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Where in the Real Estate Cycle is the Bay Area? (Q3 2016)

Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from Thomas Foley, HFF San Francisco capital markets and investment sales team member. VCs and PEs and M&A. Oh my! Both the U.S. and San Francisco Bay Area commercial real estate markets have been growing strongly for quite some time, continuing to break through high price-per-pounds and low capitalization rates, largely driven by strong market rents and a historically-low interest-rate environment. A majority of this appreciation was felt strongest in major established and developing cities, where job growth fueled office expansion... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for August 24, 2016: Norrmalmstorg

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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Weekly insights on current research in the commercial real estate industry from HFF Managing Director of Research Jimmy Hinton. View Daily Rates on the HFF website or access the HFF Daily Rates App in iTunes. On this day (plus one) in 1973, a bank heist was foiled. What transpired during and after the robbery remains the subject of terrific interest to criminals, law enforcement and psychologists alike. Mr. Jan-Erik Olsson, on leave from prison and known for violence and armed robberies, walked into the Kreditbanken in Norrmalmstorg Square in central Stockholm, Sweden, with a firearm. Immediately confronted by two policemen, Olsson took four hostages into the bank’s vault. Over the course of six days, Olsson negotiated with police, his attorney and even the prime minister. However, it was Kristin Enmark, one of the four hostages, that practiced some of the... [Read More]


WiredScore: What you Need to Know and Why

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles of HFF's Boston office. “We’re measuring how connected our city’s buildings are and sharing that information, so that entrepreneurs are empowered to make the best decisions about where to open a business” -Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City Connectivity is not everything; it's the only thing. Whether you’re on-the-go, at home or sitting in your office, employees want to be available 24/7. As connectivity becomes increasingly more critical to productivity in... [Read More]


MSA Employment Report For the Year Ending July 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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HFF is pleased to report on MSA Employment for the year ending July 2016. Our research team analyzes trends and data to give readers a better view into the current state of the economy and how employment is being affected. Growth Rankings New York, Los Angeles and Dallas are the only markets that created more than 100,000 jobs, and only the top 10 MSAs were able to create more than 60,000 jobs. Employment in HFF markets grew by 2.29 percent in the... [Read More]


Core, LEED Silver, Luxury Apartment Community for Sale in Houston

Monday, August 22, 2016
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HFF, on behalf of the owner, is marketing for sale WaterWall Place, a flagship, LEED Silver, luxury multi-housing community recently developed by Hines, one of the world’s leading real estate organizations. This core, generational trophy asset is located at 2801 WaterWall Drive on one of the best urban spaces in Houston, an incomparable location with undeniable permanency. No other multi-housing community in Houston offers more than 2.6 million square feet of Class A office space and 2.4 million square feet of retail amenities ... [Read More]


Jumpstart Your CRE Career with an Internship

Monday, August 22, 2016
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By HFF Summer Intern Luke Wilder “And he thinks he’s going to get it for a four cap! I mean c’mon this isn’t 2011.” Everyone in the room smiled or chuckled, laughing at a joke that went so far over my head that I would have broken my neck trying to see it go by. That was me sitting in on my first meeting on my first day as a new analyst intern in HFF’s Boston office. Meanwhile, I was still trying to get a grasp on what a “four cap” is and why I could never tie a tie the right length on my first try. I laughed along with everyone else, just .25 seconds later and with no real comprehension of why I was laughing other than to play it cool. As what is probably the... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for August 18, 2016: What Surrounds an Island?

Thursday, August 18, 2016
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Weekly insights on current research in the commercial real estate industry from HFF Managing Director of Research Jimmy Hinton. View Daily Rates on the HFF website or access the HFF Daily Rates App in iTunes.   On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, securing women's suffrage. In less than three months' time, many women will vote for the first female in U.S. history that serves as the presidential candidate of a major political party. It took 96 years for this evolution to play out. It took about 96 days for the Federal Reserve Open Markets Committee (FOMC) to make a 360-degree change in its economic outlook. Back in May, the FOMC was waiting for economic data to provide a backbone to a widely-anticipated rate hike at the June meeting. As you remember, the FOMC instead cut its... [Read More]


Why is Chinese Capital Flowing into the United States?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles and Robert Butler of HFF's Boston office. Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown. – Chinese proverb Foreign investment in United States real estate is a trend that dates as far back as 1792, when a syndication of Dutch bankers purchased 3.25 million acres in western New York under the name of the Holland Land Company. Throughout modern history, different groups have been particularly active, be it the Japanese in... [Read More]


U.S. Cities Win Gold for Olympic Venue Use: Part III

Thursday, August 11, 2016
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This is the third in a three-part blog series looking back at the venues of three past U.S. Olympic cities: Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City.  Salt Lake City, Utah – The XIX Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City started prepping for the games 13 years before the event and six years before they were named by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the host city. Utah voters passed the Olympic Referendum in November of 1989, which, by using public funds that would be paid back by... [Read More]


Crowdfunding: Breaking Down the Barriers in CRE Investment

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles and Gary Porter of HFF's Boston office. “Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away.Purchased with common sense, paid for in full and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt From the first settlement in Jamestown, Virginia, to the Land Rush of 1899, real estate ownership has figured prominently in United States history. Investment in residential real estate has very few barriers to... [Read More]




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