Several bills affecting the long-term tax exemption statute are slowly making their way through the New Jersey Legislature. While each bill addresses different provisions of the statute, the common theme among them is one of restrictiveness.
Some experts say there is a good chance an economic downturn or recession will happen within the next two years, making it logical to begin bolstering protections. What steps can real estate professionals take now that will help them get through a recession and come out the other end even stronger?
Over the past two decades, property management has evolved into a science requiring expertise in a variety of disciplines — from capital allocation to engineering and business development. Success requires a strong team of professionals and a thorough understanding of each and every asset under management.
Comprehensive updates to New Jersey’s 2009 Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), signed into law on August 23, will impact how thousands of properties in the state are remediated and redeveloped.
At first glance, one might assume that new, luxury apartments are receiving the most interest from investors. While a steady pace of construction can be seen in Northern New Jersey with an average of 5,900 apartments delivered annually, this product is trading infrequently. The majority of investors focused on new construction are institutions that prefer a “build-to-core” strategy over asset acquisition and non-institutional players are unwilling to pay the premium for new development. Thus, the majority of new luxury construction is being held long term.
Within the Real Estate world, by now we know that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted a new opportunity to incentivize real estate investment and development in low-income communities across the country through Qualified Opportunity Zones (“QO Zones”). These designated low-income housing income tracts in the United States (and Puerto Rico) allow investors who previously recognized a taxable gain to defer it by investing the gain proceeds into a Qualified Opportunity Fund (“QO Fund”).
On May 1, 2019, the City of Newark Municipal Council adopted Ordinance 18-1970 by a 7-0 vote amending several sections of the City’s Zoning Ordinance. This new ordinance permits medical marijuana alternative treatment centers, medical marijuana cultivation facilities, medical marijuana manufacturing facilities, and medical marijuana safety compliance facilities (collectively, the “Medical Marijuana Uses”) as conditional uses in specified zoning districts within the City.
It’s no secret the suburban office market has struggled. However, as millennials age, many market experts anticipate the pendulum will swing back toward the suburbs.
Having started my commercial real estate career in Newark, New Jersey in the late 1980s, I’ve had a front row seat to the evolution of The Brick City, and specifically the strides taken by the community toward enhancing the soul of the downtown area. What was once a city centered largely around Newark Penn station, the region has experienced new growth, particularly northward and westward toward the Broad Street corridor. Additionally, while improvements over the past two decades were slow, but steady, the past five years have seen a more intense ramp up in activity.
The sweeping tax reform brought on by The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is now in effect, but many Real Estate owners and investors remain in the dark on how these changes will impact their businesses. With that, Sax’s Real Estate advisors will hold an educational webinar on March 19 to run through the major changes facing the Real Estate industry overall now that tax reform has been implemented, and proposed guidance has been released.