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5 at 5: Your Daily Digest for Real Estate Investing, 4/6/21

Apr 06, 2021 by Marc Rapport
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The American Jobs Act and real estate, three REITs for your April consideration, Amazon buys malls and opens groceries, and office leases going for cheap.

Today on Millionacres

What the American Jobs Act Means for Real Estate

The American Jobs Act is a $2 trillion plan proposed by President Joe Biden to help revitalize manufacturing, infrastructure, housing, and commercial real estate across the country. The bill, if passed, could provide new opportunities for real estate developers and investors.

The Millionacres takeaway: Our Liz Brumer says here that while there are no guarantees, much of the plan may well be passed, and that it includes varying tax incentives and credits that can help improve a project's profitability.

3 Cheap REITs to Buy in April

The stock market has rebounded incredibly over the past year or so, and the S&P 500 is near its all-time high as we head into April. However, that doesn't mean all stocks are expensive.

The Millionacres takeaway: Our Matt Frankel gives us a quick look at three real estate investment trusts (REITs) he thinks are reasonably priced given their potential. He notes, too, that he has each of them in his portfolio and explains why he considers them long-term plays.

What Does Amazon's Stealth Grocery Store Expansion Mean for Real Estate Investors?

The e-commerce giant already owns Whole Foods, has opened its first physical Amazon Fresh grocery store in Los Angeles, and has plans for 28 more. It's also moved into delivering pharmaceuticals.

The Millionacres takeaway: Our Maurie Backman points out that while this looks like bad news for grocery store competitors, it could well mean more leases for grocery stores with the Amazon name on it. People got to eat.

Also in Today's News

Amazon Snapping Up Malls, Turning Them Into Fulfillment Centers

NBC News reports this week how dozens of malls that buckled due to e-commerce or suffered during the pandemic are being given new life by the very entity that precipitated their decline: Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN).

The Millionacres takeaway: We knew this was happening. Now we know how much. Between 2016 and 2019, Amazon converted around 25 shopping malls, according to an analysis by Coresight Research, and the giant company is actively converting more even as we speak.

After COVID-19, Office Leases Largely Come With Bargain Rates

Big companies are making plans to stick with city-center office buildings, but they are cutting back on space and driving down rent prices for years to come, according to an analysis of U.S. office leasing trends prepared for The Wall Street Journal [subscription required].

The Millionacres takeaway: The work-from-home phenomenon -- which is hardly restricted to our largest metro markets -- makes selecting profitable investments in that sector problematic, to say the least. A year from now, we'll know more.

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John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Marc Rapport owns shares of Amazon. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Amazon and recommends the following options: long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon and short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.