Category: Banking & Finance

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…

Starboard Value: How Investor Activism Shapes the CRE Sector

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One of the reasons I find real estate interesting is the fact that it transcends so many branches of the business world. Take, for instance, retail: What is retail but an operating business dependent upon a particular location, or set of…

Rate This!

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Up until recently, one of the problems with credit-rating agencies has been the fact that they themselves cannot be “rated.” Whether they do a great (i.e. accurate) job or a lousy (i.e. inaccurate) one, there’s no rating agencies–at least that…

Catch the Wave: Timing Is Key in CMBS Loan Workouts

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Today we’re excited to present a special article on the important subject of CMBS loan workouts. This piece is courtesy of our friends at The Henley Group. Enjoy the article, and please reach out to THG with any questions. Catch…

In Blackstone’s Shadow

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Today we’re talking private equity. Specifically, we’re talking about two of the heavy hitters from the PE world: former number-one alternative asset investor Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) and current number-one alternative investor Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX). On the surface, these…

CMBS Psychology

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Let’s talk about CMBS. A couple years ago, I published a ranking of the previous 10 years of annual CMBS activity. Each year was ranked according to the year’s total CMBS issued to investors. Here’s what the previous decade’s CMBS…

Guest Post from IRR on Real Estate

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Today we have a special news round-up courtesy of our friends at Integra Realty Resources and their blog, IRR on Real Estate. Enjoy! Savannah becomes America’s next great port city, and Boston tries to lure in manufacturers Here are the…