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Congress Revisits the Issue of Banks Selling and Managing Real Estate 

In December 2001, the U.S. Congress introduced the Community Choice in Real Estate Act, which would prohibit banks and financial companies from engaging in real estate brokerage and property management. A coalition of real estate organizations, including the National Association

Commercial Real Estate Markets Tackle Unique Challenges 

The United States is facing many challenges as we enter 2002. The Federal Reserve Board cut interest rates dramatically throughout 2001, and a previously wobbly economy has plunged into a recession. On the political front, fear and uncertainty present unique

Cities Provide Incentives to Increase Urban Multifamily Development 

Nationwide, multifamily real estate is mired in a cyclical downturn, as many markets struggle with rising vacancies and declining rents. Most developers have scaled back building plans, and development activity in early 2003 increased in only a handful of metropolitan

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

Developers Add Condominiums to Hotels to Increase Profits 

Stymied by the increasing costs of building stand alone luxury hotels, developers have turned to condominium hotels to allocate costs to a wider revenue base while creating another profit center. Hotel operators can charge premium prices for the condominium units

The Empire State Builds on Strong Tourism Foundation 

Rocked by the terrorist attacks on its namesake city last September, New York state since has struggled economically. Commercial real estate markets, especially the office sector, have experienced soaring vacancies and plunging lease rates. Yet, as most markets already have

Foreign Investment Tide Shifts 

As Asian investors continue to divest of U.S. real estate, Canadian and European interests quietly have increased their U.S. holdings, gradually offsetting the sharp decline in Asian investment. According to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, direct foreign investment

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,

Cajun Country Puts Spice in Markets 

Down south in Louisiana, "Our economy is basically tied to the oil industry," explains Gary P. Tilley, CCIM, of Stirling Properties, Inc., in Covington, Louisiana. While others contend that the economy has become more diversified and note the impact of

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

Central Florida Real Estate Is a Magic Kingdom 

Welcoming about 35,000 new residents a year, central Florida is booming with activity. “Central Florida's economy is thriving,” says Thomas R. Jones, CCIM, of Edward T. Byrd & Co. Commercial Mortgage Bankers in Orlando. “Companies are hiring, and finding good

Companies Focus on Real Estate Strategies for the New Economy 

As new e businesses emerge and existing companies reinvent themselves by converting current operations to adapt to the new economy, their real estate strategies increasingly focus on off balance sheet alternatives.  Many companies seek to alleviate earnings pressures, improve net

China Offers Opportunities Despite International Incidents 

Behind the Great Wall of China, growing opportunity exists for commercial real estate investors and developers willing to take a risk on untapped markets. U.S. Sino relations have been strained this year, due to disputes over the crippled U.S. Navy

Consider Market Cycles When Reassessing Portfolio Strategies 

The recent economic slowdown, while unevenly affecting various U.S. regions, has led to a diminished gross domestic product, corporate restructuring, and a loss in wealth due to the stock market's decline. These changes have pushed the commercial real estate market

CMBS Market Turmoil Opens Door for Commercial Banks 

Tumultuous world financial markets sent the commercial mortgage backed securities market into a tailspin in September and October 1998. Spreads for AAA rated CMBS to 10 year Treasuries spiked to 200 basis points in October from less than 100 basis

Commercial Property Demand Grows in the Garden State 

More commonly known for industry rather than agriculture, New Jersey possesses an enigmatic nickname the Garden State. In fact, when the state's General Assembly introduced legislation to imprint the nickname on automobile license plates in 1954, Gov. Robert B. Meyner

CMBS Slowdown Restores Financial Market Balance 

After issuing a record $78 billion in commercial mortgage backed securities in 1998, the CMBS market is expected to end this year well below that mark, at between $60 billion and $65 billion. Three factors are responsible for the market's

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

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

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

Cities Upon a Hill 

Industry experts have weighed in on what to expect in 2008, and it can be summed up in one word aftershock. As commercial real estate markets across the country attempt to find their footing after seismic shake ups in the

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

Get Ready for the Euro 

With the implementation of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) on January 1, 1999, Europe will enter a new monetary era, when the currencies of 11 European nations permanently will be pegged to the new euro. The charter nations are

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

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