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Alternative Investments

The alternative real estate sector includes property assets that fall outside of the other traditional real estate sectors. These types of alternative real estate assets can take many forms. Some of the most commonly thought of alternative assets are parking lots and self-storage. However, the breadth and depth of the sector is much greater, including transportation and infrastructure such as roads and bridges as well as natural resources such as timber, oil fields, and natural gas deposits. The maturity and acceptance of real estate as an asset class in general has, in turn, focused attention on the alternative assets as investors search for yield.

Role / Company Location Posted
Real Estate Project Manager for Mega Projects-MDOT Property Specialist 13Michigan Department of Transportation Lansing, MI Jan 25, 2022
KKR Real Estate Credit Asset Manager - HoustonKKR & Co Houston, TX Jan 24, 2022
Acquisitions Analyst, Real Estate Private EquityGlobal Holdings NEW YORK, NY Jan 24, 2022
Acquisitions Analyst or AssociateGEM Realty Capital Chicago, IL Jan 24, 2022
Asset Management AssociateWestgrove Partners Los Angeles, CA Jan 21, 2022
Investment Analyst - CRENorthMarq Seattle, WA Jan 21, 2022
Acquisitions AssociateWestgrove Partners Manhattan Beach, CA Jan 21, 2022
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Financial AnalystMcCarthy Cook Costa Mesa, CA Jan 20, 2022
Real Estate Finance ManagerMcCarthy Cook Costa Mesa, CA Jan 20, 2022

Looking to the future

The future of alternative investments in real estate will be led by a focus on sustainable energy and infrastructure. As the world's oil reserves are depleted, more and more sources of sustainable, renewable energy will be needed. Large plots of land for wind farms and solar panels will be necessary. Also, the infrastructure in the United States is rapidly approaching the end of its useful life. There is a tremendous need for renovations and improvements, and the private sector will play are large role in providing either the capital and/or the expertise to complete these projects. Formal Public Private Partnerships between government agencies and private companies are already taking place to meet this need. Public infrastructure REITs are also forming to allow greater access to the market.

Alternative Investments

Skills Required

  • Self-storage
  • Land banking
  • Transportation & Infrastructure: Roads, Railroads, Airports, Bridges, Utilities, Dams
  • Parking Lots
  • Energy & Natural Resources: Timber, Precious metals and stones, Water, Wind farms, Coal mines, Oil fields, Natural Gas, Solar

Professional Reading and Resources

  • "Real Assets"
  • "Commercial Property News"
  • "Real Estate Forum"
  • "Preqin"
  • "National Real Estate Investor"

Top Companies

  • Public Storage
  • Extra Space
  • Sovran
  • U-Store-It
  • U-Haul