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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

International Beat(2) 

Brazil's Big Deal U.S. developer Tishman Speyer already has leased half of the first phase office space in the Castelo Branco Office Park, a six tower, 27 acre development in suburban Sao Paulo. BRICs Lead the Way The BRICs &mdash

REIT Cycle Poised for Upswing 

After posting impressive total annual returns of 35.8 percent in 1996 and 18.9 percent in 1997, real estate investment trust (REIT) total returns plummeted to a negative 11.4 percent during the first seven months of 1998. This sudden decline has

Hawaii's Real Estate Markets Thrive Despite Slow Tourism 

Geographically and culturally situated between the United States and Asia, Hawaii offers residents and tourists diverse natural attractions, recreational activities, and an agreeable climate. However, “contrary to mainland impressions, tourism makes up less than 30 percent of the state gross

Market Trends(12) 

Is Lending Back Lenders are ready to loosen the purse strings, according to Jones Lang LaSalle's 1Q10 survey of 60 of the industry's top loan originators. In a survey of life companies, CMBS originators, private equity, commercial banks, and government

Market Trends Online(5) 

Seniors Housing Cap Ratesas of 6 30 06 Property type Cap rate range Cap rate average Independent living 7.0% 10.2% 8.3% Assisted living 7.3% 11.0% 8.7% Nursing homes 12.0% 13.5% 12.7% Source National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and

Market Trends(3) 

The Hotel Vintage EffectRenovating hospitality properties that are 10 or more years old may pay off in value, according to a recent study by Cornell University’s Center for Hospitality Research. Around year 28, hotels stop depreciating and start to show

Market Trends(4) 

1Q08 Loan Originations 2001 quarterly average = 100 Property Type Origination Volume Index 1Q08–4Q07 % Change 1Q08–1Q07 % Change Hospitality 308 90 60Industrial 161 18 37Multifamily 132 40 27Office 79 21 75Retail 181 31 53All 132 52 53Source Mortgage Bankers

Market Trends(26) 

The Colorado based Smashburger chain is expanding to 135 stores in Arizona, New Mexico, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas. The company is looking for locations on restaurant rows with 50,000 car traffic counts and average household incomes of

Regional Outlook(3) 

EASTBoston’s Slow StartBoston’s 2Q08 office market was characterized by slowing deal velocity and stabilizing metrics, with fewer tenants needing space because of the shaky economy, according to CB Richard Ellis. Vacancy in 2Q08 rose to 6.4 percent up from 5.8

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,

Regional Outlook(18) 

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,

International Beat(13) 

CANADA Toronto Office Nears Completion At far right, Bay Adelaide Centre West, a 1.2 million sf office tower in Toronto&rsquo s financial district, is the first major CBD development in 17 years. Designed by WZMH Partners, the 51 story Leadership

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

Colorado Real Estate Rocks 

Just east of the rugged Rocky Mountains lies the capital of Colorado, Denver, and the state's other major cities — Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Fort Collins — which were born during the gold rush of the mid 1800s. Although the

Chicago a Sweet Home to Many Real Estate Markets 

Chicago is a commercial real estate kind of town. Home to just under eight million people, the Windy City’s metropolitan area has seen myriad activity lately in all of its major property types. "The Chicago area economy is strong due

International Beat(8) 

China's Big Deal Scheduled to open this summer, Parkview Green FangCaoDi is China's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certified urban mixed use building. Located in Beijing, the four building structure is enclosed by an environmental shield, which

Investors Flock to Washington, D.C., Commercial Real Estate Markets 

While the rest of the country copes with job losses, an uncertain economy, and diminished corporate spending, the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area remains strong because of increased government spending. In fact, the government added nearly 50,000 office jobs in the

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

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

Job Growth Heats Up Arizona Outlook 

Arizona has become a preferred destination for businesses as several recently have relocated to the state. “The Phoenix metro area — and the state in general — is attracting new significantly sized employers,” says Steven Nagy, CCIM, of Nagy 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

Life Insurance Companies Reposition to Increase Market Share 

Over the past five years, life insurance companies have lost ground in both the equity and debt commercial real estate markets. Competition from commercial mortgage backed securities has slowed life companies' mortgage originations, and because real estate investment trusts dramatically

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