Marc Grayson

Marc Grayson
As Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Marc brings over 20 years of development, management and investment experience across over 5 million square feet from companies like Neenan Company, Ryan Companies US, and Vestar. Marc holds an MBA from Arizona State University and is member of multiple industry boards.

Recent Posts

5 Ways To Invest in Commercial Real Estate

Posted by Marc Grayson on Jan 24, 2019 9:11:08 AM

Back when we were young, fresh-faced students coming out of school and entering the real world we likely had a basic understanding of investing that was limited to publicly traded stocks.  Then, as we matured, we all came to realize that investing in publicly traded stocks was only one of the many ways that we could invest our money in the hopes it would grow.  Such options are now more diverse and more available than ever and are no longer the exclusive domain of large investors and financial institutions. 

One such investment is commercial real estate.  This investment class typically takes significant amounts of capital and historically has been a relatively illiquid investment.  Over the years, however, those features have significantly changed, and now there are more ways to invest in commercial real estate than ever before. 

But before we discuss the ways you can invest in commercial real estate, it must be emphasized that all investments in commercial real estate are not equal.  It stands, as with all efficient markets, the greater the risk, the greater the reward (or loss).  Commercial real estate is no different.  And those risk profiles have designations that are common among most investment classes: debt and equity.

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Topics: Investment, Investors

What Is a Commercial Bridge Loan and How Does It Work?

Posted by Marc Grayson on Sep 11, 2018 9:53:15 AM

Bridge loans.  You’ve heard about them, you kind of understand what they are, but you’re not clear on the details or if one is right for you? This article will hopefully clear up some of the ambiguity surrounding Commercial Real Estate (“CRE”) bridge loans and answer any unanswered questions. 

What is a commercial real estate bridge loan?

A commercial real estate bridge loan typically has a 1-5 year term and is intended to transition an underperforming property into one that has reached full potential.  This is achieved through a multiple-advance loan structure that commits money up front to cover the cost of the purchase or refinance, and then future monies for leasing costs and capital expenditures needed to maximize the income generated by the property.  That unique structure is what makes a bridge loan.

Would a bridge loan be right for your deal? 

You find yourself involved, or at least interested, in purchasing or refinancing commercial property. You’ve made the decision to finance a portion of the investment with debt, and you require a loan, but you don’t need the loan for a long period of time.  A bridge loan could be the solution.

Bridge loans have a special place in the commercial real estate finance ecosystem.  They exist, as the name suggests, to bridge your investment over a transitional period.  There are many reasons commercial real estate borrowers or sponsors look to a bridge loan for their financing needs.  Some of them are: 

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Topics: Bridge Loans