Commercial Real Estate & Business News – March 9, 2017

Brick-and-mortar retailers have been shrinking their footprints due to the competition from e-commerce, and experts believe thousands of outlets will get shut down completely in 2017. But retail investors looking for solid returns can still find opportunities among well-located neighborhood centers....»
Home prices continue to chart growth, rising on an annual basis to outpace inflation, according to CoreLogic's recently released Home Price Index (HPI) for January 2017. Prices increased 0.7 percent month-over-month and 6.9 percent year-over-year. ...»

Lenders are weighing the risk and reward of investing in tertiary markets carefully. CMBS and institutional lenders have a reputation for "cherry picking" the best deals, while local banks and credit unions are stepping in to provide capital and fill the funding gap. ...»

It's been a bull run for the industrial real estate sector in recent years and industry pros expect that to continue in 2017. While new development levels are creeping up, leasing activity remains robust, occupancy rates at industrial properties are high and rents are continuing to grow. ...»
After a year of strong economic performance, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted at its year-end meeting to hike interest rates by 25 basis points. It also released projections revealing it intends to increase rates three more times in 2017...»

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