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Buyers Are Back 

Commercial real estate investors are lumbering out of the woods and back into the game. The menagerie of buyers shopping for properties in today’s market runs the gamut from private individuals to billion dollar institutions. But one thing they all

Recovery Ahead? 

Editor's note Unless otherwise stated, prices, rents, and capitalization rates in this article are provided by National Real Estate Index, and absorption and vacancy rates, historical peaks and troughs, and forecasts are provided by Property & Portfolio Research. Commercial real

Lease or Own? 

Helping a client decide whether to purchase or lease a property can be a complex process. Apart from the financial analysis, the decision may be influenced by the client's internal operational objectives, which generally fluctuate from year to year. The

Making Sense of the Market 

While commercial real estate is more than ever intrinsically linked to the capital markets, the fundamental outlook for its stability and long term success remains healthy for the balance of 2008. Escalating construction costs, specifically for materials such as wood,

Financing Fine-Tunes Its Game 

In the financial arena, 2001 started turbulently. The Dow Jones industrial average and NASDAQ plummeted, dot coms vanished as quickly as they once appeared, and layoff and unemployment percentages rose to heights unseen in years. Yet despite the general bad

Deliver With Demographics 

Technology has taken a giant leap forward in the last few years by expanding the traditional tool of demographic research into an analysis of lifestyles and consumer spending behavior. The old school strategy was to look at population count, income,

How Commercial Real Estate Stacks Up 

The recent tremors of an economic slowdown present new challenges to commercial real estate investors. Will property investments survive a soft landing, reflected by growing unemployment, weakening consumer spending, and the general economic malaise that seems to have gripped the

Estimating Economic Impact 

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The Waiting Game 

As expected, the U.S. economic recession brought all the typical hardships to the commercial real estate markets lower demand, higher vacancy rates, and weaker rent growth. On top of these problems, property owners also face higher insurance premiums and increased

The Rate Debate 

Every month in Wichita, Kan., a small group of accomplished real estate developers and investors known as the "Dirty Dozen" meets over breakfast to share what they've observed in markets across the country and to discuss their differing investment philosophies.

Talking Taxes 

Though many people associate tax time with April 15, the time to implement your business tax strategy is now, before the calendar year comes to an end. Just as location is the key to real estate, timing is the key

Steady Gains 

Higher consumer prices spurred by near record oil costs, tempered economic growth, rising interest rates, and a very hot housing market dominated first quarter&rsquo s economic news. Yet in the face of these mixed signals, the commercial real estate

The Perfect Storm 

Three decades ago, the sale leaseback environment was clearly positive for buyers. However, today’s “perfect storm” of low interest rates, stock market uncertainty, a flood of investors, and available debt financing has created a sale leaseback atmosphere that clearly favors

When the Going Gets Tough(1) 

Commercial real estate has had it good for the past five years and extremely good for the past two years relative to stocks, bonds, and money markets. But performance marked by over the top returns was bound to catch up

Where's the Money?(1) 

So far this year, commercial real estate as an investment is outperforming the yields in other asset classes with one disturbing trend. Since last year, there has been a disconnect between the desires of capital market investors who are looking

7 Real Estate Finance Myths Unveiled 

Much of the real estate finance industry operates on dogma, most of which is grounded in sound theory about the factors that drive commercial real estate markets and risk pricing. During the past 15 years there have been significant advances

Branching Out 

When he decided to seek more business on the East Coast, Jonathan Hipp, president of Reston, Va. based Calkain Cos., realized that moving into the market was the best strategy. "If you are there, you will gain a bigger market

Creating a Commercial Real Estate Tool Box 

Economic, demographic, and psychographic changes affecting the demand for commercial real estate product types continue to present new and exciting opportunities for developers, municipalities, users, investors, and citizens alike. These changes, combined with the natural evolution of cities and other

Maneuvering the Market 

"When one door closes, another one opens,&rdquo said scientist and inventor Alexander Graham Bell. The problem for most of us is what he said next &ldquo Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see

Signposts to Recovery 

Inspired by a torrent of current data and events, I coined a new designation for myself. These three letters may serve as a beacon to light the way forward, to cut through the fog of uncertainty, and to lead us

Roadmap to Recovery 

Integra Realty analysts were asked to rank from 1 to 12 (1 being most important) the factors that will have the most profound influence on commercial real estate values in the local market. With a 99 percent response rate, the

Ripple Effect 

For the first time in four years, capitalization rates on commercial properties are moving upward. This is due in part to tighter credit restrictions and the fallout in the single family housing market. But the questions on everyone’s mind are

Stay Tuned 

It’s hardly surprising to see the economy slowing down A tight labor market and slackening productivity gains are holding back gross domestic product growth, and the falling housing market is restraining economic momentum. Since these burdens will take time to

Using Technology to Make Better Real Estate Decisions 

Drive Times Technology has taken a giant leap forward the last few years by expanding the traditional tool of demographic research into an analysis of lifestyles and consumer spending behavior. The old school strategy was to look at population count

Tomorrow? 

This midyear commercial update comes at an inflection point in our economic cycle. Commercial real estate&rsquo s economic strength is a byproduct of the country&rsquo s general economic health. The reality &mdash that this economic contagion has gone global &mdash