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The 5 Types of Commercial Real Estate Crowdfunding

Commercial real estate crowdfunding platforms promise to democratize real estate investing, but before diving in it’s important to know the basics. There are tons of crowdfunding platforms online, but not all of them are necessarily good places to put your money. From direct equity sponsored investments to auto-investing in debt, we’ll cover the five different types of commercial real estate crowdfunding platforms and then explain what the trend as a whole means for developers.

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Not All Department Stores Are Failing

There is a lot of talk about the downfall of department stores, and how their failure could spell trouble for commercial real estate’s retail sector because the anchor spaces they occupy take up so much square footage.

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Are Multi-Story Warehouses the Next Big Thing?

Industrial remains one of the tightest commercial real estate sectors in the nation, with JLL reporting that the national vacancy rate dropped to 5.8% in the third quarter—despite 53 million sf of new construction being added during that same time period.

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The 4 Main Strategies of Commercial Real Estate Investing

Over the past few decades, commercial real estate has become an institutionalized asset class. Thirty years ago, real estate represented less than 2% of an institutional portfolio and the majority of commercial real estate was owned by regional “mom-and-pop” shops. Today is a very different world. Real estate now represents nearly 10% of institutional investment portfolios.

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The Rise of Business Intelligence in Commercial Real Estate

This post originally appeared as a guest post on Real Estate Tech News.

Commercial real estate has historically relied on outdated and disparate systems, using spreadsheets and CRM tools to house mountains of data. But these systems don’t talk to each other. That’s a huge problem causing landlords, brokers and asset managers to waste countless hours digging through multiple systems to answer even one simple question. It also makes it near impossible to see the big picture.

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Recommended Reading: The 3 Best CRE Articles of the Week

Every week, Hightower scours the web to find the most insightful, valuable articles in CRE across the office, retail, and industrial sectors. Here’s what we have for you this week.

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Tech Companies Seeking Office Space in Cities Outside the Traditional Hubs

Look out, Bay Area! You still may be the United States’ primary tech hub, but you’re not the only market that firms in the space are moving to.

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Which Types of Retailers Are Opening New Stores?

Beauty retailer Ulta is making retail real estate landlords happy right now.

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5 Reasons Industrial Conversions Make Sense for Owners

Each day, it seems that yet another industrial building is being converted or reused—whether an old factory into loft apartments, a warehouse into creative offices, or a former military space into a more modern industrial site. Why is this trend so popular?

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What the Subscription Model Means for Office Leasing

This guest post comes to us from Dan Spiegel, Executive Vice President of Operations for Colliers International in the United States.

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