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Charlotte Surges into the First Rank of U.S. Growth Markets

Charlotte is America’s second-largest commercial banking center, home to one of the country’s biggest financial institutions, Bank of America; soon the headquarters site of another when BB&T and SunTrust merge; and host to more employees of Wells Fargo than call its San Francisco base home. It would be hard to exaggerate the economic benefits the local market secures from this status. One growing but not widely appreciated benefit is the Queen City’s emergence as one of the …

JLL: Coronavirus Is Impacting Retail Supply Chains

With the stock market dropping to lows unprecedented since the Great Recession on Monday and the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic, concerns are now rising regarding coronavirus’ long-term impact on domestic investments. But will the disease have any impact on brick-and-mortar retail? According to a research report from JLL, while retail supply chains have already been affected, the health of retail as whole depends heavily on how long the …

Opportunity Zones, HUD: Delivering More Workforce Housing

Many of today’s headlines about multifamily housing have focused on the market’s two extremes: homelessness and high-end penthouses. Meanwhile, a crisis has been growing in the “missing middle;” there is a shortage of affordable rental housing for middle-class workers like teachers, firefighters and police officers. In recent years, middle-income families have been struggling with flat wages and rising childcare, education and healthcare costs. Not only are families being priced out …

Ready Capital: Making the Most of the Market Despite Election-Year Volatility

  The marketplace is wary in the lead-up to the 2020 election, but Anuj Gupta, president of Commercial Real Estate Lending with Ready Capital, says there’s opportunity for bridge lenders in the meantime as equity investors look for higher returns. Gupta believes rates will be lower for a longer period, although there is no telling what might happen after the election. Gupta feels confident about Ready Capital’s preferred strategy of focusing on small-to-medium loan sizes in …

Washington’s Tech Boom Changes the Multifamily Investment Calculus

Washington and Northern Virginia are among the nation’s most expensive places to rent an apartment, which in part explains the billions of dollars being spent on apartment construction there. But Capital Area asset returns in the post-recession era haven’t clearly supported these decisions. From 2013 to 2018, rents in Washington and NoVA increased at respective compound annual rates of 3.2 percent and 2.6 percent, tabulating Reis data, materially slower than the 4.7 percent average growth …

Axiom Capital Corp.: How healthy is today’s real estate market?

  Charles Cronin of Axiom Capital Corp. discusses how the longest upcycle in history is impacting the lending environment. Cronin weighs in on the overall health of the commercial real estate lending industry now and what people learned from the 2007/08 financial crisis. What can people expect from the market going into 2020, especially with high prices and fierce competition in both sales and lending? Low credit spreads and rates are positive signs for commercial real estate. …

Grandbridge: Barring Disruptor, No End in Sight for Capital Flowing into CRE

  John Randall of Grandbridge Real Estate Capital talks about the capital available in the commercial real estate market. The risk-adjusted returns available in CML [capital market line] debt capital markets is superior to that offered by alternative investment classes, he says. “Until we see any meaningful steepener on the curve or significant disruption, there’s really no end in sight to the liquidity in both debt and equity flowing into commercial real estate.” This breeds …

Philadelphia’s New Brand Identity in Commercial Real Estate

Interest in Philadelphia among commercial real estate investors has been on the rise for years. But the Eastern Pennsylvania market managed to maintain a relatively low profile in the public consciousness, overshadowed by its larger East Coast primary market rivals, each with its own clear brand identity. But this is largely a thing of the past. Philadelphia has emerged lately as a leader in cutting-edge biotech and life science innovation. The city is a magnet for gene and cell-level …

Berkadia: Affordable housing concerns require local solutions

  David Leopold, Senior Vice President and Head of Affordable Housing at Berkadia, speaks with reporter Nellie Day about the ever-growing need for affordable housing and the challenges of meeting increasing demand. As Leopold discusses the differences between subsidized affordable housing and “organic,” workforce housing that is not driven by subsidies, he looks at the short- and long-term impacts of each approach. “Like all real estate, affordable housing challenges are very …

What Does Walker & Dunlop’s New Venture Mean for Multifamily Lending?

  Walker & Dunlop has entered into a joint venture with commercial real estate data science company GeoPhy to optimize the multifamily valuation process. The new appraisal company is called Apprise, and its goal is a five-day appraisal to accelerate the delivery of capital to real estate operators, Walker & Dunlop’s clients among them. Brad Savage, MAI, CCIM, Chief Product Officer of Apprise, discusses the marriage of data and human expertise in Apprise’s approach to commercial …

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