SEC bans credit rater S&P over faulty ratings (1/22/2015)
Chair Mary Jo White banned Standard & Poor’s ratings for one year from most of the mortgage market – its toughest enforcement action since the mortgage crisis.
U.S. office space demand highest since 2006 (1/9/2015)
DTZ report: U.S. businesses expanded into more office space in 2014 than they have in eight years, and rents increased in 70% of the country.
Congress adjourns without passing terrorism bill (12/18/2014)
A lone senator’s objection derailed passage, and commercial projects will lose coverage or face higher costs Jan. 1. The issue is not dead yet, however.
Apartment boom may put lid on rising rents (12/8/2014)
CoStar Group: Vacancy rates are starting to rise as builders ramp up apartment construction to meet demand. That could help limit rent increases in 2015.
NAR: Commercial real estate demand holds steady despite overseas concerns (11/25/2014)
NAR: Despite a slowing global economy, forward economic momentum in the U.S. should keep commercial activity progressing at a gradual pace heading into 2015.
Commercial market on road to recovery (11/10/2014)
Economists on a panel agreed that improvements in the U.S. economy would create a stronger commercial market next year. In 2014, we “turned a corner.”
Overseas volatility benefits commercial real estate (11/7/2014)
Colliers’ annual int’l investor report finds optimism for U.S. real estate, including “many metropolitan areas in Fla. that were hard hit during the recession.”
Fla. ranked No. 5 for best ‘business tax climate’ (10/30/2014)
The Tax Foundation says 45 U.S. states are worse for business than Fla. in a comparison of tax climates, while only four states are considered more competitive.
Warehouses: The commercial market’s hot sector (10/22/2014)
In the first nine months of 2013, developers purchased as much land for warehouse, industrial park and light industrial projects as they did in all of 2013.
Fla. second only to Texas as top state for business (10/21/2014)
In a survey of corporate execs and site selection consultants by IEDC, 1 in 5 (18.1%) said they think Fla. has the nation’s most favorable climate for business.
Condo conversions? They’re back (10/9/2014)
Conversions – turning rental apartments into condos – surged during the boom and then crashed to a halt. But thanks to urban demand, they’re rebounding.
Fla.’s small businesses optimistic about future (10/2/2014)
Survey: A Florida Chamber committee finds small businesses are “ready to grow, expect to hire and remain optimistic about their chances for success.”
An online complaint is a suggestion for improvement (10/1/2014)
Some commercial businesses consider online reviews a template for improvement. A hotel, for example, added more outlets after noting a few complaints.
Fla. sells state land, nets $40M, will sell more (9/17/2014)
The state is selling non-conservation land that is no longer used. Money from the sale will be used to purchase new, more valuable conservation land.
Terror insurance reauthorization on hold (9/12/2014)
Congress appears to back an extension of terrorism insurance to protect commercial property, but passage isn’t assured, at least before the Nov. elections.
More commercial execs to increase capital spending (9/4/2014)
KPMG survey: Almost two in three (68%) expect to increase capital spending in 2014, up from 60% last year; 44% find quality projects but insufficient returns.
NAR: Improving economy brightens commercial outlook (8/26/2014)
A strong rebound and more jobs improved the outlook in 2Q 2014. The economy finally appears to be turning a corner to firmer ground, says Chief Economist Yun.
Commercial outlook sunny with a few clouds (8/11/2014)
Real Estate Roundtable Q3 survey: The recovery continues a slow-but-steady upswing but a few potential threats, such as higher interest rates, dot the horizon.
Trends show outlook for multifamily sector bright (8/4/2014)
A lot of Americans, notably young adults, have a pent-up desire to get out on their own, and they view renting as the first major step toward independence.