How do we get double digit CAP rates for our investors?

The current economic climate in the Charleston Region is as robust as I have ever seen it in my lifetime. As I have noted in a previous blog postings, Charleston is experiencing the most substantial and diverse economic expansion in its history. The Region is no longer just driven economically by the Tourism Industry. The […]

The Charleston Market is ‘ON FIRE’. Is that a good thing?

A commercial real estate professional in Charleston was recently quoted as stating that the Charleston Market is ‘On Fire’. My first reaction was “Is being On Fire a good thing or a bad thing”? Having been in commercial banking for 20 years and experiencing firsthand the real estate market collapse in 2008, I tend to […]

How to use a 1031 Exchange without sacrificing investment quality.

The key to increasing profits when investing in real estate is not only to maximize cash inflows, but also to manage cash outflows. In particular, I am referring to tax liability. In 1921, Congress enacted the like-kind exchange statute, often called a 1031 Exchange. Two of the primary purposes of this legislation were: 1) to […]

Sorting facts from opinions. A three part series to truly define the economic landscape of the country. Part 3: Southeastern Region

When I began developing this research project, my intent was twofold 1.) to get an accurate read on the national economy and 2.) to identify the regions within the US that are experiencing the most successful economic expansions post the Great Recession. So in Part 3 of my ‘boots on the ground’ research I traveled […]

Sorting facts from opinions. A three part series to truly define the economic landscape of the country. Part 2: Western United States

As a real estate investor and advisor, it is critical to my success to know what is happening in the areas where I invest and the economic landscape of the local economy. It is also just as critical to understand the national economy and how what happens across the US and the World will impact […]

Sorting facts from opinions. A three part series to truly define the economic landscape of the country. Part 1: Southcentral US

It has been my experience that if you try to get an accurate read on the economy from the media you will be left dazed and confused. One minute a reporter on CNBC is reporting on terrific economic data and then another starts talking about a recession. It seems as though they deal more in […]

Sustainability that has nothing to do with being “Green”.

The key to smart investing is sustainability. At Urban Core Advisors, sustainability is at the core of our investment strategy.  Our mission is to provide clients with real estate investment opportunities that provide strong returns that have ‘staying power’ well into the future. When buying or selling commercial real estate in Charleston, South Carolina, our […]

Want to invest in commercial real estate but not sure how to get started.

If you have always wanted to invest in commercial real estate in Charleston but don’t feel like you have the necessary expertise or time to find the right investment, Urban Core Advisors has your solution. Urban Core Advisors has just opened up a new round of funding for its latest real estate investment project. The […]

If we don’t build it, they are still coming. 3-17-2017

So everyone has heard the old saying, “Build it and they will come”. But in Charleston we are dealing with a new reality, “If we don’t build it, they are still coming.” As I have stated in other BLOG postings, Charleston is experiencing the most significant level of growth it has seen in decades. The […]

UCA Launch Press Release 2-28-2017

Real estate investment firm launches in Charleston geared towards individual investors Charleston, SC (February 28th 2017) – Individual investors searching for diversification and higher yields often look to invest in real estate. However, the barriers to entry into the investment real estate market can present significant challenges. Investor’s limited resources, lack of expertise and competition […]

Our ProcessStep By Step


Our investment team does ongoing market research and site analysis to determine the best locations geared towards our investment strategy.


We perform site inspections and consult with general contractors and architects to identify property improvement opportunities and cost estimates.


We do extensive property analysis including underwriting property historical cash flow, three tiered income modeling, future cash flow projections and IRR and cash on cash return profitability models.


Our team underwrites the current tenants and reviews all current lease agreements to determine an appropriate credit grade of the property and identify opportunities for improvement.