Category Archives: REITs

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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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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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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IS THE REAL ESTATE MARKET RECOVERING?

Recent articles have suggested that a commercial/investment real estate recovery may be underway but, is that really the case or is it wishful thinking? Much has been written about the potential value recovery of the rental apartment sector with that … Continue reading

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REITs GO GLOBAL

The Wall Street Journal of Thursday, November 10, 2010, carried an article by Anton Troianovski reporting that REITs are going global to find deals. The article cites the fact that many analysts question this strategy but also points out that … Continue reading

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REITs REVISITED

Since this site began, comments cautionary about REITs have been posted. Not surprisingly, the market behaved exactly opposite to the cautionary observations. Despite negative signals, REIT shares outperformed the S & P 500 for the third quarter. However, on October … Continue reading

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