Monthly Archives: March 2012

“Highly Absorbent”

Commercial real estate professionals seem to be in agreement: there’s no market like Washington, D.C. From the government offices to the non-profit, private sector, and educational institutions that call D.C. home, there is a lot of demand for real estate.…

Commercial Real Estate Week in Review

Week in Review for March 24 – 30: – BGC Partners, Inc. (BGCP)’s acquisition of the troubled Grubb & Ellis (GREBQ) is approved in bankruptcy court. The buyers believe the resources gained in this deal will complement those of their…

The Business of America is Housing

I saw an interesting headline on Bloomberg: “Geithner Says Fannie, Freddie Should Cut Some Principal.”  Geithner is basically suggesting Fannie and Freddie (together, the “GSEs”), in an effort to “… help maximize return of the taxpayer…”, use “principal reduction” in some circumstances.  According to…

Overrated?

In the event of an economic crisis–or any crisis for that matter–the inevitable first reaction tends to be finger-pointing. In the case of the ’08 credit crisis, the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, and the related problems we’ve seen in…

Era of the REIT

  Standard & Poor’s recently announced that they were adding shopping mall investor Simon Property Group (SPG) to their elite S&P 100. With ownership or an interest in 264,000,000 square feet of gross leasable space on three continents, SPG is…

Industrial Strength

One sign of increasing optimism in today’s economy is commentators’ tendency to refer to the so-called “Great Recession” in the past tense. No longer in but recovering from this economic low point, the world of investment and finance is now talking…