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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

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

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

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

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

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

International Beat(1) 

Germany&rsquo s Big Deal The Sun Ship, a five story mixed use building in Freiburg, Germany, is the world&rsquo s first commercial structure that creates more energy than it uses. The building was designed and built by solar architect Rolf

International Beat(7) 

New York’s Big DealSpanish clothing retailer Zara paid $324 million for the former NBA stores at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York, which will become its North American flagship store. At $8,300 psf, a record even at New York prices,

Industrial Tenants Can Cut Costs in a Renter's Market 

What used to be a landlord's market in industrial properties with competition for space driving rents sky high now has evolved into a tenant's market. So, while the current slow economy has caused some significant changes in the real estate

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

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

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

International Beat(3) 

Poland’s Big Deal Horizon Plaza office complex in Warsaw sold for around $136 million, as Poland’s property market heats up. Total property investment volumes are up 50 percent, on track to reach €2 billion by year end. The office sector

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,

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

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

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

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

Market Trends(25) 

5 Fastest Growing Cities City, Population change 2007&ndash 08 (%) New Orleans,8.2 Round Rock, Texas,8.2 Cary, N.C.,6.9 Gilbert, Ariz.,5.0 McKinney, Texas,4.8 Source U.S. Census Bureau Stress Test Results Losses for the next two years for the 19 largest banks in

Market Trends(9) 

Moving UptownThe urge to move into the city even has reached small markets, including Sioux Falls, S.D., where developer Craig Lloyd is spearheading the $150 million Uptown at Falls Park on a 5 acre downtown site. Containing 500 residential units

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