Fast and easy loans help/hurt small businesses (10/2/2015)
When banks won’t lend operating money, some biz owners opt for easy loans with murky APRs. The loans help a few owners, but some quickly get in over their head.
Fla. small businesses doing better – but still worried (9/30/2015)
A Fla. small business survey finds cautious optimism, but few are ready to celebrate the recovery yet. Today’s biggest challenge: access to capital.
Report: Commercial industry under-investing in tech (9/29/2015)
A survey estimates that nearly a third of the world’s commercial real estate industry uses archaic and error-prone spreadsheets to manage property portfolios.
Crowdfunding: A new frontier for real estate (9/23/2015)
Only a handful of commercial ventures use crowdfunding so far, but its potential is huge. In real estate, it grew 156% in 2014 and saw more than $1B invested.
Is commercial real estate becoming overpriced? (9/16/2015)
A recent report from commercial real estate services firm CBRE suggests that today’s sale prices are valid – and there’s room for prices to move even higher.
Unexpected fees are new vacation rental trend (9/15/2015)
Vacation rental owners are lowering weekly rents to stay competitive but offsetting their loss with usage fees. As a result, property managers make less money.
HUD issues emergency toolkit for multifamily housing (8/19/2015)
The toolkit will help affordable housing organizations develop an emergency plan that promotes business continuity, resident engagement and building protection.
Visa program favored by Asians expires Sept. 30 (8/14/2015)
The EB-5 program that allows business investors to stay in the U.S., should be renewed but with more transparency and accountability, says RE Roundtable.
Study: Vast benefits from like-kind exchanges (7/24/2015)
An 18-year analysis of like-kind (1031) exchanges finds them critical “to the health and vibrancy” of U.S. real estate activity.
Affordable housing REIT ensures economic vitality (7/14/2015)
CDT, a real estate investment trust, makes money for investors, but it also serves a public purpose: To provide long-term capital that funds affordable housing.
NAR survey: Like-kind exchanges promote growth (7/10/2015)
Like-kind (1031) exchanges, which allow multiple properties to be bought and sold with low tax consequences, are good for the economy and good for investors.
NAR releases 2015 Commercial Member Profile (6/15/2015)
NAR members who focus on commercial sales – land, office, industrial, multifamily and retail – made more money and completed more transactions in 2014.
UF: Fla. commercial brokers optimistic about future (6/10/2015)
The Commercial Real Estate Sentiment Index, which gauges Fla. brokers’ attitudes about their personal businesses, hit its highest level since 2006.
NAR: Modest growth expected in commercial markets (5/26/2015)
A stronger labor market and increasing household formation should keep commercial real estate demand on a gradual incline, according to NAR’s latest forecast.
Fannie, Freddie hit brakes on multifamily lending (5/21/2015)
The government lenders raised rates and tightened underwriting recently because their joint 2015 production cap of $60B could run out of funds by Sept.
Rents growing 5% yearly – more in some Fla. cities (5/20/2015)
Renting costs continue to rise: Axiometrics found a 5% year-to-year increase in 1Q 2015, suggesting an “extremely robust market.” In Naples, rents rose 10.2%.
NAR: Commercial market continues recovery (5/15/2015)
The U.S. continues a slow and steady commercial rebound, though a few headwinds remain. In retail and multifamily, it’s time to prepare for the next cycle.
Low-cost housing demand boosts mobile-home park operators (5/8/2015)
More households want space but there aren’t many new communities under construction, resulting in rising rents and strong upward growth for operators
Q&A with Ezra Katz on deals, cycles and philanthropy (5/5/2015)
A top Miami real estate investor talks about his tactics. An “opportunistic investor from day one,” he says he formulates an exit strategy before he closes a deal.
Higher demand for senior housing attracts investors (4/22/2015)
Healthcare properties have outperformed most other commercial real estate since the recession, and an aging baby boomer population should maintain the trend.