Saturday, May 10, 2008

Weekend Roundup

Whither the Economy? Researchers and investors in U.S. commercial real estate offered their predictions for its performance at the ULI's Spring Council Meeting in Dallas. ("CPN")

Commercial Real Estate to Retain Favorable Position in Down Market. The commercial real estate market is generally expected to endure less of the pain in US economy, according to economists speaking at the National Association of Real Estate Editors 42nd annual real estate journalism conference in Dallas. ("CPN")

Property Mogul Poised to Take a Second Fall. Developer Ian Bruce Eichner is in talks to surrender the Cosmopolitan Resort Casino in Vegas to Deutsche Bank. ("WSJ")

Getting Harder To Get a CRE Loan…The Federal Reserve says its harder to get a CRE loan. "CoStar")

Refinancing Outlook Good for Maturing Large Loans. Fitch Ratings says most borrowers with large loans coming due should be able to extend or refinance with little trouble. ("CoStar")

Are Commercial REITs Now Stabilizing? ("Seeking Alpha")

Stubborn Buyer/Seller Stalemate Hinders Solid Quarter for REIT Earnings. ("CoStar")

Market spotlight: Investors pouring money into US REIT funds. Investors pour money into domestic REIT funds, reversing long trend of outflows. ("CNN Money")

Rental market stays afloat amid housing turmoil. Housing downturn is benefiting apartment REITs. ("Investment News")

Multifamily Market Feels Pressure From Economy. ("GlobeSt")

Questions of Rent Tactics by Private Equity. ("NYT")

Mall REITs Stall on Slowdown in Consumer Spending. Consumers' tightened purse strings constricted regional mall REIT performance in the first quarter. ("Retail Traffic")

Secondary Glance: Tier Two Office Markets Form Hotbeds of Opportunity. ("CPN")

Evaluating the '08 Hotel Investment Market. ("GlobeSt")

Real-Estate Drop Has a Green Lining. As home and resort development cools, conservationists snap up more land. ("WSJ")

Major Land Deal Made in Calif. A group of environmentalists and the owners of a large stretch of wilderness have reached a deal that would set aside the largest parcel of land for conservation in California history. ("Times")

Corporate real estate execs find green policies save cash, attract talent. Eco-friendly programs not only paying off faster, they’re winning over potential hires. ("Financial Week")



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