Tag: finance

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…

Happy Halloween! Do You Live In A Murder House?

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It’s almost Halloween, so I figure I’ll keep it light today by talking about death. Specifically, the ways in which “stigma” affects real estate activity. You may have heard about this start-up on Bloomberg or CNBC or in a variety…

Commercial Real Estate Week in Review

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Week in Review for October 10-16: Runaway Property Prices Put Swedish Investment Funds at Risk   McDonald’s Close to Making a Decision on Real-Estate Structure   Retail Chains Ramping Up Planned New Store Openings   Wayfair Makes Its Way to…

Top 9 Residential Property Types by Development Prospect

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Today’s “Top 10” (top 9, actually) is going to focus on the many subsectors of the residential real estate space. Naturally, there is a great deal of variation, prospect-wise, among the different residential sub-classes–with 2015 outlooks ranging from very poor…

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…

How Many Fund Managers Does It Take To Screw In a Light Bulb?

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If the folks over at CalPERS–California’s public employees’ retirement system and the largest pension fund in the country–are interested in telling jokes by the water cooler, I imagine one of these jokes is something like the one I’ve used as…

The Mensch & Schlemiel of the Week

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Mensch: Noun. A decent, upright, mature and responsible person. Schlemiel:  Noun, slang. An awkward, clumsy, or unlucky person whose endeavors tend to fail. A loser. Mensch of the Week: Cuba If I were to make a list of the slowest…