Frequently, investments are pursued in conjunction with local operating partners who are experts in their respective markets and bring solid market knowledge, strong functional expertise and property level asset management services to the transaction. Once an asset has been identified, Sterling works closely with these local operating partners to structure and execute a value enhancement program that typically includes a combination of capital restructuring, strategic capital improvements, proactive leasing, expense reduction and asset repositioning. Generally, these operating partners also invest side-by-side with Sterling.