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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

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

Maintaining the Balance 

The U.S. economy is walking a tightrope. While the recession that officially began in March 2001 has not yet ended, gross domestic product the broadest measure of the economy's output has been expanding since the beginning of 2002. Yet as

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

Best Investment Picks, 2010-2012 

The following market investment forecast is based on a survey of Integra Realty Resources advisers in 58 cities. In previous midyear updates, trends were identified by asset classes however, in 2010 asset classes are performing as different levels in different

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

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

2014 Legislative Outlook 

Peering over a fiscal cliff is not a comforting way to begin a new year. On January 2, 2013, Congress somehow managed to negotiate a deal on the American Taxpayer Relief Act that prevented financial collapse. Nearly 10 months later,

Reversing Direction 

 

Capital Markets Outlook 

Strong capital flows, from both equity and debt sources, are boosting the liquidity of the commercial real estate market and driving transaction activity. Equity capital of all stripes — from local investors and 1031 exchanges to institutions that include real

Rising to the Top 

 

Smart Cities 

The year is coming to a close. Now is the time to consider charitable donations for today and tomorrow.

Individuals may think about what charities have made a difference in their lives. Or ask themselves what legacy they want to create. Now Alfred Nobel is not remembered as a cannon manufacturer but for funding the prestigious Nobel Prizes.

Through the Looking Glass 

As Americans struggle with the realities of a new normal — including slow economic growth, a $16 trillion debt load that has prompted new warnings by the major credit rating agencies, volatility throughout the world, and waning job growth —

2013 Midyear Financing Report 

With an abundance of available capital, the first half of 2013 showed plenty of healthy competition to finance commercial real estate. Will this trend continue? Unless rising interest rates create significant market turmoil, projections from the Mortgage Bankers Association are

Shelter From the Storm 

Editor's note You can view the tables in the e book version of this article. Now that we are several years past the credit crisis of 2008, the world is still in turmoil. The European debt crisis and unrest in

2012 Expectations and Realities 

“Relatively stable” sounds pretty good these days, and commercial real estate’s back to basics investment approach is why, for generations, individuals, institutions, and funds have invested in this asset class. There are few opportunities that involve little risk, but commercial

Shifting Landscape 

Driverless vehicles are going to affect more than how people get from place-to-place. Cities and buildings will be designed differently, and the rela estate investment opportunities are going to change.

Sky-High Prices? 

“Price is what you pay value is what you get.” — Warren Buffet As we look to 2015 and beyond, the commercial real estate market is enjoying much positive press and continues to be a favored asset class relative to

The Last Innings 
The upward momentum that commercial real estate prices and values have been experiencing has recently slowed relative to their appreciation trajectory since their amazing recovery starting two years after the credit crisis. Given the challenges in today's world and the many dynamics affecting commercial real estate, the economy, and the financial markets, it is time to fully understand the next phase of the current market cycle.
Hungry For Returns 

As investors dealt with so much fiscal uncertainty in 2013 — the budget deficit, potential tax increases, raising of the debt ceiling, and higher health insurance premiums associated with the Affordable Care Act just to name a few — it

The Comeback Kid 

The year is coming to a close. Now is the time to consider charitable donations for today and tomorrow.

Individuals may think about what charities have made a difference in their lives. Or ask themselves what legacy they want to create. Now Alfred Nobel is not remembered as a cannon manufacturer but for funding the prestigious Nobel Prizes.

Late-Stage Cycle 

While core market pricing has held steady since 2015, a softening in secondary markets has occurred in the last 18 months. This slump may preview what will happen in all markets.