First Word en Dysfunction Junction <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><strong>The inability of the two parties</strong> to work together in Washington, D.C., brought the United States dangerously close to a default in October. A last-minute <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/deals?intlink=incontent" title="Commercial Real Estate Deals">deal</a></span> was struck to continue funding the government for three months and raise the debt ceiling. The resolution ended the 16-day shutdown. But it set the stage for a renewed round of political wrangling after the New Year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary CMBS News cmbs commercial real estate congress dysfunction Freemium regulation washington First Word Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:42:00 +0000 458401 at Challenges in the Retail Space <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>The true <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/property-types/retail?intlink=incontent " title="Real Property News">retail</a></span> industry leaders that emerge will be the ones that are able to transform their companies in ways that allow them to remain successful as they embrace the new trends.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary News Retail Freemium First Word Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:48:00 +0000 235081 at Rate Alerts <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>On balance, the recent rise in interest rates is no cause for panic. If rates were to truly spike, that could cause real problems. But it seems there is a fair amount of runway left before high rates become a potential issue. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Finance & Investment News Freemium First Word Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:07:00 +0000 137211 at Euphoria Reigns at RECon <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Observations from the first day of ICSC's RECon 2013 convention.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary News Retail First Word Mon, 20 May 2013 23:55:00 +0000 41661 at Here We Go Again <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>For all the talk in the wake of the housing bust about reforming securitization practices, there’s not much being done differently today than before the crisis.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary CMBS News First Word Fri, 17 May 2013 15:21:00 +0000 41441 at