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2011 Forecast Preview 

The Economy While still struggling, the economy has some good associated with it, including positive growth, low interest rates, and increasing private sector employment growth. Unfortunately, much is still quite bad, including the weakness in the residential real estate market,

2006: Three Possible Scenarios 

Decelerating Growth (15% probability) Baseline (75% probability) Accelerarting Growth (10% probability) Description

2004 Market Predictions 

Midwest “The market drivers for the Chicago self storage industry are residential moves and job growth. The sector is clearly an event driven market. In 2004, similar to 2003, we expect more capital (private and public) to flow into the

2001 Outlook: The View From the Top 

In the current, comfortable economic climate, it may be helpful to step out of line to consider the outlook for 2001 and beyond. Despite claims of a “new economy,” some of the most basic rules haven't changed at all supply

The Risk Factor 

Just a few short months ago the recovery seemed to be finally taking hold. Gross domestic product growth was increasing, job growth was strengthening, retail sales were starting to pick up, and the stock market — including real estate stocks

Signposts to Recovery 

Inspired by a torrent of current data and events, I coined a new designation for myself. These three letters may serve as a beacon to light the way forward, to cut through the fog of uncertainty, and to lead us

Stay Tuned 

It’s hardly surprising to see the economy slowing down A tight labor market and slackening productivity gains are holding back gross domestic product growth, and the falling housing market is restraining economic momentum. Since these burdens will take time to

Financial Instability 

As 2007 drew to a close, the investment environment transitioned from cautious optimism to a heightened level of realization that there was a global credit crisis brewing in the financial markets. Hidden behind the financially engineered products that drove much

Good Times Roll On 

In recent memory, no number has captured more public attention than "2000." Technically, the millennium will shift as the year 2001 is ushered in, but there is no holding back the popular appeal of the calendar rolling to a string

Press Pause 

Although commercial real estate reached unexpected heights in 2006 and continued its solid performance in the first half of 2007, the remainder of the year may very well be the time for investors to pause, take a few breaths, and

Property Market Predictions 

Since fourth quarter 2000, U.S. economic growth has slowed dramatically, especially in the Deep South and the southern Midwestern states. While the overall economy has not stopped growing, some sectors and regions have experienced declines. On the East and West

Returning to the Ring 

In their search for answers about the economy, commercial real estate professionals should consider the career of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. The brash young fighter swaggered to the heavyweight title in the 1960s, dazzling opponents with his speed and power.

The Road to Recovery 

At this juncture, it is clear that some commercial real estate investors are farther down the road to recovery than others. Institutional investors are up against the same roadblocks affecting regional property investors, but the large institutions already have worked

Better Days Ahead 

Economists have many reasons to be optimistic this year. Interest rates remain low, keeping consumer spending patterns afloat, and business spending is escalating, posting an average annualized gain of 7.2 percent in the first quarter. In addition, strong productivity increases

Changing Conditions 

The U.S. economy, while remaining relatively strong, is facing greater challenges than it has seen in more than two decades. Volatile energy prices, a slowing housing market, consumer spending shifts, geopolitical risks, natural disaster recovery costs, inflation, and increasing interest

The Money Race 

Today's real estate finance market remains very active, as owners continue to capitalize on historically low interest rates by refinancing properties and converting their debt from floating rate to fixed rate loans. Acquisitions also are generating significant financing activity. Having

Waiting for a Winning Hand 

The 21st century's opening years have proved fairly risky for most investors. Those who rode the 1990s' rising economy and bull market found the odds suddenly shifting against them after spring 2000. For the most part, investors experienced a substantial

Getting Better All the Time 

At midyear, the U.S. economy is humming along. Although high prices at the pump may suppress consumer spending, such worries are offset by new job growth and healthy corporate earnings. In several commercial real estate sectors, higher energy and construction

Help Wanted 

In late 2004 the national economy continued to strengthen, having endured a few bumps along the way. After a summer slump, the economy lumbered into the third quarter, albeit more slowly than expected. The third quarter 3.2 percent gross domestic

On the Legislative Horizon 

A number of legislative and regulatory issues loom ahead as commercial real estate professionals enter 2000. For everything from technology to tax reform, federal, state, and local governments could enact changes that affect the way the industry does business. This

Multifamily Still Rules 

Multifamily and industrial top Real Estate Research Corp.’s outlook for the major property types for the rest of 2011. The apartment market will continue to present low risk compared to the other property types, given its strong fundamentals and the

Are We Better Off Than a Year Ago? 

Since last year, investors have heard three themes repeated ad nauseam to explain this year&rsquo s market malaise The banks are extending and pretending asset owners are fretting about the coming due of $650 billion in securitized debt and it&rsquo

Crossing the Divide 

Listen to this article's follow up podcast. We have journeyed many roads over the last few quarters, taken part in many diversions, and had many ups and downs (mostly downs). Now on the cusp of 2009, we find ourselves standing

The Lending Scene 

Commercial real estate’s slow but steady recovery after the downturn has opened up a variety of “new but old” options for financing commercial properties for the remainder of 2011. In the primary markets, a growing equity investment appetite and new

Market Forecasts 

Nationally, the office market should pick up in the second half of 2004 with the vacancy rate declining from first quarter's 17.9 percent to around 17.2 percent by year end. Absorption through the remainder of the year should total around