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The Advisor’s Guide to Commercial Real Estate Investment

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The Advisor’s Guide to Commercial Real Estate Investment is the only single volume A-Z guide to commercial real estate investment available today.  It is an invaluable resource for anyone advising investors as well as for those seeking to increase their knowledge of real estate finance.

The Advisor’s Guide to Commercial Real Estate Investment is the only single volume A-Z guide to commercial real estate investment available today.  It is an invaluable resource for anyone advising investors as well as for those seeking to increase their knowledge of real estate finance.

As investors (and advisors) search everywhere for yield, commercial real estate has proven itself to be the best alternative investment around.  Commercial real estate is relatively transparent, able to produce a steady yield, not easily subject to financial fraud, and—thanks to this all-new guide—very easy to understand.

Written and edited by an all-star team of experts, The Advisor’s Guide to Commercial Real Estate Investment stands out as your how-to resource into investing in the largest asset class in the world.  It is a hands-on guide for advisors and the perfect primer for anyone starting out in real estate finance.

This is the only guide that fully covers:
» Property Types


» Portfolio Management


» Portfolio Returns and Volatilities


» Private Real Estate


» Private Equity Funds


» Investing in International Real Estate

» REITs (listed and non-listed)


» International Real Estate Equity Markets

» General Risk Considerations


» Advanced Strategies


» And much, much more!

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SKU 1970000B
Publication Date May 8, 2014
ISBN 978-1-936362-87-5
EISBN 9781938130564
Page Count 400
Author David J. Lynn, Ph.D., MBA, MS, MA, CRE, CPIM, CMA (Expert Editor) and a panel of Expert Authors
Edition 1
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David Lynn

Dr. Lynn is CEO of a yet-to-be announced alternatives platform investment manager based in

San Francisco. Previously he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Strategist,

and head of Portfolio Management at Cole Real Estate Investments, Inc. In this role he led the

firm’s overall investment and business strategy, portfolio management, underwriting, research,

and comprehensive credit analysis for the entire $12.4 billion portfolio (public and private

real estate), producing at stock price appreciation of 44 percent and an average total return

of the private equity funds of 15 percent. He directed the engineering and execution of Cole’s

portfolios across all funds (Cole REIT (ticker: COLE), CCPT IV, CCIT, Income NAV) with

strategic and tactical direction in acquisitions, dispositions, and overall fund management.

He directed underwriting (including deal structuring) and was an active member of the firm’s

Investment Committee (IC), actively contributing in the areas of investment policy, portfolio

design, acquisitions, tactical decisions, research, reporting, and integrated investment solutions.

Dr. Lynn brings real estate, statistical, economic, research, and technical expertise gained at

some of the best institutional real estate investment firms in the industry to the science of

portfolio management.


Dr. Lynn was a Partner and Managing Director at ING Clarion and then Clarion Partners, where

he directed the firm’s strategic and tactical investment decisions for $22 billion in core, valueadd,

development, retail, industrial, multifamily, and hospitality, as well as a variety of separate

account portfolios. He has held senior investment and development executive management

positions at AIG Global Real Estate (Global Head of Research, Portfolio Management, and

Strategy), AvalonBay Communities (Head of Investment and Development for the largest

market area in the firm), Bidcom/GE Capital (automating and digitizing GE Capital’s entire

$15 billion commercial mortgage real estate book), The Keppel Corporation (one of the largest

property groups in Asia comprising a $32 billion portfolio), and the Target Corporation

(National Development Project Manager for the Property Development Group, an $70 billion

revenue firm).


Dr. Lynn has been published, interviewed, and written about in numerous national and

international real estate, finance, and business media publications and programs. He is wellknown

in the industry for his numbers-driven approach, forecasts, and analytical techniques.

His theoretical work on financial distress developed a new analytical framework for analyzing

macroeconomic distress. He has written five critically-acclaimed books and over seventy

published articles, chapters, and papers. His authored or coauthored books include: Active

Private Equity Real Estate Strategy (John Wiley and Sons, 2009), Emerging Market Real

Estate Investment (John Wiley and Sons, 2010), and Real Estate Mathematics (Private Equity

International, 2011), and The Advisor’s Guide to Commercial Real Estate Investment (National

Underwriter Company, 2014) and Privatization and Financial Distress in Emerging Market

Countries (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2008). He writes the “Capital Trends” column in the

National Real Estate Investor. Dr. Lynn was Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s

W. P. Carey School of Business, where he designed and taught a class on commercial real estate

investment, portfolio management, and development.


Dr. Lynn earned his Ph.D. and MS in Financial Economics at the London School of Economics.

He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Sloan School of Management,

MIT, where he specialized in Finance and Real Estate. He earned an MA at Cornell University

and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Counselor of Real Estate (CRE), a

Certified Portfolio and Investment Manager (CPIM), a Chartered Management Analyst (CMA),

and an ISO 9000 Certified Auditor. Dr. Lynn plays leadership roles in the industry’s major

professional organizations including PREA, ULI, CRE, and ICSC.