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Debt is commonly used to amplify returns on real estate investments, and Opportunity Zone deals are no exception. But what is the proper amount of debt to appropriately leverage any given investment, and why might that target change for an OZ deal? Louis Dubin, principal and managing partner at Redbrick LMD, joins the show to discuss how he determines the optimal amount of debt to use in Opportunity Zone deals. Show notes:
Inflation recently hit a four-decade high of 9.1%. The stock market is down double digits year to date. The U.S. economy is likely in a recession. What do investors need to know right now about Opportunity Zones and macroeconomic turbulence? Chris Loeffler, CEO and co-founder of Caliber, joins the show to discuss how investors should consider these issues, and whether there may be opportunities to take advantage of. Show notes:
While other major U.S. cities experienced a resurgence in the 1980s and 1990s, Detroit got left behind for several years. But now, the ongoing resurgence of Detroit may be creating a compelling investment opportunity for Opportunity Zone investors. Jed Howbert, partner at Greatwater Opportunity Capital, joins the show to discuss Detroit's bankruptcy and ensuing economic transformation, and the opportunity for real estate investors to capitalize. Show notes:
The stock market is down more than 20% year to date. Interest rates are on the rise to tackle the highest inflation rate in 40 years, but this may inevitably lead to a recession. How are Opportunity Zones potentially being impacted by these turbulent macroeconomic conditions? Erik Hayden, founder and CEO of Urban Catalyst, joins the show to discuss inflation, the market downturn, cap rate compression, and rising interest rates, and what effect these trends are having on Opportunity Zone fundraising and capital deployment. Show notes:
The Section 1031 exchange has been around for over 100 years. Much like Opportunity Zones, chaining together a series of 1031 exchanges can offer an incredible tax incentive for real estate investors. But when might an OZ investment be a better option? Lawrence Jatsek, managing partner at CRE Development Capital, joins the show to discuss how Opportunity Zones compare to 1031 exchanges, and when to make use of one or the other as a real estate investor. Show notes:
A housing affordability crisis currently plagues our nation. Can Opportunity Zones be utilized to effect real change that would bring more high density housing stock online? Brad Padden, founder and CEO of Housing Diversity Corporation, joins the show to discuss how Opportunity Zones can help fulfill housing abundance and job creation in economically distressed communities. Show notes:
Ultra High Net Worth investors and family offices are ideally suited for real estate investments in Opportunity Zones. The long holding period and strategic differences between OZs and other tax-advantaged investments can be complimentary in a large investment portfolio. Alex Bhathal, founder and executive chairman at Revitate, joins the show to discuss the evolution of Opportunity Zones and how family offices have come to better understand the incentive. Show notes:
Oregon has been scrutinized for some of the state's Opportunity Zone selections, particularly those in downtown Portland. Vanessa Sturgeon, founder of Sturgeon Development Partners, joins the show to discuss how the Opportunity Zone nominating process unfolded in Oregon, why it was so controversial, and where her firm is developing in the state. Show notes:
When a High Net Worth investor triggers a capital gain, there are a few different tax mitigation options available, including the 1031 Exchange, a Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) investment, and Opportunity Zones. But when is each of these options appropriate? And how can advisors place their clients into the appropriate tax mitigating investment products? Louis Reynolds, CEO of Synergistic Exchange Solutions, joins the show to discuss real estate as an asset class, and when Opportunity Zones or other tax mitigation strategies are right for High Net Worth investors. Show notes:
Real estate securities laws that apply to Qualified Opportunity Funds can have a huge (and often times ignored) impact on OZ developers and project sponsors. Coni Rathbone, real estate and securities attorney at Dunn Carney, joins the show to discuss what real estate developers and fund operators need to be aware of before raising Opportunity Zone capital from investors. Show notes:
Community activation may be the key to long-term success of Opportunity Zones. Chris Cooley, CEO of OZworks Group, joins episode #200 of the Opportunity Zones Podcast to discuss OZ advocacy, why community-led OZ projects are crucial to the long-term success of the initiative, and updates on the progress of OZworks Group's online community. Show notes:
It's incredibly easy for Qualified Opportunity Fund managers and limited partners who invest in such funds to get tripped up by many of the novel complexities that arise from the statute and regulations dictating Opportunity Zone investing. Andrew Gradman, a tax attorney who specializes in Opportunity Zone transactions, joins the show to discuss his recent article for California Tax Lawyer, titled "QOZ Planning When Penalties Are A Certainty." Show notes:
Multifamily is the most popular asset class for Opportunity Zone investors. According to the latest Qualified Opportunity Fund survey data from Novogradac, approximately 80% of all QOFs have exposure to residential real estate. Scott Hawksworth, co-founder of, joins the show to discuss multifamily real estate investing trends that are unfolding in 2022, how current macroeconomic conditions are affecting investors, and how Opportunity Zone investors are reacting to the asset class. Transcript and show notes:
With stocks and bonds trending downward as of late, record amounts of money are pouring into alternative investments, including Qualified Opportunity Funds. Andy Hagans, co-founder of AltsDb, joins the show to discuss where Opportunity Zones fit into the broader alternative investments asset class and how financial repression is creating an opportunity for OZ investors. Transcript and show notes:
Opportunity Zone reform legislation, social impact, and fundraising trends were hot topics at last month's Novogradac OZ Conference in Long Beach, California. Ashley Tison, co-founder of OZ Pros, joins the show live on-site to discuss where the Opportunity Zone program currently stands and what the future holds for OZ investments. Transcript and show notes:
In today’s “man-on-the-street” style episode, Jimmy Atkinson conducts five rapid-fire live interviews at the ADISA 2022 Spring Conference, featuring OZ investing insights from Erik Hayden (Urban Catalyst), James Brunger (Capital Square), Jamie Nahon (Eagle OZ), Matt Iak (U.S. Energy Development Corporation), and Rob Johnson (Realized). ADISA’s Spring Conference is designed for all industry professionals who sponsor, analyze, market, distribute or sell alternative investments with several educational sessions offered, many of which qualify for Continuing Education credit. Transcript and show notes at
Investing across different asset classes provides not only diversification benefits but alternative sources of growth and revenue. Opportunity zones can offer strong investment returns with an added social impact component in the United States and in Puerto Rico. Kira Golden is the CEO of Direct Source Wealth, a real estate development company out of Denver that does direct deals and serves as a platform for new and experienced investors. By the time she was 18, Kira had holdings in both the real estate and stock market.  Transcript and show notes at
Learn how you can voice your support for the Opportunity Zones Improvement, Transparency, and Extension Act (H.R.7467 / S.4065). The panel was moderated by OpportunityDb founder Jimmy Atkinson. Panelists: Chris Cooley, Catherine Lyons, and Rachel Reilly.  Transcript and show notes at
The hospitality industry has been one of the most watched trends in recent years, with boutique hotels at the forefront of the ever-evolving hospitality business. Smaller, less commercial hotels offer the safety and personalized service travelers seek in a post-pandemic world. Coupled with an Opportunity Zone incentive, investors are taking notice - and the result is as exciting as it is unique. David Kessler, founder and CEO of Sandstone Partners, shares his experiences in the boutique hotel industry, specific to projects in OZ communities. David has over 19 years of real estate investment and development experience. Sandstone Partners targets underperforming mixed-use, hospitality, and multifamily properties executing business plans ranging from value-add to ground-up development. Transcript and show notes at
Bipartisan and bicameral legislation was recently introduced that would improve Opportunity Zones and push back the tax incentive’s deferral date by two years, from 2026 to 2028. The extension will allow OZ investors to continue attracting capital for a program that both supports the local tax base and boosts job growth in these communities.  Senator Tim Scott's former tax adviser, Shay Hawkins is founder and CEO of the Opportunity Funds Association (OFA) -- a Washington, DC-based advocacy, education, and communications group for the Qualified Opportunity Fund industry.  Transcript and show notes at
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