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How blockchain could change commercial real estate

Investors and others who are involved in Texas commercial real estate may have heard about the disruptive potential of blockchain. For instance, blockchain may bring about the advent of the smart contract. Smart contracts tend to allow for greater transparency between parties in a deal, which can increase trust between those parties. It may also result in the deed to a property being transferred immediately after the contract's conditions are met.

How technology can change the real estate business

Commercial real estate investors in Texas may find that artificial intelligence technologies will begin to have an impact on the industry as a whole. The residential real estate market is already seeing some effects from the use of bots to respond to inquiries as well as algorithms that seek out potential homes for interested buyers. However, on the commercial side of the market, the greatest potential for AI may be found in easing and transforming transactions. AI principles may allow investors to better understand the opportunity presented by a particular potential transaction.

Shutdown could negatively impact the CRE industry

The ongoing partial government shutdown is negatively impacting the commercial real estate sector in Texas and across the U.S. Multiple federal agencies and government contractors play an important role within the industry. When they are not at work or are greatly short-staffed during the shutdown, their absence can harm commercial real estate businesses.

Getting involved in commercial real estate

For many people interested in branching out to expand their investment interests in the Houston area, commercial real estate can provide important opportunities. Initially, it can be confusing to many people new to the industry as documents about real estate investments can be laden with jargon. The sums of money involved in a project can be substantial, especially for major commercial developments. However, there are a number of ways for people to enter the market and benefit from the opportunities provided; these types of investments are well-known for providing a stable home for funds and protection from volatility in the stock market as well as significant potential for profit.

How to evaluate a commercial real estate opportunity

The details of a commercial real estate transaction can vary depending on the type of property purchased. For instance, the due diligence process for an industrial building may differ from the process surrounding the purchase of a multifamily home. How long it takes to complete may depend on where the property is located. Therefore, if the property is located in Texas, a buyer should look up permit and other requirements needed when evaluating a potential purchase.

Reducing liability as a commercial real estate owner

There were over 53,000 personal injury cases filed throughout Texas and the rest of the United States in 2017. While this is down from more than 76,000 in 2014, it is still important for property owners to take steps to prepare for a possible legal claim. In some cases, property owners are named as defendants in premises liability cases even if they weren't the ones who caused the accident to happen.

Commercial real estate remains a growth industry

Potential investors in Texas may be particularly interested in the commercial real estate market, especially as the National Association of Realtors reported that the industry had grown over the past year. In its 2018 report, NAR said that its members who dealt with the market had reported increased sales volume and gross income. The survey included real estate agents who focus their business on commercial projects, including sales, leasing and land development in office, industrial, retail and multifamily spaces.

How crowdfunding impacts investment portfolios

In the 21st century, institutional investors in Texas and throughout the country have increasingly invested in commercial real estate (CRE). In 2000, CRE made up about 4 percent of the average portfolio. From 2010 to 2015, it grew from 5.6 percent to 9.6 percent of the aggregate institutional investment portfolio. Although it has become more popular for institutional investors, CRE has not necessarily been as popular for private investors.

Texas has strong markets for commercial real estate investment

Investors at all levels have opportunities to enter the commercial real estate market. According to the National Association of Realtors, 2018 has been a strong year for growth, especially in Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth. Growing employment has contributed to demand for commercial properties in multiple sectors. The long-term leases that are typical among commercial tenants help to protect owners from low occupancy rates and establish consistent cash flow.

The different ways to invest in real estate

Investing in Texas commercial real estate could offer unique opportunities for a portfolio. However, there are many different ways to invest. For instance, an individual could choose to be a private money lender. This involves giving money to developers and others who wish to make use of land or existing commercial buildings. It is also possible to purchase a building or a portion of a building. This enables an investor to find tenants and take other steps to maximize return on investment.

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