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Beyond Business: SIGives Mission to Make a Difference

When we say SIG is a values-driven business, this really comes to life with SIGives, our charitable giving arm. Through donating a combination of our time, energy, and treasures, we acknowledge that beyond the commercial real estate bubble, there are bigger things that require our attention, and that with knowledge comes responsibility.

This idea that SIG is bigger than any individual, and should have a positive impact in the world, but most significantly, within the communities where we work, predates the founding of the company. Back in 2010, when Chris and Liz Sands started SIG in Santa Monica, CA, they infused their own values associated with giving and service into the company’s DNA. They recognized that real estate brokerage can often be very self-focused, overly individualistic, and cut-throat, core traits that they wanted to avoid and why they wanted to do things differently with SIG. This alternative way of looking at the world and doing business has taken hold at SIG and has become such a fundamental pillar in our success, that the quarterly community outreach projects are no longer mandated but rather motivated and self-propelled by each of our current seven offices.  

“SIGives is absolutely the epitome of our culture and values, particularly collaboration, gratitude, and giving back. On more than one occasion, I’ve heard from candidates and new hires that the SIG culture and SIGives sets us apart and is a key reason why people want to work for us,” says Liz Sands, SIG co-founder.

SIGives Today

While we donate our time as part of SIGives, we also know that many of the organizations that we work with need more than just volunteers which is why we give a percentage of our revenue to organizations that are working to improve the communities in which we operate. In 2022, we proudly hit the milestone of $1 million donated in a year. 

When it comes to giving our time, each office location comes together quarterly for a day of giving back where we spend time volunteering with the causes closest to our hearts in our local communities. Recent examples are a local animal shelter in Austin TX and a beach clean up in Charleston, SC.  

Finally, it’s important to us that SIGives extends to our own team members. When someone has a cause that is near and dear to them, they just need to ask and we contribute to any charitable initiative that our team member is involved with in their personal capacities. 

SIGives in 2024

Our recent SIGives office activities included:

  • Cleared invasive plant species from several acres of Valley Forge National Park – Philadelphia, PA
  • Beach clean up on Sullivan’s Island – Charleston, SC 
  • South Florida Broadcaster’s Celebrity Golf tournament in association with the My Family Matters foundation – Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Volunteered at Central Texas Food Bank – Austin, TX

Events we are involved in this year: 

  • We’re a headline sponsor of the Special Olympics Bocce Bash – Charleston, SC 
  • Habitat For Humanity – Austin, TX
  • CHOP event, Philadelphia, PA

Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics 

Long-standing beneficiaries of SIGives are Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics. Working in real estate, our support for Habitat for Humanity is apt. At ribbon-cutting ceremonies for newly built Habitat homes, we have met the new residents of homes we have helped build, which gives us our team a humble reminder of what real estate is really about and continues to fuel our passion for what we do. 

With Chris and Liz’s backgrounds as competitive athletes, the Special Olympics holds a special place in our hearts  – we believe that everyone should have access to the benefits and enjoyment that sports and competing gives you. Our teams have volunteered at games and we’ve sponsored events that have resulted in hundreds of athletes being able to compete at the Special Olympics.

“Donations from companies like Sands Investment Group are the lifeblood of Special Olympics South Carolina. Their loyal support over so many years has made our mission possible, and while they may not know you by name, our athletes carry thanks in their hearts for your contributions.”   

  • Sandye Williams, Director of Development, Special Olympics South Carolina

Our Future Plans for SIGives

Looking ahead, we intend to grow and expand SIGives leaning into our CRE capabilities as strategic advisors and deal makers, all the while maintaining the program’s organic, grassroots ethos, where everyone at SIG feels ownership and has the ability to shape our charitable activities. We are honored to work with the organizations we do and proud of how SIGives continues to bring to life our culture, our values-based approach to CRE brokerage, and the SIGnificant difference you experience when choosing SIG.

 

The New Face of QSR Properties: Adapting to Changing Consumer Behaviors

In the ever-evolving Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) landscape, staying ahead of changing consumer behaviors is not just an advantage—it’s a necessity. Today’s QSR properties are not merely about fast food; they’re about smart, sustainable choices, technological advancements, and a commitment to quality that resonates with a new generation of consumers. It’s also becoming increasingly evident that in this dynamic arena, the role of informed, expert guidance cannot be overstated. This is where our team of product-type specialists come into play, offering expertise and insight into the QSR investment landscape, ensuring our investors are not just keeping pace but actually setting the pace in the industry. Read more

Inc. 5000

For the Fourth Year in a Row, SIG Ranks on the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies!

Charleston, SC (August 15, 2023) – For the fourth time in a row, Sands Investment Group (SIG) is elated to report today that they have made the Inc. Magazine’s list of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. The annual Inc. 5000 list is the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Determination paired with data-driven advancements allowed for growth in both physical presence in the community and the scope of the success of the company’s pursuits.  Read more

Why You Should Invest in Medical Office Buildings

What is a Medical Office Building?

Often located near hospitals or on hospital campuses, medical office buildings (MOB’s) are a type of commercial real estate building that falls under the office asset class. They differ from traditional offices because of the building requirements needed to satisfy the needs of healthcare facilities with features intended specifically for use by physicians and other healthcare personnel such as waiting, exam and operating rooms. MOB’s are typically built with considerations for superior soundproofing for doctor-patient confidentiality, advanced air ventilation standards and have special requirements around parking and ADA accessibility.

3 Reasons You Should Invest In Medical Office Buildings?

Medical office buildings are seen as a lower risk commercial real estate investment for many reasons.

  1. Healthcare is a fundamental human need that will not go away nor diminish. People will continue to need medical attention regardless of their financial situation. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how resilient the industry is. This is demonstrated by the sector’s robust rental income, which has remained over 95% for the last two years. Most MOB renters were able to pay their rent on time as patients continued to seek treatment despite the economy. While elective treatments could be postponed, those who are unwell or require urgent medical care will still need to visit the hospital whether the stock market is rising or falling.
  2. Forecasted increase in demand. Due to the large size of the baby boomer generation individuals over the age of 65 will increase by 73 percent between 2010 and 2030. One in five Americans will be a senior citizen. Easier access to medical care will be critical for the US’s aging population. People tend to visit the hospital more the closer they get to retirement. Senior citizens typically visit a doctor ten times more often than those of a younger age. These increased medical needs create a higher demand for more medical offices building locations specifically close to suburban areas and neighborhoods.
  3. History of strong performance. If you take a look at the top 50 MOB markets in the US, transaction volume has grown from $18.2B to $24.5B in the last quarter alone, vacancy rates have fallen 40 basis points in the first half of 2022 to 8% and transaction volume has also increased by 79.2% from 2021, setting yet another record for the sector. Higher prices don’t always mean higher rents and having a trusted investment advisor who is familiar with these markets is important in order to avoid investment deals with weaker cash flows. If you know where to look, medical office properties in specific markets provide a solid tenant mix that will yield long-term value for investors.

Learn More With Sands Investment Group

If you want to invest in medical office buildings, you can trust that Sands Investment Group’s specialized Medical Office Building team will provide top notch advice. We are a commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in purchasing and selling commercial investment properties for private investors and organizations throughout the United States. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

Inc. 5000

For the Third Year in a Row, SIG Ranks on the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies in the U.S.

Charleston, SC (August 16, 2022) – For the third time in a row, Sands Investment Group (SIG) is elated to report today that they have made the Inc. Magazine’s list of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. The annual Inc. 5000 list is the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Determination paired with data-driven advancements allowed for growth in both physical presence in the community and the scope of the success of the company’s pursuits. 
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