Archive for June, 2013

The Return of Interest Rates

It’s finally time to start talking about interest rates again. For the past five years interest rates have not even been in the economic conversation. But recent events in Europe, Asia and the US have brought interest rates and the interest rate policies of central banks around the world back to the forefront. Rising interest […]

Construction Activity Returns to the Northeast

Construction activity has returned in the Northeast. From Central New Jersey to Portland, Maine, new construction has reemerged, particularly in the major markets of Manhattan and Boston. Nearly 38 percent of the 48.0 million square feet (msf) currently under construction in U.S. markets are located in the Northeast.

What’s the value in that?

The sluggish recovery lingers, and the new standard for most commercial real estate investments is lower returns.  Still, compared to stocks, bonds or cash, commercial real estate remains an attractive investment. RERC’s latest survey reports that ,on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), commercial real estate scored a 6.7, the […]

RACE TO BUILD

Developers are now in a race to build the next new addition to the San Francisco skyline. Over the past two years, strong tenant demand, especially from technology firms like Salesforce, Square and Twitter, has propelled San Francisco to outperform much of the US and global market. Vacancy rates have fallen below the 10% mark, […]