Economy

Will Falling Oil Prices Impact CRE?

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I’m no economist, and I’m certainly no authority on the energy sector. With that caveat, I’d like to discuss the subjects of economics and the energy sector. Take my thoughts with a grain of proverbial salt, as always: everything I know on…

Affordable Oil: the Winners and Losers

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In the business world, there are very few black-and-white issues.Sure, there are plenty of overzealous bloggers and TV pundits who will quickly reduce the world into the simplest possible terms, explaining away the world’s gray areas in the simplest sound…

Property in the Promised Land

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Today we’re talking about Israel. While the politically embattled Jewish nation is and has long been at the center of something of a geographical powder keg, it has much to offer beyond perpetually imminent war with just about every one…

Hot Topics in Commercial Real Estate

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What is the most important issue affecting commercial real estate in 2014? If you’re like me, you can probably think of quite a few answers to that question. For everyone working in the commercial real estate industry, there will be…

Foreign Investment in North America

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Sorry for the uninspiring title. I normally try to come up with something more clever–a pun or pop culture reference that relates to the topic I’m discussing. Today, though, my creative juices aren’t flowing so much as oozing, a fact…

Lesson Learned?

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After almost six years, what lessons can we take away from the Great Recession? And when I say “we” I mean everybody–investment bankers, home buyers, CRE professionals, and everyone in between. The Recession was big and complex and affected many people…

New Rules, Same Game

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Fact: interest rates will rise this year.  If that proves untrue, we will all be wrong in our projections.  I literally have not heard an opposing viewpoint, so please contact me if you have.   And also feel free to call…

The Transit Transition

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The inaugural City Climate Leadership awards, recognizing international cities for their sustainability-focused innovations, recently recognized Bogota, Colombia as a leading metropolis for its sophisticated and vast public transit system. An article on FastCoExist.com explains, This city took the Urban Transportation…