Brian Fielding says millennials may change commercial real estate industry

Millennials will impact commercial real estate

Brian Fielding says millennials will have impact on commercial real estate.

Little by little, commercial real estate practices may be changing and it’s all thanks to the millennials.

The millennial generation, currently 20 to 30 somethings, are attached to technology – cell phones, tablets, social media and more. According to Brian Fielding, a commercial real estate industry veteran, says that because of this attachment to technology, ease and efficiency are their top priorities and they’re bringing that with them into the real estate industry as the next generation of agents and investors.

The commercial real estate side of the business will see the biggest impact, Brian Fielding says. While there have been advances in this part of the industry – most notably, more online listings and mobile apps – there are still improvements that millennials will most likely demand.

For example, online listings in many cases still include just one exterior photo and a few stats on the price and size. If job sites like Glassdoor and Indeed are any example, millennials will want more information as quickly as possible before committing. This would mean more photos or even virtual tours may become the norm, Brian Fielding believes. There are already companies out there that can help make video tours of properties as easy as possible, such as Matterport, that will allow realtors to forgo hiring professional videographers.

Millennials reliance on technology also allows for more time-saving techniques. This includes things as simple as texting with listing brokers to the use of mobile apps to schedule property tours, such as Showing Suite. And Brian Fielding says the industry may also see more and more listing and industry articles shared via social media

The consumer side is also going to have to change for millennials. While referrals will certainly be a part of the business as usual, millennials who don’t know who to trust are going to turn to the Internet as their first source. Just as they do with apps and sites like Yelp or Trip Adviser, they will be looking to compare brokers via online reviews, specialties, locations served and price ranges. According to Brian Fielding, Realtor.com already has a “Find a Realtor” search, but someone has yet to establish a large database for commercial agents with more complete profiles.

“All of these activities are already taking place in the residential real estate industry,” Brian Fielding said. “The smart bet is that the commercial industry will follow … at least in part.”

He went on to say that while commercial transactions are driven almost exclusively by financial modeling, it is hard to imagine that commercial real estate brokers will not avail themselves of some of the online capabilities. It might include some ability to tour the property and the general market, including local demographics, traffic patterns, adjacent stores, malls, etc.

To learn more about commercial real estate, please visit www.brianfielding.com.

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Brian Fielding Reveals New Information on How Retirement Planning Can Include Diversification through the Ownership of Commercial Real Estate

 When planning for retirement, Brain Fielding of Fielding Investments suggests investing in commercial real estate.


When planning for retirement, Brain Fielding of Fielding Investments suggests investing in commercial real estate.

Now, more than ever before, people are looking for the best ways to save for retirement. With Social Security payments uncertain for the future, individuals are taking a much more proactive approach to how they want to handle their money and investments. Commercial real estate advisor, Brian Fielding, offered his insights into how investors can diversify the risk of their portfolios.

“While few persons are willing to do the diligence necessary to directly own commercial real estate, there are some retirement plans and REITs that make such investment available to passive investors,” Brian Fielding shares. “However, we don’t believe that all investors should invest in that manner, since a variety of fees charged can often reduce returns so substantially as to discourage such investors.”

Commercial real estate advisor Brian Fielding maintains that investment in commercial real estate should not be viewed as accessible through such funds and entities, feeling that there is significant opportunity for individuals or partnerships to invest in local assets. Noting that workers had invested over $20,000,000 dollars in commercial properties in just the past six months [credit to Real Estate Research in Des Moines, Iowa] in funds alone, and that commercial real estate had returned an average of 8.6% in income and appreciation over the past decade [credit to the National Council of Real Estate Fiduciaries]. This nationally recognized advisor suggests that like and better returns can await those who take the time and make the effort to become experts on their local economy.

“We find it remarkable that many sophisticated persons take great pains to study hundreds of companies to find the best stock and fund investment, but few take the steps necessary to fully understand their local business and real estate economy in a manner that would allow them to be sophisticated investors in the region’s commercial real estate,” commercial real estate advisor Brian Fielding shared. “Many wonderful opportunities exist in every hometown, but it does take an investor’s commitment to track pricing, monitor new developments in planning, zoning and infrastructure, and networking with brokers, businesspersons and politicians.”

Brian Fielding believes that anyone with some time and effort can be a direct owner of quality commercial real estate, either individually or in partnership with other similarly motivated persons.

“While individuals may not have the resources to employ professionals to perform the studies and analysis used regularly by nationally based developers and investors, with a bit of effort, they will know more about their community than most consultants can hope to derive from demographic studies and broker referrals,” he added. “Just think about how much data went into that national chain’s selection of a site in your town, yet perhaps only you and your friends know that a site across town (or even across the street) would have been a smarter choice.”

Brian Fielding of Fielding Investments suggests that many have enjoyed success in commercial real estate investing by combining their skills and knowledge about the local communities while taking advantage of the demographic analyses of the national concerns who chose the sites for their stores and offices. He believes that is a matter of will and effort for any reasonably intelligent person to become an expert in their community and suggests that everyone should have, as part of their retirement portfolio, a direct interest in one or more commercial real estate holdings.

“While we all have plans as to how we wish to live our retiring years, we all lack that one critical bit of data on making a good plan for the golden years … our life expectancy is nothing but an actuarial guess and that nest egg which we hoped would provide us with certainty, rarely fully considers the ravages that inflation and low returns can do to that plan,” he adds. “I think we all know persons who thought that their pension plan or IRA would insure a retirement in comfort, only to find that banks are paying less than 1% on deposits and returns sufficient to insure that lifestyle come only with the assumption of unacceptable risk.”

“We are not suggesting that it is prudent for anyone to put all of their proverbial eggs into one commercial real estate basket, but we do believe that it is an important part of any investment portfolio. The real question is whether that investor feels comfortable with having others make all of the decisions on what to buy and what to charge for their expertise.”

For more information and advice about how to start investing in commercial real estate today, visit http://brianfielding.com.

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Brian Fielding of Fielding Investments Provides Insight About a Recent Wall Street Journal Story

Brian Fielding of Fielding Investments shares some insight about a recent article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

Brian Fielding of Fielding Investments shares some insight about a recent article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

A recent story in the Wall Street Journal about the California Public Employee’s Retirement System (“CalPERS”) caught the attention of real estate adviser Brian Fielding, who feels that individual investors should follow the “smart money” choices of public entities. In the past CalPERS purchased positions in funds that owned office developments and shopping malls whose more speculative nature resulted in huge losses [about ½ of the investment] in the recession. Their interest now is in fully leased office and multi-housing developments through separate accounts that give CalPERS greater control over where the investments are placed.

To Brian Fielding, this move away from Treasuries and into net-leased assets is indicative of the value of the inherent strength of commercial real estate investment and a strong indicator of where prudent investors should be allocating a portion of their investment portfolio. He believes that the individuals have an edge in the selection of their real estate purchases that can be realized by simply tapping into knowledge of the community that they enjoy over outside parties.

“It takes a change of thought process in the sense that we all see the successes and failures in our hometowns, but we may fail to take into account that our insight puts the savvy investor into a ‘catbird’ seat from which to make investment decisions,” Brian Fielding of Fielding Investments shares. “Like anything else in life, success is bred of effort. One who may be looking to invest needs to take that which they already know and combine that with an effort to know where roads are being built (or widened), what zoning issues are in place, which businesses flourish and which languish in your community. This is all information that, as an ‘insider,’ the local investor can discern more successfully than firms and individuals who must hire professionals in an effort to discern those factors that are readily known to local residents.”

CalPERS has enjoyed an annual return of 14 percent since 2011, while banks have been paying less than one percent on deposits. Brian Fielding believes that while the large pension funds have the advantage of large stores of money, those funds also have greater limitations on the types of investments they can make, have greater competition from like funds and must pay significant management fees that may not be borne by the individual.

“It is our position that private citizens sometimes fail to realize the unique knowledge that they enjoy and may unnecessarily worry that understanding and become competent in the world of commercial real estate investment is beyond their capability,” Brian Fielding of Fielding Investments shares. “We believe that commercial real estate holdings should be a part of all investors’ portfolios, and that any person who is willing to take the time and make a reasonable effort can enjoy an excellent return and long term appreciation that they have historically provided.”

For more information about the commercial real estate industry and how local investors can take advantage of their inside knowledge, contact Brian Fielding by visiting http://brianfielding.com.

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Brian Fielding Reveals Trends in Commercial Real Estate for 2015

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Brian Fielding knows that investors this year are already looking for prime pieces of property to invest in. Commercial real estate is always a smart investment for individuals that want to make smart choices about how they invest their money. However, when individuals are looking at commercial real estate properties and want to make sure that they are picking the right one, they must consider a number of different factors. This includes developing factors in the industry and new trends that will make a difference for certain property types. Below, Mr. Fielding shares some developing trends in the rest of 2015 that may impact which properties are being sought and bought.

  1. Retail needs are changing: When investors are thinking about investing in a retail space, they must keep in mind that the needs of retailers are changing says Brian Fielding. Because many companies are conducting more of their business online, they do not need the same retail spaces, and typical malls are not fulfilling the needs of retailers who are not finding their way into the same types of retail spaces. High-end retailers and boutiques, however, do still need brick and mortar spaces, though they must be in desirable areas for these types of establishments. These are all factors that those looking to buy retail spaces must keep in mind.
  2. New areas are seeing activity: Many investors are starting to take risks that they did not previously consider. Many of them are starting to look at properties that are in areas that have not been as popular in recent years. Their willingness to try these new areas is bringing attention to areas that have been previously neglected such as cities like Philadelphia and Denver. With the extra attention, these areas have become more promising to investors, and many quality properties are still widely available at affordable purchase prices so that investors can make advantageous purchases while these markets are still in their infancy.
  3. Demand for industrial space is on the rise: Typical warehouse spaces have been decreasing in demand over the past few years shares Mr. Fielding, but they are starting to see a rise again. The main factor for prosperous industrial properties is the location. When a company needs a warehouse, for example, they are looking for one that is close top their retail space, where they can easily access their product. These are the properties that will still have plenty of uses and be desired in the coming years.

To facilitate a profitable purchase of a piece of commercial real estate, whether it be a retail space or a warehouse, these factors must be considered by investors. To learn more about new changes in the commercial real estate industry visit www.brianfielding.com/.

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Brian Fielding Discusses Important New Trends Concerning Banks and Commercial Real Estate

Brian Fielding reveals that there have already been some very positive predictions about how the commercial real estate market will perform in the rest of the Year. There are currently a number of businesses that are getting back on their feet after economic hardships in recent years. As these companies are recovering, the job market is improving, and many of these companies require new spaces for growth and expansion. This trend, which is no doubt exciting investors with its prospects for higher profit margins in the second part of this 2015, is also inspiring an astounding new trend from banks.

Investment expert Brian Fielding points out that while commercial real estate is certainly a worthwhile investment, it does require a large amount of upfront capital. Fortunately for those who want to invest, obtaining a loan from a bank to facilitate their purchase is becoming a more simplified process as banks start to realize the increasing success of the market.

Lenders are seeing more and more of their loans utilized on commercial real estate properties, and construction property loans are being retired. Loss rates are also decreasing on loans created for these purposes. Commercial real estate is seeing higher demand, and coupled with these improved factors for banks, it is proving itself to be a much more favorable market for lenders, and is offering improved terms for the investors.

Brian Fielding reminds investors that as the market continues to improve, banks will be casting a more favorable eye on real estate purchases. This opens the door for many persons and entities who may not have previously been able to raise the capital that they needed for their investment. The change also results in more favorable options as the lenders are facing more competition to offer commercial real estate loans.

The commercial real estate market is seeing a lot of favorable developments. Brian Fielding stresses that now is the time for those who want to secure their future with a promising investment to utilize these developments and take advantage of all the benefits that commercial real estate investment has to offer.

For more information on the commercial real estate market and the best advice for investing, visit http://fieldinginvestments.com.

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Brian Fielding Offers Property Management Tips for Commercial Real Estate Investors

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Brian Fielding, an expert mind in the world of commercial real estate, has long supported investors in their considerations of commercial real estate purchases. Whether an individual is investing in a commercial space for their own company, to rent out to tenants, or to fit both purposes, there are a number of advantages to owning such a property. However, there are also many responsibilities, especially in situations where there are tenants involved. For those who have made a real estate purchase, or who are looking at a possible property to invest in, Mr. Fielding would like to offer some advice on steps that every real estate investor must consider after making a purchase.

  1. Make time to meet with tenants: Brian Fielding knows that when an owner takes the time to visit with his or her tenants, he or she will experience a number of advantages. Staying in contact with these clients will allow the owner to stay up to date on what kinds of changes the company plans to make.  A company’s business plans may very well change what they need in their space. An owner should speak with these tenants on a regular basis to be certain they can find ways to meet new needs such as a smaller or larger space for a tenant’s operations.
  2. Look for zoning changes: In some cases, a zoning change will extend the allowable uses for a piece of commercial property, but in other cases, it will limit it. These zoning laws may become a problem for those who are trying to fill a vacant space, as a zoning law chance may change the pool possible clients. Whenever a property owner is trying to lease a space, they must make sure there have been no changes to the zoning laws of their property.
  3. Conduct annual repairs and maintenance: Each and every building will need regular repairs, and systems such as the sprinklers and air conditioning units need to be regularly managed. Brian Fielding reminds investors that when they are making commercial real estate purchases, they must keep the cost of these in mind. As owners, they must additionally take the time to make sure that these repairs and updates are done. While it is still early in the year, owners should make their plans and consider when annual fixes will be performed.

Brian Fielding believes that those who make commercial real estate purchases should also be sure that they are maintaining their properties correctly. This advice will help owners take the reins and manage their properties well this coming year to make sure that they can continue to see their investment be prosperous. For more information on commercial real estate investing visit www.brianfielding.com/.

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Fielding Investments Reveals 3 Tips to Finding the Best Commercial Real Estate Investment

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Fielding Investments, a leading commercial real estate investment firm, shares insider information as to what makes a great investment deal.

Property investment advisor Brian Fielding has over 40 years of experience in the field. With that experience, he understands what factors go into a great commercial real estate investment. Aware of the fact that others do not have the wealth of knowledge that he does, Brian Fielding of Fielding Investments is sharing three of the ways that people can get more informed and land a better deal on their next investment.

Be aware and have a way out.

The first thing that seasoned commercial real estate investors will look for is a way out of the deal – something that can give them the option to walk away if need be. In addition, when surveying any property that an individual is interested in investing it, it is prudent to pay attention to every detail.

“Make sure that you check for any existing damage to the property, note any repairs that will need to be made, and assess whether the property needs to undergo any renovations,” shares commercial real estate advisor Brian Fielding. “It is helpful to bring along a calculator in order to determine and ballpark the amount it will cost to get everything fixed. Only then can you determine whether the investment is smart taking your budget into consideration.”

Know the area.

Time and time again, commercial real estate advisor Brian Fielding has shared that those who invest in properties in their area of residence are often the most successful. The reason for this is simple: they have insider information.

“That street corner that dozens of businesses have opened and closed their doors on and that strip mall where so many people frequent every day – this is all information that algorithms and calculations cannot compute,” Fielding shares. “Information like that is something that you gain from living and being in the area. This is the information that will give you an advantage over someone who is investing in a piece of real estate out of the city, state or even country.”

Get some help.

For those looking to invest in commercial real estate for the first time, it is in their best interest to do their homework. Searching for properties online, in the classifieds, on the street and other methods can help inventors be more aware of what is available in their market. In addition, hiring an investment firm like that of Fielding Investments, can help first-time investors to stay on the right track.

For more information about commercial real estate investment and to see some questions that others have posed to Fielding Investments, visit http://fieldinginvestments.com.

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Where to Buy Office Real Estate Shared By Brian Fielding

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Brian Fielding shares some areas that in the coming year are ideal for office property investments.

Brian Fielding knows that many commercial real estate investors choose to invest in office properties for a number of reasons. These, like may other commercial real estate properties, are great investments. However, also like any other commercial real estate properties, the success of one of these properties depends on a variety of factors. One of the main factors is location. Some areas have a very small demand for office spaces, while others have a high demand but the properties are also expensive. Here, Mr. Fielding shares some areas that in the coming year are ideal for office property investments.

  • Pittsburg: There is a high demand for office spaces as white-collar jobs increase with the recovering economy and dropping unemployment rates in this city. In addition, those who want to purchase a great office property in this area will find that the demand is high and the availability of such quality spaces is low. Investors who secure a desirable property will face low vacancy rates in comparison to the vacancy rates in other areas.
  • Boston: Mr. Fielding shares that Boston is seeing a number of positive trends in 2015 that make it a desirable area to purchase an office space, especially if the owner is planning on renting the space. There is low competition on desirable properties so investors are able to snap up the properties that they want. Additionally, the prices on these properties are currently low, especially when compared to desirable cities such as Manhattan.
  • San Francisco: San Francisco is another city that is seeing a lot of job growth in industries that desire quality office spaces. There are many developments in the works in the city. In the meantime, because office spaces are in high demand, Brian Fielding shares that investors will be able to get top dollar rent for their spaces and they will see few vacancies.
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Brian Fielding Provides Advice on How to Form a Partnership for Buying Commercial Properties

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Brian Fielding shares that partners in a successful venture rarely note the various provisions in the partnership agreement unless there is a dispute

Property Investment Veteran Brian Fielding knows that many people who decide to go into real estate investment do so in some form of partnership. The legal definition of a partnership is “a legal relationship existing between two or more persons who are contractually associated with each other as joint principals in a business or investment venture.” Of course, partnerships exist in many forms, most commonly today in the form of a limited liability company, also known as an LLC.

Investors often enter into partnerships to share in exposure and opportunity, but also to complete the credentials necessary to affect a purchase.Few people have all of the knowledge, the capital and the various resources to complete the purchase of a commercial asset. The sharing of responsibility and risk in any one property will often allow the savvy investor to diversify and acquire a balanced portfolio of quality commercial properties.

“You should always seriously consider whom you plan to go into business with,” shares property investment veteran Brian Fielding. “There is something to the old line that the fastest way to make an enemy is to loan them money or enter into a partnership.”

This is why it is important to choose one’s partner wisely. Investors will want to find someone who is detail and goal-oriented, is honest, and does not micro-manage or steamroll the other person’s opinions. The most effective partnerships tend to have persons with different skills and assets – it is the effective sharing process that is the mark of the most successful ventures.

Whenever investors get into a partnership, it is always important to have formal documentation and ensure that the partnership complies with local laws. Retaining a knowledgeable attorney is a “must,” but check references because some otherwise excellent lawyers are not deal makers.

There are few things that will tear a partnership apart or kill a deal more than hardheaded attorneys who are so enamored with their knowledge that they forget a deal can be made only through cooperative negotiation. A good attorney will happily explain the rationale for every provision and will build an agreement that protects the parties in every “worst-case scenario” shares property investment veteran Brian Fielding.

Remember that a legal agreement is there to protect the parties when things go wrong. Partners in a successful venture rarely note the various provisions in the partnership agreement unless there is a dispute. Make certain that the attorney has included a dispute resolution provision that allows for timely and inexpensive decision-making. Property investment veteran Brian Fielding suggests including a provision for mediation by a qualified professional over time-consuming and expensive litigation.

For more information on this and other property investment topics, visit http://briandfielding.com.

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Tips for Purchasing a Piece of Commercial Real Estate from Expert Brian Fielding

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Brian Fielding knows that those who are looking to invest in commercial real estate can be confident that they are entering a market with a lot of potential. Commercial real estate offers a number of advantages over other kinds of investments, and the market seeing positive trends and new opportunities for buyers. Fielding also knows that those who are new to the market may need some help with the finer points, and can use some tips to help them make smart decisions about their purchases. Here, he offers some of his top tips for new investors.

  1. Take time to see properties: Brian Fielding points out that despite excitement over seeing a great property, it is not always wise to purchase the first property that you see. You should look at multiple properties and compare them to make sure that you are getting the most bang for your buck and choosing a property that best suits your needs. There are so many factors that determine what the best purchase will be. It is vital that you do not purchase a property immediately without considering them all and making an informed decision.
  2. Have a checklist and questions: Before viewing properties, Brian Fielding reminds you that it is essential that you have a prepared checklist and some questions to ask about the property. Being armed with all the factors that you must consider, as well as your own desires for the purchase is essential as it can help narrow down your possibilities quickly and efficiently.
  3. Don’t be afraid to seek help: New investors may find that they have many questions that they need answered along the way, or may be in situations where they need some additional expertise. Brian Fielding reminds you that it is always important to seek experts when they are needed. Not only are there always knowledgeable individuals like Fielding, who can give you more insight on the market, but there are other professionals who can help in other aspects of the purchasing process. A commercial real estate lawyer, an account, and appraisers are all specialists that may come in handy.
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