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Investors Flocking to Safety of CRE
A new report shows that investors are still attracted to commercial real estate as a safe haven.
Private Equity Funds Shower Capital on Industrial Sector
Industrial real estate is becoming a new focus for private equity funds this year as they seek to raise $1.8 billion for the sector — the most since 2006.
New Loan Quality Slips in Most-Active CRE Markets
The quality of new commercial real estate loans made in the second quarter of 2011 slipped, according to a new report from Sam Chandan, president of Chandan Economics in New York.
Apartment Sector Still on the Up
Apartment market conditions continue to improve across the board, according to the National Multi Housing Council's (NMHC) latest Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions.
Back-to-School Sales Expected to be Flat
It’s an annual pilgrimage, second only to the winter holidays, which has become ingrained in retailers’ balance sheets. As this year’s back-to-school season kicks into high gear this month, analysts are predicting results that are no better than last ...
Slow Economic Growth Through 2012
U.S. GDP growth is expected to remain sluggish and the U.S. unemployment rate could tick up to a peak of 9.5% in the third quarter of 2012, according to Northern Trust’s first formal forecast of U.S. economic activity and interest rates for 2012. ...
What’s Driving the Bumper Crop of Returns Institutional Investors Are Harvesting?
If time does indeed heal all wounds, then certainly the first half of 2011 has been most generous to the real estate returns of many institutional investors.
Walgreens Charges Up on Cars, Food
The world’s largest drugstore chain is branching out with two big new offerings to broaden its appeal to a broader base of consumers.
Majority of U.S. CMBS Ratings Assigned Stable Outlooks
Pools of U.S. commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) are looking just a tad healthier these days.
Self Storage is Hot Property in 2011
A new report from Marcus & Millichap forecasts an increase in self storage investment activity this year as banks sell off real estate-owned (REO) properties, drawing regional syndicates from the sidelines to target Class B/C assets throughout the Sun Belt.
Prudential Mortgage JV Targets $1B in CMBS
Prudential Mortgage Capital Company and affiliated funds of Perella Weinberg Partners’ Asset Based Value strategy have formed a joint venture to originate commercial mortgages for future securitization.
U.S. Apt Market Revenues Jump 2.5% in Q2
The U.S. apartment sector turned in a near-record revenue growth performance in the second quarter of 2011, according to the preliminary results from MPF Research’s 2nd quarter 2011 survey of more than 6 million apartment units across the country.
Commercial Mortgages Held By Life Insurance Companies Weather the Storm
Losses on commercial real estate loans held by the nation’s life insurance companies grew at a slower rate than expected in 2010, surprising many analysts.
Industrial Players All Smiles at I.con Conference
Industrial real estate investors, developers and brokers are in a buoyant mood these days, a fact reflected by a record crowd of some 300 industry pros who attended the recent two-day NAIOP I.con conference in Long Beach, Calif.
Credit Suisse Report Focuses on Value-Add Opps
Institutional investors should focus on value-add opportunities as the U.S. commercial real estate markets continue to recover, according to a new white paper issued by financial services firm Credit Suisse.
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