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Certainty, or the lack of it, drives market behavior. We see this in equities, bonds, commodities and real estate. Sometimes investors are certain for uncertain reasons, as evidenced by 2020’s bullish stock performance. But there are a few things we can be certain about for 2021, particularly when it comes to real estate.

The first 2021 certainty: Big Government states like California or Illinois will face a worsening budget deficit and pension gap in 2021. Rather than reduce spending, Sacramento’s reflexive response will be to raise taxes. A new proposal under AB 2088 would impose a wealth tax for 10 years on people who spend at least 60 days in California. We can expect, with certainty, that other proposals will be floated to tax business owners and landlords in 2021.

The second 2021 certainty: Bigger business and real estate operators will bounce back faster from the pandemic than smaller ones. In a survey published this week in the Wall Street Journal, larger companies have proved more resilient than smaller ones across the board.[i] This is no surprise, as smaller owners bear more risks relative to their size than large corporations. In business, strength in numbers can mean having more cash, more locations, more tenants and more resources. The same principle applies to real estate.

The third 2021 certainty: The pandemic economy has permanently affected asset classes like office, retail and hospitality. Conversely, class-A apartments, consumer-delivery distribution centers and self-storage facilities will remain strong as investors continue their flight to quality.

If you are an individual landlord facing uncertainty in your real estate investments, please give 1031 Capital Solutions a call today. Thank you.

SOURCE: [i] For Small Businesses, A Tale of Two Economies, Wall Street Journal, Dec. 19, 2020.

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