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A Mixed Bag 

Since mid 1997, the transition to a new world economic order has been neither smooth nor painless. The question moving into 1999 is whether the shift can continue without significant disruptions to the U.S. domestic economy. The answer will chart

Returning to the Ring 

In their search for answers about the economy, commercial real estate professionals should consider the career of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. The brash young fighter swaggered to the heavyweight title in the 1960s, dazzling opponents with his speed and power.

The Risk Factor 

Just a few short months ago the recovery seemed to be finally taking hold. Gross domestic product growth was increasing, job growth was strengthening, retail sales were starting to pick up, and the stock market — including real estate stocks

Stay Tuned 

It’s hardly surprising to see the economy slowing down A tight labor market and slackening productivity gains are holding back gross domestic product growth, and the falling housing market is restraining economic momentum. Since these burdens will take time to

Press Pause 

Although commercial real estate reached unexpected heights in 2006 and continued its solid performance in the first half of 2007, the remainder of the year may very well be the time for investors to pause, take a few breaths, and

Better Days Ahead 

Economists have many reasons to be optimistic this year. Interest rates remain low, keeping consumer spending patterns afloat, and business spending is escalating, posting an average annualized gain of 7.2 percent in the first quarter. In addition, strong productivity increases

The Road to Recovery 

At this juncture, it is clear that some commercial real estate investors are farther down the road to recovery than others. Institutional investors are up against the same roadblocks affecting regional property investors, but the large institutions already have worked

Getting Better All the Time 

At midyear, the U.S. economy is humming along. Although high prices at the pump may suppress consumer spending, such worries are offset by new job growth and healthy corporate earnings. In several commercial real estate sectors, higher energy and construction

Are We Better Off Than a Year Ago? 

Since last year, investors have heard three themes repeated ad nauseam to explain this year&rsquo s market malaise The banks are extending and pretending asset owners are fretting about the coming due of $650 billion in securitized debt and it&rsquo

Signposts to Recovery 

Inspired by a torrent of current data and events, I coined a new designation for myself. These three letters may serve as a beacon to light the way forward, to cut through the fog of uncertainty, and to lead us

Property Market Predictions 

Since fourth quarter 2000, U.S. economic growth has slowed dramatically, especially in the Deep South and the southern Midwestern states. While the overall economy has not stopped growing, some sectors and regions have experienced declines. On the East and West

Market Forecasts 

Nationally, the office market should pick up in the second half of 2004 with the vacancy rate declining from first quarter's 17.9 percent to around 17.2 percent by year end. Absorption through the remainder of the year should total around

Through the Looking Glass 

As Americans struggle with the realities of a new normal — including slow economic growth, a $16 trillion debt load that has prompted new warnings by the major credit rating agencies, volatility throughout the world, and waning job growth —

Market Trends in Commercial Real Estate 

Medical Office Looks for Reopening Rebound | USDA Sees Little Movement on Land Values | Nearly 5 of 6 NYC Restaurants Unable to Pay Full Rent in July | Hotels Forecasted to Lose $75B in Revenue | School Year Starts with Plenty of Vacant Student Housing | Chicago Eyes Mixed-Use Projects to Boost Struggling Communities | Warehouse in Demand in Markets Large and Small | Data Centers Attract Interest Despite Overall Instability

Shelter From the Storm 

Editor's note You can view the tables in the e book version of this article. Now that we are several years past the credit crisis of 2008, the world is still in turmoil. The European debt crisis and unrest in

Building Progress 

Moody's Analytics Reis Chief Economist Victor Calanog, Phd, CRE, outlines how construction in many sectors will fail to meet expectations for 2020.

Amazon's Real Winners 

CCIM Institute Chief Economist K.C. Conway shares lessons learned from Amazon’s site-selection process and the potential long-term effects on the industry and the cities who participated in the HQ2 search.

Short-Term Rentals for the Long Haul 

Investors in the multifamily sector are examining properties designed for shorter leases and higher turnover.

2012 Expectations and Realities 

“Relatively stable” sounds pretty good these days, and commercial real estate’s back to basics investment approach is why, for generations, individuals, institutions, and funds have invested in this asset class. There are few opportunities that involve little risk, but commercial

Navigating Challenges 

While the industrial market is strong, some challenges lie ahead. The economy is in one of the longest periods of expansion in history, with commercial real estate - industrial in particular - reaping the rewards. By most institutional accounts, the fundamentals of the U.S. economy will continue to be quite

Reversing Direction 

 

Slowing Ahead 

Development and leasing activity have slowed thanks to stock market volatility, rising interest rates, the waning effects of tax cuts, rising wages, a labor supply shortage, cooling job growth, softening housing markets, an inverted yield curve, and fatigue after a nearly record-setting period of economic expansion.

Help Wanted 

In late 2004 the national economy continued to strengthen, having endured a few bumps along the way. After a summer slump, the economy lumbered into the third quarter, albeit more slowly than expected. The third quarter 3.2 percent gross domestic

Waiting for a Winning Hand 

The 21st century's opening years have proved fairly risky for most investors. Those who rode the 1990s' rising economy and bull market found the odds suddenly shifting against them after spring 2000. For the most part, investors experienced a substantial

The Money Race 

Today's real estate finance market remains very active, as owners continue to capitalize on historically low interest rates by refinancing properties and converting their debt from floating rate to fixed rate loans. Acquisitions also are generating significant financing activity. Having