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Macro Trends Affecting Santa Barbara Real Estate

Macro Trends Affecting Santa Barbara Real Estate
By Rick Longpre on Aug 31, 2016 at 09:36 PM in Investing in Commercial Real Estate, Macro Economic News, Santa Barabara Commercial Real Estate, Santa Barbara Local News

Broad socioeconomic trends, national and global, are having, and will continue to have, significant impacts on U.S. real estate. These impacts are visible everywhere, including right here in Santa Barbara.

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Buy or Rent Real Estate for Your Santa Barbara Business?

Buy or Rent Real Estate for Your Santa Barbara Business?
By Rick Longpre on Apr 12, 2016 at 11:42 PM in Investing in Commercial Real Estate, Santa Barabara Commercial Real Estate

Most Santa Barbara business owners and entrepreneurs have asked themselves whether they should (or could) buy the real estate used for their business. There are valid reasons to do each: renting may be the better solution if you are just starting out, or you need or prefer the flexibility allowed by leasing or you lack the cash down payment or credit required to purchase. But if you have a successful small business, have some investable cash and can envision stability in the mid-to-long term, then you owe it to yourself to complete this analysis.

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Commercial Real Estate Loans - Looming Liquidity Crunch for CMBS Loans

Commercial Real Estate Loans - Looming Liquidity Crunch for CMBS Loans
By Rick Longpre on Apr 05, 2016 at 09:12 PM in Investing in Commercial Real Estate, Santa Barabara Commercial Real Estate

Do you have a commercial real estate loan in Santa Barbara coming due in 2016 or 2017? If so, you should start your planning early, especially if you currently have a CMBS loan and are thinking you will be able to go back to the CMBS market. If you haven’t heard, the CMBS loan market has been in turmoil recently, with widening spreads, dwindling lenders and less competitive terms.

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Santa Barbara Commercial Real Estate - Good Times….Bad Times

Santa Barbara Commercial Real Estate - Good Times….Bad Times
By Rick Longpre on Aug 28, 2015 at 06:01 PM in Investing in Commercial Real Estate, Macro Economic News, Santa Barabara Commercial Real Estate, Santa Barbara Local News

The U.S. economic news and commercial real estate news is, generally, rosy…even when the world political and economic news is not.

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Low Cap Rates Driven By Macro Economics

By Rick Longpre on Mar 01, 2015 at 02:25 PM in Investing in Commercial Real Estate, Macro Economic News

As the year gets underway, the investment world is increasingly anxious about various global risks. The economies in the European Union remain challenged, and despite the European Central Bank’s commitment to quantitative easing, the fear is that stagnation is becoming ingrained throughout Europe and that Greece may leave the Union altogether.

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Section 1031 Targeted For Modification or Elimination

By Rick Longpre on Mar 01, 2015 at 02:24 PM in Investing in Commercial Real Estate, 1031 Exchanges, Macro Economic News

Within the recently released President’s 2015 budget is a proposal to limit gain deferral for real estate to $1 million per taxpayer per year.

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Are We In a Multi-Family Bubble Yet?

By Rick Longpre on Mar 01, 2015 at 02:23 PM in Investing in Commercial Real Estate, Macro Economic News, Santa Barabara Commercial Real Estate

The question of whether we are in a multifamily bubble is one that has recently been on the minds of many real estate investors

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Whitepaper on Effect of Tax Reform on Commercial RE

By Rick Longpre on Mar 01, 2015 at 02:23 PM in Investing in Commercial Real Estate, 1031 Exchanges, Macro Economic News

The Federation of Exchange Accommodators (“FEA”) is the industry association for professional exchange facilitators, also known as Qualified Intermediaries (“QI”).

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Avoid These Common Pitfalls in Commercial Lease (or Purchase) Transactions

Avoid These Common Pitfalls in Commercial Lease (or Purchase) Transactions
By Rick Longpre on Jan 14, 2015 at 02:26 PM in Investing in Commercial Real Estate, Santa Barabara Commercial Real Estate

All too often a business searching for commercial space places a person in charge of the initial search who has:
limited or no experience with real estate
limited or no understanding of the business’s real estate requirements
no authority to act on behalf of the organization.

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Jobs Stall and So Does the Economy

Jobs Stall and So Does the Economy
By Rick Longpre on Oct 09, 2014 at 02:27 PM in Investing in Commercial Real Estate

The latest data also underscore how incremental improvements in labor conditions have failed to undo the damage from the recession and the prolonged slow recovery. For example, the share of adults in the labor force is no longer declining, as it did in 2013, but it remains at levels last seen in 1978.

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