How to Raise Funds to Develop Real Property from Foreign Investors Using The US EB-5 Visa Program

How to Raise Funds to Develop Real Property from Foreign Investors Using The US EB-5 Visa Program

I've heard a lot lately about the EB-5 program and how developers intend to use the immigration program to raise funds for their real estate projects, but I have yet to talk to someone who has actually, successfully used the program to raise funds for billion dollar project. Loren Cohen, Manager, Legal Affairs for MC Construction, spends some time with me discussing how MC raised a significant portion of the capital for their 1.2 billion dollar Point Rustin development using the EB-5 visa program. Read more

A Contrarian or Realistic View of Crowdfunding? What do You Think?

A Contrarian or Realistic View of Crowdfunding? What do You Think?

Joel, rather than jumping on the crowdfunding bandwagon, gives, what I call a "contrarian" view of equity crowdfunding and what he refers to as a "realistic" view. Joel believes that crowdfunding is not an industry. He believes that it is a "subset, a little technique....... inside of the fundraising business, the money business. To Joel, it is............... Read more

What is the Future of Commercial Real Estate Private Investing?

What is the Future of Commercial Real Estate Private Investing?

Heather Schwarz Lopes, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at EarlyShares.com gives a very animated account of crowdfunding and what is big that is going on. Hint: Investments are being funded. She is excited that crowdfunding is now gaining traction. Deals are being funded. Since EarlyShares was first organized, four years ago, there were a lot of naysayers who didn't believe that regulations would ever get approved. Once they were approved, then people thought it was a fad. Well, with a billion dollars getting funded, just last year, it no longer looks like a fad. According to Heather, "This is future of how commercial real estate private investing will be done. Read more

How to Rapidly Accelerate Real Estate Growth, Online

How to Rapidly Accelerate Real Estate Growth, Online

Joy Shoffler, principal of Leverage PR based in Austin, Texas discusses with me the three things that a real estate developer or syndicator can do to rapidly accelerate its growth. Joy is a nationally recognized author and speaker in the field of innovative financial services marketing and communication. According to Joy, those three things are........... Read more

What’s top of mind for Commercial Real Estate CFOs?

What’s top of mind for Commercial Real Estate CFOs?

I think it is fair to say that a CFO and other accountant types do not look at the real estate market the same way that brokers do. They have different concerns and focus on different issues. David Kessler, a partner in the firm of Cohn Reznick and their Commercial Real Estate Industry National Director... Read more

Real Estate Capital is both Plentiful and Diverse ~ Interview with Collette English Dixon

Real Estate Capital is both Plentiful and Diverse ~ Interview with Collette English Dixon

While attending the CREW Network, (CREW), Annual Conference in Miami, I spent some time with Collette, English Dixon, former president of CREW. Collette, a principal running the 30 billion dollar real estate investment portfolio for Prudential Real Estate Investments, gives me her perspective on the changing availability and demographics of current, available, real estate capital. As we came out of the recession, it was hard to figure out who the buyers for real estate were. There were the usual suspects at the time, including contrarian, private equity that had cashed out ahead of the downturn. Institutions were close behind. However, now, according to Collette, there is a broad range of available capital, including off-shore capital, some of which you can tell is off-shore and some is managed by US based advisors. Read more

For Some The Great Recession was a Great Opportunity for Investing in Residential Properties

For Some The Great Recession was a Great Opportunity for Investing in Residential Properties

For Rodney Montag, Managing Director of Mountain Real Estate Capital, The Great Recession was the best of times. Of course, Rodney isn't looking at that time from the perspective of a home builder, but from the perspective of an investor in distressed homebuilding projects. For some it was the worst of times. But as Rodney proves, with every loser, there is a winner and Rodney has been a winner. Read more