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Back to Business? 

Office markets across the country continue to battle the lingering effects of the recession. But many cities are beginning to shed the high vacancies and fat concession packages that have dominated the last few years as expansion activity slowly returns.

Buyers Are Back 

Commercial real estate investors are lumbering out of the woods and back into the game. The menagerie of buyers shopping for properties in today’s market runs the gamut from private individuals to billion dollar institutions. But one thing they all

On the Edge 

Commercial real estate professionals searching for land opportunities are finding that the grass is greener on the periphery of major metropolitan areas. Towns such as Minooka, Ill., and Surprise, Ariz., may not be household names, but demand is rising in

Distressed Asset Dynamics 

Broker competition to service lenders&rsquo real estate owned assets is heating up as traditional leasing and sales activity cools amid the current market slump. Yet landing these coveted listing agreements is no easy task. Lenders faced with a growing portfolio

Global Recovery Underway 

The international commercial real estate market is still recovering from the global recession that sent property values into a tailspin, stalled the flow of capital, and cut investment sales activity off at the knees. In the wake of that crisis,

It’s a Small World After All 

Forget globe trekking. When it comes to international investing, U.S. based buyers are finding plenty of commercial real estate opportunities nearby as they shop for deals throughout Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America. Although large institutions and real estate

Red Hot Retail 

Retail real estate is hot. Large retailers continue to drive new development and investor demand remains near record highs. As competition heats up for prime space in major U.S. metropolitan areas, retailers are expanding into secondary markets and even far

In the Retail Ring 

The retail property investment market looks a little like a battered prize fighter these days. It's down, but by no means out. Given the one two punch of the credit crisis and the tepid economic recovery, retail investment sales are

The Pricing Gap Narrows 

The chasm between bid and ask prices that emerged after the commercial real estate market plummeted in 2008 has narrowed significantly, and in some cases, disappeared altogether. “In 2008 and 2009, there was a definitive disconnect in pricing. At the

Retail Roller Coaster 

Investors are maneuvering quickly to catch up with a retail property market that has done a 180 degree turn in the past year. This once hot sector has cooled considerably in the wake of the capital markets crisis, the residential

Growing Up, not Out 

The downtown revitalization phenomenon sweeping the country is a boon to infill development, especially in secondary and tertiary markets. However, locating and preparing infill sites for new development is no easy task. Despite cities initiating new urbanism strategies, commercial real

Office Recovery Varies 

The national office market has officially started its recovery rents and vacancies have not only stabilized, but are even turning positive. But not every area of the country has received that memo. The rate of recovery varies widely by state,

Opening Moves 

Offers of rent discounts, free rent, and other incentives ignited office leasing during the first half of 2010. While that may seem like great news for landlords and brokerage firms, the surge in activity is doing little to make a

The Upside of Downtown 

Central business districts of all sizes nationwide are working to bring businesses and people back downtown. Already hard hit by the post World War II suburbanization that shifted growth outside of city limits, CBDs recently were hammered by corporate downsizing

Hands-Free Investments 

Non direct real estate investment choices run the gamut from tenancy in common interests and real estate investment trusts to net lease properties and mutual funds. Such investments provide many of the same perks as traditional real estate ownership, such

Industrial Revs Up 

A broad-based recovery gains momentum. 29319 Despite some hiccups in the industrial market earlier in the year - due in part to labor disputes at key California ports - the sector is back on track and moving full steam ahead. Continued improvement in the economy has lifted all property types, and indust

Multifamily Momentum Continues 

The multifamily housing sector is defying gravity. Property fundamentals and investor appetite are holding up under a heavy load of new deliveries.The multifamily market already is several years into its bull run, generating strong property performance and a surge in supply.

Magnetic Attraction 

Rising interest rates may prompt apartment buyers to modify expectations and strategies, but these factors haven’t diminished their desire for multifamily properties — at least not yet. The voracious demand that has fueled transaction activity and capitalization rate compression across

Multifamily Showdown 

Multifamily properties have been a hot commodity in recent years. And potential threats on the horizon in terms of looming interest rate hikes and a growing development pipeline have yet to cool investor enthusiasm. “If you talk to any multifamily

New Digs? 

Developers that have been chomping at the bit to break ground on new retail projects are beginning to see a glimmer of hope as retailers accelerate expansion plans. By all accounts, retail development has remained fairly anemic in the past

Big Box Breakup 

Retail experts puzzle out shrinking store footprints and excess space. As the economy has recovered, many in the retail industry were hoping to leave the deluge of store closings in the rearview mirror. Yet those objects are definitely closer than they appear. Despite the fact that the retail sector has once

Industrial Appetite 

Industrial brokers across the country have something in common these days. They are busy again. A steady demand for space and a hot investment market are driving transaction activity across the board, ranging from land and building sales to leasing

Think Big, Buy Small 

While rent discounts and concessions may entice some tenants, many small business owners are forgoing the attractive lease terms available in depressed office markets in lieu of one very powerful incentive real estate ownership. "We're seeing more demand than ever

Office Market Madness 

Tulsa, Okla., does not rank high on most commercial real estate experts’ lists of hot office investment markets. In fact, the 44th largest U.S. city has wrestled with high vacancy rates for years and historically has been dominated by private

How High Can They Go? 

Investors who are vying for premium office properties are reaching deep into their wallets. The $835 million paid for Chicago's 110 story, 4.4 million square foot Sears Tower earlier this year seems like a bargain compared to the record setting