Fed Holds Interest Rates Steady

Posted on April 18, 2019

At its March meeting, the Federal Reserve Bank announced that it will not increase interest rates in 2019 as previously planned. While this act of patience reflects signs of a slowing economy, the Fed is quick to point out that financial conditions remain strong with low unemployment, growing wages and […]

Where are the Emerging Real Estate Markets for Investors 2019?

Posted on April 03, 2019

Cities in Texas, North Carolina and Florida are among the nation’s 10 best in terms of future growth potential and liquidity, according to the Urban Land Institute’s annual report on Emerging Trends in Real Estate. Dallas/Fort Worth took the number one spot on the highly regarded list, which is based […]

Quick Serve Restaurants Dive into Digital to Drive Sales

Posted on March 26, 2019

In an effort to gain a larger slice of consumers’ budgets, many quick-serve restaurant (QSR) chains are accelerating the use of technology to improve the consumer dining experience. Brands including Dunkin, Starbucks and Subway have long offered consumers time-saving order-ahead capabilities via their own mobile apps while others, including Panera […]

Global Commercial Real Estate Value Rose in 2018

Posted on March 13, 2019

According to Real Capital Analytics (RCA), worldwide commercial real estate sales in 2018 increase by 15 percent year-over-year, reaching the second-highest level since the global financial crisis. Some of the biggest gains came from the U.S., the world’s largest market, which helped improve global acquisitions of income-producing property by 3 […]

Equity Market Volatility Sends Investors to Commercial Real Estate

Posted on March 07, 2019

The wild ride of the equity markets during the second half of 2018 has many investors asking if the economy’s extended period of expansion is coming to an end. In response, many investors are pulling their money out of the public markets and putting it into the relative safety of […]

The Government Shutdown’s Impact on Retail

Posted on February 26, 2019

Online and brick-and-mortar holiday retail sales fell 1.2 percent short of expectations in December after experiencing more than 5 percent year-over-year growth in October and November. Despite this dismal data, 2018 holiday sales actual grew 2.9 percent over the same period in 2017. What happened to hamper holiday sales? Following […]

How Can Investors Benefit from Cost Segregation Studies?

Posted on February 20, 2019

Under U.S. tax laws, commercial real estate (CRE) is generally depreciable over a 39-year period, or 27.5 years for residential rental buildings. A professionally prepared cost segregation study dissects real property, such as a building, into multiple smaller parts and assigns a shorter recovery period to each separate component can […]

Shopping Center Owners Win as Big Box Retailers Scale Down

Posted on February 12, 2019

Many big-box retailers, including Walmart, Target, Nordstrom and Kohls, are following their online competitors to establish small footprint brick-and-mortar stores in more locations that reach consumers in dense urban areas. By downsizing inventory in these locations, retailers are able to reduce their real estate footprints and open more mini stores […]

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