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MIDWEST A 34 story, 1 million sf office tower is planned for Chicago’s CBD, according to Trammell Crow Co., which will be the master developer along with Insite Real Estate. Although no groundbreaking or completion date was announced, the class

Lifestyle Centers Capitalize on Shoppers' Need for Speed 

Despite the economy negatively affecting retailers' sales, the retail real estate market's overall tone is positive. While activity varies by location, investors demonstrate continued interest in retail properties nationwide. As always, tenant mix is critically important Owners of centers with

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

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South Miami's Big DealMalaysian developer The Genting Group knows what sells deals today job creation. Its proposed $3 billion Resorts World Miami includes four hotels, more than 50 restaurants, 250,000 sf of retail, and 700,000 sf of convention space. But

REITs Expected to Remain Steady 

Since the early 1990s, the public equity market for real estate, primarily in the form of real estate investment trusts and real estate operating companies, has seen tremendous growth. However, a number of significant changes last year coupled with events

Non-Traded REITs Offer Stability and Portfolio Diversification 

Investment portfolio diversification and risk management always have been key factors in reducing loss of asset value in the face of historically volatile markets. Of course, these strategies need not be limited to the traditional stock and bond markets. Several

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Markets to Watch New Orleans &mdash Local developers are rehabbing the Cosmopolitan Hotel into Louisiana&rsquo s first condo hotel, topping the 24 room historic building with a 26 floor, 103 unit tower, just blocks from the French Quarter. Prices range

New York and New Jersey Are Fundamentally Fit 

The commercial real estate industry in New York and New Jersey has been doing well thanks to a solid financial period for both states. "The regional economy is strong," says Craig Evans, CCIM, of Cushman Realty Corp. in New York.

Market Trends(6) 

Waterparks Make a SplashWaterparks are no passing fad, according to hospitality experts. Thirty three resorts with waterparks opened in 2007 and 55 are scheduled to open this year, a 32 percent increase that will result in 224 U.S. waterpark resorts

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Markets to WatchMinneapolis St.Paul — Interstate 35’s bridge collapse last August has had no noticeable effect on the area’s commercial real estate market, according to Colliers Turley Martin Tucker, but an 11.5 percent industrial vacancy rate — eighth highest in

Market Trends Online(13) 

Capitalization Rate Forecastby percentage of properties Property Type2007 Average Cap Rate% Decline% Increase% StableSuburban multifamily6.342.630.766.7Urban multifamily6.533.627.369.1Neighborhood strip center7.21 3.535.161.4Regional mall6.931.834.563.6CBD office7.464.432.563.2Suburban office7.421.828.170.2Bulk warehouse7.535.529.165.5R&D7.923.637.558.9Source Integra Realty Resources Manufacturers Move OutThe search for large parcels of industrial zoned land has pushed beyond

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EAST Boston Office Availability 10.1 million sf — available space at midyear 2010 51,000 — total number of employees Boston companies need to hire to fill current vacant office space Source Thompson Hennessey & Partners WEST Torrey Reserve West is

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SOUTH Swank Condo Hotel Comes to Atlanta Atlanta based Tivoli Properties is building a 53 story, 198 room hotel and 71 unit condo development under the Mandarin Oriental flag on Atlanta&rsquo s Midtown Mile, says Scott Leventhal, Tivoli&rsquo s CEO

Massachusetts Moves Ahead 

For centuries, Massachusetts has provided the country with a series of cultural and industrial innovations. The first American public secondary school was founded in Boston in 1635, and the first American university, Harvard, was established in Cambridge (then Newtowne) the

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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

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Seattle Seattle CBD landmark Smith Tower may be transformed from a 37 story office building to 150 residential condos as owner Walton Street Capital seeks city approvals for the conversion. Walton bought Seattle’s first skyscraper in 2006 along with the

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NATIONAL The Best City for Business Des Moines, Iowa, outranked 100 other metros with populations above 500,000, according to MarketWatch&rsquo s 2009 year end survey. The city outscored second place Washington, D.C., as well as the remaining top five Omaha,

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Corporations Not InvestingDespite the fact that corporate profits are at their highest level in 40 years, today's chief executive officers are not investing back into business operations, says Deloitte Research's Chief Economist Carl Steidtmann. As a share of business investment,

Market Trends Online(3) 

Yum Brands is looking for 35,000 sf lots in small towns to purchase or ground lease for KFC Taco Bell co branded outlets.Photo credit Yum Brands Co Branding

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CLEVELAND Big Box BonanzaDevelopers and retailers are betting that Cleveland shoppers are ready for a big box shopping center. The 1 million square foot Steelyard Commons shopping center will be home to the first

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Aboard the QE2The second round of qualitative easing is expected to boost the GDP by 60 basis points and generate 500,000 new jobs, including 93,000 office using jobs and 45,000 manufacturing positions — good news for office and industrial markets,

Pension Funds Compete with REITs and CMBS for Market Share 

After being stung by the severe real estate downturn during the early 1990s, pension funds gradually have increased their investment in institutional real estate. But other players, primarily real estate investment trusts, continue to gain on pension funds. Pension funds

The REIT Approach 

Despite the shaky performance of real estate investment trusts (REITs) on Wall Street this year, as every commercial real estate professional knows by now, they are here to stay. REITs operate in almost every leading and secondary market throughout the

Regional Outlook(1) 

Southwest Call Out the Cavalry Troops returning to Fort Hood, Texas, have boosted central Texas&rsquo multifamily market, according to a survey by Apartment Realty Advisors in Austin. Occupancy in the Killeen Fort Hood metro averages close to 92 percent and

Market Trends(1) 

Briefly Noted Hospitality &mdash Instead of trying to time the market, investors should consider a short term hold strategy for hotel assets, according to Stephen R. Hennis, director of STR Analytics. On average, between 2002 and 2006 investors who purchased