Digital Assets: The Future of Commercial Real Estate?

 May 19, 2021

By  Guy Gray

From virtual currency to online stock trading, the digital landscape is growing and impacting more and more industries. But commercial real estate is an exception, right? Aren’t CRE professionals OK ignoring digital assets?

Well, that’s changing. In fact, more and more CRE pros are implementing digital-related real estate assets in their investment portfolios. Let’s take a look at real estate-related digital assets and whether they’re worth consideration.

What Are Digital Assets?

Technically, a digital asset is just any form of content that is stored digitally. It’s taken on a bit of additional meaning in recent years, however, with the rise of lucrative digital asset options like Bitcoin and NFT. These assets have significant appeal among the investing masses, as Bitcoin broke $60,000 this year and sales for digital assets like NFTs have reached as high as $69 million. These are numbers any working professional should not ignore, especially when it comes to an investment-focused industry like commercial real estate.

How Digital Assets Impact CRE

The digital asset that may be getting the most attention of CRE pros is 5G technology. (Specifically, the infrastructure that supports 5G phone and data services.) This is more of a hybrid approach that involves both physical and digital assets. For example, a major commercial real estate firm has amassed $30 billion in digital-infrastructure 5G assets like:

  • Wireless transmitters
  • Cell towers
  • Fiber networks
  • Data centers
  • Small cells

While not an exclusively digital approach, 5G infrastructure is an option for CRE pros looking to dip their toes in the digital asset space without venturing too far from commercial real estate.

Managing CRE Investments

Depending on how many digital assets you buy, managing your investments can be tricky. This is especially true if you have a large portfolio with multiple properties. How do you keep track of all the day-to-day demands and changes of a CRE portfolio and digital assets at the same time? Commercial real estate software like Quarem is a good place to start.

Quarem lets you manage, organize, view and evaluate your investments the way that works best for you. Customize dashboards, create lists, set up market reports and keep all of your investments centrally located in an easy-to-use platform that’s accessible any time and on any device. Even if you’re using it solely for your properties, CRE software is the key to keeping your investments manageable. 

If you’re interested in a tool that will help you make wise commercial real estate investments, request a demo of Quarem today.

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About the author 

Guy Gray

Guy Gray serves as Chief Operating Officer overseeing our technology and client services teams. He is responsible for guiding Quarem application development, networking and security, as well as new client implementations.

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