city.  By Florida standards it is a very old city, dating way back to the late 1800’s, named by a Russian nobleman after the Russian […]

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