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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(27) 

Briefly Noted Hospitality &mdash More than half of hotel investors surveyed plan to hold their assets for the short term, according to Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels&rsquo year end Hotel Investor Sentiment Survey. Interest in buying declined to 32 percent, the

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

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

International Beat(11) 

MARKETS TO WATCH Warsaw &mdash As Poland&rsquo s most affluent city and largest retail market, Warsaw has some of the lowest retail vacancy rates in Europe. The city&rsquo s large shopping centers average between 0 percent and 3 percent vacancy.

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(22) 

Tomorrow’s Store What’s the future of your retail center? Well, to meet the demands of tomorrow’s tenants, think about subdividing those big box spaces, losing the parking lot, and adding a few bike racks. Last year total retail sales grew

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

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(13) 

Briefly Noted HOSPITALITY "Lodging construction mainly hotels and resorts jumped 4 percent in November 2006

International Beat(14) 

Markets To WatchSydney, Australia — Industrial developers found 4Q08 difficult due to a lack of financing and a slowdown in tenant demand, according to Cushman & Wakefield. But despite very little rent growth, Sydney’s submarkets experienced several sales. A vacant

International Beat(4) 

Australia’s Big Deal The Indigenous Land Corp. purchased the Ayers Rock Resort for US $300 million from GPT Group in one of Australia’s largest single asset transactions. The resort is the country’s biggest hospitality asset, comprising six hotels, a lodge,

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