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Debt Capital Remains Available Despite Market Changes 

Despite rising interest rates and increasing spreads, debt capital remains available and in demand for commercial real estate. While institutional lending was up significantly as of second quarter 1999 and all institutional lenders have been active, some interesting changes in

The Economy Rains on Washington's Real Estate Markets 

Washington's economy, and that of Seattle in particular, has suffered some major blows in the past few years, including Boeing's decision to relocate its corporate headquarters to Chicago and the high technology sector's softening. Although the company still maintains manufacturing

International Beat(16) 

Markets to Watch Shanghai, China — Normally a thriving office market, Shanghai office demand slowed in 3Q08 due to the global economic slump. With vacancies reaching 9.8 percent, prime rental rates stayed flat at 9.9 renminbi ($1.44) per square meters

International Beat(12) 

Markets to Watch London &mdash &ldquo London repriced very sharply,&rdquo says Tony McGough, global head of forecasting at DTZ in London. &ldquo So much of the bad news is out of the way and rents dropped so much that even

Industry Monitors Effects of Interest Rates and Economic Conditions 

Commercial real estate is a capital intensive industry in both public and private markets. Interest rates and spreads are key benchmarks for lenders in determining their cost of capital to borrowers. The industry also is dependent on the health of

Investors Find Value in Japan's Nonperforming Mortgage Loans 

As a result of the Asian economic crisis, Japanese banks have a large number of nonperforming mortgage loans that will require a significant effort to resolve. The Japanese Ministry of Finance estimates that problem real estate assets held by Japanese

Lessons Learned 

What has the commercial real estate market taught us in the past three years? Humility in many cases, and perhaps balance, as market participants measure the pain of a 40 percent loss in value against more intangible items, such as

Calculating the Overbuilding Equation 

During the dismal first half of the 1990s, new commercial real estate development ground to a halt. Construction was absent from the industry for so many years that developers began to think of themselves as property managers. But mid decade,

Brokers Predict Continued Multifamily and Industrial Investment 

An experienced investment broker's perspective may be the most accurate and reliable measure of market trends that is available today. Of all the parties involved in investment transactions, only brokers have the broad perspective derived from multiple direct experiences and

Active Real Estate Market Warms Up Minnesota 

Minnesota’s economic growth recently has faced a labor shortage and high property taxes. “We will continue to be among the strongest performing states in the Midwest,” says Keith Collins, CCIM, of CB Richard Ellis in Minneapolis. “However, because of the

Market Trends 

Briefly Noted Hospitality — Hampered by lack of construction financing, new hotel supply is projected at 1.7 percent for 2010 and 1.3 percent annually for 2011 and 2012, according to Lodging Econometrics. The modest increases will aid hospitality’s recovery, allowing

Market Trends(11) 

Tune in at the Office Affiliate commercial real estate brokerages and other large organizations face the challenge of transmitting corporate culture, best practices, and business policies to far flung offices both nationally and internationally. Going a step beyond the company

Market Trends(18) 

Is Retail Rounding the Corner? With retail sales ticking slightly upward this fall, available lease space should drop next year for the first time in six years, according to CB Richard Ellis. Available space in neighborhood and community shopping centers

Regional Outlook(8) 

Markets to WatchMinneapolis St.Paul — Interstate 35’s bridge collapse last August has had no noticeable effect on the area’s commercial real estate market, according to Colliers Turley Martin Tucker, but an 11.5 percent industrial vacancy rate — eighth highest in

Market Trends(6) 

Waterparks Make a SplashWaterparks are no passing fad, according to hospitality experts. Thirty three resorts with waterparks opened in 2007 and 55 are scheduled to open this year, a 32 percent increase that will result in 224 U.S. waterpark resorts

Market Trends(5) 

Briefly NotedHospitality — Respondents to Ernst & Young’s Hospitality Investment Survey chose Washington, D.C., Manhattan, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco as the top five hotel investment markets, despite the fact that Washington and Chicago are not among the top

Land of Lincoln Is Looking Good 

Due to its “robust economic development activity from Chicagoland to the juncture of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers,” Illinois was named the top state for business development in 2001 by Site Selection magazine. The state ranked first in three criteria

Market Trends Online(3) 

Yum Brands is looking for 35,000 sf lots in small towns to purchase or ground lease for KFC Taco Bell co branded outlets.Photo credit Yum Brands Co Branding

Market Trends(23) 

Tomorrow's OfficeVery soon, the days of expecting employees to commute to simply sit at computers will seem archaic, according to Collaboration 2020, a research study of 1,700 office workers by Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Innovation. A fundamental shift is happening

Regional Outlook(12) 

CLEVELAND Big Box BonanzaDevelopers and retailers are betting that Cleveland shoppers are ready for a big box shopping center. The 1 million square foot Steelyard Commons shopping center will be home to the first

Market Trends(24) 

Tomorrow's Apartment In “the first wave of post recession apartment developments coming out of the ground, small, dense, urban, and cool are ruling the day — even outside core downtown markets,” according to Multifamily Executive. Architects and developers currently working

Georgia Real Estate on My Mind 

For commercial real estate in Georgia the theme has been growth, though concerns about overbuilding remain for the state’s capital and largest city, Atlanta, an economic hub of the Southeast. Brokers are guardedly optimistic about the prospects of various property

International Beat(6) 

“By 2050, 19 of the 30 largest economies will be from the emerging world. … The rise in income per capita in the emerging world will dwarf that of the U.S.” The World in 2050, a report by HSBC Global

Institutional Investors Rethink Their Real Estate Holdings 

Pension funds and life insurance companies traditionally have been long term real estate investors. However, recent market changes have made these institutional investors rethink how these assets fit into their portfolios. Real estate historically has appealed to these investors because

The Internet Rewrites the Rules for Brokers 

Clearly, the Internet has changed how commercial real estate is leased and sold. Web sites in use that are run by commercial real estate professionals range from those that provide simple information to sites that assist buyers and sellers or