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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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minor Markets, Major Gains? 

Communities such as Des Moines, Iowa, Durango, Colo., and many lesser known cities in between are bursting with commercial real estate investment activity as national buyers turn to small markets in hopes of finding big returns. In most major metropolitan

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

Will Recovery Spark New Hiring? 

Commercial real estate professionals have done their best to ride out the economic storm and the deep real estate recession. The focus for many professionals has simply been staying afloat, as opposed to moving careers forward. However, that tide may

Rethinking Retail 

Retail is one property sector that never has time to rest on its laurels. As they battle the lingering effects of the recession and increased online shopping competition, retailers are once again shifting store strategies. The steep economic downturn forced

Down, but not Out 

Retail construction is a shadow of its former self with development activity falling to its lowest levels in more than a decade. Yet pockets of construction persist. An estimated 32 million square feet of new retail space is expected to