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Active Real Estate Market Warms Up Minnesota 

Minnesota’s economic growth recently has faced a labor shortage and high property taxes. “We will continue to be among the strongest performing states in the Midwest,” says Keith Collins, CCIM, of CB Richard Ellis in Minneapolis. “However, because of the

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

Companies Focus on Real Estate Strategies for the New Economy 

As new e businesses emerge and existing companies reinvent themselves by converting current operations to adapt to the new economy, their real estate strategies increasingly focus on off balance sheet alternatives.  Many companies seek to alleviate earnings pressures, improve net

Consider Market Cycles When Reassessing Portfolio Strategies 

The recent economic slowdown, while unevenly affecting various U.S. regions, has led to a diminished gross domestic product, corporate restructuring, and a loss in wealth due to the stock market's decline. These changes have pushed the commercial real estate market

CMBS Slowdown Restores Financial Market Balance 

After issuing a record $78 billion in commercial mortgage backed securities in 1998, the CMBS market is expected to end this year well below that mark, at between $60 billion and $65 billion. Three factors are responsible for the market's

Commercial Property Demand Grows in the Garden State 

More commonly known for industry rather than agriculture, New Jersey possesses an enigmatic nickname the Garden State. In fact, when the state's General Assembly introduced legislation to imprint the nickname on automobile license plates in 1954, Gov. Robert B. Meyner

CMBS Market Turmoil Opens Door for Commercial Banks 

Tumultuous world financial markets sent the commercial mortgage backed securities market into a tailspin in September and October 1998. Spreads for AAA rated CMBS to 10 year Treasuries spiked to 200 basis points in October from less than 100 basis

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

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

Congress Revisits the Issue of Banks Selling and Managing Real Estate 

In December 2001, the U.S. Congress introduced the Community Choice in Real Estate Act, which would prohibit banks and financial companies from engaging in real estate brokerage and property management. A coalition of real estate organizations, including the National Association

Commercial Real Estate Markets Tackle Unique Challenges 

The United States is facing many challenges as we enter 2002. The Federal Reserve Board cut interest rates dramatically throughout 2001, and a previously wobbly economy has plunged into a recession. On the political front, fear and uncertainty present unique

Ohio Stays Strong 

Ohio’s major markets have been beneficial for most commercial real estate segments, local practitioners say. "The Cleveland investment market continues to be strong, with high demand for most product types," according to Vicki Maeder, CCIM, of CB Richard Ellis in

Ontario Scenario Looking Good 

In the province of Ontario—home to Canada’s largest city, Toronto, and the nation’s capital, Ottawa—many commercial property segments are expanding. "The Ontario economy appears to be on an extended period of growth with very low inflation," says Brian Hoskins, CCIM,

Regional Outlook(2) 

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,

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

Regional Outlook(3) 

EASTBoston’s Slow StartBoston’s 2Q08 office market was characterized by slowing deal velocity and stabilizing metrics, with fewer tenants needing space because of the shaky economy, according to CB Richard Ellis. Vacancy in 2Q08 rose to 6.4 percent up from 5.8

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

Missouri Shows the Way 

In 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark commenced a journey from St. Louis to the West Coast, an expedition that would prove to be the impetus behind commercial growth in the United States. The famous trek earned Missouri one of

New Restaurants Provide Entree Into Local Markets 

Roughly 870,000 U.S. restaurants achieve approximately $426 billion in sales annually, making them a significant part of the economy and a major retail real estate component. To break into this potentially lucrative market, brokers should be aware of current industry

Most Georgia Markets Look Peachy 

What do Vidalia onions, Coca Cola, and Martin Luther King Jr. have in common? They all name the state of Georgia as their birthplace. Georgia`s other claims to fame include Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport, the world`s busiest airport, and more

Ontario's Commercial Real Estate Sparkles 

Due to abundant natural resources, proximity to the United States, and population growth, Ontario, “especially from the greater Toronto area to the west, may be the best place for real estate investment dollars in Canada,” says J.S. Kewin, CCIM, of

Nothing Could Be Finer Than the Carolina Markets 

Wedged between the Appalachians and the Atlantic, North Carolina and South Carolina enjoy a strategic location that business owners find extremely attractive. Other key attributes such as strong economies, low property taxes, and relatively mild climates also have contributed to

Northern Markets Flourish in the Sunshine State 

During the past decade, north Florida's sunny cities have invested both energy and money in revitalization efforts. City and community support helped rejuvenate Ocala, located in the north central region of the Panhandle. Community raised money was used to construct

Market Trends(3) 

The Hotel Vintage EffectRenovating hospitality properties that are 10 or more years old may pay off in value, according to a recent study by Cornell University’s Center for Hospitality Research. Around year 28, hotels stop depreciating and start to show

New Mexico's Commercial Real Estate Markets Rise to the Occassion 

Like many cities across the nation, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M., have undertaken downtown revitalization projects to restore economic vitality. But these cities — situated in a high altitude, semiarid region — must contend with shrinking water supplies and strong