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10 Tips for Buying Your First Rental Property

10 Tips for Buying Your First Rental Property

By Tim Parker July 25, 2017 Real estate has produced many of the world’s wealthiest people, so there are plenty of reasons to think that buying a property is a sound investment. But like any financial transaction, it’s better to be well-versed before diving in with...

Dorm Room Decorating: Must-Know Tips From College Students

Dorm Room Decorating: Must-Know Tips From College Students

You may think a bland dorm room holds no decorating potential, but just wait. We have savvy design and storage tips to turn your new college digs into home sweet home. It's not easy to look at typically bland dorm rooms and see the design potential; all you may see at...

3 Types of College Housing: Which Is Right for You?

3 Types of College Housing: Which Is Right for You?

Not all campus housing is created equal, but there are some distinct advantages (and disadvantages) to each type. Which one is right for you depends entirely on your needs as a student . . . and as a roommate. Dorms Dorms are what you probably picture when you think...

How Apartment Renovations Can Improve ROI

How Apartment Renovations Can Improve ROI

Rehab market has changed, but opportunities for creating good ROI through apartment renovations still exist As rents become more competitive and apartment inventory approaches its peak this year, the case for rehabilitating older properties in some markets may be...

Higher Construction Costs Not Deterring Multifamily Developers

Higher Construction Costs Not Deterring Multifamily Developers

By Karen Jordan Bisnow Los Angeles Construction costs may be on the rise, but multifamily is still one of the best bets these days, according to developers. “The cost of construction has gone up a lot,” Cypress Equity Investments Chief Financial Officer Alla...

From ‘Animal House’ to ‘Recession-Proof’

From ‘Animal House’ to ‘Recession-Proof’

By Julie Littman Bisnow contributor for Forbes Student housing has graduated into a sought-after real estate class. More institutional investors are looking at student housing as a viable investment thanks to rising demand that continues to outweigh the current...

Millennials boosting student housing sector

Millennials boosting student housing sector

By Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio, Bisnow More millennials are pursuing higher education than ever before and the demand is fueling the student housing sector. A recent TH Real Estate report said student housing attracted $9 billion in investment last year and demographic...

Is There an Easy Way to Manage a 1031 Exchange?

Is There an Easy Way to Manage a 1031 Exchange?

The 1031 Exchange allows landlords to sell their highly appreciated properties without paying a dime in capital gains taxes. It sounds almost too good to be true, so it must be complicated, right? It can be, but it doesn’t have to be. “One of the biggest challenges...

What is a 1031 Exchange?

What is a 1031 Exchange?

Anyone who owns rental properties that have significantly appreciated in value and is now looking to take advantage of those gains should become familiar with the 1031 Exchange. A 1031 Exchange, also called a like-kind exchange or a Starker exchange, allows a property...

What is Meant by Cap Rate?

What is Meant by Cap Rate?

By Ranah Asad, Mashvisor One thing that is commonly asked by real estate investors is what all the different commercial terms mean? Such as net operating income (NOI), cash on cash, internal rate of return and cap rate. Knowing these terms and how to calculate them is...

The 3 Main Property Valuation Methods

The 3 Main Property Valuation Methods

By Hamza Abdul-Samad, Mashvisor One of the most important features of owning a rental property is its value. Before we delve into the main property valuation methods, it’s imperative to understand the importance of a property’s value. Why Property Valuation is...

How Does Depreciation Work?

How Does Depreciation Work?

One of the biggest advantages to investing in real estate are the tax benefits. Because the IRS allows the cost of income-producing property to be recovered through yearly tax deductions, in many cases it’s entirely possible to create a monthly cash flow without...

The Growing Student Housing Industry

The Growing Student Housing Industry

Karen Jordan, Bisnow Universities can be economic engines, and student housing has become a big player in commercial real estate as a result, driving investment and development. The industry has changed from friends-and-family capital to being very institutional,...

Boomers Look to Real Estate to Afford Retirement

Boomers Look to Real Estate to Afford Retirement

By Julia Bunch, Bisnow As many as 10,000 baby boomers retire daily. Members of this generation are increasingly looking to real estate to diversify their retirement portfolios and boost returns. Many boomers have realized that their retirement plans are not sufficient...

What is I.D.E.A.L.?

What is I.D.E.A.L.?

While it would be a stretch to say that any investment opportunity is “perfect,” Nelson Brothers Professional Real Estate is confident in stating that its goals for every investor are “I.D.E.A.L.” “That’s a clever acronym that we use to demonstrate the five different...

Student Housing ‘a Global Asset Class’

Student Housing ‘a Global Asset Class’

By Rupert Neate The Guardian Some of the world’s richest people and sovereign wealth funds are turning their attention to student housing, with the increasingly luxurious and expensive purpose-built accommodation becoming regarded as a must-have part of their...

Student Housing Sales Outperform Rest of Market

Student Housing Sales Outperform Rest of Market

By Bendix Anderson National Real Estate Investor Commercial real estate investors are increasingly keeping their wallets in their pockets, waiting to see where interest rates will go, for prices to come down and for more properties to come on the market. That’s...

What is Professionally Managed Real Estate?

What is Professionally Managed Real Estate?

In a Gallup poll released in April 2016, Americans selected real estate as the best long-term investment opportunity, far ahead of stocks, bonds, gold, and savings. And while we’ve established the benefits of investing in private student housing, most people lack the...

2016 a Record Year for Student Housing Investment

2016 a Record Year for Student Housing Investment

By CHAMPAIGN WILLIAMS National Editor, Bisnow As millennials’ pursuit of higher education fuels demand for student housing, institutional investors — including private real estate funds, pension plans and sovereign wealth funds — are increasingly stepping in. A wave...

How to Select a Student Housing Investment

How to Select a Student Housing Investment

Once you’ve recognized the benefits of investing in student housing, the next logical question is: How does one go about it? Nelson Brothers Professional Real Estate co-founder and Principal Brian Nelson shared his company’s successful business model in an “Ask the...

Why Invest in Student Housing?

Why Invest in Student Housing?

Can you remember a major university folding its tent and going out of business? Can you imagine a scenario in which Notre Dame, the University of Oregon or Utah State University suddenly just disappear? Neither can Brian or Patrick Nelson, who have grown Nelson...

Millennials: Not Your Average Renters

Millennials: Not Your Average Renters

For decades, owning a home has been a key component of the American dream. However, millennials are all about disrupting trends, and housing has been no exception. Millennials have chosen to rent longer than their Generation X or Baby Boomer counterparts for many...