Commercial Real Estate & Business News – December 28, 2015

Rising rents and occupancies boosted values across virtually every commercial property sector in 2015, fueling speculation about how hot is too hot when it comes to commercial real estate. While some analysts predict a more modest 2016, the fundamentals of the market remain strong going into the new year, according to some of Chicago’s leading commercial real estate experts, who recently weighed in on the top trends that will drive leasing and development activity in 2016... Read more »
U.S. regulators sent a strong signal to bankers that they are preparing to crack down on risky commercial real-estate lending, threatening to force banks to raise capital if necessary as they scrutinize the loans next year. The Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued a joint statement Friday that was the latest in a series of regulatory statements expressing concern about the booming sector... Read more »
By all accounts, the multifamily investment sales market has been on a bull run in recent years. The fact that the sector was the leader in the real estate recovery and continues to produce solid occupancies and rent growth has caught and held investor interest. And despite stiff competition and record sale prices in many metros, buyers' voracious appetite for apartments has not diminished... Read more »
While rising interest rates and declining foreign investment could slow volumes this year, the systemic supply-and-demand factors that have pushed the industry to new heights over the past half decade don’t appear to be changing dramatically. MPF Research projects rents to jump 4.3% in 2016 as household formation and job growth continue driving demand... Read more »
Sales of existing homes fell 10.5% last month, according to the National Association of Realtors, although for-sale apartments posted year-over-year gains. NAR attributed the dropoff in part to new regulations that prolong closing timeframes... Read more »

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