Real Angle: Building Success in Commercial Real Estate

Real Angle: Building Success in Commercial Real Estate

In ”Real Angle”, our host, Joshua Kahr, interviews owners, managers, and thought leaders in commercial real estate investment and development. We seek out the unusual and innovative investment strategies that separate them from the rest of the pack.

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July 17, 2024 36 mins

In this conversation, Joshua Kahr speaks with Maxwell Wu, CEO of Fulcrum Lending, about their lending business in the multifamily space. They discuss Fulcrum's high-leverage lending approach, their transition from being a correspondent for Freddie and Fannie to a balance sheet lender, and the importance of technology in their operations. They also touch on the current market dynamics, the future of gap financing, and Fulcrum's grow...

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In this conversation, Josh Kahr speaks with Alex Vitenas about land development. They discuss the process of land development in Texas, including tax foreclosures and auctions. Alex shares his experience in purchasing distressed assets and flipping properties. He also talks about his funding strategies and the importance of finding the right deals. Alex highlights the success he has had with subdividing land and selling the parcels...

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Michael Merideth, CEO of VPG Enterprise, discusses his journey with Joshua Kahr in real estate and the growth of his company. VPG Enterprise is a vertically integrated real estate company based in New Orleans, specializing in affordable housing. Michael started investing in small rental properties in 2011 and has since grown the company to include institutional and affordable housing developments. The company has also expanded geog...

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In this conversation, Joshua Kahr and Norman Miller, a professor emeritus at the University of San Diego, discuss various aspects of real estate investment. He explains the evolution of family offices and the challenges of benchmarking in real estate. Miller emphasizes the importance of long-term thinking and net present value in investment decisions. He also highlights the significance of storytelling and track records in the indu...

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In this conversation, Josh speaks with Diana Lin from Navi Ventures. We discuss her role in the company and their focus on value-add multifamily properties. She shares the markets they operate in, including Arizona, DFW, and New Mexico. Diana explains how she transitioned from being an architect to launching her own real estate venture. She emphasizes the importance of partnerships and finding mentors in the industry. Diana also hi...

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Diego Hurtado, Principal at Navio Consulting, discusses fund management and raising funds for small to medium-sized developers. Navio Consulting helps these developers build and set up real estate investment funds, and then assists in managing them. The typical fund structure involves adhering to Regulation D, Rule 506(c), which allows for the marketing of the offering to accredited investors. Diego emphasizes the importance of tru...

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It's not easy to build a management team for family offices.

In this episode, I speak with Brian Adams, Principal at Mack International. We discuss his transition from the commercial real estate industry to executive search for family offices. He explains the unique challenges of hiring for family office positions, including the need for candidates with both technical skills and emotional intelligence to work within a family constr...

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In this conversation, Joshua Kahr speaks with Eric Doroski, Managing Partner at Zanzibar Capital, about their focus on the Boston market and their investment and development pipeline. They discuss the challenges in the current market, including the lack of debt and equity, and the impact of interest rates. Eric shares insights into their current project, a 32-unit condo development, and the importance of understanding the r...

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In this conversation, Ian Formigle, Chief Investment Officer at CrowdStreet, discusses the role of CrowdStreet as an online platform for individuals to invest in commercial real estate projects. He explains how CrowdStreet acts as a broker-dealer and offers investment opportunities in various asset classes and geographies. Ian also highlights the growth of the investment advisor side of CrowdStreet and the different preferences of ...
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    Chris Pawlik, co-founder of EPR Squared, explains the concept of energy producing retail realty and how the company offers a sale leaseback of energy rights to property owners. By developing energy rights behind the meter, property owners can decrease operating expenses and increase net operating income. The agreements typically last around seven years, and EPR Squared provides a percentage rent to the property owner based on the r...
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    SummaryIn this conversation, Jason Mandel, CEO of the Mandel Family Office, discusses the basics of family offices and the services they provide. He explains the difference between single family offices and multi-family offices, highlighting the benefits of the latter. Mandel emphasizes the importance of holistic financial advice and the role of a family office in helping families avoid controversy and disintegration. He also discu...
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    Chad Blevens from Repower Holdings discusses their unique approach to financing energy improvement projects in commercial real estate. Repower Holdings aims to provide capital for energy improvement projects that are part of larger real estate deals, offering an equity position in the overall asset. This approach aligns the interests of the energy improvement provider and the real estate investor, driving trust and collaboration. T...

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    In this conversation, Josh Kahr speaks with John Allen, founder and president of Streamline Development Group. They discuss John's unconventional route into real estate development and the focus of Streamline Development on urban infill projects in San Diego. They also explore the high demand for rental properties in San Diego, the presence of national players in the market, and the challenges of finding development sites. John sha...

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    In this interview, Josh Kahr gets to sit down with the whole team at Montgomery Partners and talk about the lifecycle of the asset - from acquisition to fundraising to asset management. They are a long-term value-add investor in the multifamily space. They focus on the B to C class space in markets such as California, Colorado, and Nevada, and are expanding into Utah, Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. The company has a track record of...

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    In this conversation, Joshua Kahr speaks with David Wolfe, managing partner at Skoloff and Wolfe (https://www.skoloffwolfe.com/), about tax appeals and property tax assessments. They discuss the challenges property owners face with assessments and revaluations, the importance of understanding assessment ratios, and the deadlines for tax appeals. They also explore the process of tax appeals, including negotiations based on the incom...

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    In this conversation, Joshua Kahr speaks with Brian Wilson, Managing Director of Real Estate at Bow River Capital (bowrivercapital.com). They discuss Bow River Capital's investment strategy, regional focus on the "Rodeo Region", and how they find quality operators to partner with. They also explore the current market conditions and the timing of capital deployment. Brian also shares insights on finding and evaluating operators, as ...

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    In this conversation, Joshua Kahr speaks with Alex Wilson, COO of Pantera (www.panteratechnology.com), a financial forecasting and investment modeling platform for the real estate industry. They discuss Pantera's services, market focus, and expansion plans. They also explore the challenges and opportunities in the PropTech space, including the siloed nature of the industry and the role of strategic investors. The conversation highl...

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    In this conversation, Joshua and Kim discuss energy efficiency tax credits and deductions. They cover the history of these incentives, including the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and focus on two major programs: Section 179D and Section 45L. Section 179D provides a tax deduction for commercial buildings that meet energy efficiency criteria, while Section 45L offers a tax credit for residential units. The conversation explores the elig...

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    In this conversation, Joshua and Kim discuss energy efficiency tax credits and deductions. They cover the history of these incentives, including the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and focus on two major programs: Section 179D and Section 45L. Section 179D provides a tax deduction for commercial buildings that meet energy efficiency criteria, while Section 45L offers a tax credit for residential units. The conversation explores the elig...

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    In this conversation, Joshua Kahr speaks with Ethan Orley, managing partner at Oliver Hospitality (www.oliverhospitality.com), about his journey in the hospitality business.

    They discuss the challenges of operational oversight, the current deals and expansion plans of Oliver Hospitality, and the availability of equity and debt in the hotel industry. They also touch on the concept of self-check-in hotels and the future of the indust...

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