Article submitted by Bill Jeansonne, Commercial Investment Specialist for Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate

Today the economy is of the highest concern of every American investor. In an array of investment opportunities, Real estate ranks very high on most scales of comparison.

In a January/February 2012 article entitled “Shelter From the Storm“, written by Kenneth P. Riggs, CCIM, CRE, MAI CIRE Magazine in Commercial Investment, the publication by the CCIM Institute the argument is made that real estate investments have held their own in the previous tumultuous months and are poised for further success.

The article acknowledges the challenges and overall uncertainty within the current economy vs. the relative success of real estate investments. The author’s position is that – in many markets — commercial real estate was not been significantly overbuilt and is poised to take advantage of increasing lease rates as the general economy improves.

Although Class A properties have experienced investor attention, Class B & C properties are now gaining attention—-“investors have been expanding their search into tertiary markets and smaller cities looking for higher returns and lower-priced assets. There is plenty of capital in search of the right deal at the right price, as the issue is not liquidity, but pricing”. In other words—investors should consider expanding their real estate investments in light of a projected economic improvement.
For several charts of comparison including:
Financial Markets vs. Commercial Real Estate Performance
Return Expectations
Return vs. Risk Ratings
To read this article by Kenneth P. Riggs click here.

To view this week’s Featured Property click HERE.

Bill Jeansonne, a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, received both his undergraduate degree and master’s in business administration (MBA) from Louisiana State University (LSU).  Bill has 13 years experience in the commercial and industrial real estate business and 14 years experience in commercial and industrial warehouse design and sale of handling equipment.  His specializations include commercial and industrial development, brokerage, and leasing, as well as lease negotiations and tenant build outs.

A Designee member of the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM), Bill’s professional memberships include Baton Rouge’s Commercial Investment Division (CID), the LSU MBA Alumni Association, a founding member of the board of managers for the Louisiana Commercial Data Base (LACDB), a member of Louisiana REALTORS® (LR), a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).  Bill has also served as a president of CID, a chairman of the CID Trends Program, a chairman of the LSU MBA Alumni Association Louisiana Looking Up Program, and on the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) Trends committee.  His current civic affiliations and past service include board chairman of the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation, president of the Capitol SERTOMA Club of Baton Rouge, member of the Cadets of the Ole War Skule, and an alumnus of Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔK).

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 Growth Coalition; 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).