California commercial real estate investors may want to consider modifying their strategies for staying on top of the market in 2019. While many investors may opt to continue to use what has worked for them in the past, others may have to use new methods to set up capital in order to address a volatile equity market, slow growth in the industry and trade disputes.
Making the decision to invest in commercial real estate in California or any other state can result in profits if wise investment decisions are made. However, it is important that investors recognize how the commercial real estate industry is changing. One significant change is the integration of blockchain technology.
When someone gets injured on a property, the owner of that piece of real estate is generally considered liable. Thousands of such premises liability cases are filed in court every year in California and throughout the rest of the country. In order for property owners to protect themselves, it's important that they prepare for as many potential liabilities as possible. While records show that personal injury cases on commercial properties have started to go down, they still cost owners a lot of money every year.
California investors may be curious about the potential of entering the commercial real estate market, especially if they've already been active in residential properties. There are a number of unique characteristics that can make the commercial property market particularly appealing to investors. Commercial leases are often long-term, reducing the level of effort needed to keep or find new tenants on a regular basis, even though the negotiation of any particular contract may require additional work. In addition, as commercial properties are often multi-unit, investors can receive several revenue streams from one property.
Investors or business owners who are looking for commercial real estate should be aware that the CRE industry is poised to undergo a transformation due to proptech. In 2017, $12.6 billion worth of venture capital investments were made in proptech, which is real estate technology. That amount was three times what was invested in 2015. There are several proptech companies that are highly funded and developing applications that could change building management and occupancy experiences.
According to Green Street Advisors, commercial property prices are likely to remain stable for the next several months. Furthermore, as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, there could be a flip in the yield curve, which may signal weaker economic conditions ahead. Data from Real Capital Analytics (RCA) found that year-over-year price growth as of July 2018 was half of what it was in the early part of 2015.
The use of blockchain could simplify commercial real estate transactions as they would be conducted without the need for a third party. This means that someone in California could agree to buy a property or provide financing for a project by delivering the money directly to the buyer or borrower. The ledger that the information is stored on is digital and encrypted to make such transactions safer for all parties involved.
As developers anticipate the next big trends in California real estate, they may look next to the youth of Generation Z. This generation that follows the Millennials consists of people born in 1996 or later. While many members of Gen Z are too young to purchase commercial real estate, the oldest individuals are graduating from university, entering the workforce and developing their own property and investment portfolios. By paying attention to youth trends as well as timeless needs for real estate developments, investors and designers can create projects that will retain their appeal and utility for many years to come.
California residents who enter into commercial real estate deals should understand that they have different terms compared to residential transactions. For instance, individuals may see a term called usable square footage (USF). The USF number lets them know how much space they can use to meet clients or produce goods. Examples of unusable space include hallways or exits.
Commercial real estate investors in California and around the country should not expect returns in 2018 to be as robust as they have been in recent years according to a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association released on June 12. The trade group believes that the combined effects of a multi-year building boom, slowing economic growth and rising interest rates will likely impact returns for the next five years. The MBA says that commercial property returns in recent years were boosted by supply shortages that have now been addressed.