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Big data economy drives commercial real estate changes

Large companies in Ohio and throughout the country are experiencing an expanding demand for data centers. Vast amounts of data generated by 34 billion connected devices drive increasing portions of the modern economy. From a smart coffee pot ordering beans from Amazon to self-driving cars navigating traffic, the demand for data processing and storage has exploded.

Value investment requires focus and discrimination

Value investing in Ohio commercial real estate is about purchasing at the right price. Though the asset should provide money as well, an income stream is usually of secondary importance for value investors. The real worth of the investment generally comes from an appreciation in price over time.

Why your debt-to-income ratio matters when buying a home

If you are looking to purchase your first home, you have probably been doing your research about properties in your area, where you might be able to obtain a loan and how to qualify for it. A key term you may recognize from all that research is "debt-to-income ratio," which refers to the figure you get when you add up all your monthly debt payments and then divide that number by your monthly income. In laymen's terms, the debt-to-income ratio gives potential mortgage lenders an idea of how much your expenses are each month in comparison to how much you actually earn.

Regulations and rates are chief concerns of CRE lenders

Many commercial real estate developers and investors in Ohio and around the country had a fairly good year in 2016, and most experts feel that prices will remain healthy and the market will be stable in 2017. However, there are some concerns over interest rates and regulations that could have a significant impact on the commercial mortgage backed securities market.

New tech startups offering real estate investment solutions

Commercial real estate investors in Ohio may be aware that the commercial real estate industry contains technology gaps. A growing number of tech startups are looking to fill the need for online investment platforms and real estate software programs in order to make commercial real estate investing easier and more up to date.

Economists still optimistic about commercial real estate

Commercial real estate investors in Ohio are probably aware that prices are on the rise. Last year, property prices had already surpassed the peak that was reached in 2008. In the National Association of Realtors' Q4 report, researchers noted that property prices kept rising in 2016. Many real estate analysts are still optimistic that this will continue in 2017.

The popularity of online shopping spurs warehouse shortage

More and more Ohio residents are choosing to shop online, and e-commerce retailers like Amazon are luring them by offering competitive prices and short delivery times. Having locations throughout the country allows online sellers to improve efficiency and speed up order processing times, and the resulting demand for warehouse space could make certain real estate investment trusts a prudent place for investors to put their money.

Other costs associated with buying a house

Purchasing a home is among the best ways you can build wealth over time, but there are a lot of expenditures that come into play that extend far beyond a home's listed price. While a listed amount may give you a general idea of what your mortgage payment might look like, there are many additional expenses associated with buying a house that many of today's homebuyers are unaware of. These may include:

Technological changes brings in new real estate investors

Thanks to technology and changes in regulations, people may have new opportunities to invest in commercial real estate in Ohio and around the country. In the past, commercial real estate investing usually required people to use their personal network. However, the JOBS Act allows developers and sponsors to solicit accredited investors, and more than 12 million households have this qualification. Commercial real estate investing is moving toward a greater transparency, and investors and sponsors can be more easily connected.

Alternative lenders for commercial real estate projects

Both the Office of the Comptroller and the Federal Reserve have recently been scrutinizing the commercial real estate lending practices of U.S. banks. As a result, some of these financial institutions have drastically cut back on their portfolios, leaving developers in Ohio and around the country to seek alternative sources of debt. This has allowed less-regulated entities such as hedge funds and buyout firms to increase their share of this lucrative market.

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