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Credit Downturn Bodes Ill For Manhattan Office Market
Financial services firms are the backbone of Manhattan office demand. But the growing prospect of widespread layoffs in the finance industry could put the brakes on this vital absorption driver in coming months.
A CMBS and CDO Primer
The commercial mortgage market faces one of its toughest credit climates in more than a decade. The most complex corners of the securitized mortgage market
Airport Development Takes Flight
When Denver International Airport was under development in 1990, planners knew that the 53-square mile site presented many unique opportunities beyond
Mortgage REITs Buckle Down In Tough Credit
A new report finds that tighter lending standards have hurt U.S. mortgage real estate investment trust (REITs) funding profiles and growth prospects. Mortgage REITs have indeed felt increased ratings pressure in the last several weeks, according to Manhattan-based Fitch Ratings.
Fed Rate Cut: Disaster Averted Or Simply Delayed?
Tuesday’s half-percentage point interest rate cut sparked a sizeable rally that drove the Dow Jones Industrial Average up by 335.97 points. And in the embattled credit markets, pricing for the riskiest bonds roundly shot up as bankers exploited the interest rate cut to refinance debt or sell junk bonds.
Lower Hotel Revenues On The Horizon: Report
With new room supply ramping up against a backdrop of economic malaise, booming hotel revenues are likely to weaken through the end of 2008 based on a new report.
Lodging Fundamentals, Liquidity Remain Strong
Increased turmoil in the debt and equity markets wasn’t enough to empty U.S. hotels during the Labor Day weekend. Nor were these trying credit conditions enough to force hotel lenders onto the sidelines.
Investors Float Mixed-Use Plan to Save Queen Mary
A $43 million bid has cleared the way for the redevelopment of an unusual waterfront site in Long Beach, Calif. In mid-August, a private investor group
Weathering the Storm
So much for the forecast that shoddy subprime lending was an isolated event. What started as a spike in residential mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures
Report: CRE Investors Lower Return Expectations
New research finds that investors’ return expectations softened during the first half of 2007 despite growing evidence that commercial property fundamentals were improving during that period. The disconnect suggests that improving operating fundamentals weren’t enough to quell investor concerns about shifting winds in the real estate capital markets.
Wanted: Floating-Rate CMBS Buyers
Market turbulence continued to widen spreads on floating-rate commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) last week, driving the value of the underlying bonds down to record low levels.
Dealmaking Pop Defies Rattled Market
Widespread volatility in the credit and stock markets wasn’t enough to quash two significant commercial real estate deals.
Fundamentals Growth Stalled At Midyear
The commercial real estate market has strengthened since 2004 as growing demand for space collided with limited new supply. But a new report from Boston-based Property & Portfolio Research (PPR) notes that fundamentals growth as evidenced by vacancy and rental rates lost momentum at midyear. The August 3 report analyzed the 54 largest U.S. commercial real estate markets.
Aging Population = Medical Office Demand
Favorable demographics will continue driving demand for medical office space over the next decade, based on a new report from Marcus & Millichap’s healthcare real estate group.
Checking Out of the Public Market
Are public hotel companies becoming an endangered species? Through the first six months of 2007, five hotel companies went private in deals valued at
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