News Roundup: Optimistic Small Business Owners, E-Commerce Pushes Demand for Industrial and CRE Investment up $10+ Billion

Small Business Owners Are More Optimistic Than Ever

Small Business Owners Being Optimistic

For 45 years, the NFIB has been surveying small business owners. In August, they reported being more optimistic about the future than they ever have been in the history of the survey. The previous high-optimism mark came in 1983, when a new Dodge Ram cost $5,665, Regan was president and a 2bd townhouse in Chicago would run you about $47,000.

E-Commerce Takes Over Former Industrial Spaces

Warehouse Workers in an eCommerce Warehouse

Leaving our homes to buy things is so last decade. And as we become increasingly reliant on e-commerce, The New York Times reports that industrial space is in hot demand, and much of it is being converted from manufacturing to distribution centers. The most valuable properties offer easy access to large metropolitan areas and major transportation arteries.

Liberty Closes $34.6 Million in SBA 504 Industrial Loans

A warehouse financed through SBA 504 small business financing.

Over the past 24 months, Liberty has provided nearly $35 million in SBA 504 financing for strategically located warehouses. These transactions range from a $1.7 million warehouse in Riverside, CA, offering easy access to the LA Metro area, to an $11 million warehouse near Bristol, PA, that’s within an hour’s drive of both the New York and Philadelphia metros.

Q2 CRE Investments Up $10+ Billion

Q2 CRE investments are up significantly.

New data from Real Capital Analytics suggests that the commercial real estate investment volume is up 9.1% from the first quarter of 2018. This growth was led by the Western U.S., which posted $32.2 billion in Q2 activity.

Liberty Wraps Up $16.5 Million in Office Space SBA 504 Loans

SBA 504 Financed Office Buildings

The closing of a $5.4 million office building in Newport Beach, CA, marks a cumulative $16.5 million in office space acquisitions through Liberty-led SBA 504 loans over the past two years.

The Cases For and Against “Previewing” Real Estate Listings

Pocket listings are nothing new to real estate, but a new plan for sneak-peek marketing from a New York brokerage is reigniting the debate. And while commercial listings land outside the MLS, it’s worth thinking about ways that pre-release marketing could help (or hurt) buyers, sellers and brokers.

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