Here’s a Twist: Students Giving YOU Money!

The UNC Charlotte Childress Klein Center for Real Estate has a cool investment fund that I have been surprised to learn that not many professionals are aware of. It’s a student-managed real estate investment fund, and it is struggling with a...


My Recap of the ULI Fall Symposium

This time of year I attend a lot of conferences. A lot. I’ve written about the SIOR annual conference in Denver and the Counselors of Real Estate meeting in Charleston. I’m proud of the alphabet soup behind my name as these acronyms –...


South Carolina Economic Development Packs a Punch

I really enjoyed listening to Robert Hitt III speak in Charleston at the Counselors of Real Estate’s (CRE) annual meeting last month. Robert, or Bobby as he introduced himself, is Secretary of Economic Development for South Carolina. He’s a...


My Top Podcasts for Productivity

  When I find time on my hands, or if I’m in the car on a long drive headed out to look at property, I’ll often listen to podcasts. It’s a great way to pass the time and feel like I’m either getting smarter, more productive, or...


Five Reasons I Always Go to the SIOR World Conference

Last week, I was in Denver at the annual SIOR World Conference. In advance of the meeting, I wrote the following article about why I look forward to attending these meetings year after year and sent it to my fellow SIOR members. I heard from a...


How To Successfully Hire a Virtual Stranger To Do Your Underwriting

  You, my readers, know how much I love using virtual assistants and value how they help me complete tasks while freeing up my time for more productive pursuits. This may sound to be pushing the envelope to some, but last week I got a call from...


Why You Need the Right Neighborhood

Many of us check out in the summertime, with vacations to take and the kids around more, it can be enough to just focus on getting the work done that needs to be done. I know I make an effort to give my family more of my time during the summer...


Why Economic Developers Should Just Ignore Sunken Costs

As I move among economic development circles and talk with local commercial real estate colleagues, I’m sensing a new emotion among those who are working to make Charlotte grow: Envy. Even indignation. Since Charlotte lost out on the Amazon...


Rise of the Trailer Park

Tractor-trailer parking lots are becoming interesting as an investment property. I remember when truck parking was simply a gravel lot set off somewhere almost as an afterthought. But thanks to the rise of ecommerce, tractor trailer parking has...


Fannie, Freddie and Ortlip Opine on Charlotte’s Market

One thing I love about my job is the diversity of people and experiences that I have. Recently I started my day at the Copper Kettle Restaurant off of Westinghouse Boulevard meeting with a farmer about his land. Afterward, I went home to put on a...