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Highlights by State Alabama In Loxley, outside Mobile, Atlanta based PEC Development Group acquired 3,900 acres for a mixed use development including multi and single family homes, retail, office, and industrial space, according to GlobeSt.com. Arkansas Close to 500,000 sf

REITs Rally 

An extraordinary reversal of fortune has occurred in the real estate investment trust market this year, particularly compared with the broader equity market, which has solidly outperformed the REIT market for much of the past three years. In large part,

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EASTLuxury Development Comes to BaltimoreThe Bozzuto Group has secured $75 million to develop the Fitzgerald at UB Midtown in Baltimore. Located in the city’s Cultural District, the mixed use community will occupy 4.6 acres of land owned by the University

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EAST Despite fears that metro D.C. leasing activity will slow this year due to federal government cutbacks, Market Square, a 679,710 sf mixed use complex sold for around $615 million, setting a new record for office sales at $904 psf,

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NATIONAL WEST Austin, Texas, received the top score in Portfolio.com bizjournals&rsquo s &ldquo small business vitality&rdquo ranking of the top 100 U.S. metros. Austin has added more small businesses than any other metro in the country and expanded its job

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Missoula, Mont.A Different Kind of DevelopmentConservation development may sound like a contradiction, but as Montana and other Rocky Mountain states cope with increasing populations, this model of preserving open space may become an accepted practice. A good example is the

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(19) 

WEST Portland’s Big Deal Out of town institutional investors have been cherry picking assets in the City of Roses to the tune of 52 commercial transactions in the last six months, according to the Portland Business Journal. In March, American

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

Regional Outlook(20) 

East Boston Office Market Improves Except for three submarkets, all of Boston's CBD and suburban office markets have equalized, with Cambridge and the Back Bay showing landlord favorable conditions, according to Jones Lang LaSalle's 2Q11 report. Helped by the city's

Sunny Outlook in Northern California 

The commercial real estate industry in Northern California is booming, with all segments performing well in the major markets. An explosion in the computer, multimedia, and Internet industries has led to a low unemployment rate and a robust economy. "The

Retail Sector Profits From Heavy Consumer Spending 

Americans are shoppers it's embedded in the culture. However, in a recession, shopping habits shift slightly and that change reverberates through the retail investment and commercial real estate industry. As shoppers stock up on the necessities of life at bargain

Southern Comfort 

The southeastern United States is home to some of the nation's most active real estate markets. The Washington, D.C., metropolitan area leads the nation in job growth and office absorption, while the South Florida market is experiencing some of the

Southern Texas Real Estate Sizzles 

Southern Texas melds influences from both Mexico and the United States, creating a mélange of tastes and senses. From five alarm chili to the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, this region offers a multitude of experiences for every

Regional Outlook(6) 

Markets to WatchChicago —Windy City apartment sales could drop 30 percent this year, the steepest percentage decline since 2002, according to CB Richard Ellis. CBD sales rose 125 percent last year and the average unit price increased 85 percent to

A Stabilizing Euro Creates Real Estate Opportunities 

As of last January, the euro is legal currency in 12 of the 15 countries that make up the European Union. Denmark , Sweden , and the United Kingdom have opted out for the time being. EU bank transfers, including

Suburban Multifamily Development Mimics Downtown Trends 

Across the nation, multifamily vacancy currently is higher than a year ago. Many factors contribute to this decline in occupancy. Low interest rates for homebuyers as well as the slumping economy have pushed more prospective renters out of apartments and

Tennessee Waltzes to Prosperity 

Throughout Tennessee, business is good and jobs are readily available. “The economy is stable,” says Kelly Truitt, CCIM, of CB Richard Ellis in Memphis. “ There was $1.4 billion of capital invested in 1998 with 7,000 new jobs and over

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

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

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

Developers Add Condominiums to Hotels to Increase Profits 

Stymied by the increasing costs of building stand alone luxury hotels, developers have turned to condominium hotels to allocate costs to a wider revenue base while creating another profit center. Hotel operators can charge premium prices for the condominium units

Debt Capital Remains Available Despite Market Changes 

Despite rising interest rates and increasing spreads, debt capital remains available and in demand for commercial real estate. While institutional lending was up significantly as of second quarter 1999 and all institutional lenders have been active, some interesting changes in

The Empire State Builds on Strong Tourism Foundation 

Rocked by the terrorist attacks on its namesake city last September, New York state since has struggled economically. Commercial real estate markets, especially the office sector, have experienced soaring vacancies and plunging lease rates. Yet, as most markets already have

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