Category: Banking & Finance

Crowdfunding & Working out the Kinks

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About six months ago we published a post analyzing the controversy surrounding the impact crowdfunding was having on the commercial real estate industry. Some feared that traditional financial sources wouldn’t be able to keep up with the popular method of pooling…

Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going

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Obviously, it’s been a busy year for commercial real estate. CoStar Group recently published a great news round-up, voted on by their readers, of the top CRE news stories of 2015. If you take a look at that article, you…

CMBS: Then and Now

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CMBS: this may not be the most glamorous side of commercial real estate, but it’s arguably one of the most influential factors in deal activity. Since 2008-09, the commercial real estate industry has seen a lot of controversy and handwringing…

IRR on Real Estate: McDonald’s Isn’t Loving the REIT, and Why Oakland’s Future Is Uncertain

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Welcome to our monthly news round-up from our friends at Integra Realty Resources and their blog, IRR on Real Estate! IRR on Real Estate: McDonald’s Isn’t Loving the REIT, and Why Oakland’s Future Is Uncertain Here are the news stories…

Extra-Special Servicing

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If you’re looking for a bargain, try doing business with yourself. That seems to be the guiding principle in certain parts of the real estate finance space, where major companies are consolidating with related firms to get the greatest influence…

Crowdfunding: Boom or Blip?

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Back in May, I published a completely subjective ranking of the “Top 10 Disruptive Forces in U.S. Commercial Real Estate.” These disruptors included such usual suspects as energy sector vagaries and the growth of the tech sector, but also included…

A Towering Investment

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I suppose we should discuss the famous and gigantic Willis Tower, formerly known as Sears Tower, in downtown Chicago. The big news of the past week or so has been the revelation that the famous tower’s ownership is planning the…

Really Big Piggy Banks

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Let’s talk about sovereign wealth funds, which one might argue are among the biggest piggy banks in the world. Here’s how Wikipedia defines a sovereign wealth fund:  A sovereign wealth fund (SWF) is a state-owned investment fund investing in real and…

Mezz: The Triumphant Return

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Let’s talk about mezzanine capital, an important financing instrument in the commercial real estate world. About six years ago, Llenrock Blog’s Dave Jacobs called “mezz” a new four-letter word. Which is to say it had become a taboo topic in the…