Commercial Real Estate & Business News – April 14, 2015

Survey Shows Commercial Real Estate Poised For Three Years of Growth

The forecast from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate, released April 8, shows commercial real estate transaction volume rising to $470 billion this year from $424 billion in 2014, an increase of 11 percent. Volume is projected to climb to $500 billion in both 2016 and 2017, a 6 percent increase from the forecast 2015 level... Read more »

Chasing Growth From Coast to Coast

The US economic recovery, it has been said, has been on a steady but uneven journey since the devastating financial crash of 2008. While the big picture story is a positive one—growth is here, fundamentals are strong and the future looks solid—the mercurial path of this growth forces commercial real estate firms to play a mental game of chess as they try to anticipate these twists and turns... Read more »

Why the Housing Market Is About to Perk Up

Although housing starts have been soft (after all, it's hard to build when there's snow on the ground) housing sales (both new and existing) have recently rebounded to the surprise of many. New homes sales surged 7.8 percent on a monthly basis in February to a seven-year high. Existing sales jumped 1.2 percent on a monthly basis... Read more »

Strength in Numbers: Crowdfunding bullish on real estate

Crowdfunding isn’t just about raising capital for smart watches, giant batches of potato salad or unexpected life events. It’s increasingly an online marketplace used by real estate investors around the country. Massolution reported last April that crowdfunding platforms raised $2.7 billion for more than a million campaigns in 2012. It went on to predict, as reported by Fortune magazine, that by 2025 the global crowdfunding market would see business between $90 billion and $96 billion — two times the size of the current venture capital industry, per a 2013 study by World Bank... Read more »

Nobody Panic!! The Outlook is Still Good, in our Opinion

While the data has been more mixed than it has been over the past year, part of the cause is Mother Nature (the harsh winter in the mid-west and northeast), part is due to unions (the west coast port slowdown) and part is due to the fact that we are probably past that point in the cycle where all the news will be good. The basics still appear to be intact. Consumers’ incomes are slowly growing, jobs are being added (chances are good that the lackluster performance last month was an aberration), confidence remains strong, businesses are in good shape financially and housing is slowly recovering. No unusual debt burden issues for consumers or business have manifested themselves... Read more »

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