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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

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

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,

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Multifamily Investment 

This bull market continues to charge ahead. 29319 By all accounts, the multifamily investment sales market has been on a bull run in recent years. The fact that the sector was the leader in the real estate recovery and continues to produce solid occupancies and rent growth has caught and held investor inte

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

Tipping Point 

Developers have been busy delivering new projects to satisfy growing renter demand. Yet given the volume of new projects still in the pipeline, some are beginning to wonder whether the market may be approaching a tipping point for oversupply.  Industry data continues to paint a picture of a robust market. Economic and job growth along with favorable demographic trends have created a near perfect storm for apartment investors with healthy absorption, occupancies, and rent growth. The wild card in the mix that owners, investors, and lenders are all keeping a close eye on is the fat development pipeline.

Perched on a Plateau 

Economists remain positive despite slower growth ahead. Commercial real estate investment sales faltered coming out of the gate in 2016. Investment sales dipped noticeably in the first quarter compared to the prior year. Yet a gentle tap on the brakes in what has been a stable recovery is not cause for alar

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

Surf's Up 

Secondary markets are riding a wave of recovery that has brought a welcome resurgence of investment sales activity. The expansion into secondary markets is the theme du jour in the commercial real estate market. “We have seen a massive movement