Between the launch of the Hartford Line and welcoming new businesses to downtown, 2018 has been a strong year for the Hartford submarket. Appealing to both young professionals and empty nesters who crave walkable communities with easy access to public transit, highways and retail, Hartford has become an increasingly popular area to live, thanks in part to a wide array of cultural amenities and a citywide focus on improved walkability. Read more

Did you know that 22 million people in the U.S. live in manufactured homes? Manufactured housing ranks among the country’s largest sources of unsubsidized affordable housing. Boasting lower costs per unit, less tenant turnover and decreased competition among investors, manufactured housing can offer investors viable investment opportunities. As multifamily investors seek avenues for diversifying their portfolios, manufactured housing (otherwise referred to as trailer parks) is one often overlooked opportunity for achieving this objective. Read more

Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island are all home to Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ) where investors can benefit from tax incentives on qualifying investments. QOZs, which are designated by a state’s governor for a 10-year term and determined based upon low-income census tracts, are often home to land prime for development and existing assets prime for adaptive reuse. Read more

Named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest growing real estate firms in the Northeast, 2016 was a banner year for Northeast Private Client Group (Northeast PCG). With investment properties in Boston and New York City transacting at record highs, investors were driven to explore opportunities in neighboring submarkets where there was opportunity to add value, reposition assets and maximize returns. Read more

As ecommerce continues to grow, brick-and-mortar retailers are feeling the hit. Reports indicate store closings have hit the worst level since 2010, due in part to bankruptcy filings by major retailers, and an estimated 200 malls have closed down in the past two years. Bloomberg Intelligence reports there were only seven weeks from Q1-2015 to Q1-2016 where retail store traffic rose year-over-year. It is estimated that for retail stores in North America, per-square-foot sales have declined $35 per square foot from 2006 to 2015 ($200 to $165). Read more

Operational improvements offer building owners the opportunity to improve cash flow by increasing efficiency. For value-add investors in particular, who are often purchasing undervalued Class-B and Class-C assets with the goal of making smart capital improvements to maximize returns, identifying ways to make a building run more efficiently is a critical first step. When considering how to improve the efficiency of your real estate investment properties, consider these key areas. Read more

With investor sentiment in commercial real estate on the rebound, the National Real Estate Investor Sentiment Index rose to another high in the first quarter of 2013 — up 3 points to 174.  This is an especially strong vote of confidence because the survey was conducted in late December and early January when we were all focused on the potential impact of the fiscal cliff on the U.S. economy. Read more