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NYT - Inland Real Estate Dives Into Troubled Commercial Market

G. Joseph Cosenza, president of Inland Real Estate Acquisitions of Oak Brook, Illinois, is on the right track. At a time when the majority of property investors either have their heads in the sand waiting for the storm to blow out or are standing around with bewildered looks on their faces, muttering to themselves about cap rates and falling values, Mr. Cosenza is buying.

He's buying a LOT of real estate. Since early in 2008 he's been on a buying spree, spending about $4 billion on acquisitions across the US.

He is happy to be swimming against the tide — buying while others watch from the sidelines. “I say to them, thank goodness and just get out of my way,” Mr. Cosenza said. “We’re not looking for trophies; we’re buying solid income-producing real estate that is not in default.”

Some observers say that Mr. Cosenza and other intrepid investors stand to profit handsomely. “For the opportunity fund with the resources, it’s time to make a killing,” said David L. Funk, director of the Cornell University Program in Real Estate, a master’s degree curriculum. “In 10 years, people will look back at 2009 as the year fortunes were made.”
He (Mr. Cosenza) says he intends to keep buying. “I have another six to eight months when people will be frozen in their tracks,” he said, “and I’ll have a clear field.”
The smart money is getting back in the game now - when will you?

Photo credit: Sally Ryan, NYT

Update August 31/09: He's at it again! Inland is setting up a new $5B fund.
Inland Diversified intends to use the proceeds from this offering primarily to acquire a diversified portfolio of commercial real estate. Potential commercial real estate assets will include: retail, office, multi- family, student housing, industrial/distribution warehouse, lodging, medical office/healthcare related facilities, public infrastructure assets and triple- net single use properties.

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