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Innovation vs. Tradition: The Family Business Paradox

Innovation is the fuel for change and progress. It’s always good for business, right? But what happens when innovation encounters the often delicate world of family businesses and enterprises? In this article we analyze the complexities of balancing tradition and change in family-owned ventures. 

New Podcast Feature: Decades of Growth Stategies and Execution in Real Estate

HLC Equity CEO, Daniel Farber was recently a guest on the How Did They Do It? Real Estate Podcast. 

In the episode, Daniel discusses a variety of subjects surrounding his professional journey, the growth of HLC Equity as a family enterprise, his thoughts on the multifamily market,  and much more!

Election Year Impact on Multifamily Investments and Commercial Real Estate

Election years inevitably stir the waters of the economy and the commercial real estate markets. As political campaigns unfold throughout the year and candidates propose their visions for future governance, investors of all shapes and sizes prepare for potential shifts in policy that could impact their investments.

The Pros and Cons of Investing in Different Types of Multifamily Assets

Multifamily real estate is a popular and profitable asset class for many investors. However, not all multifamily properties are created equal.  

Depending on the age, location, condition, and amenities of a property, it can be classified as Class A, B, or C (or lower). Each class has its distinct advantages and disadvantages and requires a different investment strategy and risk-reward profile.  

Market Update Webinar Replay

On Wednesday, February 14, 2024, HLC Equity hosted an exclusive discussion on the dynamics of the current real estate market.

Our leadership team explored a variety of topics, diving into economic trends, property-level details, and potential opportunities in the future. In case you couldn’t missed it, we got you covered. Click on the button below to access the replay.

HLC Equity's Guide To Year-End Philanthropy: Strategies For Impactful and Tax-Efficient Giving

Economic challenges are largely unavoidable – and this year has proven to be no different. Therefore, it’s critical that strategic philanthropy becomes a part of your financial considerations throughout the year. HLC Equity has compiled a guide, based on strategies we consistently use, to help maximize the impact of your year-end philanthropy while ensuring tax efficiency is factored into the equation.

Q3 2023 Market Update Video Replay

On Wednesday, November 15, we hosted an exclusive discussion, delving into the dynamics of the real estate market and how HLC Equity strategically navigated it.

Don’t worry if you missed the live event! We’ve got you covered. To access the video replay and dive into these valuable insights, simply fill in the form below.

Multifamily Opportunities Amidst Current Economic Dynamics

In the ever-shifting seas of commercial real estate, where economic tides rise and fall, discerning investors find potential amidst uncertainty. The multifamily market, currently revealing signs of distress, serves as a canvas for strategic investors to carve their path to success.

HLC X PROPTECH 360 PRESENTS: "Technology As A Servant"

“Technology As A Servant” – a discussion between David Meltzer and HLC Equity CEO Daniel Farber on September 5th.

If you have missed the event, we’ve made the webinar available to you. Sign up using the form to access the exclusive recording.

The Challenges That Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms Face

In this dynamic era of real estate investing, the landscape has evolved over the past decade through the emergence of Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms, which provided new avenues for accessing real estate projects, proverbially “democratizing” the space. This article compares key differences between the various “deal platforms” and the more traditional owner/operator investment management model. 

Quarterly Market Update Webinar

HLC Equity’s leadership team had recently hosted an exclusive webinar for a Market Update this August 14, 2023. CEO Daniel Farber, Head of Operations David Molitor, and Director of Acquisitions Caesar Nguyen provided valuable insights on the current state of the real estate market, including how HLC’s portfolio had been impacted and what commercial buyers and sellers were doing to reduce risk while still moving forward. 

Treating Your Investors as Partners: 5 Keys to Long-Term Success

In the ever-changing world of business, one thing remains constant: the importance of treating investors as partners. Profit and growth are essential, but they’re not the only things that matter. By building strong, transparent relationships with your investors, you can create a foundation for long-term success.

The Future City: 7 Dynamics Reshaping Urban Life

The landscape of urban life is undergoing significant transformations driven by a multitude of factors, including changing priorities in a post-pandemic world. In this article, we explore the seven key dynamics that are shaping the future of cities and redefining urban living. 

PropTech360 2023 Summit Highlights

The PropTech360 Summit was amazing! HLC Equity is proud to continue being a Founding Sponsor of such a successful event. The day brought together an incredible community of real estate professionals, innovators, investors, and industry leaders from around the globe. Click below to check out some of the excitement!

Podcast Feature | Daniel Farber joins Andy Hagans on The Alternative Investment Podcast

HLC Equity’s CEO, Daniel Farber joins Andy Hagans on the latest episode of The Alternative Investment Podcast! Daniel and Andy explore the worlds of family office investment strategies, commercial real estate opportunities in 2023 and much more!

CEO Annual Letter

HLC Equity CEO, Daniel Farber, recently shared his take on the current Commercial Real Estate Investment Market. Gain first-hand access to Daniel’s thoughts on the economy, where it’s trending, opportunities, and what 2023 could look like for HLC Equity capital partners and investors.

The Lay of the Land: CRE in 2023

The CRE markets are facing perhaps the most challenging environment since the 2008 crisis. While some onlookers are signaling that it’s time to head for the hills, we believe that the current moment presents significant opportunities for CRE investment firms, Family Offices, and most importantly- the investors we represent here at HLC Equity. 

We take a hard look at several CRE and MF challenges we may collectively face in the days, weeks, and months to come.  

What AI Tools Mean for Growth in Commercial Real Estate Investing

ChatGPT is the new AI text generation tool everyone in commercial real estate seems to be talking about. However, practically speaking, how useful is ChatGPT and other AI chatbots when it comes to commercial real estate teams? 

Don’t miss HLC Equity’s analysis and use-case examples. Click below to read the article. 

Press Release | HLC Equity Launches Technology to Enhance Layers Brand

Layers, HLC Equity’s innovative flexible furnished brand, has created a proprietary technology platform – Layers Prime – to deliver the individual pay customers directly to corporate housing and multifamily partners. This solution allows owners to eliminate frivolous spending on resources to secure prospects and tap into a pipeline of qualified residents across 85 travel sites.

Exclusive Webinar | Market Update for 2023 & Beyond

HLC Equity hosted an exclusive webinar on the current state of the real estate market. During this webinar, HLC Equity leadership covered a wide range of topics, from macroeconomic trends to property-level obstacles and potential solutions, challenges in the current market, and acquisition opportunities that may exist in the near future. Get a better understanding of what the landscape will look like for 2023 and beyond. 

Podcast Feature | IREI: Getting real estate deals done at PropTech360

HLC Equity CEO, Daniel Farber was recently a guest on the IREI Podcast. He joined the program to discuss the upcoming PropTech360 conference and the continuing evolution of the booming proptech space.

Move Over Millennials - Gen Z is Taking Over!

The Steps Apartment Owners can Take Today to Prepare for the Renters of Tomorrow

Since at least the early 2000s, all eyes have been on Millennials. What do Millennials like? Where will they want to live? How can apartment owner attract them to their rentals? 

Fast forward to today and there is an entirely new generation entering the rental market. Gen Z is knocking at the door. Literally and figuratively. In this article, we look at what motivates Gen Z and how apartment owners can prepare their properties in response. 

How to Protect Your Portfolio Amid a Looming Recession

Economic turmoil is nothing new. Sky-high inflation and rising interest rates are just the latest conditions to spook investors.  

There’s no better time than now to start preparing your portfolio for an impending downturn.  

Webinar | Digital Transformation’s Impact on Commercial Real Estate

HLC Equity hosted a roundtable discussion on recent digital transformations and how they have impacted real estate and the economy. The conversation was lively, engaging, and delivered a ton of insight from our esteemed panel of experts, including HLC Equity CEO Daniel Farber, Entrepreneur/Strategist/Investor Abhi Golhar, and Yardi Matrix Vice President, Jeffrey Adler.

Whitepaper | The 2022 Housing Bubble : From Technological Advances to Supply/Demand Imbalances, How Today’s Housing Market is Different from Prior Cycles

In this whitepaper, HLC Equity takes on the topic of the housing bubble, historical cycles and recent trends, and the economic state of the housing industry. Where do you fall on the topic? We use this whitepaper to present some key details that will help better inform your real estate-related decision-making. 

What to Know about Multifamily Cap Rate Compression

HLC Equity’s series on digital transformation continues as we explore cap rates and the recent compression. There are several factors driving multifamily cap rate compression. Read the full article below on cap rates and the unique factors that are driving change today.  

How Digital Transformations are Impacting Today’s Real Estate Market

Today, digital transformations are opening the door to investors of all kinds. In this article, we look at how various technologies are changing consumer behaviors and in turn, shaking up the industry before our very eyes.

Are Digital Transformations Artificially Bolstering the Economy?

In this article, we look at the many ways in which digital transformations may be artificially bolstering the economy, which in turn, influences which indicators may be used to predict future recessions. 

Webinar | Interest Rates + Inflation

In this webinar, our panel of HLC Equity leadership and industry specialists will discuss these economic levers and analyze how they impact the multifamily investment space. In addition to gaining insight on what to expect, you’ll also take away the key steps to prepare for – and even benefit from – the coming economic season.

Whitepaper | A Historical Look at Multifamily Performance in Inflationary Environments

In our latest whitepaper, HLC Equity has compiled the latest information on inflation’s impact on the multifamily asset class. We take a look at historical cycles and recent trends, and outline how multifamily can actually hedge against the uncertainty of inflationary times.

6 Ways Multifamily Owners Can Maximize Value As Inflation Rises

We explore ways multifamily owners can maximize the value of their investments as we encounter inflationary times. 

How the Fed’s Interest Rate Hikes Impact Commercial Real Estate

Curious how the Fed’s interest rate hikes will impact multifamily and commercial real estate? The second installment of our Economic Outlook Series is now live, where we take a deep dive on this exact topic.

Strategic Considerations for Multifamily Owners in an Inflationary Environment

As consumer concern continues to mount over inflation and rising interest rates, the investment community is taking note and monitoring their portfolios closely.  We explore six strategic considerations for multifamily owners looking to mitigate the impact of rising inflation. 

Whitepaper | The Growth of the Mid-Term Rental Market

We look at what economic and societal indicators are driving the growth of the mid-term rental market and what to expect in 2022 and beyond. Could investing in the mid-term rental market be the next big opportunity? Download the whitepaper to find out.

The ABCs of Commercial Real Estate Property Classes

Real Estate Investing 101 

As part of our Real Estate Investing 101 series, we look at the distinguishing characteristics of Class A vs. Class B vs. Class C properties. Any prospective investor will want to learn this classification system so that they understand what type of product they’re investing in when they do. 

Understanding Commercial Real Estate Equity Waterfalls

Real Estate Investing 101 

As part of our Real Estate Investing 101 series, we break down the different features of an equity waterfall that can provide investors with a clearer understanding of how a project’s returns will be distributed to whom and when. 

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Cap Rates vs. IRR in Commercial Real Estate Investments

Real Estate Investing 101 

We look at the difference between cap rates and IRR, how each is calculated, and when to use which to evaluate a multifamily deal.

What Investors Need To Know About Real Estate Syndications

Real Estate Investing 101 

Given the high barrier to entry, several retail investors have begun participating in real estate syndications. With this type of investing, a sponsor identifies a specific opportunity and then pools capital from multiple people to invest as the equity in the deal. The sponsor then oversees the deal on behalf of investors, who are otherwise passive limited partners. 

Podcast Feature | Best Ever Show w/ Joe Fairless

Daniel joined Joe Fairless on the Best Ever Real Estate show to give the Best Ever listeners an insider look at how HLC Equity, a multi-generational real estate investment firm is run

Active vs. Passive Real Estate Investing

Real Estate Investing 101 

Investing in real estate offers many benefits, from portfolio diversification and risk mitigation, to earning tax-advantaged passive income and more. 

Learn more about the differences between active and passive real estate investing – we examine some key factors  that many people overlook when investing in real estate for the first time.

The Benefits of Investing in Real Estate

Real Estate Investing 101 

Investing in real estate has long been touted as one of the best ways for individuals to create long-term, sustained wealth. Some dip their toes into the waters by investing in a single rental property. Others selectively invest in small-scale apartment buildings. But few truly understand the advantages of investing in commercial real estate – apartment communities, retail centers, office buildings, land development and more…

Podcast | From Retail to Multifamily To PropTech

Yishai Breslauer – CRE SharkEye is a podcast focusing on CRE (commercial real estate) for professionals and beginners, on this episode, HLC Equity CEO, Daniel Farber joins the discussion. 

Podcast | How To Invest And Scale To Create Generational Legacy Wealth

HLC Equity’s CEO Daniel Farber joins the discussion in the latest episode of the Passive Income Attorney podcast hosted by Seth Bradley. Tune in as Daniel shares the firms unique journey and gives expert insights into his favorite markets and asset classes. The episode touches on a wide range of issues, including tips for professionals seeking to earn passive income and build up their net worth, family office investment tactics, along with key market analysis and investment strategies that have helped this multigenerational firm expand its own investment portfolio.

Podcast | The Secret to Last in the Real Estate Industry for Decades

For any business to last for decades, it needs to weather different challenges successfully. In real estate, this means you have to adapt quickly to changes and circumstances like recession or even a global pandemic. CEO, Daniel Farber spoke with Whitney Sewell on The Real Estate Syndication Show, you can check out all of the highlights below….

Webinar | Shifting the Paradigm of Second Home Ownership (With Austin Allison of Pacaso)

CEO, Daniel Farber sits down with Austin Allison of Pacaso Homes. Austin Allison became a key executive at Zillow after selling his real estate transaction software company to Zillow for $108M. Together with Zillow Co-Founder Spencer Rascoff, Austin recently launched Pacaso, which is creating a unique category for second homeowners. Pacaso recently raised $75M, reaching over a $1B valuation in less than a year. 

Webinar | Proptech and the Changing Real Estate Landscape (Fireside Chat with Camber Creek)

CEO, Daniel Farber sits down with Jeffrey Berman of Camber Creek

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Podcast | A Lucrative Property Management Model

CEO, Daniel Farber sits down with Yonah Weiss on Weiss Advice to discuss a lucrative property management model

Webinar : A Discussion with The Durst Organization

PropTech360 continued its Web Series focused on Real Estate Investment and Innovation with David Neil, Principal, and Executive at The Durst Organization and Daniel Farber, CEO of HLC Equity, the discussion was moderated by Lucas Hewett, Business Development Executive for Layers.

In case you missed the conversation “Multigenerational Firms Investing in the Future”. The discussion covered key investment fundamentals and the overall market outlook.

4 Key Components To Passive Real Estate Investing

By Daniel Farber (CEO)

With the democratization of investment platforms, opportunities have been created to give access to institutional quality investments for everyday investors. At the same time, investors are frequently lured into highly risky investments with promises of unrealistic double-digit returns by unseasoned sponsors in a historically low-interest-rate environment. The four criteria laid out here have produced strong passive investment results over the long term.

7 Considerations When Investing in Hotel to Multifamily Conversions

Investor Prep: 7 Considerations When Investing in Hotel to Multifamily Conversions

By Dave Molitor

As the hotel to multifamily conversion strategy gains steam, investment opportunities in this niche will likely become more common.  To help you evaluate these potential investments, we have outlined seven high-level items, with specific conversion considerations, to discuss with the sponsor.  

How Property Managers and Tenants Came Together in Year One of the Covid-19 Pandemic

By Heather Filgo & Laura Bo Sherman

We shared a reflection of how our property managers and tenants at Layers came together over the course of the past year, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Webinar: 'The Rising of the New City and Innovation'

The webinar discussed shifts of cities over the last several years and the acceleration caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Come hear how cities are adapting to the new reality, implementing new technologies, services, and innovations.

Protecting Your Investment – Identity Fraud in Multifamily Leasing

By Dave Molitor

Schemes like what we have described are happening, and we know it because we have seen it firsthand at our properties. We wanted to share our insights on how to guard against it.

Protecting Your Investment - Managing Apartment Community Delinquency WITHOUT the Threat of Eviction

By Dave Molitor

We weigh in on managing apartment community delinquency WITHOUT the threat of eviction, a common topic of interest since the passing of the Cares Act in March of 2020. 

How Landlords and tech companies are creating parternships that last

How Landlords & Technology Companies are Creating Partnerships That Last

By Avia Tzur-Farber

We examine two primary areas in which Real Estate Owners & Operators are leveraging digitalization and how landlords & technology companies are creating partnerships that last

Podcast | Increasing Risk-adjusted Returns on Real Estate Investments

CEO, Daniel Farber discusses the HLC Equity/Layers approach, a unique value-add strategy that considers the flexibility demands of today’s renters and their needs for additional services… 

Case Study: Operating Through Covid-19

After navigating through Covid-19 for the last year, we’ve identified several major areas as being most critical to successful property operations in the new environment, and are pleased to share our findings with you…

HLC Equity 2020 Year In Review

As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year. It was a year filled with ups, downs, and curveballs called Covid. But we made it, and we are excited for what is to come. We are pleased to share the HLC Equity 2020 Year In Review, check out the highlights

Analyzing Real Estate Investment Returns

Analyzing Real Estate Investment Returns in an Uncertain Market

By Joseph Elbogen

How does one accurately analyze future real estate investment returns in an uncertain market? While some firms may be sitting back until the Corona period ends, we believe that this period of time presents a unique opportunity…

HLC Equity Insights Asset Management-Mitigating Risks and Delivering Solid Returns in Real Estate Investing

Asset Management-Mitigating Risks and Delivering Solid Returns in Real Estate Investing

By Steve Garda

The HLC Equity investment team shares tips on Asset Management and the key role that it plays in maximizing total investment returns when it comes to Real Estate Investing.

Microunits: Hype or a Unique Real Estate Investment Opportunity?

The HLC Equity investment team takes a deep dive beyond the hype and noise about microunits, and offers an overview of how this niche product sizes up as an investment

Whitepaper | Crowdfunding and Direct to Consumer Platforms: Where The Opportunities Can Be Found For Wealth Managers

Grab your free copy of our whitepaper where we explore some of the opportunities for wealth managers (and others) when it comes to crowdfunding and direct-to-consumer platforms. 

How Passive Real Estate Investors Benefit From Accelerated Depreciation

By Micah Gimpel

Smart money does smart things and there are reasons why real estate frequently forms a key part of wealth preservation and growth….

Podcast: Nina Taylor Discusses Layers

Nina Taylor, our Hospitality Director for the Layers Brand recently sat down (virtually), with Alexander Novicov, for the ‘Redefine Hospitality’ Podcast. You can listen to it or read the transcript below.

HLC Equity Launches HLC Direct

A letter from CEO, Daniel Farber.

“Dear Partners, Investors, and Family-We at HLC Equity are excited to announce the launch of HLC Direct, and here is why…”

Lucas Hewett discusses HLC's Layers Brand

Lucas Hewett recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Mark Allen of GreystoneISG on The Multifamily 5 podcast…

Whitepaper | The Key To Multifamily Investing Today​: Flexibility

We discuss shifts in multifamily that investors should know about and dive into some of the market data. Grab your copy of the whitepaper below.

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Future of Work-Building an Integrated Model

May 13, 2020

By Daniel Farber

There has been much speculation around COVID-19 and its impact on “working from home” (#WFH) and the use of office space….

Multifamily Investors Beware (Including HLC LP’s)

March 19, 2020

By Daniel Farber

(This letter is being shared with HLC Equity investors and is published here purely for informational purposes. Further disclaimers at the bottom)…..

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