As President Franklin Roosevelt observed over 80 years ago: “Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.” Recentric shares the same sentiment as our former US president. As we all put our thinking caps on to navigate the economic uncertainties that lay ahead in 2023, we would like to provide you with insights to help you to strategize on the real estate component of your overall portfolio.
Where to Focus Within Commercial Real Estate
For many, stability is the main goal given all the uncertainties both domestically and globally. This makes core and core plus real estate (properties with strong tenants and locations) especially attractive to investors. If you are more concerned about higher return potential, focusing on value-add with a strong operator, and ground up development with a large percentage of pre-leased are the better options.
A Hedge Against Continued Global Inflation
Returns on real estate, farmland and infrastructure typically perform better in an inflationary environment, according to Nuveen’s Global Investment Committee. While offering portfolio diversification and relatively low volatility, returns on these assets have historically exhibited a positive correlation to inflation. On a local level, Recentric has been experiencing double digit returns on its Denver-based health care stabilized assets which has been a strong hedge against inflation.
Fed to maintain aggressive hawkish interest rate approach
Over the course of 2022, the Fed approved seven interest rate hikes, which included four consecutive increases of 0.75%. Despite this very unnerving reaction, inflation continues to remain stubbornly high. The Fed’s only option to slow down inflation and reverse its damaging course is to continue to raise rates throughout 2023, while trying to avoid a recession or worse. Residential and commercial real estate valuations will continue to decline over the course of the year, making for some great buying opportunities.
Aside from location and strategy, real estate investors need to prepare for the unexpected and align themselves with seasoned real estate investment property managers who can handle the occasional hiccup brought by today’s high-inflation, supply-constrained environment. When times are good, investors have a wealth of options. But in today’s market, real estate investment should follow a more focused approach that capitalizes on larger social trends, such as health care which will persist regardless of economic conditions.