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Erik Hayden Jun 28, 2022 7:55:01 AM 6 min read

Flight to Quality


“Flight to quality” is a market phenomenon that often surfaces during periods of economic stress. It’s the belief that regardless of what’s happening at any given time, investors will do well by focusing on the best assets, those that will endure over time. That goes for stocks, but it’s also true for other asset classes like art and, of course, real estate.

So what are the elements that define a “quality” real estate project?  They’re the same as they’ve always been: a great location, strong local economy, compelling design, and a thoughtful approach to understanding and meeting market and tenant needs.

We think our Fund I and planned Fund II projects check all the boxes. Going in order:

  • Location. Downtown San Jose is reinventing itself and we’re right in the middle of it. Regular readers know that we like to cite Bloomberg, JLL, and now U.S. News, all of which have recognized the compelling reasons for being a part of this special city. In times of stress, buyers (and renters) tend to return to the center.
  • Strong market. Businesses and people want to be in San Jose. Google, Apple, and Zoom are among the technology leaders moving or expanding here. Local businesses are growing in the market, too.
  • Design. We work with leading architects and take great care to design and build distinctive structures, whether it’s office, residential, student housing, or a senior living facility.
  • Demand. You can build the greatest buildings in the world but it doesn’t matter if no one wants to live or work there. But whether it’s the new Restaurant Row emerging in our mixed use project, the Paseo, or the new BART station coming later this decade, the case for being here just keeps getting stronger.

Markets will fluctuate, as J.P. Morgan (the person, not the bank) liked to say. Volatility is a fact of life. What was true in 1934 is still true now: no one can consistently predict the short-term movements of markets. But longer term quality generally rises to the top. That’s the way to build and the best way to invest, as Warren Buffett and others have noted.

To find out how to be a part of our quality projects, contact us today.


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Real Estate Risk Disclosure:

- There is no guarantee that any strategy will be successful or achieve investment objectives including, among other things, profits, distributions, tax benefits, exit strategy, etc.;
- Potential for property value loss – All real estate investments have the potential to lose value during the life of the investments;
- Change of tax status – The income stream and depreciation schedule for any investment property may affect the property owner’s income bracket and/or tax status. An unfavorable tax ruling may cancel deferral of capital gains and result in immediate tax liabilities;
- Potential for foreclosure – All financed real estate investments have potential for foreclosure;
- Illiquidity – These assets are commonly offered through private placement offerings and are illiquid securities. There is no secondary market for these investments.
- Reduction or Elimination of Monthly Cash Flow Distributions – Like any investment in real estate, if a property unexpectedly loses tenants or sustains substantial damage, there is potential for suspension of cash flow distributions;
- Impact of fees/expenses – Costs associated with the transaction may impact investors’ returns and may outweigh the tax benefits
- Stated tax benefits – Any stated tax benefits are not guaranteed and are subject to changes in the tax code. Speak to your tax professional prior to investing. 

Opportunity Zone Disclosures

- Investing in opportunity zones is speculative. Opportunity zones are newly formed entities with no operating history. There is no assurance of investment return, property appreciation, or profits. The ability to resell the fund’s underlying investment properties or businesses is not guaranteed. Investing in opportunity zone funds may involve a higher level of risk than investing in other established real estate offerings.
- Long-term investment. Opportunity zone funds have illiquid underlying investments that may not be easy to sell and the return of capital and realization of gains, if any, from an investment will generally occur only upon the partial or complete disposition or refinancing of such investments.
- Limited secondary market for redemption. Although secondary markets may provide a liquidity option in limited circumstances, the amount you will receive typically is discounted to current valuations.
- Difficult valuation assessment. The portfolio holdings in opportunity zone funds may be difficult to value because financial markets or exchanges do not usually quote or trade the holdings. As such, market prices for most of a fund’s holdings will not be readily available.
- Capital call default consequences. Meeting capital calls to provide managers with the pledged capital is a contractual obligation of each investor. Failure to meet this requirement in a timely manner could elicit significant adverse consequences, including, without limitation, the forfeiture of your interest in the fund.
- Opportunity zone funds may use leverage in connection with certain investments or participate in investments with highly leveraged capital structures. Leverage involves a high degree of financial risk and may increase the exposure of such investments to factors such as rising interest rates, downturns in the economy or deterioration in the condition of the assets underlying such investments.
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- It is possible, due to tax, regulatory, or investment decisions, that a fund, or its investors, are unable realize any tax benefits. You should evaluate the merits of the underlying investment and not solely invest in an opportunity zone fund for any potential tax advantage.

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