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You Want to Sell Apartment Buildings? Read This First.

By Noah Birk, Kiser Group I often get asked, “Should I get into real estate brokerage?” I usually tell them “No”, mostly because I don’t want any extra competition…but I always tell them that it’s an incredibly risky business to get into with extremely high rates of...

Loyola’s Positive Impact on Roger’s Park Multifamily Investments

By Stevens Haen, Kiser Group Loyola University Chicago is a key economic driver for the Roger’s Park neighborhood and multifamily. The main campus is a hub for 11,919 undergraduate students of which 2,774 are freshman students. As you go west of campus, rents begin an...

Five Commercial Real Estate Trends I’m Paying Attention To In 2019

By Andy Friedman, Kiser Group It already feels like 2018 is a distant memory as we enter the second month of the new year. Reflecting on last year, I thought I’d share some ideas on topics I find relevant and interesting and share why they are still on my radar for...

I’ve Inherited An Apartment Building. Should I Sell It?

By Matt Halper, Kiser Group Real estate is a common asset a person can inherit. While most people may think of a house, it can even be an apartment building. An investment property such as a multifamily asset is not necessarily an armchair investment, and tenant...

The condominium conversion-deconversion pendulum

As we continuously examine the deconversion trend at Kiser Group, we look for as much information as we can to try to understand how much longer it will last.  We recently looked at our historical data to see how many of each year’s sales were conversions or deconversions out of our total multifamily sales, and we produced the chart below.

Cash-On-Cash: The real measure of rate of return

By Andy Friedman Real estate investors are always drawn to cap rate as their go-to measure for potential investments. Cap rates are flawed. (More about that in a previous post.) Your return is not the cap rate, it is the cash-on-cash return, especially since the...

Cap Rates: A Highly Misunderstood and Imperfect Metric

By Andy Friedman   If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been told by a real estate investor that they will only consider a property with X cap rate or above, well, I’d have a boatload of nickels.  There are several problems with using cap rates as your main...

Liquidity: An Often-Ignored Component of Real Estate

By Andy Friedman When most people evaluate a real estate investment, there is a small set of initial questions that they look to get answered: What is the cap rate? What is the vacancy rate? How are rents or lease rates trending in that area? What is the condition of...

What Members Of Every HOA Should Know About Condo Deconversions

By Lee Kiser Condominium deconversions are a hot topic in commercial real estate today, and I don’t think it’s just the latest trend. As condominium stock built in the 70s and older continues to age and need updates, modernization and capital improvements, owners...

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