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Monthly Archives: April 2016

CoStar’s People of Note (Apr. 29)

It’s time to update those contact managers with CoStar’s People of Note, reporting news on significant new CRE hires and promotions. This week’s issue includes the following markets: Washington DC, New York City, Dallas / Ft. Worth, Northern New Jerse…

Foreign Capital Continues to Drive Biggest U.S. CRE Investments

Far from losing steam, foreign investors in the last few weeks seem to have stepped up their U.S. real estate investment game in the wake of several new mega-deals, while others have announced they intend to do so after a sluggish start to the year.

The breaking news this week is that Saudi Arabia’s Olayan America, in a joint venture with Chelsfield, a London-based property group, struck a deal to purchase the Sony Building at 550 Madison Ave….

Who’s Afraid of Multifamily?

Liquidity in the multifamily real estate sector appears to be holding up, continuing to help drive sales of apartment properties, with sales remaining on last year’s record pace.

Multifamily deal volume in the first quarter of this year totaled $37 billion, almost exactly in line with the first quarter of last year, a quarter that kicked off a record year for apartment investment at $161 billion, according to John Affleck, a research strategist…

Bank CRE Loan Growth Moderating, but Still Highly Competitive

Despite federal banking regulators voicing concerns over commercial real estate loan concentrations and market distress over global macro-economic uncertainty and collapsed energy prices, the nation’s banks seem to have continued to step up their CRE lending in the first quarter.

Based on interviews and remarks in first quarter earnings conference calls, bank executives reported continued confidence in growing their CRE loan portfolios at more…

Will New S&P Classification Breaking Out Real Estate Boost REIT Stocks?

As an investment area, real estate has long been lumped together with insurance companies and banks under a broad financial sector bucket such as by two major stock indexes, the S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI Inc. stock indexes.

That will change on Sept. 1, when real estate securities will receive their own category within the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS), a group of 10 sectors, 24 industry groups, 67 industries and 156 sub-industries…

Sports Authority to Liquidate, Sell Stores

Englewood, CO-based Sports Authority has abandoned Chapter 11 reorganization plans and will hold auctions next month seeking buyers for nearly all of its 463 stores.

An auction is scheduled for May 16, where bidders could purchase some of the store…

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