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.Read More