Catherine Holmes Catherine Holmes

There are mixed reviews on the benefits of opportunity zone fund investments, but in the end, opportunity zones require the same analysis and scrutiny as standard investments. Catherine Holmes of Jeffer Mangles Butler & Mitchell says that strong fundamentals are integral to investing in opportunity zones, but if investors follow the same guidelines that they would for any real estate investment, they can be a good investment prospect.

“Investors should be looking for projects that have strong fundamentals—including developers with strong track records of prior successful developments, reasonable capital appreciation potential based on market research, and developers with skin in the game,” Holmes, chair of JMBM’s Investment Capital Law Group, tells GlobeSt.com. “In this respect, investing in Opportunity Zone projects requires the same analysis of risk and potential reward as other investments.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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