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Will Interest Rates Go Up in 2021?
Interest rates may or may not rise this year. How’s that for precise?! Our conviction is that real estate investors can generate strong returns in both low- and high-rate environments, but there are real strategic differences between those environments, and there’s no substitute for preparedness.
“Gamestonk!!”
Securities traders make moves that are tethered to the operations and valuation of the companies whose stock they buy and sell. Usually, that works pretty well. Until this happened. A digital flash mob originating on Reddit — a popular internet message board — stormed the hedge fund citadel on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, aggressively buying and promoting a series of stocks that the hedge funds held short positions on.
Meet our Team: Peter Holt
What items would you take with you on a deserted island? Peter Holt would bring a baseball mitt, a rice cooker, and a glue gun. Learn more about Birgo Capital's Investment Analyst in this Q&A.
Private Equity Real Estate Investing: Large Firms VS. Boutiques
Food for thought: If you show up at the grocery store and need 200 tomatoes, some of them won’t be very fresh. If you only need 2 tomatoes, you can likely find 2 especially fresh specimens. Let's take a dive into how this relates to private equity real estate investing.
What is Ethical Investing?
Ethical investing is a strategy where the investor's ethical values are the primary objective, along with good returns.
Meet Our Team: Dan Croce
Our typical content focuses on real estate and investing education and resources. We thought you'd want a glimpse into the lives of our team and get to know their role with Birgo Capital a little bit better.
3 Reasons to Invest in Real Estate in the Heartland
As we look to expand our portfolio, geographic expansion is inevitable. Our latest blog touches on why we think real estate in the Heartland fits directly in with our investment strategy.
How Far Up, How Far to the Right, and When? A Real Estate Return Metric Glossary
There are a multitude of metrics by which to measure this very tendency. You’ve probably sampled the alphabet soup before: IRR, GRM, MOIC, and more — a host of variations on the theme that have spawned a litany of sometimes-confusing terms.
An Introduction to Real Estate Asset Classes
The different real estate asset classes offer different capabilities and possibilities within the investment landscape.
A Guide to Real Estate Private Equity Fees
Birgo Capital deeply believes investors should be adequately informed regarding all elements of their investment holdings and the costs associated with them. As such, private equity fees are a key factor when determining which fund and fund manager to invest.
The Internal Rate of Return: Explained
In this next installment of our private equity real estate terminology series, we’re going to take a look at one of the most important – and potentially confusing – investment metrics: the internal rate of return. 
Five Ways to Generate Passive Income from Real Estate
Making money in your sleep. Mailbox money. Both of these terms are often used to describe "passive income." Read how to generate passive income through real estate.
What does stimulus mean for multifamily?
Even in normal times, American investors get a little nervous every four years. Uncertainties about election outcomes become uncertainties about the investment landscape — and that reality is more pressing this year because of the crisis economy we’ve been living in (or trying to stay socially distant from) for the past eleven months.
Cryptocurrency: What Real Estate Investors Think About Bitcoin
Cryptocurrency isn't the first, and won't be the last, innovation by which the tech sphere impinges on the financial sphere. We're reluctant to aim our crystal ball solely at technological innovation, but the collapse of Bitcoin would likely generate some kind of influence vacuum waiting to be filled by the next emerging technology.
Will Interest Rates Go Up in 2021?
Interest rates may or may not rise this year. How’s that for precise?! Our conviction is that real estate investors can generate strong returns in both low- and high-rate environments, but there are real strategic differences between those environments, and there’s no substitute for preparedness.
“Gamestonk!!”
Securities traders make moves that are tethered to the operations and valuation of the companies whose stock they buy and sell. Usually, that works pretty well. Until this happened. A digital flash mob originating on Reddit — a popular internet message board — stormed the hedge fund citadel on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, aggressively buying and promoting a series of stocks that the hedge funds held short positions on.
Meet our Team: Peter Holt
What items would you take with you on a deserted island? Peter Holt would bring a baseball mitt, a rice cooker, and a glue gun. Learn more about Birgo Capital's Investment Analyst in this Q&A.
Private Equity Real Estate Investing: Large Firms VS. Boutiques
Food for thought: If you show up at the grocery store and need 200 tomatoes, some of them won’t be very fresh. If you only need 2 tomatoes, you can likely find 2 especially fresh specimens. Let's take a dive into how this relates to private equity real estate investing.
What is Ethical Investing?
Ethical investing is a strategy where the investor's ethical values are the primary objective, along with good returns.
Meet Our Team: Dan Croce
Our typical content focuses on real estate and investing education and resources. We thought you'd want a glimpse into the lives of our team and get to know their role with Birgo Capital a little bit better.
3 Reasons to Invest in Real Estate in the Heartland
As we look to expand our portfolio, geographic expansion is inevitable. Our latest blog touches on why we think real estate in the Heartland fits directly in with our investment strategy.
How Far Up, How Far to the Right, and When? A Real Estate Return Metric Glossary
There are a multitude of metrics by which to measure this very tendency. You’ve probably sampled the alphabet soup before: IRR, GRM, MOIC, and more — a host of variations on the theme that have spawned a litany of sometimes-confusing terms.
An Introduction to Real Estate Asset Classes
The different real estate asset classes offer different capabilities and possibilities within the investment landscape.
A Guide to Real Estate Private Equity Fees
Birgo Capital deeply believes investors should be adequately informed regarding all elements of their investment holdings and the costs associated with them. As such, private equity fees are a key factor when determining which fund and fund manager to invest.
The Internal Rate of Return: Explained
In this next installment of our private equity real estate terminology series, we’re going to take a look at one of the most important – and potentially confusing – investment metrics: the internal rate of return. 
Five Ways to Generate Passive Income from Real Estate
Making money in your sleep. Mailbox money. Both of these terms are often used to describe "passive income." Read how to generate passive income through real estate.
Meet Our Team: Josh Fischer
Our typical content focuses on real estate and investing education and resources. We thought you'd want a glimpse into the lives of our principals and get to know their role with Birgo Capital a little bit better.
Craigdell Gardens: A “Value-Add-Venture” with Birgo Capital
When Birgo Capital first considered the acquisition of Craigdell Gardens in the fall of 2019, it jumped out to our principals as the type of asset that is right down the fairway for us. Read our latest case study as we bring you through the latest addition to our portfolio.
Private Equity Real Estate: What to Look for in a Fund Manager
What factors should an investor consider when evaluating a private equity real estate fund manager? Let’s take a look at four key determinants of fund sponsor performance.
Mission-Driven Private Equity Real Estate: Improving Lives Through Real Estate
Here at Birgo Capital, our mission fuels our yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily drive. We strive to "Improve Lives Through Real Estate," by stewarding capital through private equity real estate investing. This blog takes a dive into explaining the "why" behind our company.
When Is It Time to Buy? A Birgo Capital Perspective Update
In early March 2020 as stay-at-home orders spread across the country, owners of workforce housing assets held their breath as they waited to see whether tenants who couldn’t work from home would pay rent. Investors across the country – Birgo Capital included – shifted from a posture of aggressive acquisitions to one of hoarding cash and halting new deals. While we are a far cry from back to normal, some patterns have emerged that inform our perspective about continuing to acquire stabilized but underutilized multifamily housing in the Heartland.
Collecting Rent During COVID-19: An Update from a Private Equity Real Estate Investment Perspective 
As another quarter comes to an end (and after about six months into the novel coronavirus pandemic), Birgo Capital principal Dan Croce takes a look at the firm's rent collection. Read Dan's analysis and insights in Birgo Capital's latest article and learn how multifamily real estate properties have been impacted.
An Overview: Types of Commercial Real Estate Properties
Investing in “commercial real estate” often seems like a logical next step for serious investors who want to gain best-in-class exposure to the real estate asset class. However, it’s easy to become overwhelmed after realizing that commercial real estate encompasses a significant variety of property types. Birgo Capital is here to help introduce investors to commercial real estate property types. Let's take a brief look into each commercial real estate asset type.
Exploring Cash-on-Cash Returns
Real estate investing may seem daunting, especially with a plethora of terminology and phrases. Birgo Capital's Josh Fischer breaks down one of these terms – the cash-on-cash return.
Private Equity Real Estate Fund Structures: A Primer
Tiptoeing into the world of real estate private equity fund investing can be intimidating because the structure and terms can seem difficult to digest. Let's explore the structure and unique features that exist within private equity real estate funds. 
How Changes in Interest Rates Impact Real Estate Investments
Real estate investors know that interest rates are one of the most important economic factors to consider when monitoring the investment landscape. But interest rates are also a complicated topic! Today, Birgo Capital is sharing some considerations for how changes in interest rates impact real estate investments.
Cap Rates Debunked: What's in a Cap Rate?
At Birgo Capital, we know that an understanding of cap rates is essential. For new investors in real estate, picking the right property to start an investment portfolio can be a daunting task. After all, purchasing an investment property is no small feat. Any time you’re putting your money on the line, it’s important to make an informed decision.
Vertical Integration: The Key to Successful Workforce Housing Investments
Why does Birgo Capital dive right into workforce housing real estate while others shy away from it? And what’s our secret that’s led us to a 99.5% collection rate of our budgeted top line through a pandemic?
Core, Core-Plus, Value-Add, and Opportunistic Real Estate Investing
Birgo Capital discusses the four main types of real estate investment strategies: Core, Core-Plus, Value-Add, and Opportunistic. Which strategy supports your real estate investment goals?
Workforce Housing Apartments: Backed by the Full Faith and Credit of the U.S. Government
Why workforce housing apartments is an almost-magical place to allocate capital for vigilant investors like Birgo Capital.
Are Multifamily Apartments Actually Worth More Because of the Pandemic?
While a heightened sense of risk was clearly present for multifamily real estate investors in late March, the fast-moving dynamics of coronavirus response have contributed to a quick shift towards a different sentiment. Birgo Capital's principal Dan Croce is sharing a few observations as to why demand for multifamily properties -- and not cap rates -- might actually increase in the near term.
Why Birgo Capital’s Real Estate Funds are Well-positioned to Navigate COVID-19
Here's what Birgo Capital is doing (and has done) to maximize the performance of our real estate private equity funds in light of the coronavirus recession.
How Will COVID Impact Pittsburgh Multifamily Real Estate?
Will the relative resilience that Pittsburgh enjoyed during the last recession translate to similarly impressive performance through this one? Let’s examine several regional economic factors to determine how Pittsburgh multifamily real estate is likely to perform during the current crisis and in the years to come. Josh Fischer, Vice President of Acquisitions at Birgo Capital, shares his insights.
Collecting Rent During COVID: Birgo Capital's June Update
Birgo Capital's rent collection took a hit in late March, but April and May were solid. How is June shaping up? Dan Croce, Principal at Birgo Capital, shares a deep-dive look into the data.
Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate Operating Expenses
Through COVID-19 and associated economic shutdowns, real estate investors have largely been focused on how these events will impact revenue. However, multifamily investors must also be thoughtful about other components of the cash flow equation - particularly the impact this recession will have on expenses. In this post, Birgo Capital will highlight a few key areas of consideration for the impact of the coronavirus recession on operating expenses.
Four Strategies to a Stabilized Real Estate Portfolio
In a new economic landscape, these tips from Birgo Capital can help you find stability in real estate.
When is it Time to Buy?
As the corona-dust begins to settle, many investors are wondering how to know when it is the right time to begin acquiring real estate again. Here is how we are thinking about acquisitions during a pandemic at Birgo Capital.
Is Now the Time to Invest in Real Estate?
In this three-part series, we’ll share our point of view on the risks and rewards of real estate investing in light of current circumstances, recommendations on the safest real estate investments during economic volatility, as well as how Birgo Capital is actively navigating this season.
Collecting Rent During COVID-19: Birgo Capital's May Rental Income
When the coronavirus public health crisis seized America by storm in mid-March, investors in residential rental properties struck a tone of concern regarding whether or not tenants would be able to pay rent in the coming months. Birgo Capital shares a deep dive into the data today.
Is Workforce Housing Still a Safe Investment?
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, this niche within the multifamily sector was increasingly viewed as an undervalued safe haven for real estate investors that produces steady cash flow regardless of economic cycles, with the added social and economic benefits of supporting a basic need for working-class citizens.
Will Workforce Housing Real Estate Be Impacted by COVID-19?
For a little more than one month now, COVID-19 has had the multifamily real estate industry on its heels as we seek to determine what the pandemic’s impact will be on property owners’ ability to collect rents.
A Candid Look At COVID-19's Impact on Real Estate
Four key questions Birgo Capital is asking as we navigate the current climate
What is a Private Equity Real Estate Fund?
What is a private equity real estate fund? A private equity real estate fund allows investors to combine their capital together to invest across a diversified portfolio of professionally selected and managed real estate properties. Today Birgo Capital is sharing why America's wealthiest are choosing private real estate funds to earn passive income in real estate.
How Data Analytics can Drive Real Estate Investing
Today, everywhere in real estate, companies are throwing around terms such as “Big Data” and “analytically-driven decisions” when it comes to developing new business strategies that guide decision-makers in making sound insights.
Four Ways to Start Investing in Real Estate
“The wise young man or wage earner of today invests his money in real estate.” – Andrew Carnegie, billionaire industrialist
Pittsburgh Real Estate: Opportunity In Private Equity (White Paper Download)
Real estate private equity is increasing in popularity as an alternative asset class. Pittsburgh is rapidly becoming one of the world’s best locations for long-term real estate investment. Provided is an overview of both — the Pittsburgh Real estate market and the opportunities that abound specifically in private equity. Attached is our white paper Investing in Pittsburgh Real Estate: Private Equity