Commercial & Investment Real Estate Archive

Jobs, Rising Rents Help Pending Sales Inch Up

NAR’s forward-looking pending home sales index showed a very small rise in September, just 0.3 percent, but it’s one more data point to suggest the recovery is solidly underway even if it remains modest. The rise represents the latest...
October 25, 2012

Action on Loan Standards Needed More than on Rates

The Federal Reserve hopes to drive down already low interest rates and reboot the sluggish economic recovery by buying up some $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities a month. But there’s a reason to wonder if a different kind of...
September 17, 2012

FHA Eases Some Key Condo Financing Limits

Some positive news from FHA today on its condo financing rules, with more changes expected to come in the near future. The changes should make it easier for borrowers—both investors who want to buy more than one unit and...
September 13, 2012

Slow But Real Growth in Commercial RE in 2012

What’s happening in commercial real estate is far from a recovery but all of the major sectors are nevertheless seeing improvement, particularly multifamily housing, which has been benefitting from tough times in the home ownership market. Rents are rising,...

Morgan Stanley: U.S. Becoming ‘Rentership’ Society

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Well, there’s at least one big Wall Street banker that’s betting on the United States becoming a “rentership” society: Morgan Stanley. The company released a report just a few weeks ago saying...
October 31, 2011

Lease Accounting Rules Spell Commercial Trouble

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Just as commercial real estate is clawing its way back to slightly better conditions than what it’s faced in the last couple of years, two accounting boards are thinking about making some...
December 2, 2010

Credit Still Hurts Commercial; 2011 Looks Brighter

 By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine Commercial economic update Lack of financing will continue to hamper commercial real estate transactions going into 2011 but there are some positive signs on the horizon, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun told...
November 8, 2010

Dubai’s Towering Future

By Wendy Cole, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine What a difference two years makes. In early 2008, Dubai’s growth seemed nearly unstoppable. The emboldened emirate of the U.A.E. was actively courting investors from the United States and other nations. There...

Living the ‘High Life’ in Dubai

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The torch has been passed: The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (2,717 feet), opened yesterday in the city of Dubai, passing the Taipei 101 (1,670 feet) by a wide margin. (Note:...
January 6, 2010

2010: A Major Test for Commercial

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The next year or two may be a “test of survival” for anyone in the commercial real estate sector, but the upswing could be very lucrative for the ones who make it...