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Getting started with Commercial Real Estate Investing, or an experienced investor? This is a weekly podcast on the steps that I take to make my Commercial Real Estate investments (Retail, Office, Self Storage, etc) including successes and lessons learned. We cover advanced techniques for purchasing, operating, and exiting your properties, from the best people in the industry. You will learn everything you need to know about real estate investing. We are based in San Francisco / Silicon Valley and also cover how technology affects Commercial Real Estate, and how you can stay ahead of the game. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/best-commercial-retail-real-estate-investing-advice-ever/support

Commercial Real Estate Investing From A-Z Steffany Boldrini

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Getting started with Commercial Real Estate Investing, or an experienced investor? This is a weekly podcast on the steps that I take to make my Commercial Real Estate investments (Retail, Office, Self Storage, etc) including successes and lessons learned. We cover advanced techniques for purchasing, operating, and exiting your properties, from the best people in the industry. You will learn everything you need to know about real estate investing. We are based in San Francisco / Silicon Valley and also cover how technology affects Commercial Real Estate, and how you can stay ahead of the game. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/best-commercial-retail-real-estate-investing-advice-ever/support

    Retail Leasing - What to Keep in Mind for Prospective Tenants

    Retail Leasing - What to Keep in Mind for Prospective Tenants

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    What are some things you need to keep in mind when leasing your property? Why should you put your prospective tenant's hat on? What are vacancy rates looking like today? Raphael Collazo, a retail real estate agent, shares his insights.

    You can read this entire interview here: https://bit.ly/3fhLRv1

    Investors and commercial leasing brokers have to put a hat on of our potential tenants, why don't we go into each step of your book and dive into some areas of it?
    First we talk about why you need commercial space in the first place. I've had a lot of conversations with people who like the fact of having a commercial space, it's a validation of them having made it, but in reality, they may not even need a commercial space. If you're a web designer, why do you need a commercial space, it's more of just fluff for you. On top of that, it may not be in your budget, your business may not be able to support you having a commercial space yet. Having that conversation early on is important so that you understand that maybe it's not the right time. And that's okay, it's actually better to know that now versus you getting into a commercial lease for three to five years, and then having that financial commitment for another three to five years. 

    Then we review what you need to prepare before you get a commercial space, a lot of it is providing financials, if you're a newer business, or you haven't been around as much as some of these more established businesses, put the investor hat on, why would the landlord want to lease space to a potential business that doesn't have a track record of success, that's very risky for an investor. If there's a 2,000 square foot space, going for $2,000 a month, and you have $40,000 in reserves, your business is producing this, we can support this type of payment, it's getting ammo in the cartridge, so that as you go out and look for commercial space, you become a more attractive tenant to investors.

    Then we go through the process of narrowing down your list of criteria: how do you negotiate commercial leases, some of the provisions you need to keep in mind as you're looking at commercial spaces. And then at the end, we talk a little bit about once you get to the point of getting the lease signed, what are some of the build outs involved if you need a build out, and then we share some marketing strategies, and at the end, we have a call to action saying Now take the action, do it.

    And when they go ahead and do it, what are some of the things that they should be aware of with regards to negotiating that lease?
    As a landlord you want to pass along some of the main responsibilities over to the tenant, because you don't want to have to deal with getting calls for toilets and whatever else. That's part of the reason why you're investing in commercial real estate versus multifamily real estate. They want to be able to be a little bit more passive. Along with that, as a business owner, they don't consider the big ticket items, the landlord could pass along the responsibility for the furnace, the AC, if there's an elevator involved, maybe they're also passing along that responsibility. And you don't know that unless you read the lease.

    If you're in a multi tenant center, a lot of times you have to consider what's the competition in that center, because you don't want to be a liquor store, move into a multi tenant center, and then all of a sudden, next door, they allow another liquor store to move in. Have some form of exclusivity, and a sublease clause just in case.

    Raphael Collazo
    www.raphaelcollazo.com
    www.linkedin.com/in/raphaelcollazo




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    • 19 min
    Top Questions to Ask a General Contractor & How to Find Them

    Top Questions to Ask a General Contractor & How to Find Them

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    What questions should you ask a General Contractor (GC) when looking to hire one to build a property for you, renovate or expand it? How to even find general contractors for your projects? How should you pay them? Jeff Walston from Premise Construction will share his experience with us.

    You can read this entire interview here: https://bit.ly/3pZoZXv

    What are some of the major things that people should be aware of before hiring a general contractor?
    You need to know the right questions to ask. If you're in search for a general contractor, you can go to either your Better Business Bureau or your city commerce centers, they will know a great contractor because they've dealt with them in the past and know that they have a good track record, first and foremost. As far as questions to ask prior to starting the commercial projects:

    1. Making sure that they're fully licensed, fully insured, which is general liability, and workman's comp. Regardless if they are even going to be on the job site, you have to have that to protect everyone involved, it's very important.

    2. Their experience. If, for instance, you're hiring a contractor, and you want to do a restaurant build out, if they don't have any experience in the restaurant sector of commercial construction, maybe they have just been doing office buildings, you might have a few hiccups going through that whole process, because it's going to be a learning process for them. You need someone to know what they're doing in that specific sector.

    3. Once you figure out if they've done those projects, ask to see them, see if he can get references, ask around about their particular companies and do your research on them. It doesn't hurt to Google their company and Google their employees as well, I'd highly recommend that.

    What are some questions that people should be asking them to make a decision on which one to pick?
    If it's not down to price, if they're close in pricing, and you're just trying to figure out, who am I comfortable with, it's different for every circumstance, it's how you feel about the person that's representing the company. Some questions to consider are:
    - What expectations do you want them to have?
    - Can they meet your communication expectations?
    - Do you want daily updates? Do you want weekly updates? Do you want monthly updates?
    - Do you have project managers that are going to be managing our project daily?
    - Do you guys still perform work? Or do you subcontract everything out? And if so, how do you manage those subcontractors?
    - If they do have subcontractors that they're utilizing, you can ask them, How strong are your subcontractors? Do they show up on time? Are they managed well within their company? Get a feel of what they say about their subcontractors.
    - Is every subcontractor fully licensed and insured on your property?
    - You also want to see, from a liability standpoint, if they have any safety protocols, and if they do, what are those safety protocols, and maybe even see if you can get their safety protocol to see if everyone's following it. With any commercial property, the public safety for anyone involved in the project is vital for the people working there and the people utilizing the building later.
    - When problems arise, how do you handle it? Can you give me an example of the most recent one?

    Jeff Walston
    Premise Construction
    www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-walston
    jeffwalston@premiseconstruction.com




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    • 23 min
    Is Location Important in the Metaverse? What Makes Real Estate Valuable and How can you Monetize your Properties in the Metaverse? (Part 2)

    Is Location Important in the Metaverse? What Makes Real Estate Valuable and How can you Monetize your Properties in the Metaverse? (Part 2)

    Is location, location, location important in the metaverse? How can we develop properties in that world? What makes real estate valuable in the metaverse? How can you monetize it?

    You can read this entire interview here: https://bit.ly/33IcF5a

    Let's say Facebook decides to create their own universe, how are these pieces of land going to merge together? Or not? How will that work? What if one planet becomes more popular than another planet?
    That is the trillion dollar question. Are these going to be interoperable with each other? Is one going to dominate? That remains to be seen. We're still so early with this new world that nobody knows. Personally, I've bought virtual real estate in the Sandbox, Decentraland and Netvrk. And I'm looking to invest in virtual estate in up and coming metaverse projects as well. There's a saying, Spray and pray, I've kind of adopted that strategy, but not quite. I'm doing a lot of research into these projects, and I'm exploring them, but I am looking to get a lot of exposure to it. Some people compare it to being able to go back in time and buy a city block in Manhattan 100 years ago, what would that cost today? What would the return on that be worth today? It would be absolutely astronomical and, and incomprehensible. I think it's very possible that we're looking at a similar opportunity now, where in a decade or two decades, we look back, and we could have acquired a land plot in the Sandbox or in Decentraland for only $15k-20k. And now it's, millions of dollars. You can also purchase in game assets in the Sandbox and Decentraland. You can also create them, I believe. Roblox allows you to do something similar. I haven’t played it myself, but it might be something that some of your listeners are more familiar with, especially if they have young children that play Roblox. They provide you with tools to create your own anything in game assets, it could be a sword, a speedboat, a palm tree, a desk, a bed, pretty much anything that we have in the real world you could create it in the metaverse and you can sell it.

    Why is location important when you can literally click a button and be transported to the other side of the planet over there? Are people “walking” in these universes and is that why they will be able to see Snoop Dogg’s neighbor?
    Yes. There are various ways to move through these Metaverse projects, there are portals in some of them where you can teleport your avatar from one location to another. However, those are in specific locations only. So there are going to be large stretches of land between portals, where you’re going to have to find alternate means of moving around. The obvious and most common one would be walking or running. There are also roads, you can buy cars. I’m guessing you could move around the metaverse faster by purchasing a virtual car.

    Is there anything else that we haven’t covered that you think is important for our audience to know right now?
    I would just encourage everyone to start looking into this, do your research. It’s very easy to set up an account on the Sandbox and in Decentraland, create your own avatar, start exploring and start walking around. Look at their marketplaces. See what’s for sale, how much it costs, download a digital wallet, get a MetaMask, or Coinbase wallet, or a number of other wallets. But MetaMask is the most popular one. Start getting familiar with it, because this is the future. The opportunities are massive. We’re still super early in the space. And I think virtual real estate will be in very high demand over time. I personally think that it’ll be worth more than real world real estate at some point in the future.

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    • 11 min
    What is the Metaverse? Should You Buy Virtual Real Estate in the Metaverse? (Part 1)

    What is the Metaverse? Should You Buy Virtual Real Estate in the Metaverse? (Part 1)

    What is the metaverse? Should you buy real estate in the metaverse? What does that even mean? What are some ways to monetize your property? Our metaverse expert will be enlightening us on what this is all about, and why it is important to at least start learning about it, and why it could be the next big thing in real estate.

    You can read this entire episode here: https://bit.ly/3E1p4xJ

    What does that mean to own land that doesn’t exist, in a magical world?
    The ownership is via what’s called an NFT, which stands for non fungible token. It’s basically something that is digital, has scarcity, and is verifiably authentic on the blockchain. In addition to that, it’s also a way to verify ownership of a digital asset. Virtual land plots or parcels exist as entities on the blockchain, so your ownership is verifiable. That’s how it’s represented to the world. And the blockchain is a transparent public ledger. So everyone has visibility into it.

    But I’m still not understanding why I should buy a piece of land that doesn’t exist.
    There’s the appreciation component, because it exists as an NFT, you can also easily flip it on the blockchain. You can list it for sale on different entity marketplaces, the most popular and the largest being Opensea, kind of like the eBay of NFT’s.

    In addition to the appreciation, the fact that it’s easily transferable, or sellable, other reasons to purchase an own virtual real estate are that you can do much more with it in the metaverse than you can in the real world. For instance, you can advertise on it. You can advertise your own company, unlike the physical world, anyone in the world that has an internet connection is able to put eyes on those advertisements as they explore the metaverse and they happen upon your property and your billboards. The exposure opportunity is much higher. You can also rent out your property to, let’s say, people that want to host events on it. You can design and build any space, any environment that you can imagine. Unlike the real world where there are constraints.

    There are highly influential figures, celebrities, musicians that have bought up a lot of land in some of these Metaverse projects. Snoop Dogg is one example. He owns a massive section of land in the Sandbox. He has created what’s called the Snoop Verse. It’s basically a metaverse within the metaverse specific to Snoop Dogg, where he hosts live concerts where you can watch them as your avatar with other avatars and get access to other exclusive opportunities like NFT drops, play in the Snoop Dogg casino, check out his 200 car virtual car collection, get higher staking rewards on your tokens. Parcels adjacent to Snoop’s property, I think there is a string of three adjacent land parcels, if you take the minimum price $13,000 times three, you’d get $39,000. But those sold for $450,000, more than 10x the minimum price for land parcel in the Sandbox because of the proximity to this highly influential celebrity.

    Why is it worth 10x the price of minimum real estate values? Because Snoop is going to attract so much traffic to his land area, you are therefore going to get a lot more traffic to your plot of land, and so you’re going to get more eyes on it. Therefore, the advertising potential is higher, or the number of interactions you can expect on your property are much higher. You can also create games, you can rent it out, you can advertise on it. There’s no overhead costs, no insurance, no decay, no management. You don't need to clean the sheets. You don't need to vacuum it.

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    • 13 min
    What Could Be The Hottest Asset Classes in a Decade?

    What Could Be The Hottest Asset Classes in a Decade?

    What are some asset classes that I think could potentially be very successful in the next decade with regards to real estate investing?

    You can read this entire episode here: https://bit.ly/3Ibdpj2

    I have recently been pondering about all of the missed opportunities that came right in front of my face a decade ago. Things like investing in Google and Facebook, I actually met the founder of Coinbase nine years ago, who told me that he thought that there was a huge opportunity in Bitcoin. Bitcoin was worth $13.30 then, if I had put $10,000 into it, it would have been worth $45 million today. I told my friends to buy Amazon stock when it was $250 a share. I test drove the very first Tesla Roadster 11 years ago, and never thought of investing in Tesla.

    As a fully grown responsible adult that has some money to invest today, I was pondering recently, what is right now right before my eyes today, that could be huge tomorrow, just like all of these companies that I just mentioned. These things can be controversial, and you might not like it, and you may think is the stupidest thing ever, or you may simply disagree with it. But it's just what it is. And you can either learn about it, or you can try to fight it.

    Cannabis
    The first thing that I think could be a great investment is in the cannabis space. Whether you rent an industrial building to a cannabis manufacturer or deliverer or whatever their business may be, today, cannabis is only legally allowed in a handful of states. Trends, whether you like them or not, start on the coasts. Cannabis has been legalized in a few states on the coasts, eventually it will be legalized on a federal level. And those who are ahead of the curve will benefit from it, and that is happening sooner than you think. Cannabis tenants tend to pay significantly more for renting the property because of many factors that are related to it not being federally legal. Once it becomes federally legalized, and you end up having a cap rate of, say, 7% when these industrial buildings with these cannabis tenants that are paying you top dollars, you automatically add value to your property.

    Metaverse
    In the metaverse you are basically buying a "piece of real estate" in this fake world. I am looking at interviewing people that are experts in this topic, so we can all be enlightened and really learn what it means to invest in the metaverse with regards to real estate. What I learned so far is that there are companies already buying land in this 3D world that they will be able to build whatever they want. It can be a hotel, a golf course, an art gallery, a comedy show place, a sports stadium, a music stadium, and it can also be a game. It can basically be anything that the person that bought it would like to create in that world. They can charge people for admission, or a membership fee for example. And that's one of the ways to monetize it.

    Environmental
    The last example in this series is coming back to the physical world, the more realistic world. As we all know by now, the government creates tax incentives in order to incentivize a certain behavior that they want you to act upon. Like we have mentioned before they have tax incentives for real estate investors because the government does not want to build and maintain buildings. That is why real estate investors have these tax incentives. Today's incentives are in the environmental space. They are in wind farming, carbon capturing, clean energy, and a few other things that you might want to learn about.

    What do you think could be the next huge opportunity in real estate investing? Let me know below:
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    • 12 min
    Should You Invest In a 5% Cap NNN Property? Real Example Calculations

    Should You Invest In a 5% Cap NNN Property? Real Example Calculations

    Today we will review a real property example from a real potential buyer who wants to get into commercial real estate investing and prefers a NNN leased property. Are these investments worth it at a 5% Cap rate? Let's find out.

    Tell us a little bit about you.
    I'm in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex area in Texas, it's a very rapidly growing area in the suburbs and since there aren't many opportunities within the metroplex, they're rare to come by. I'm a nurse practitioner, I work full time, and am looking to get into commercial real estate investing, specifically NNN leases, since it's a little bit more passive opportunity and I don't have to worry about, as they say, termites, toilets and taxes. So that helps me out in that sense. I've been doing a little bit of research and came across a potentially good opportunity in the Metroplex area, and has a very well regarded corporate tenant.

    Unfortunately, the cap rate is between 4.5 to 5% and this will be my very first investment. I'm looking to certainly grow my portfolio, and this is a true NNN, where everything is taken care of. I feel like it's great for me to learn from it, and not get too overwhelmed, just starting off. But my hesitancy with this is, since the return is a little bit lower, I'm concerned about what interest rate I would get from the banks, and if I'd be breaking even. I wanted to reach out to and see if you have any guidance, and what you would recommend for someone in my position who is a novice and strictly coming in with a foot in the door.

    I can totally understand how you are torn because, from what I understand, you're very busy with work and family, so there isn't a ton of time to manage properties and deal with leases and all of that. But at the same time, the cap rate is pretty low. I'm going to ask you a few questions, and if you don't know the answer we'll just go ask the broker at some point and take it from there. What is the downpayment looking like right now?
    It'll be at least 20%, the price is a little over $900k, and the lease doesn't expire for another 7-8 years. There are three, five year option renewals after that lease is up in about eight years.

    Are these five year options?
    Correct. Each option is five years.

    So you have potentially another 15 years on top of the eight years, correct? Are there yearly rent increases, or is the rent increasing every five years?
    The lease commencement was in August of 2009, in the years one through five there was no increase, but then after that, they've had a 6% increase. And then after that, it's going to be 8% increase every time there's a renewal.

    About 1.5% a year, increase, give and take. When does that 8% kick in?
    It doesn't kick in until after this 7-8 years is up.

    So you're going to have that 5% cap for the next seven years. And then at that point, they can either leave or renew at an 8% increase. And this is the one that is a true NNN lease, you're not taking care of anything.
    Correct. It's mailbox money, as they call it.

    If there is any money left.
    That's a good point. Exactly.

    One of the super critical things to take a look at in the lease is, I don't know about Texas, but in California the taxes can be very low if they have owned the property for X number of years. And then once you purchase it at this new price, the taxes will go up significantly. I don't know how it is in Texas, but I would definitely make sure that in the lease, if it's the case for Texas, they are okay with any new tax increase, regardless. A lot of times these major tenants will negotiate a maximum tax increase of X percent. So that's something that is your number one priority to check there.

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    • 16 min

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audheer77 ,

No fluff information

Like the no fluff information provided on this podcast for commercial real estate. Appreciate that short episodes.

maddie@podcastingyou ,

Amazing podcast!

Steffany is a great host, love that these episodes are short and sweet in their delivery of great advice through experienced professionals in the industry. Definitely excited for more!

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Thank you!

Steff, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I’ve listened to every single episode and truly get excellent information from each one. I am a small investor in the shopping center space and typically have a 3 hour commute to visit my properties. Your podcast is my go-to during these drives. You have excellent discussions with knowledgeable guests. You always ask the right questions.

I would like to request you have a discussion on how investors/buyers find deals. From working with brokers to cold calling owners to scavenging the MLS and other websites. Curious to hear how deals come to fruition specifically creative ways other than brokers listings. Please share your success stories and ideas! Again, thank you so much!!!

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