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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

Changing Conditions 

The U.S. economy, while remaining relatively strong, is facing greater challenges than it has seen in more than two decades. Volatile energy prices, a slowing housing market, consumer spending shifts, geopolitical risks, natural disaster recovery costs, inflation, and increasing interest

Multifamily Still Rules 

Multifamily and industrial top Real Estate Research Corp.’s outlook for the major property types for the rest of 2011. The apartment market will continue to present low risk compared to the other property types, given its strong fundamentals and the

A Mixed Bag 

Since mid 1997, the transition to a new world economic order has been neither smooth nor painless. The question moving into 1999 is whether the shift can continue without significant disruptions to the U.S. domestic economy. The answer will chart

Property Market Predictions 

Since fourth quarter 2000, U.S. economic growth has slowed dramatically, especially in the Deep South and the southern Midwestern states. While the overall economy has not stopped growing, some sectors and regions have experienced declines. On the East and West

Press Pause 

Although commercial real estate reached unexpected heights in 2006 and continued its solid performance in the first half of 2007, the remainder of the year may very well be the time for investors to pause, take a few breaths, and

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

Legislative Outlook 

As 1998 drew to a close, Congress had yet to achieve much of the legislation at its table. This 1999 legislative and regulatory preview reflects the commercial real estate industry’s concerns and focuses on issues that have the greatest relevance

The Road to Recovery 

At this juncture, it is clear that some commercial real estate investors are farther down the road to recovery than others. Institutional investors are up against the same roadblocks affecting regional property investors, but the large institutions already have worked

The Risk Factor 

Just a few short months ago the recovery seemed to be finally taking hold. Gross domestic product growth was increasing, job growth was strengthening, retail sales were starting to pick up, and the stock market — including real estate stocks

Good Times Roll On 

In recent memory, no number has captured more public attention than "2000." Technically, the millennium will shift as the year 2001 is ushered in, but there is no holding back the popular appeal of the calendar rolling to a string

Crossing the Divide 

Listen to this article's follow up podcast. We have journeyed many roads over the last few quarters, taken part in many diversions, and had many ups and downs (mostly downs). Now on the cusp of 2009, we find ourselves standing

The Lending Scene 

Commercial real estate’s slow but steady recovery after the downturn has opened up a variety of “new but old” options for financing commercial properties for the remainder of 2011. In the primary markets, a growing equity investment appetite and new

On the Legislative Horizon 

A number of legislative and regulatory issues loom ahead as commercial real estate professionals enter 2000. For everything from technology to tax reform, federal, state, and local governments could enact changes that affect the way the industry does business. This

Market Forecasts 

Nationally, the office market should pick up in the second half of 2004 with the vacancy rate declining from first quarter's 17.9 percent to around 17.2 percent by year end. Absorption through the remainder of the year should total around

Maintaining the Balance 

The U.S. economy is walking a tightrope. While the recession that officially began in March 2001 has not yet ended, gross domestic product the broadest measure of the economy's output has been expanding since the beginning of 2002. Yet as

2004 Market Predictions 

Midwest “The market drivers for the Chicago self storage industry are residential moves and job growth. The sector is clearly an event driven market. In 2004, similar to 2003, we expect more capital (private and public) to flow into the

Getting Better All the Time 

At midyear, the U.S. economy is humming along. Although high prices at the pump may suppress consumer spending, such worries are offset by new job growth and healthy corporate earnings. In several commercial real estate sectors, higher energy and construction

The Money Race 

Today's real estate finance market remains very active, as owners continue to capitalize on historically low interest rates by refinancing properties and converting their debt from floating rate to fixed rate loans. Acquisitions also are generating significant financing activity. Having

Waiting for a Winning Hand 

The 21st century's opening years have proved fairly risky for most investors. Those who rode the 1990s' rising economy and bull market found the odds suddenly shifting against them after spring 2000. For the most part, investors experienced a substantial

Returning to the Ring 

In their search for answers about the economy, commercial real estate professionals should consider the career of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. The brash young fighter swaggered to the heavyweight title in the 1960s, dazzling opponents with his speed and power.

Financial Instability 

As 2007 drew to a close, the investment environment transitioned from cautious optimism to a heightened level of realization that there was a global credit crisis brewing in the financial markets. Hidden behind the financially engineered products that drove much

Help Wanted 

In late 2004 the national economy continued to strengthen, having endured a few bumps along the way. After a summer slump, the economy lumbered into the third quarter, albeit more slowly than expected. The third quarter 3.2 percent gross domestic

Better Days Ahead 

Economists have many reasons to be optimistic this year. Interest rates remain low, keeping consumer spending patterns afloat, and business spending is escalating, posting an average annualized gain of 7.2 percent in the first quarter. In addition, strong productivity increases

2013 Midyear Financing Report 

With an abundance of available capital, the first half of 2013 showed plenty of healthy competition to finance commercial real estate. Will this trend continue? Unless rising interest rates create significant market turmoil, projections from the Mortgage Bankers Association are