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CMBS Market Throttles Down
Prepare for a much leaner and meaner commercial mortgage-backed securities market in 2008. Domestic CMBS issuance this year is expected to drop by more
A Retail Reinvention of Manhattan's Financial District
For decades, Manhattan's Financial District held zero cachet as a shopping destination. Its crooked street grid, which bears little in common with the
Office Rally Running Out of Gas
Office landlords have enjoyed falling vacancies and rising rents during the past three years. But the sector's underlying property fundamentals are likely
Demand For Hotel Mega-Deals Poised To Soften
Hotel investors will spend upwards of $45.3 billion this year, projects Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, which would make 2007 the fourth straight year
Housing Woes Threaten Broader Economy: Report
The housing crisis is poised to deliver more shocks to the U.S. economy in 2008. This morning, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) unveiled a grim report
Moody's reports decline in U.S. property values
The impressive run-up in commercial real estate values may have finally run its course. This week, Moody's Investors Service reports that U.S. commercial property values posted
Sustainable Design Heats Up
Spiraling energy costs are a major factor driving demand to build and occupy sustainable green buildings, based on a recent survey of architects
Deal Adds Life To Moribund M & A Market
Mortgage REIT Gramercy Capital Corp. (NYSE: GKK) plans to acquire bank building owner American Financial Realty Trust (NYSE: AFR) for roughly $1.1 billion
Changing Market Scuttles Office Sales
Investors plunked down a record $17 billion to acquire Manhattan office properties in the first quarter. But as the credit downturn whipsawed demand for
A Subprime Sucker Punch
Shares in multifamily real estate investment trusts (REITs) have taken a beating of late. Through Oct. 23, apartment REIT shares plunged by 11.9% due
Credit Bears Romp
It sure is tough to be a bull these days. One ominous signal: On Oct. 19, exactly 20 years after the Black Monday stock market crash, the Dow Jones Industrial
Real Estate Execs Embrace Sustainability
An encouraging new study finds that corporate real estate executives are doing more than just jawboning about the merits of sustainability
Apartment Loans, Vintage CMBS Delinquencies Rise
Delinquencies among both multifamily loans of varying vintage and 2005 vintage commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) increased for the third straight month in September
A Not So Great 2008: Emerging Trends Report
Commercial real estate investors and developers should brace for more uncertainty in 2008 as fundamentals and pricing continue to soften
Third Quarter Strength Boosts Multifamily Market
Buoyed by the single-family housing downturn and fewer tenant concessions, apartment fundamentals improved sharply during the third quarter. One caveat is that a handful of Sunbelt markets
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