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Long Island’s Jobless Rate is Impressive

Long Island’s unemployment rate holds steady at 3.9%, suggesting full employment. A study released by the State Department of Labor shows that the unemployment rate on Long Island has remained steady over the past year.  Some local economists believe the rates are steady because Long Island has reached full employment – meaning that the jobless… | Read On »

Slow Summer Ahead

We’ve become so accustomed to the hustle and bustle of everyday life that it has now become our norm.  In fact, we’ve collectively become pros at multitasking and cramming everything in the “must get done” category.  It’s an irony of our modern lives that while technology is continually being invented to save us time, we… | Read On »

Commercial Real Estate Goes Green

Going green has been a popular initiative for some time, but the commercial building sector had been slow to pick up the trend.  However, now more commercial buildings are “going green” in a variety of ways, and are doing so for both financial and environmental benefits. As people are becoming more economically responsible, clients and… | Read On »

Finding Common Ground

“Out beyond the ideas of right and wrong there is a field. I will meet you there.” ~Rumi Just as in your personal life, in your professional life it’s common that you come across someone who you experience difficulties getting along and working with.  Maybe they share opposing beliefs with you religiously, professionally, or politically that… | Read On »

May Infographic

The Future is Shared Space

Shared space, specifically relating to office space, is something that we’ve discussed before here at AIP. Back in 2014, we crafted an article detailing shared space as a “new trend.” However, a trend is usually something that dies down after time and it looks like this concept is here to stay. A number of sharing… | Read On »

Spring Is [Finally] Here

We can’t exactly say it was a rough winter, but it certainly was a long one. Good news though, the spring season is finally here and there’s no better time to get out and enjoy some of the great things that Long Island has to offer. Here’s a roundup of some things to take advantage… | Read On »

Ensuring Tenant Credit

Often a prospective tenant’s ability to pay rent is unknown to the landlord.  Therefore, its imperative that the landlord is particularly vigilant in understanding how their tenants make money, as well as the financial identities of the parties backstopping the obligations of those tenants in new-venture or start-up businesses. As the success of leased real… | Read On »

Carefully Curated Podcasts

Maybe podcasts are your “thing” and you can’t go a day without tuning into at least one. Or, maybe you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about when I say “podcast,” so, lets begin here. Podcasts are free audio programs distributed over the Internet.  You can download them and listen to them as you please,… | Read On »

Long Island’s New Retail Roundup

Another year has come and gone and spring is right around the corner.  It’s at this time of the year that we gather a list of changes and additions that we’ve seen in Long Island’s retail landscape over the past year. Many well-known retailers have recently opened or plan to open new locations across Long… | Read On »

Long Island Commercial Real Estate Market Report – Q4 2016

Saying goodbye to 2016 with a final market report. In this article we provide you with Long Island’s commercial real estate market report for the fourth and final quarter of 2016. As always, this report will include Long Island’s retail, office, and industrial markets. To most easily digest this information, we will break it down… | Read On »

The Full Download on the Federal Reserve’s Rate Hike

As you know, each month we craft and produce a video detailing important events and happenings in the Real Estate industry and provide key terminology to better arm our audience with the information that they find most useful. In our first video of 2017, we provided our audience with a brief yet informative breakdown of… | Read On »

Brain Functions: Choosing a Side

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve taken a handful of online quizzes determining if I’m more right or left-brain dominant, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. The theory of right-brain vs. left-brain is long running and truly compelling at that. However, how much do we actually know about the truth of… | Read On »

A New Way to Think About New Year’s Resolutions

As we celebrate this New Year and the new beginnings it brings we can’t help but to think of what we plan to accomplish in these next 12 months. Nearly one-half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but just 8% follow-through and accomplish their goals.  Why is this statistic of success so small?  Well, the… | Read On »

The Ins and Outs of Easements

Last September we brought you a video briefly discussing easements.  We touched upon the definition, the affected estates, and where to go to find more information.  Despite their prevalence, many people lack a clear understanding of easements. Therefore, in this article we will dig deeper into what easements are, how they are created and common… | Read On »

U.S. Economy & CRE Markets at a Glance

2016; A Year in Review

And just like that, another year comes and goes! As we look back and review the information that we’ve shared throughout the year, we consider the positive changes in the commercial real estate market and recall the various commercial real estate terms, industry speak, and Hot Topics that we’ve discussed. We also reflect on the… | Read On »

Long Island Commercial Real Estate Market Report – Q3 2016

A solid quarter it’s been!  Continuing our quarterly market reports, in this article we will provide you with Long Island’s commercial real estate market report for the third quarter of 2016.  As always, this report will include Long Island’s retail, office and industrial markets. To most easily digest this information, we will break it down… | Read On »

The Presidential Election and Commercial Real Estate

  As we closely approach the 2017 presidential election, you may be considering the impact this election has on commercial real estate. While we will not discuss the presidential candidates and their political views, we will look at the overall impending election as well as the key variables that are proven to affect the commercial… | Read On »

Enjoy the Holiday Season Without the Stress

Fact: As we enter the month of November, the holiday season is officially upon us.  And while the season can be a fun and joyous time offering a chance to reconnect with friends and family, it can also be very stressful. Many people look forward to the holiday season and the start of a new… | Read On »

Urgent Care Centers Trending Upward

There is no doubt about it: urgent care centers are a growing trend here on Long Island and across the U.S.  Currently, there are over 110 urgent care centers on Long Island according to a database maintained by the Urgent Care Association of America.  Demographically, 75% of urgent care centers are located in sub-urban areas,… | Read On »

The Deal with Defeasance

Back in our June newsletter, we wrote an article on Pre-Payment Penalty, which is a clause in a mortgage contract that says if the mortgage is paid off within a certain time period a penalty will be assessed. This clause is viewed as an agreement between a borrower and a bank or mortgage lender that… | Read On »

A Balancing Act – How to Achieve a Work-Life Balance

‘Time is the most valuable commodity in life; it is the one thing you cannot buy more of.” Statistics show that when we are able to achieve a healthy work-life balance, we become much better leaders, employees, spouses, parents and friends.  We then find ourselves living happier, healthier, and more productive.  But how do people achieve… | Read On »

Caveat Emptor

Caveat Emptor is a Latin term meaning, “let the buyer beware.”  In commercial real estate transactions, this phrase reminds buyers to complete their due diligence when purchasing a property.  Due diligence can be overwhelming and consuming, however, when broken down simply and with process followed, it begins to feel more approachable. The due diligence period is… | Read On »

So Long, File Folders; Say Hello to Cloud-based File Storage and Sharing

  With the exception of the very few who have yet to embrace the digital world, most of us now use our file drawers to hold an eclectic array of items ranging from cell phone chargers, to USB cards, to those trendy and eco-friendly aluminum water bottles.  The one thing that you’d be hard-pressed to… | Read On »

U.S. Economy & CRE Markets at a Glance

Long Island Commercial Real Estate Market Report :: Q2 2016

As reported quarterly, in this article we will provide you with Long Island’s commercial real estate market report for the second quarter of this year. Marking the halfway point of 2016, we will cover Long Island’s retail, office, and industrial markets. To most easily digest this information, we will break it down simply by market… | Read On »

‘Brexit’ and its Potential Impact on U.S. CRE

Just over a month ago, on June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom, which consists of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, voted to leave the European Nation. Although this process will take roughly two years, there are many immediate as well as distant significant repercussions that will endure.  One of those potential impacts may very… | Read On »

Top Topic: TED Talks

By now it is very likely that you’ve heard of TED Talks and maybe you’ve even listened to a few that you’ve stumbled upon, but did you know they actually began in 1984? Shocking, I know. TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, typically in the form of short, powerful talks. It was… | Read On »

Commercial Real Estate Types & Categories :: PART A

Commercial real estate can be broken down into several different categories. Typically, when people think of commercial real estate they picture shopping centers, office buildings or warehouses.  However, the commercial real estate industry is much more detailed when it comes to defining property types. Investors, lenders and brokers have developed property classifications to make it… | Read On »

Commercial Real Estate Types & Categories :: PART B

In Part B of our Commercial Real Estate Types and Categories article, we are discussing classification grades, which are assigned to commercial real estate properties. Commercial real estate properties are generally classified into one of three categories: Class A, Class B, or Class C. Letter grades are assigned to properties after considering a combination of… | Read On »

Cool, Calm, and Collected Under Pressure

The ability to remain cool and calm under pressure builds credibility, especially when done so in a professional setting. However, for many of us, this action is much easier said than done.  In this article, we will discuss five tips that may help you to focus and remain calm during periods of frustration and stress… | Read On »

Hot Topic: Prepayment Penalty

Prepayment penalty is a term we hear often, but how much do we actually know about it? In this article we will take a deep dive into the meaning of prepayment penalties and provide you with a quick way to determine the cost. A prepayment penalty, also known as “prepay”, is a clause in a… | Read On »

Long Island’s Labor Market

We cannot stress how important it is for Long Islanders to be knowledgeable of the status of our local economy. Evidence of a strong labor market and positive consumer spending support the economic stability and growth of our Island. Looking at Long Island’s unemployment rate and employment statistics solidifies this thought. Long Island’s seasonally unadjusted… | Read On »

What Makes a Successful Downtown?

With Long Island’s economy continuing to steadily grow and prosper, there are no shortages of downtown’s, many of which are being revitalized at this very moment in effort to reinvigorate their local community. From Rockville Centre, to Patchogue, to Farmingdale, to Riverhead, “downtown” is a place that we, as Long Islanders, choose to spend our… | Read On »

Food for Thought, Literally

As we all know, in order to be successful in business, it is essential to be able to focus and concentrate. What we choose to ingest has a huge impact on how our brain functions.  Eating what we refer to as “brain foods” has been proven to increase brain performance, memory and clarity.  The typical… | Read On »

Long Island Commercial Real Estate Market Report – Q1 2016

Continuing to bring you quarterly market reports for Long Island Commercial Real Estate is something that is important to us, as we believe that keeping you informed with up to date information is integral to Long Island’s commercial real estate community. In this article we will provide you with Long Island’s commercial real estate market… | Read On »

Long Island’s New Retail Roundup

Spring flowers are not the only signs of fresh beginnings here on Long Island.  Many well-known retailers have recently opened or plan to open new locations across the island this year breathing new life into Long Island’s retail market. These openings are significant as they speak to our thriving economy.  Here is Long Island’s New… | Read On »

Success Displayed through Habits and Traits

Many of us are lucky enough to be considered “leaders” in our respective business fields.  But having luck isn’t the only way that we got here.  To be a leader, especially a successful leader, takes consistent work and dedication, not only to our businesses, but also to our employees and colleagues. With extremely hectic schedules,… | Read On »

Hot Topic: Omni-channel Retailing

Exactly one year ago we crafted an article discussing the pros and cons of brick-and-mortar retail versus online shopping.  At the conclusion of the article we forecasted where we believe the future of shopping was headed: “So, where do we see the future of shopping going?  Our answer: neither specific direction – we truly believe that… | Read On »

US Economy & CRE Markets at a Glance

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Hot Topic: Crowdfunding

With the real estate industry ever-changing and flexing, there seems to always be a new topic or point of discussion within the CRE world. An industry that remained the same by practice for so long has begun to change with the impact of constant connectivity and innovative technology. Cue our new article series: Hot Topic…. | Read On »

Long Island Commercial Real Estate Market Report : Q4 2015

In this article we will provide you with Long Island’s commercial real estate market report for the fourth and final quarter of 2015. We will cover the activity and statistics of Long Island’s retail, office, and industrial markets. To most easily digest this information, we will break it down simply by market with a focus… | Read On »

Gas Prices Continue to Drop

Across Long Island, gas prices have tumbled to less than $2.00 per gallon, reaching lows many people never imagined would return. Local drivers are paying less at the pump leaving more money in their pockets. AAA, which tracks daily gas price averages across the U.S., stated that the last time gas prices fell to under $2.00… | Read On »

Ready, Set, Focus!

With each new year comes new goals. Goals come in all forms; some are small and easily achievable while others may seem as if they’re pipe dreams.  But all goals have one thing in common – they all require focus. Do you ever feel that you struggle when trying to reach your goals?  The reality… | Read On »

The Fed Finally Acts

Roughly seven years after the Federal Reserve lowered the target for its benchmark federal funds rate to zero percent, with an announcement from Fed Chairman Janet Yellen, the Fed has finally made the decision to increase the target for short-term interest rates to a range of 0.25% to 0.50% from a range of 0% to… | Read On »

The Ins and Outs of Environmental Site Assessments Phases I and II

Environmental Site Assessment or “ESA” is likely a term you’ve heard before as you may have experienced the need for an ESA while buying or selling commercial real estate property. In this article we will take a deep dive into the two most commonly conducted phases of an Environmental Site Assessment and provide you with… | Read On »

2015; A Year in Review

As 2015 comes to an end, we look back and review the articles and information that we’ve shared along the way. We think about the advances in technology and intellectual thinking, consider the Commercial Real Estate Market happenings we experienced, as well as the various terms and industry speak we broke down, and reflect on… | Read On »

With Technology In-Hand

Technology has become ever-present throughout every aspect of our daily lives and is advancing at an unfathomable pace. It benefits us at work, at home and at play, seamlessly integrating into our everyday lives. Technology enables us to have an immediate stream of information, knowledge and communication, whenever and wherever we want. However, when it… | Read On »

Charitable Donations and Tax Benefits

It’s that time of the year again, and we’re not talking about the holidays. It’s time to make charitable donations to those organizations you feel most passionate about. While your primary motivation to donate to charity should be altruism, we also think you should know that great tax benefits exist for those who give. Charities… | Read On »

The Long-Awaited East Side Access

Being called, America’s largest and most expensive transportation projects, one of historical proportions, the long-awaited East Side Access is well in the works. Connecting Grand Central Station to the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), the busiest commuter rail system in the country, via a new six-mile long tunnel, when finished, it is expected to serve… | Read On »

Long Island Commercial Real Estate Market Report – Q3 2015

By now we hope that you look to us, American Investment Properties, as subject matter experts in all things related to commercial real estate.  Part and parcel of us establishing ourselves as field experts enables us to provide you with the most up to date information, facts, and statistics about Long Island’s commercial real estate… | Read On »

The 411 on Cyber Attacks

As we bring more aspects of our lives online (socializing, shopping, banking, education, telecommuting) the risks of cyber crime increases allowing a constant threat to your personal data whether you are on the go (mobile device or tablet) or at home (desktop, laptop, tablet, etc.) Each year, cyber crime costs the economy about $445 Billion,… | Read On »

So Long, Waldbaum’s

It used to feel like there was a Waldbaum’s in every Long Island town. Well, not for long. Supermarket operator, Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., which currently operates 296 stores in the Northeast under the brand names A&P, Best Cellars, Food Basics, The Food Emporium, Pathmark, Superfresh and Waldbaum’s, has filed for bankruptcy. The… | Read On »

Big Changes Happening to Hicksville’s Broadway Mall

Well its about time…Broadway Mall in Hicksville is undergoing a large renovation and will welcome four new tenants. This update and change is much needed for the Broadway Mall, which is overseen by California-based Pacific Retail Capital Partners, in order to stay relevant with other Long Island retail and entertainment destinations and to provide fresh… | Read On »

Personality Plays a Role

As a commercial real estate broker, every time we engage in a deal we always have one key thing in common with our clients and that is: we are both on the same team, with the same goal of getting the deal done.  However, it is not as simple as it may sound and the… | Read On »

Long Island’s Early-Fall Season September Round-up

Some may call me biased, but I truly believe that there is no better place to live and work than here on Long Island. Part of being a Long Islander is that we get to experience four very unique seasons.  From 3 feet of snow in the winter, to countless planting fields abounding with flowers… | Read On »

Value-Add Investing Breathes New Life Into Existing Markets

Value-add real estate investments, often called opportunistic investments, are properties that require improvements that will enhance their value and ultimately increase cash flow.   This is a way to breathe new life into existing real estate markets.  With properties that have become tired and/or obsolete, developers can create brand-new, desirable assets in markets that crave new… | Read On »

Tips on Speaking with Confidence

It should come as no surprise that confidence is a trait that we admire in others.   True confidence is not thinking that you will get a great result.  It’s the knowing that you can handle any result.  Understanding that even mediocre ideas seem profound when spoken with confidence.  When we speak with confidence we are… | Read On »

Long Island Commercial Real Estate Market Report – Q2 2015

As the second quarter of 2015 recently came to a close we felt it would be helpful to craft for you a report consisting of the Long Island CRE market statistics for Q2 2015.  In this report, we will cover the retail, office, and industrial markets.  To most easily digest this information, we will break… | Read On »

The Breakdown on Credibility

The root of the word “credibility” is “credo,” which in Latin translates to “I believe.”  Simply put, credibility is the feeling of trust and respect that you inspire in others: your clients, your friends, and your peers. Being credible is extends far beyond being important for a successful career; it is imperative for a successful… | Read On »

Explaining the Good Guy Clause

In commercial real estate there are many terms and phrases that are often tossed around, but how many of them are actually understood inside and out?  As a leading professional in the CRE industry, we feel it is our obligation to provide our audience and clients with the tools they need to make educated decisions… | Read On »

American Investment Properties’ Internship Program

At American Investment Properties (AIP), we believe that an internship can be an extremely valuable experience providing exposure for young adults into exciting, challenging, and rewarding industries. As you may know, each year American Investment Properties provides opportunities for High School and College students who are interested in exploring the commercial real estate (CRE) industry. … | Read On »

Ready for Takeoff? Let’s Talk Drones.

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also commonly referred to as drones, are small-scale aircrafts without a human pilot aboard.  The applications for this new technology are varied and numerous; however, the excitement around drones is certainly getting a lot of talk and attention within the real estate industry.   While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently… | Read On »

Social Media and Commercial Real Estate

Social Media has created a significant shift in how we communicate with one another.  It has become a digital equalizer; small and large companies alike can build their brands, grow and expand their businesses and connect with their clients online via social media outlets.  Traditional marketing involved identifying a target market, crafting a compelling message… | Read On »

Long Island’s Early-Fall Season September Round-up

Some may call me biased, but I truly believe that there is no better place to live and work than here on Long Island.  Part of being a Long Islander is that we get to experience four very unique seasons.  From 3 feet of snow in the winter, to countless planting fields abounding with flowers… | Read On »

What a Strengthening U.S. Economy Means For the U.S. Office Market

The recovery in the U.S. office market has been painfully slow in the majority of metros across the country.  But a strengthening economy and more robust job growth could give the office market a much-needed change in the year ahead as we are already seeing signs that the economic recovery is beginning to create stability… | Read On »

Long Island Commercial Real Estate Market Report – Q1 2015

As the first quarter of 2015 recently came to a close we felt it would be helpful to craft for you a report consisting of the Long Island CRE market statistics for Q1 2015. In this report, we will cover the office, retail, and industrial markets.  To most easily digest this information, we will break… | Read On »

A Surge in Retail Chains for Long Island

We believe that there is no truer testament of Long Island’s recovering economy than a surge in retail store openings. This means that retail stores and chains trust that people are going to spend, and that the local economy is positively gaining traction. As you know, we at American Investment Properties like to keep a… | Read On »

CCIM; A True Level of Expertise and Achievement

To be designated as a CCIM is a great personal achievement, proving that hard work and dedication certainly pay off.  As a CCIM you have achieved the highest level of commercial investment real estate education possible.  Some of you may be familiar with what being a CCIM means, while others may have never heard of… | Read On »

Long Island’s Great Theaters

A true Long Islander believes that our beaches are some of the best in the world.  But our island is not only known for its gorgeous landscape, we also happen to have a great array of theaters and venues which serve to entertain not only us as Long Islanders, but people from all over.  In… | Read On »

Meet Michael Musto

As you know, here at American Investment Properties, we are always looking to add to our team of talented Real Estate brokers and agents. With a singular commitment to our client’s objectives, our team dedicates all energies and resources to helping business owners and investors successfully navigate the unique challenges and opportunities of the Long… | Read On »

In-store vs. Online Shopping

With our ever-increasing digital world, its no surprise that in the last past few years we have seen incredibly large increases in online shopping.  We have even heard some say that they believe that in-store shopping will become obsolete.  Of course, there are positives and negatives within each channel of shopping (in-store and online).  In… | Read On »

Listening Effectively Goes Beyond Hearing

Being a good listener is an essential part of being a good leader and conducting successful and meaningful business in today’s professional world.  Listening, and not just hearing, can truly make or break a business deal.  However, many people don’t take the time to actually understand the difference between hearing and listening and to spend… | Read On »

Rising Interest Rates Ahead

With recent talk about an impending increase in interest rates, much discussion is being had around the impact of rising interest rates and inflation on the commercial real estate markets.  The worry is that rising rates will hurt growth for the owners of apartment buildings, office buildings, retail space, etc. as well as limit the… | Read On »

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