Lawrence Fassler, Author at Think Realty | A Real Estate of Mind

Lawrence Fassler


Lawrence Fassler, an attorney and real estate investor, is Corporate Counsel of RealtyShares, a leading real estate investment marketplace that places equity investments through North Capital Private Securities Corporation; a registered Securities broker-dealer, and member of FINRA/SIPC. RealtyShares as an institution does not advise on any legal issues, and this article is for general information only and does not represent professional legal advice. Contact the author at

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Commercial Property Outlook for 2017

Online marketplaces like RealtyShares can allow investors to take advantage of investment opportunities across the spectrum of commercial property types.  One of the primary market sectors is that of office… more
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Changing Dynamics for Retail Centers

Retail properties are recently experiencing a few different trends – some, seemingly contradictory. The sector is doing well, but there are changing dynamics with retail centers that should be examined… more
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Tax Changes for Real Estate?

Donald Trump and the Republican majorities are coming into office with plans to change the U.S. tax code. It’s not clear, however, how real estate might fare under some of… more
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Closing the Gap

Mezzanine” finance is a bit like it sounds—the semi-floor, halfway up the stairs, that in department stores like Fields and Macy’s was used for just about everything in between the… more
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Understanding Second-Lien Loans

Second-lien loans differ from mezzanine debt and preferred equity in several respects; each has different sets of rights. Preferred equity, for example, should not be subject to bankruptcy concerns, as… more
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Scaling the Wall of Maturities

A significant portion of outstanding commercial and multifamily mortgages held by CMBS-backed lenders were to mature in 2016-17—an upcoming “wall of maturities.” Online marketplace lenders have a place in sorting… more
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Goldilocks Period for Housing Market?

The recent announcement that an earlier housing skeptic is now bullish on the U.S. housing market was stunning. The move was based on fundamentals, though—and is thus worth close review.… more
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A Slowing in High-End Housing?

Home prices are tied not only to interest rates and local demographic factors but also to new construction that brings on added supply to the housing stock. As prices rise,… more