Posts tagged Commercial Real Estate
There is a mood of optimism in the air about the economy and it is important for us in sales to catch the mood and pass it on to our clients. The stock market has been improving almost every day since January, and has shown an increase of over 20% for the first quarter. The major real estate firms in New York City are all expanding. The unemployment rate has dropped to just under 9%, which is a 10% improvement More >
Sale leaseback transactions have been an excellent tool for businesses to leverage the equity in their real estate while maintaining operational control of their property. Typically, an investor bargains for a long term passive income stream from the property in exchange for purchasing the real estate at a price that reflects both the underlying real estate value as well as the quality of the income stream that is created by the lease. With today’s challenging real estate climate, this financial tool has a new application that is gaining interest in the hospitality industry.
Operating performance from hotels has generally decreased substantially from the peak in 2007 as a result of the economy. More >
iPads and other Pads are all the rage these days. Everyone seems to be lining up to have a new way to surf the web and download music videos; brochures; and movies. In addition to the early success of the Apple iPad, there is a host of a dozen or more similar pad products by Cisco; HP; Dell; Samsung (already with the Galaxy); and many others. Only difference is that Apple still does not do Adobe FLASH or Java. Hence its major limitation to business uses no matter how slick it looks. But in slickness, it is still superior to most of the others… so far.
There are also a host of new smart PDA phones coming onto the market. I just bought a new HTC Android 4G and it is slick, More >
Before the Q1 2011 comes to an end, I should probably give my 2010 Year End update. It was an exciting year in most Latin American countries and a notable one in a few others, but for this latter group it wasn’t necessarily the kind of notoriety that most of us free market ideologues enjoy. The majority of the countries in Latin America are continuing the strong growth and development trend with the exception of those countries (Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador) ruled by presidents who believe the More >
Sam Zell, appearing on CNBC’s Squawk Box earlier this month, reiterated several interesting points about current market conditions and trends in the commercial real estate sector:
- We haven’t built anything in the U.S. since mid-2007, and except for some apartments we are not going to build anything significant for another two to three years.
- Existing space is being filled at rates 20-30% lower than 2007.
- Commercial real estate is not the next shoe to drop – you don’t have destruction without oversupply and we don’t have oversupply.
- There is a direct correlation between filling of buildings and the end of pretend and extend – until now banks have been able More >