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In June 2010, I analyzed CoStar Group (CoStar) data on industrial, office, retail and multi-family auction sales over a 17 month period. I recently reached out to our friends at CoStar to check out the recent 10 month period, July 2010 through April 2011. The research provided by CoStar reflects auction sales of only those properties listed with CoStar.
So, what has occurred since then? What sectors are hot? More >
In his latest white paper, “Beware of Inflation”, NAI Global Chief Economist Dr. Peter Linneman questions how it is possible to not have inflation in the U.S. economy when healthcare and commodities prices are rapidly increasing and Federal and State governments are running record deficits. Dr. Linneman examines the impact of CPI increases, the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, government deficits and other factors that will lead to massive inflation in the U.S. economy.
Most sellers and brokers use a marketing process that contains a specific “Call for Offers” date upon which initial bids are due. The goal of this effort is to stage follow-up e-mails and calls to encourage all offers to be received at the same time. This creates a sense of urgency and allows for psychological leveraging. I personally, like to provide a sample letter of intent so that all offers are presented in the same format.
The ideal real estate investment broker needs to be equipped with all of the tools necessary to provide the client with a complete solution to his real estate capital needs.
However, achieving that ideal has been elusive because there is an inherent conflict between debt and equity brokers. Simply said, the equity broker is programmed to seek a sale of the asset from the client while the debt broker would rather that the client refinances that very same asset. What is lacking here is a protocol that is in the best interest of the client which is identified before the debt and equity brokers begin selling their services. 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 >