We are happy to announce Jill Green has partnered with Acumen Wealth Advisors as a Real Estate Strategist! She serves as a resource for inquiries and questions for clients who have complex real estate and mortgage transactions. 

Born and raised in Tennessee, Jill witnessed the opportunity and growth transforming the state into a sought-after real estate market.  She has taken the knowledge gained in a mortgage banking career of production and management to transition into real estate investment.  Jill’s understanding of the market, combined with her seasoned experience in building, renovating, and acquiring her own personal portfolio of long- and short-term rental properties makes her a sound resource for real estate.

For seven years, Jill served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Mortgage for Atlantic Capital Bank.  In this role, she was responsible for all aspects of sales, operations, and underwriting in residential mortgage.  Jill managed and developed correspondent relationships, product development, and analyzed and originated new residential mortgage loans.  Previously, Jill was a top-producing mortgage banker for 16 years at Regions Bank and earned the bank’s “Chairman’s Club” award seven times.  This award honors the top ten percent of associates across 16 states and is the company’s top annual performance recognition.  Jill has a proven track record of success building and leading a results-oriented team with knowledge of compliance and regulations.  Jill was responsible for due diligence, vendor management, regulatory exams, and ensuring employees and processes were compliant with established policies, procedures, and regulations.  Jill was proactive in driving consistency and efficiency by developing and refining operating workflows to meet rapid-lending timelines and implementing new technology to provide a better customer experience.  Jill developed and managed a portfolio of residential mortgages in addition to selling loans in the Secondary Market.  Through Jill’s exposure to real estate within the banking sector, she developed a keen aptitude stemming from her sincere interest, knowledge, and experience in the industry.  One of Jill’s favorite facets of the real estate sector is the collaboration and ability to form trusted partnerships with clients, employees, and industry partners. 

Jill was named to the 2018 Gold Club by City Scope Magazine and recognized as one of Chattanooga’s 30 Most Influential Business Leaders in Chattanooga. She is a multiple time Gold or Platinum Production award recipient endowed by the Chattanooga Mortgage Bankers Association.  Jill is a member of the Nashville Short Term Rental Association (NASTRA) and a Lee University graduate with a degree in Business.  She enjoys reading, purchasing and renovating real estate, entertaining, and traveling domestically and internationally.  Most important to Jill are honor, integrity, and relationships built on trust. 

Welcome to the team, Jill!

When considering real estate as an investment, there are two predominant questions to consider.  What is the best TYPE of real estate to own and is NOW a good time to invest?  We believe single-family residential rentals represent a growth opportunity for now and the future.   According to a Gallup Poll, real estate remains one of the most favored investment to Americans and has ranked in the top spot every year since 2013.[1]  However, it can be a barrier for most investors because it can be considerable work.  We believe residential single-family housing is an ideal real estate investment and an important method to diversify an asset portfolio. 

It is our opinion there will be continued demand for single-family homes, particularly in a strong market like Tennessee.  Opportunity exists to capitalize on price and location in a time when Tennessee cities are projected to attract more business and generate employment opportunities.  While the future is bright for Tennessee real estate, there are also numerous barriers to entry.  Unlike other investments, real estate is not a passive investment.  From tenant relations to rent collection to maintenance requests, real estate can be very time consuming.  Procuring the right real estate investment requires knowledge and contacts in individual markets, particularly in high growth markets.  These investments also require a strong overview of industry knowledge relative to local zoning and ordinances, boundary and surveys, covenants, restrictions, HOAs, and property maintenance.  Many good opportunities require some cosmetic updates and remodeling and can also require improvements after tenants vacate.  The many factors and complexities to successful real estate investing serve to eliminate many would be investors from entering.  Conversely, having the knowledge and resources needed to navigate those same complexities and barriers can set the stage for a great investment with the potential to generate great returns and appreciation.

To learn more about how Acumen can help you Invest Intentionally®, please contact us.

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[1] “Stock Investments Lose Some Luster After Covid-19 Sell Off”, Gallup, April 2020

[2] “US Home Price Insights:  Through Nov 2020 with Forecasts from Dec 2020 and November 2021”, Corelogic, Jan 2020

[3] A Decade of Home Building: The Long Recovery of the 2010s | Eye On Housing

[4] From ‘Zoom Rooms’ to Chef Kitchens: Zillow’s Top 10 Home Trends for 2021 – Dec 10, 2020 (mediaroom.com)

[5] “More Remote Work Opportunities May Make Suburbs More Desirable”, Zillow Research, May 13, 2020

[6] “Single Family Rental: An Evolving Market”, Freddie Mac Multifamily, October 2018

[7] “Single-Family Rents Increasing Twice As Fast As Inflation”, Corelogic, March 2020

[8] “Q3 02 Single -Family Rental Investment Trends Report”, Arbor Research, Q3 2020

[9] “Where Is The New Class Of Investors Buying Single-Family Rentals?”, Forbes, Nov 2019

[10] “For 7th Year in A Row, More People Left CA than Moved In”, nbcbayarea.com, Nov 2019

[11] “United Van Lines’ National Migration Study Reveals Where and Why Americans Moved in 2020”, Unitedvanlines.com, January 2021

06/05/20 – During the first half of 2020, Acumen has spent a large amount of time assessing economic and financial market data – largely altered by the COVID-19 pandemic.  During this time, we have remained active to both decrease the risk within portfolios as well as remain opportunistic. Throughout our efforts to minimize risk exposure, we divested from one of our primary core bond components.  After taking a detailed look into the fund holdings, it became clear close to 90% of the exposure was through the mortgage economy.  More specifically, over 8% of the fund holdings were through commercial mortgage-backed securities.  We divested of the fund, not because the fund’s performance was bad, but because we began to fundamentally disagree with the thesis presented by its primary holdings.  Commercial mortgage-backed securities are a type of fixed income investment backed by mortgages on commercial properties rather than residential real estate.  The amount of exposure to commercial real estate is where we fundamentally disagreed with the strategy behind the core bond fund.

Rather than a typical lag, commercial real estate may be impacted earlier as businesses were closed and/or have higher operational costs due to occupancy limitations, enhanced focus on sanitation, security, etc.  These costs will result in many permanent business closures and subsequent vacancies.  The remaining businesses will likely seek rent renegotiations at lease expiration and pressure rental rates.  Numerous factors affect valuations of commercial real estate such as location, use, length of leases, etc.  One standard metric is the capitalized net income of rents.  The decline of market rents will create a downward pressure on property value.  Many retail bankruptcies and store closures have been announced such as J Crew, Neiman Marcus, JCPenney, and Pier 1.  Other retailers may have difficulty paying or go on a “rent strike”, as announced by The Cheesecake Factory in April.  The large vacancies will create a continued cycle of rent renegotiations.

Even before the onset of COVID-19, a monumental shift was taking place in the percentage of Americans who wanted to live in the city.  In a study performed by Gallup, presented above, 8% more Americans lived in big cities compared to the percentage of Americans who desire to live in a big city.  We believe this already trending change will be exacerbated by the outbreak of the Coronavirus, and the American businesses’ effort to blunt the financial and humanitarian effects by sending employees home to work.  Among the large corporations allowing employees to work from home remotely through the end of the year are: Visa, MasterCard, Alphabet, Twitter, Square, and Spotify.  These are some of the largest tech names in the world, and we believe our ever-growing reliance on products supplied by these companies will create a greater trend of de-urbanization.  Many employees have adapted to the work-at-home model and enjoy the additional time and flexibility and will not desire to resume their long commutes.

According to the U.S. Census, 5.2% of workers in the United States worked at home in 2017.  Kate Lister, President of Global Workplace Analytics, says, “Our best estimate is that 25%-30% of the workforce will be working from home multiple days a week by the end of 2021”.  Employees and employers both stand to gain from this model and the pandemic has pushed technology investments forward.  For this reason, we expect less demand for traditional office space.

Specifically, the COVID-19 implications on commercial real estate are massive.  The pace of the pandemic and the shutdown it created will have an impact on the way we live and do business in many ways.  Acumen believes the largest of these changes will come in the form of more American families moving out of the city.

To learn more about how Acumen can help you Invest Intentionally®, please contact us.

The Acumen Team

 

 

 

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