My guest today is Bill Lenehan. Bill is the CEO of Four Corners Property Trust, a listed REIT and one of the leading owners of restaurant real estate in the US. Their portfolio is made up of 982 properties across 47 states. Real estate is something most of us own, whether as an investment or a home, and Bill’s insight into the asset class at this particular moment in time is fascinating to hear. Please enjoy my conversation with Bill Lenehan.
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[00:03:19] - [First question] - Recent increases in mortgage rates and a frozen housing market
[00:08:55] - Projected real estate trends over the next decade
[00:13:38] - How a company’s ROI can be more consistent with backing from a real estate firm
[00:16:41] - Risk-return rate and risk exposure in real estate compared to other asset classes
[00:20:09] - The skills, traits, and circumstances that make a top-level real estate investor
[00:22:38] - Stand-out learnings from his time at Farallon Capital Management
[00:33:20] - The value of shopping malls and offices in a post-COVID, e-commerce US
[00:39:27] - Pros and cons of different types of real estate investments, including REITs
[00:43:22] - The impact of climate change on the real estate market
[00:45:39] - The role of modern technology in investing and in real estate infrastructure
[00:51:10] - Hard costs of building and renovating for the future
[00:54:20] - How hard costs and supply levels impact rates of return and housing costs
[00:57:17] - How the retail industry is adapting to consumer trends
[01:01:23] - Why retailers need to adapt to a changing economy and how they’ll do it
[01:04:03] - The relative magnitude of change in today’s real estate market
[01:06:51] - The role health and wellness plays in real estate and finance
[01:09:28] - What it feels like to be investing in 2022
[01:12:23] - The kindest thing anyone has ever done for him