Uncovering Opportunities in Commercial Real Estate — Barry G. Moss

Inspiration And Insights
3 min readJan 25, 2024


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The current landscape of the commercial real estate market is undergoing significant shifts due to the Federal Reserve rate hikes, impacting supply and demand fundamentals and leverage levels. The higher cost of capital and lower property valuations has prompted a reevaluation of investment strategies. Despite challenges, opportunities arise in stressed CRE markets, particularly for investors adept at identifying and navigating credit dislocations. This article delves into JP Morgan’s comprehensive review of potential investment opportunities across various commercial real estate sectors.

As a finance and commercial real estate leader, with over 30 years of experience, I find myself immersed in the intricate dynamics of an industry facing challenges and opportunities amid such aggressive Federal Reserve rate hikes. The current pressure on the banking sector restricts credit, limiting financings for acquisitions or refinancing. However, within this challenge lies an excellent risk/return trade-off for fresh money lending into the sector. Depending on your risk tolerance, you can have your return adjusted from a low for industrial/student housing to a high, if you have the stomach for it, for office. Fresh money lending would include buying debt, at a discount, from a bank looking for liquidity. The key to success in this endeavor lies in a meticulous assessment of underlying credit dislocations and a keen understanding of the specific risks associated with different segments of the real estate market.

Understanding the intricacies of the underlying real estate becomes paramount for successful lending investments in this environment. The need to run many scenarios for Net Operating Income under various economic conditions, such as a soft landing versus a recession, becomes more pronounced. Ensuring a margin for error in these scenarios is prudent, and opting for fixed-rate loans can mitigate uncertainties. Additionally, in certain situations, current property owners may need to inject additional equity based on the economics of the real estate. This underscores the importance of thoroughly assessing each investment opportunity, considering not only the immediate returns but also the long-term viability and resilience of the underlying assets.

The commercial real estate market presents a nuanced landscape of challenges and opportunities. Scarcity of lending from traditional sources has created an excellent time to be a real estate lender. As the market evolves, investors with a discerning approach stand poised to navigate the complexities and extract value from the commercial real estate sector.

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