Category Archives: Property Ownership

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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PRIVATE REITS – GOOD OR BAD??

The Wall Street Journal issue of March 25, 2015 had an article describing the reduction of returns and plight facing private REITs (REITs that are not publicly traded).  This article prompted the question as to whether or not private REITs … 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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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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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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Goldman Sachs Takes A Loss

Buried on Page B 16 of the WSJ on Saturday, June 10, 2011, there was an article noting that Goldman Sachs suffered a major loss on its investment in the office building at 230 Park Avenue in Manhattan. This investment … Continue reading

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HAVE OFFICE BUILDNGS RECOVERED?

The January 5th New York Times Business Section contained an interesting article reporting resurgence in office building transaction activity. The article pointed out that the activity was pretty much confined to primary markets like New York and Washington D C … Continue reading

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