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ARVO Realty Advisors Expands with Onpoint Real Estate Services
ARVO services Pacific Northwest through new affiliation with Onpoint

ARVO Realty Advisors (“ARVO”), a certified minority-owned commercial real estate brokerage firm headquartered in Houston, Texas, announces the addition of Onpoint Real Estate Services, LLC of Seattle, Washington, as an affiliate to expand its national service delivery platform to the Pacific Northwest. Jaebadiah S. Gardner, owner and managing partner, and Damon McGruder, owner and designated broker of Onpoint, will lead the Seattle operations.

ARVO provides complete commercial real estate services, including brokerage, consulting, research, and valuation to corporations, government entities, small businesses, and investors. ARVO assists with office, industrial, retail, multi-family, build-to-suit, and land transactions, and has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s most successful minority-owned commercial real estate firms.

“We are thrilled to welcome a company known for its local market knowledge, exceptional service and community involvement. It’s a relationship of shared values and strengths,” says Ed Ryland, ARVO president and CEO.  “With the combined benefits of ARVO and Onpoint, we will have even more resources available to provide the best in class service for which we are known.”

“The Onpoint team is excited and pleased to be collaborating with ARVO Realty Advisers. We recognize the tremendous opportunity to bring the added value of ARVO’s commercial experience, history and portfolio. This relationship will allow for a deeper pool of resources that will be accessible to our existing and future clients here in the great Pacific Northwest,” said Jaebadiah Gardner, managing partner of Onpoint Real Estate Services. “As a certified minority-owned company, we are gearing up to break new ground in the commercial industry.”

Crowdfunding may point to new sources of capital

Many people associate crowdfunding with campaigns to raise money for projects such as independent films, musical endeavors and start-up businesses, but the grassroots fundraising method is gaining ground in the financial world by putting a new spin on old-school investment opportunities.

What does this mean for commercial real estate? Using the technology platform to reach a broader audience could bring project sponsors and investors together in a new and exciting way. Experts say using crowdfunding may add an element of transparency to real estate deals that traditional investment groups, such as venture capitalists and angel investors, find attractive.
Darren Powderly shines light on the expansion of crowdfunding and how it may mean a paradigm shift for one of the business world's oldest development  models.

Lease Buyout Decisions

How visualizing risk can help in lease decision-making


In commercial real estate, making decisions about risk can sometimes feel more like taking a shot at the blackjack table than making a strategic move. With so many factors to consider, how can you really know you're following the best course of action?

When it comes to figuring out whether to accept a lease buyout option or sublet office space, the decision isn't so black and white. There are underlying risk factors that could spell disaster if not properly considered, but by quantifying the risks and putting them into visual form, you could walk away with the best deal possible.

The Marriage of Words
What it means to indemnify, defend and hold harmless
Nearly every type of real estate contract these days has an indemnity clause - that seemingly all-inclusive wording that holds one party harmless in the event the agreement does not go as planned. With real estate being such a hefty investment, it would seem that parties on both sides of the contract are well aware of the legal ramifications of such a clause. Surprisingly, this is not the case.
This article helps provide clarity around the definition of indemnity of legalities surrouding interpretations of the clause when buying, selling or leasing property.

IRR Expects Rise in Real Estate Value With the Year
Growth forecast strongest among multifamily product

Integra Realty Resources (IRR), the largest independent commercial real estate valuation and consulting firm in North America, recently issued its mid-year market analysis, Viewpoint 2014. This market participant survey response report lead IRR to conclude that while the national economic growth was at a standstill during the first half of the year, the real estate industry has seen strong growth, particularly in some of the country's largest cities. Value appreciation for office markets have mostly recovered losses experienced during the 2008 - 2010 recession, and all major real estate sectors are expected to realize an increase during the next 12 months.
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