Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Investing: It's Not Too Late

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Given that we're sitting in the 10th year of the longest economic expansion in American history, it is not surprising that we are subject to daily discourse between those who think we still have room to grow, and those who fear a contraction is imminent.

Commercial real estate (CRE) lives and dies with economic cycles, so many investors feel that they are unable to jump into CRE unless they have a bead on where the market is heading in the near term.

This task is even more challenging because of the constant chatter emanating from industry insiders, CEOs, financial analysts and anyone with something to say about the real estate markets. Frequently, market leaders will take diametrically opposed positions. As an individual investor, it can be difficult to understand what they see that you cannot.

We live in an information age, but access to information isn't enough. You must be able to mine that information for insights to generate better returns. Today, we'll help you figure out how to invest in CRE by showing you how to make sense of two opposing views in late-cycle commercial real estate investing. We'll also highlight a few real estate investment trusts (REITs) to home in on for growth and dividends.

Data is as of Jan. 22.

Ari Rastegar
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com
Ari Rastegar is known for both his specialized expertise in real estate and his contrarian investment strategies, and is considered a leader of the next generation of real estate managers. After graduating from Texas A&M, Ari went on to receive his Juris Doctorate degree from St. Mary's University Law School, and became licensed to practice law in Texas in May 2009. Ari founded his first real estate investment firm in 2006 while still in law school. Since then, he has built a portfolio network designed to reduce risk and provide strong quarterly cash flows, with an emphasis on asset classes such as self-storage, multi-family, office, retail and industrial. He's been recognized for his specialties in recession-resilient strategies and commercial real estate investments. Ari has maintained his commitment to a purposeful life that drives Rastegar Property Company to "do good by doing well," and is a longtime supporter of charitable organizations like Save the Children and Big Brothers Big Sisters.