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Are You Leaving Property Tax Savings on the Table?

Suing to appeal an unsatisfactory appraisal review board decision is straightforward in Texas. The state property tax system provides taxpayers with a pragmatic approach to air their valuation disputes before the courts, without the delay and headache frequently experienced in other types of litigation. Yet many taxpayers choose not to appeal, relinquishing the opportunity to achieve significant tax savings. Do not be so shortsighted. Texans enjoy one of the most fair property tax protest..

July 26, 2017

Seniors Housing Developers Find Big Opportunities in Small Markets

The high-profile cities that line both coasts aren’t the only places where the development of new seniors housing product is proving to be a smart investment. Less populated areas are also welcoming new communities that are designed and operated just like those facilities opening in popular urban markets. But seizing opportunities in smaller markets is a different ballgame than it is in high-density areas. A smaller list of prospects and a shorter supply of qualified talent are among..

July 25, 2017

Fannie Mae Off to Hot Start, Freddie Mac Pushing Past Market ‘Disruption’ That Slowed Its First-Quarter Production

Fannie Mae started off the year with a bang, producing $17.4 billion in multifamily financing in the first quarter, up about 38 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016. The quarterly total was also up 20 percent from its fourth-quarter 2016 production. Compared to its counterpart, Freddie Mac had a slower start to the year, producing $12.7 billion in the first quarter, down about 28 percent from both first-quarter and fourth-quarter 2016. Hilary Provinse, Fannie Mae’s senior vice..

July 19, 2017

Amazon-Whole Foods Merger ‘Reinforces Importance of Brick-and-Mortar Presence,’ Says Marcus & Millichap

The recent announcement that online retail giant Amazon plans to acquire upscale grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion sent ripples through the commercial real estate industry when it was announced in June. The move signals a lot of trends and changes within the retail sector, according to a newly released report by real estate brokerage firm Marcus & Millichap. “The purchase highlights the importance of omnichannel platforms, which incorporate a blend of brick-and-mortar..

July 18, 2017

Was Accelerated Job Growth in June a Sign of Things to Come? Economists Weigh In

If Steve Hovland’s near-term outlook for U.S. job growth is correct, the second half of 2017 looks quite promising for the commercial real estate industry. “The pace of hiring should accelerate in the second half of the year as Congress moves past healthcare reform and begins to lift regulations that stymie growth,” says the director of research at Irvine, California-based HomeUnion Inc., an online real estate management firm that helps individuals invest remotely in rental..

July 13, 2017

Robust Apartment Demand Leads to Healthy Occupancy, Stabilizing Rent Growth, Says RealPage

RICHARDSON, TEXAS — Apartment demand surged to a near-record volume during second quarter of 2017, according to real estate technology and analytics firm RealPage Inc. With demand topping completions by a wide margin in the quarter, occupancy is essentially full and the annual pace of rent growth has stabilized. Richardson, Texas-based RealPage tracks the 100 markets with the most existing apartment units. Santa Rosa/Petaluma, California is the smallest market RealPage tracks, with 25,144..

July 11, 2017

Regional Malls Live On Through Reimagining, Repurposing, says Transwestern

We’ve all been subject to the doom and gloom reports surrounding the retail sector. E-commerce is going to be the end of brick-and-mortar retail; retailers are going bankrupt; regional malls are no longer viable. While some of this talk is true — the retail sector is undoubtedly undergoing an evolution — statistics on malls tell a more positive story, according to a recent report by Transwestern. The report — "Why Mall Reuse is Just Beginning" — opens with the fact that regional..

July 6, 2017

Repurposing Malls Among Retail’s Biggest Challenges, Says Coldwell Banker Commercial’s Schmidt

Given his background in business development, Fred Schmidt, president and chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates, is accustomed to analyzing real estate trends over his 36 years in the industry. Schmidt, who joined Madison, N.J.-based Coldwell Banker Commercial in 2003 as vice president of business development, is not nearly as surprised by the spate of retail store closures as some of his colleagues seem to be. sat down with Schmidt at the..

June 29, 2017

Rethinking Physical Workspace Helps Improve the ‘Human Experience’ for Employees, Says JLL

CHICAGO — In its most recent study on the workplace, JLL has found that helping people feel good on the job is more than a 'box-ticking” exercise in trying to achieve work-life balance. A place of work is far more than a property. It is a living environment that helps individuals and businesses craft and experience a better fusion of life and work. One of the key findings from the report, entitled “Workplace Powered by Human Experience,” is that workplaces must provide a broader..

June 27, 2017

FHA’s Latest Revisions to Lean 232 Address Owner Issues

Recent changes to the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Lean 232 program provide owners with more options, all of which a lender offering a full suite of financing options can act upon. Owners who anticipate future cash-out needs are in a good position to benefit. The program was made easier for owners to work with through several additional changes. For owners of residential healthcare facilities that offer services like skilled living or memory care, FHA Lean 232 loans are of..

June 22, 2017