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HFF Research Update for March 16, 2017: Economic Data Supports Confidence

Thursday, March 16, 2017
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Insights on current research in the commercial real estate industry from HFF Managing Director of Research Jimmy Hinton. View the Daily Rates on the HFF website. A “full” employment market and growing consumer costs (finally) gave the FOMC sufficient confidence to raise their Target Fed Funds Rate Wednesday. As savers rejoice for modestly higher returns, President Trump announced record federal discretionary spending cuts to offset expansion in the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security. In spite of a very low unemployment rate nationally, the country was able to add 235,000 net new jobs in February, the 77th consecutive month of growth and the first consecutive print above 200,000 since last summer. Of note, construction and manufacturing payrolls rose, allowing economists a hint of optimism in the outlook for productivity, and therefore GDP. Improvement in the historically low labor... [Read More]


Financing Q&A with HFF's Ryan Ade

Tuesday, March 07, 2017
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HFF Managing Director Ryan Ade is taking part in Real Estate Bisnow Philadelphia's Capital Markets and Real Estate Investments: The Ever-Changing Capital Stack and Real Estate Finance in '17 event on Tuesday, March 16, at The Westin Philadelphia hotel in downtown Philadelphia.  Mr. Ade is the moderator for the Real Estate Finance: How Deals Are Getting Done in 2017 panel, which will include fellow commercial real estate industry leaders.  With more than 15 years of experience in commercial real estate finance, Mr. Ade works in HFF's Philadelphia office, where he is primarily responsible for placing debt and equity for owners of retail, multi-housing, industrial and office properties. Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Ade has completed more than $2 billion in commercial real estate transactions. Financing Q&A with Ryan Ade How will the... [Read More]


Financing Creative Office Conversions

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Real estate indicators from HFF Director Jordan Angel in HFF's San Francisco office and HFF Director Jeff Sause in HFF's Los Angeles office. As the creative office phenomena continues to spread throughout markets across the West Coast, we evaluate the lending trends developers are subject to when converting older buildings to creative office. Although creative office has been around for decades in various forms, the inventory has been increasing dramatically since the Great Recession. Starting with technology companies and spreading into more traditional... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for Feb. 22: SWAP Spreads Compress, Cap Rate/Mortgage Spreads Remain Low & Lean

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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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. In the 2017 HFF Capital Markets Overview, we discuss themes for the year including political uncertainty and its impact on sovereign bond yields and currencies. As the French election results grow more opaque and British Parliament discusses Article 50, the Euro has moved to its lowest value relative to the USD in more than 30 days. Meanwhile German short term debt is in... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for December 1, 2016: Pyrrhic Victories

Thursday, December 01, 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. In 280 B.C., King Pyrrhus of Epirus, a Balkan state in what is now western Greece, sought war with his Roman neighbors. A second cousin to Alexander the Great, Pyrrhus’ skill in battle was genetic, though his luck was improved through the use of elephants, a disciplined and ruthless cavalry and an infantry of phalanxes. King Pyrrhus won many... [Read More]


Commercial mortgage-backed securities risk retention

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from Senior Managing Director Eric Tupler and Real Estate Analyst Tyler Dumon from HFF's Denver office. Commercial mortgage-backed securities have long been a source for high-leverage financing of real estate assets that did not qualify for more friendly balance sheet financing executions. In the latest real estate cycle, CMBS has become a black sheep lending source. According to Commercial Mortgage Alert, the first half of 2016 saw $30.7 billion of total transaction volume. This represents an approximate 43 percent... [Read More]




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