Real Estate Portfolio Magazine Q&A with William Hardin.

Q&A with William Hardin, Florida International University

William Hardin is professor of finance and real estate and director of real estate programs at Florida International University, and a member of the board of directors of the American Real Estate Society. He has authored or co-authored some 40 papers on varied topics in commercial real estate investment, including REIT governance and financial structure.

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William Hardin

Portfolio: In one of your most recent papers you found that REIT-owned apartment properties generated higher effective rents than otherwise similar properties owned by non-REITs, at least in the Atlanta area. What accounts for the superior operating performance by REITs?

Hardin: There are several potential advantages including local market knowledge gained from ownership of multiple properties, longer-term property and portfolio strategies and the ability to attract and maintain competent management. Most REITs have direct, real-time property knowledge that they generate through their direct participation in the space market. REITs and other larger operators get this information more quickly than most other market participants.

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