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EAST Despite fears that metro D.C. leasing activity will slow this year due to federal government cutbacks, Market Square, a 679,710 sf mixed use complex sold for around $615 million, setting a new record for office sales at $904 psf,

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East Boston Office Market Improves Except for three submarkets, all of Boston's CBD and suburban office markets have equalized, with Cambridge and the Back Bay showing landlord favorable conditions, according to Jones Lang LaSalle's 2Q11 report. Helped by the city's

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WEST Portland’s Big Deal Out of town institutional investors have been cherry picking assets in the City of Roses to the tune of 52 commercial transactions in the last six months, according to the Portland Business Journal. In March, American

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Markets to WatchChicago —Windy City apartment sales could drop 30 percent this year, the steepest percentage decline since 2002, according to CB Richard Ellis. CBD sales rose 125 percent last year and the average unit price increased 85 percent to

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SOUTHWEST Major Lease Fills Houston&rsquo s Pavilions Tower In the market&rsquo s second largest lease in a year, NRG Texas signed on for 240,000 sf of office space at Pavilions Tower in Houston&rsquo s CBD. The transaction value was not

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Missoula, Mont.A Different Kind of DevelopmentConservation development may sound like a contradiction, but as Montana and other Rocky Mountain states cope with increasing populations, this model of preserving open space may become an accepted practice. A good example is the

Ontario Scenario Looking Good 

In the province of Ontario—home to Canada’s largest city, Toronto, and the nation’s capital, Ottawa—many commercial property segments are expanding. "The Ontario economy appears to be on an extended period of growth with very low inflation," says Brian Hoskins, CCIM,

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EAST Boston Office Availability 10.1 million sf — available space at midyear 2010 51,000 — total number of employees Boston companies need to hire to fill current vacant office space Source Thompson Hennessey & Partners WEST Torrey Reserve West is

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NATIONAL WEST Austin, Texas, received the top score in bizjournals&rsquo s &ldquo small business vitality&rdquo ranking of the top 100 U.S. metros. Austin has added more small businesses than any other metro in the country and expanded its job

Recession Gnaws at Beaver State 

Oregon is a state of contradictions. Despite a strong history of logging and fur trapping — hence the nickname, the Beaver State — Oregon now offers a diverse economy based on manufacturing. Yet the state is known for its environmentalism,

Retail Sector Profits From Heavy Consumer Spending 

Americans are shoppers it's embedded in the culture. However, in a recession, shopping habits shift slightly and that change reverberates through the retail investment and commercial real estate industry. As shoppers stock up on the necessities of life at bargain

REITs Rally 

An extraordinary reversal of fortune has occurred in the real estate investment trust market this year, particularly compared with the broader equity market, which has solidly outperformed the REIT market for much of the past three years. In large part,

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Markets to Watch New Orleans &mdash Local developers are rehabbing the Cosmopolitan Hotel into Louisiana&rsquo s first condo hotel, topping the 24 room historic building with a 26 floor, 103 unit tower, just blocks from the French Quarter. Prices range

A Stabilizing Euro Creates Real Estate Opportunities 

As of last January, the euro is legal currency in 12 of the 15 countries that make up the European Union. Denmark , Sweden , and the United Kingdom have opted out for the time being. EU bank transfers, including

Suburban Multifamily Development Mimics Downtown Trends 

Across the nation, multifamily vacancy currently is higher than a year ago. Many factors contribute to this decline in occupancy. Low interest rates for homebuyers as well as the slumping economy have pushed more prospective renters out of apartments and

International Beat(18) 

CENTRAL AMERICA Panama Soaks Up the Luxury Set to become the world&rsquo s premier five star resort development, the Viveros Resort and properties, located on an uninhabited island 50 miles off Panama, plans to maintain, respect, and care for the

Market Trends Online(18) 

Best Nests for Nurturing Small Businesses Small businesses are economic engines, accountable for 60 percent to 80 percent of new job growth, according to the Small Business Administration. rated the 75 best locations for the creation of small businesses

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New Orleans Markets RatedNew Orleans' apartment market garnered an investment conditions rating of 7.2 out of 10 points in a recent Real Estate Research Corp. study. Industrial came in second with a 6.4 rating and hotels third with a 5.6

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Regional RoundupIndustrialOrlando Industrial Condo SnapshotFlorida residential is not the only condo crazy market industrial condos also have a strong showing in the Orlando area.

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Projected U.S. Vacancy Rates Sector 2008 (actual %) 2009 (%) 2010 (%) 2011 (%) Apartment 6.6 7.4 7.0 5.9 Industrial 11.1 11.8 11.5 10.9 Office 13.9 17.8 18.3 16.5 Retail 9.0 10.5 9.5 8.0 Source RREEF Research Briefly Noted HOSPITALITY

Hot Investments 

In Orange County, Calif., now is an outstanding time to be a seller, says John McDermott, regional manager of Sperry Van Ness in Irvine. "This is the hottest investment market in 20 years in all property types," agrees Louis J.

Market Trends Online(16) 

Want to find out where your city ranks among the hottest job growth centers? Click through to's coverage of "Boomtowns The Best Cities for Doing Business" bestcities index.html What is your state legislature doing about commercial real estate

Jazzing Up Memphis 

Blighted for years by suburban flight and the subsequent business exodus, downtown Memphis today is experiencing a renaissance. Bolstered by popular entertainment and cultural venues such as the new AutoZone Park and the revitalized Beale Street that have attracted hundreds

Northeastern Exposure 

During the second half of 2005, several of the Northeast's metropolitan markets coasted on strong fundamentals. Office absorption in Boston is up and vacancy rates are decreasing. In Long Island, N.Y., the office market looks optimistic Despite a slight vacancy