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The Ultimate Guide to Estate Planning Appraisal for Real Estate Properties

Estate Planning Appraisal ServicesRecently, a beloved Canadian reached the milestone age of 90, joining a group of more than 2 million strong south of his native border. It is a group of increasingly vibrant – “and growing” – individuals with many estate planning appraisal and real estate planning needs for multiple properties.

No, we’re not talking about Jim Carrey; he’s 59. We’re also not talking about Justin Bieber. He’s not even 30. We’re talking about none other than Captain Kirk himself (or, if you prefer, the Priceline pitchman) William Shatner. While his addition to the coveted 90-year-old club is welcomed news for nonagenarians and their families alike (not to mention his rabid fans), the logistics of that longevity include some serious discussions over estate planning. As people live longer than ever before, they are increasing the time they have to add to their property and wealth accumulation. Estate planning and real estate planning can feel daunting at first (especially if your list of assets is galaxy-stretching long like a certain Starfleet captain), but it doesn’t have to be.

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In-House vs. 3rd-Party On-Site Property Managers: Which Is Best for Your CRE?

In-House vs 3rd Party On-Site Property ManagersWhen it comes to property management – and property management companies – a great debate rages on. In some sense, it’s a debate that is as old as the commercial real estate industry itself; a profession that got its unofficial start in the 19th century. (Consider that it was only a few short decades after Founding Father, elder statesman, and successful businessman Benjamin Franklin passed into history.

No stranger to offering business-related sage advice, Benjamin Franklin was fond of reminding us all that “death and taxes” were the only two certainties in this world. While Franklin knew that death and taxes were guarantees, how those taxes are paid, and who’s managing the properties taxed is anything but certain. Then, as now, there are two schools of thought: third-party on-site property management companies vs. in-house property management (or “self” management).

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Former Cincinnati Bengal Mike Doss Makes a Big Play With The Robert Weiler Company

Mike DossWhen you spend your whole life on the football field, it is hard to imagine yourself in an entirely different career. For Mike Doss, after he retired from the NFL, his future path was unclear. What role would be the best fit for his skill set? Mike decided that a job in sales was his best option; then Bob and Skip Weiler came along. Continue reading…


Robert “Bob” Weiler Honored with the C-Suite Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 from Columbus Business First

Robert WeilerEach year, Columbus Business First recognizes industry executives who stand at the forefront of the Central Ohio business by embodying exemplary leadership qualities. This year, Columbus Business First chose Robert “Bob” Weiler as an honoree for the C-Suite Lifetime Achievement Award 2020! The 2020 awards and honorees are especially significant due to the changing landscape of business worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic.

During times of crisis, we look to our leaders for guidance, reassurance, and security. As Chairman of the Board for The Robert Weiler Company, Bob strives to be the sounding board and safety net for his company and its employees. Bob told Columbus Business First that the most important lessons he learned during this time are positive communication and, above all else, health. Continue reading…


Commercial Real Estate Appraisal Review: Essential Handbook to a Necessary and Influential 2nd Opinion

Commercial Real Estate Appraisal Review: Essential Handbook to a Necessary and Influential 2nd OpinionIn the age of social media, we’re frequently asking friends and family for their thoughts on a subject. Unlike a commercial real estate appraisal review, most of the answers from “Facebook experts” are not fact-based; the responses on your social media post will range from beliefs to convictions to opinions.

Fortunately, we do not conduct commercial real estate appraisals on social media! And, the commercial real estate appraisal review process is not just a second opinion or a survey to friends or even colleagues; it is a required, in-depth analysis by industry experts. In most instances, such as public development projects or litigation cases, the commercial appraisal review is a mandatory examination of an appraisal report to spot mistakes, address errors in a CRE appraiser’s judgment or update information based on changing conditions due to the passage of time. Continue reading…


What to Expect from a Property Management Company?

Property Management CompanyIf you own several properties (or even just one), the chances are that you don’t have much time on your hands. That’s why a property management company is the perfect solution for commercial real estate owners like you!

Owning commercial property is a considerable undertaking. As an investor, you must ensure that your real estate appreciates by making smart improvements. The day-to-day property management can include everything from picking up the phone for a tenant complaint to contacting a local vendor for a maintenance request. The list of property management tasks can seem endless.

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What Do Property Management Companies Do? (And How to Vet Them)

What Do Property Management Companies Do?Owning commercial property is a huge responsibility. Most building owners and multi-family real estate investors don’t realize that property management companies can completely relieve them of the day-to-day administration of property, prospects, and tenants. The ability to outsource oversight and stewardship of commercial property removes a considerable burden of responsibility, allowing CRE owners more time to focus on generating ROI on current and future investments.
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Commercial Property Manager Maintenance Tips for Every Season

Property Manager Tips

Commercial property management is a year-round task as weather changes can bring unexpected complexities to inexperienced property owners throughout the seasons. Every season poses a unique set of challenges. The property you oversee must be ready for any weather condition, regardless if you’re encountering winter snow or summer winds. Managing apartment buildings, or an office, retail, or warehouse space? Get out your calendar and start jotting down these maintenance tips to follow during each of the four seasons.

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Tell-Tale Signs You Should Hire a Specialist in Real Property Management – Columbus, Ohio

Hire Real Property Management in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio is home to many residential and commercial rental properties. In the past few decades, we’ve noticed a steady increase in building owners and landlords looking for help. Let’s face it, property management is a long-term ordeal, and not everyone has the time to perform real property management – you are not alone. Maintaining and running a property can quickly become overwhelming. Do the following five statements ring true for you? If so, they may be signs that you need help from an on-site property manager for hire!

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COVID-19 Accelerates E-Commerce Surge, Sparking Investment in Industrial Real Estate

Industrial Real Estate COVID-19A little over two years ago, our hometown paper, The Columbus Dispatch, published an article about an emerging trend: the rapid growth in demand for industrial real estate in Central Ohio.

At the time, the article focused on the “Amazon effect” – the local warehousing of an enormous stockpile of products for regional distribution. With about 2 million square feet of industrial real estate in just two facilities, Amazon was king. But smaller businesses were about to be knighted, too, as online shopping continued to increase. Even then, the article noted that warehouse vacancy rates were trending downward to as little as 3 percent in the Grove City and West Jefferson markets.

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Boost Profitability of Your Farm for Sale in Ohio: 2 Determining Factors

Farm for Sale in OhioIf you are one of the 75,000+ principal farm operators in the state Ohio, you know that having a farm for sale in Ohio is unlike selling any other property. With the recent boom in housing sales and commercial real estate development, farmland has proven to generate a significant return on investment for you, the land owner.

By no means are we suggesting it’s a difficult process to sell farmland; however, the effort you put into prepping your farm for sale can pay off. There are two main factors that will determine the profitability of your sale, namely land evaluation and taxes. Therefore, we recommend you focus your attention here.

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How “Smart” Transportation is Transforming Commercial Real Estate in 2020

Smart Transportation & Commercial Real EstateIn March 2020, Mass Transit magazine (a business-to-business transit publication) featured a piece that was good news for Central Ohio residents. The article reaffirmed what a growing number of people have come to accept as a matter of course: exciting new transportation initiatives are transforming commercial real estate.

So, what was the good news?

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6 Mixed-Use Development Trends Embracing The Jetsons’ Lifestyle

Mixed-Use Development TrendsCould we all be living in an episode of The Jetsons someday? Mixed-use development in 2020 may not resemble Orbit City, but commercial builders, architects, and real estate investors are undoubtedly re-engineering the proximity of your personal and professional orbit.

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What’s My Business Really Worth? 12 Q&A To Solving Your Business Valuation Mystery [2020]

Business ValuationHave you watched shows such as Shark Tank or The Profit and wondered how Kevin O’Leary or Marcus Lemonis calculate business valuation? Unfortunately, reality television shows aren’t the best platform for learning how to value a small business (or a company of any size). That’s why we surveyed our business valuation experts, captured the 12 most frequently asked questions, and provided answers that can offer the guidance you need.

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Celebrate Central Ohio Real Estate During Fair Housing Month [2020]

Central Ohio Real Estate | Fair HousingDid you know that all across the nation and in the Central Ohio real estate community, April is known as Fair Housing Month? A commitment to equal opportunity for every community, this year marks the 52nd anniversary of the landmark celebration. Each year, we recognize the importance of this event and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing laws through our property management services; we accomplish this through our commitment to offering equal CRE services to everyone throughout their commercial real estate journey.

As you look at prospective investors of residential and multifamily properties (as well as commercial properties), join us in taking fair housing in our great region seriously – not just this month, but every month. Learn more about Fair Housing and what you can do to get involved, below.

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4 Sustainability Trends Driving Commercial Real Estate for Earth Day 2020

CRE Trends Earth Day 2020Exactly half a century ago, the United States inaugurated a special day, April 22, as Earth Day. As we prepare to commemorate the global phenomenon, The Robert Weiler Company is excited to announce that the green movement is alive and well in the commercial real estate industry.

What began as a localized, American movement, is now celebrated by more than 192 countries. The goal is simple but profound: raise awareness regarding humanity’s impact on the global climate and how, collectively, we can affect positive change. Commercial real estate developers are ensuring that the goal of Earth Day is being met, as evidenced by widespread initiatives in green design and sustainable building. Continue reading…


Must-Read Tips to Appraise, Buy, and Sell Special Purpose Property in 2020

Special Purpose PropertyWith spring around the corner, a feeling of rebirth is in the air across Ohio. But for up-and-coming neighborhoods with a special purpose property or unique properties for sale, the soon-to-be bloom time might as well be called boom time.

Something “special” is taking place in neighborhoods throughout the Columbus region. Just look towards Franklinton (just west of the Scioto River, subdivided into East and West), the Arena District, or once-downtrodden places like the Short North Arts District (running in a narrow strip along N. High Street from the convention center to 5th Avenue).

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Your Ohio Commercial Property Reassessment Cheat Sheet [2020]

Property Reassessment DroneWith recent headlines focused on politics, protests, and international disputes, Ohio commercial property owners may have overlooked or forgotten that a statewide property tax reassessment is nearly complete.

Ohio law stipulates that a comprehensive property reassessment is completed every six years, with an update at the three-year midpoint. Auditors from across the State spend years evaluating a select list of criteria to determine a property’s value and, thus, its new tax rate. As Ohio business owners know, a lot can change in that time. For some, that means they can expect a tax hike. For others, it might mean a decrease. Lastly, some commercial property owners will see a negligible difference, regardless of the appraisal.

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6 Ways to Get Organized After Finding Small Office Space for Rent [2020]

Finding Small Office Space for RentAre you still sticking with your New Year’s resolutions of becoming more organized? Maybe you can up the ante after landing a new small office space for rent!

For many business owners, the beginning of the year marks the time to start fresh and work on efficiency. Perhaps, in an effort to do so, you have decided to begin with a completely blank canvas for your small business by relocating to a new officespace. No matter what the reason is for the change, one thing is for certain: You need to know how to become (and stay) organized… today.

The idea of organizing your small office space rental may seem daunting. You are busy! How can you find time to do all of this with everything else on your plate?

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Investing Your Bucks in the Buckeye State: Why Ohio’s Opportunity Zones Are Poised for Growth in 2020

Ohio Opportunity ZonesThanks to the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Opportunity Zones have fueled economic growth in communities throughout Ohio. Clark Gable, famed Hollywood actor and Ohio “native son,” reflecting on his life, once remarked that he was “just a lucky slob from Ohio who happened to be at the right place at the right time.”

But, you can bet that he would have felt a whole lot luckier with Ohio’s economic Opportunity Zones now in place. Opportunity Zones offer a bevy of tax incentives to individuals and businesses that reinvest in economically distressed parts of the state at-large and the greater Columbus, Ohio region. Similar in some respects to New York City’s local Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Opportunity Zones encourage financiers to invest their capital gains in businesses or properties in economically distressed, impoverished areas.

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