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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

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

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