By Matthew Shirley, CCIM, Sales and Leasing Agent for Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate

As Mr. Richard W. Chichester writes in his article, “Is the Fed’s Uncertainty A Boon To Commercial Real Estate?”, “We are seven years into an economic recovery, the fourth longest expansion in history, and the Federal Reserve has only managed a single rate hike.  In this new normal of low rates and low core inflation, real estate will continue to provide an excellent risk-adjusted diversification strategy.”

I agree with Mr. Chichester.  In our current economic environment, employing a prudent real estate acquisition strategy can place investors in an optimal position on the risk vs. return spectrum.  I encourage everyone to examine their investment portfolio and consider adding a Commercial Real Estate segment to their investment strategy.

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Matthew Shirley joined Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate in January 2011. Matthew is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in International Trade and Finance. While at LSU, Matthew was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon – The International Honor Society for Economics. Matthew’s professional memberships include the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS® Commercial Investment Division and the Louisiana Commercial Data Base (LACDB).

Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate is a member of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce (BRAC); the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce; the Baton Rouge Better Business Bureau; the Louisiana Commercial Data Base (LACDB); and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Several agents, on an individual basis, are members of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR), the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM); the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR); and the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS® Commercial Investment Division (CID).