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5 at 5: Your Daily Digest for Real Estate Investing, 10/21/2020


Oct 21, 2020 by Marc Rapport
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Rental concessions, some new nonpublic CRE REITs for small investors, Ventas goes big on San Francisco life sciences space, a new cannabis REIT for the picking, and think twice about family pics on the wall.

In Today's News

Rental Beast Finds Concessions Abound Across the Country

As property owners, managers, and renters continue to grapple with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the Rental Beast listing service is finding significant concessions in multiple major markets.

Why it matters: This data not only shares where landlords might have to make do with less but by how much.

Commercial Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) for Small Investors See Increasing Demand

The Wall Street Journal reports today that a new type of nonpublic CRE fund that targets small investors is raking money in again after demand cooled during the early months of the pandemic.

Why it matters: This could be a promising investment opportunity. The WSJ says the new products typically take investments of as little as $2,500 and have been paying dividends above 5% without the volatility of the stock market.

Ventas Plunks Down About a Billion for a Life Sciences Campus

Ventas (NYSE: VTR), a Chicago-based REIT, has acquired an 800,000-square-foot life sciences campus in San Francisco for roughly $1 billion.

Why it matters: San Francisco is a notably pricey market, and office space may seem like a risky business to some, but apparently not to Ventas. The campus is 96% occupied with long-term tenants, according to REBusiness Online, and REIT investors will want to pay attention to other details if they've entrusted any bucks to this widely held trust.

Today on Millionacres

Hot for Pot? Second Publicly Traded Cannabis REIT About to Launch

Millionacres' Matt DiLallo shares the lowdown on a $183 million transaction that will convert Inception REIT into Subversive Real Estate Acquisition (OTCMKTS: SBVRF).

Why it matters: Not only will this be only the second public cannabis real estate trust, it'll be the first conversion of a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) of any kind into a public REIT. Matt says the combination of a fast-growing market and a monthly dividend option could make this new issue a hot property.

Should You Take Down Family Photos When Trying to Sell a Home?

If you're staging a space you're still inhabiting, you might be tempted to leave up those family pictures to create a warm, inviting look for potential homebuyers. That might not be such a good idea.

Why it matters: Millionacres' Barbara Zito points out some downsides to that practice. For starters, you want house shoppers to visualize themselves living there, not you. I can see what she means. I always felt sort of uncomfortable as a potential buyer in that situation myself. Feels intrusive enough just looking in their closets.

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