Hotel and motel investment is a specialized part of the commercial real estate world. But what are the tricks of the trade? Find out what you need to know about management, security, brokerage, and appraisal in the Hotel/Motel Properties real estate topic page.


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Investing in Hotels & M​otels

Why Hotels are Taking Wellness Seriously (The Investor, Aug. 19, 2019)

Investing in Hotel REITs (The Balance, Jun. 23, 2019)

Hotel Industry Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2019 (Trivago, Jun. 6, 2019)

Investing in a Hotel Property? Keep Thee Eight Factors in Mind (Forbes, Mar. 28, 2019)

Is a Multi-Branded Hotel the Right Option for You? Things to Consider Before Investing in a Multi-Branded Hotel Asset (Cornell Real Estate Review, Mar. 5, 2019)

Hotel Investment Outlook 2019 (Jones Lang LaSalle, Feb. 3, 2019)

Understanding the Nuances of The Hotel Real Estate Investment (Forbes, Dec. 12, 2018)

Real Estate Trends: No Heartbreak on New York Hotel Investing (Commercial Observer, Nov. 12, 2018)

Hotel/Motel Ma​nagement

10 Tips People New to Hotel and Commercial Property Ownership Need to Know (Forbes, Apr. 26, 2019)

How to Solve the Most Common Complaints that Hotel Managers Make About Owners (Hotel Tech Report, Apr. 24, 2019)

The Keys to a Healthy Owner-Manager Relationship (Hotel News Now, Apr. 4, 2019)

Uncontrollable Variables That Affect the Hospitality Industry (Chron, Mar. 29, 2019)

How Involved are Hotel Owners in Property-Level Decisions? (EHL, Oct. 31, 2018)

Safety & Security I​ssues

More Hotels Looking into Issuing Panic Buttons to Workers as a Security Measure (Star Tribune, Jul. 2, 2019)

Security Systems of Major Hotel Chains Exposed by Huge Data Breach (Forbes, Mar. 31, 2019)

Guests want Smart Technology, but Security Concerns Remain (Hotel Management, Nov. 27, 2019)

How Safe is Your Hotel? (Hotelier, Jan, 23, 2018)

Appraisal Consid​erations

Here’s Why Alternative Lodging Valuations are Skyrocketing (Hotel Tech Report, Aug. 4, 2019)

Five Commercial Real Estate Valuation. Methods (First Republic, Jun. 13, 2019)

5 Gotchas in Evaluating Commercial Real Estate Investments (Realty Mogul, May 27, 2019)

The Art and Science of Hotel Valuation (Hotelier, May 8, 2019)

The Basics of Hotel Valuation (Stonehill, Apr. 10, 2019)

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Chocolates on the pillow aren't enough: reinventing the customer experience (eBook)

Commercial Real Estate Restructuring Revolution: Strategies, Tranche Warfare, and Prospects for Recovery (eBook)

Growth Strategies for Hotels (eBook)

Hotel Success Handbook (eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

2019 Hotel Management Survey (Hotel Management, 2019) E

2019 Hotel Management Survey Top Design Firms (Hotel Management, 2019) E

Commercial Real Estate Quarterly Market Survey (National Association of REALTORS®)

—See this report for quarterly cap and vacancy rates for hotel properties.

Resort Development (Chicago: Urban Land Institute, 2008) NAC 1800 Ur1rd1

Climbing the Real Estate Risk Spectrum (Chicago: Real Estate Research Corp., 2007) HD 1375 R22c

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