Category Archives: Real Estate Economy

THE TRUMP EFFECT

Commercial real estate prices seem to be inflating and rates of return appear to be at all time lows. Could this suggest that real estate is in a “bubble”?   There are two factors circling around that could spell a … Continue reading

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IS ANOTHER REAL ESTATE RECESSION COMING?

An article in the Wall Street Journal this week suggested an increase in foreign investment in U S real estate.  While much of the investment reportedly comes in the forms of financing for U S projects rather than direct ownership … Continue reading

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MUSINGS ON THE MARKET

In recent weeks there have been several unrelated news articles that, taken in the aggregate, paint a picture of what might be expected in the future. These stories are discussed below and are not in any order of reporting date … Continue reading

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ARE RISING INTEREST RATES THE ONLY REIT PROBLEM?

Much has been written recently about the decline in REIT share prices with most of the blame attributed to rising interest rates or the fear of rising interest rates. Some pundits see rising interest rates as a problem while some … Continue reading

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A MARKET UPDATE

In the last couple of weeks there were four different, yet related, public discussions (TV or print media), on the current real estate market that were very interesting. The first discussion covered the re-emergence of the “competitive buying” phenomena that … Continue reading

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REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS GET BLAMED

The New York Times Business Section of October 13, 2012 contained an article by Shalia Dewan entitled “Which House is Worth More?” The article is timely and interesting in that it highlights perceived problems of home sales facing the real … Continue reading

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EQUITY RESIDENTIAL TAKES UNNECESSARY HEAT

There was an interesting article in the WSJ on August  first describing the actions of housing activists in East Palo Alto, CA. It seems that the activists are very annoyed at Equity Residential, the REIT owners of a major apartment … Continue reading

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HAVE A CUP OF COFFEE AT STARBUCKS TODAY

The letter below from Howard Schultz appeared in many newspapers and while it has little to do with real estate it has a lot to do with the health of this country and is most appropriate for a 4th of … Continue reading

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CHANGES IN THE REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT ENVIRONMENT

The commercial real estate investment market has experienced substantial change over the years and it is questionable as to whether or not the change has been good for all participants including the developer/investor/owner, the tenant and the lender. Before real … Continue reading

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MORGAN STANLEY REAL ESTATE FUND PROBLEMS

The December 14, 2011 issue of the Wall Street Journal contained an interesting article about the problems facing the Morgan Stanley global real estate fund. The article points out that Morgan Stanley (MS) was forced to return about $700 million … Continue reading

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