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Headlines for Reality: Allocations to CRE Are Not Halving – They Remain at All-Time Highs

Thursday, September 21, 2017
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For a few quarters running, several news outlets have reported precipitous declines in pension allocations to real estate fund managers. While succeeding in generating attention for their reporting, none of these articles reflect reality – the challenge facing institutional investors is placing enough capital into commercial real estate (Figure 1). Source: Cornell University CalPERS is the largest public pension plan in the United States outside the federal government. Citing statistics from an advisory concern, one outlet recently reported a 50 percent decline in the pension’s allocations to CRE. Contrary to... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for September 19: FOMC Prep

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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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. Starting today, the FOMC will convene for their monthly meeting. Tomorrow they will likely announce no change to their Target Fed Funds Rate currently at 1.00 to 1.25 percent and a protracted unraveling of their balance sheet of long-duration fixed-income securities. While the sales won’t likely begin until October, and largely constitute Treasuries and agency MBS, the news will reverberate through the marketplace almost... [Read More]


HFF Halftime Report: 2Q17 and 1H17 Industry Update

Wednesday, August 09, 2017
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HFF Research reports on and analyzes the latest commercial real estate data for the second half of 2017 (2Q17) and the first half of 2017 (1H17). “Investment brokers continue to play a vital role in making the commercial property markets liquid and increasingly efficient. Moreover, their role in the investment markets continues to grow, with brokerage representation of the seller, buyer, or both, accounting for 68 percent of significant income property sales globally in 2016. The top 10 [brokerage] firms collectively accounted for 83 percent of all brokered transactions in 2016, up from... [Read More]


HFF Analysis of the July 2017 BLS Employment Report

Friday, August 04, 2017
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HFF is pleased to report on the latest employment expansion statistics from July 2017. 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. Employment Expansion U.S. job growth continued and even picked up slightly in July as nonfarm payrolls rose a higher than expected 209,000-plus and job gains in the prior two months were revised positively. In other words, labor conditions are better than previously thought and improving. Health Care, Leisure and... [Read More]


Pro Football Hall of Fame Financing Opportunity

Wednesday, August 02, 2017
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Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF), on behalf of the developer, is working to secure senior and subordinate construction financing for the development of the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, a three-phase, approximately $750 million redevelopment of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (“PFHOF”) in Canton, Ohio. The construction financing request is to assist in the capitalization of eight components, which will sit on 120 acres surrounding the current Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum. For more than... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for July 14: Junior

Friday, July 14, 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. Both the ECB and FOMC are posturing for quantitative tightening. In the turbulent wake, sovereign bonds are experiencing difficulty with their compass. When accounting for smaller day-to-day movements up and down, yields on the 10-year UST have moved more than 45 basis points in the last two weeks and currently hover about 2.3 percent. Meanwhile, corporate bonds around the... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for May 26: Memorial Day

Friday, May 26, 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. Toward the northern end of a peninsula at the confluence of the Cooper and Ashley Rivers in South Carolina lies Hampton Park. The history of this tract of land holds poignant historical meaning this weekend. Like many other coastal areas prior to the American Revolution, the soils of this region were used for agriculture but now serve home to major cities – in this case, Charleston. In that era, the acreage was a privately-owned orange plantation. Having been abandoned in the buildup to the Siege of Charleston, the tract was later purchased by the South Carolina Jockey Club after the war. The outfit's "Charleston Race Course" was transformed some three decades later to... [Read More]


MSA Employment Report for the Year Ending March 2017

Monday, May 01, 2017
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HFF is pleased to report on MSA Employment for the year ending March 2017. 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 and Dallas were the only two MSAs able to create more than 100,000 jobs. Only the top six MSAs were able to create more than 60,000 jobs. Employment in HFF markets grew by 1.95 percent in the 12 months ending March 2017 and, having added 1,100,800 jobs on the... [Read More]


Equity Market: Abundant Capital, Selective Investors

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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Equity market update from HFF Senior Managing Director Jon Mikula. After a year of price discovery, increased target allocations and a commitment to real estate investing strategies by institutional investors speak to the health of the market. New Jersey has remained at the forefront of the investment scene, attracting a healthy mix of investment from private investors, listed REITs, institutions and foreign capital sources seeking better risk-adjusted returns. In an environment where policy uncertainty looms, transaction volume has been slow to gain momentum across the U.S. during the first quarter ... [Read More]


HFF Tops Several MBA Rankings Categories

Tuesday, April 04, 2017
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Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its 2016 rankings of Commercial/Multi-Family Mortgage Firms’ Origination Volumes, and HFF came out on top as the No. 1 originator for third parties by dollar volume as well as the No. 1 intermediary for both life insurance companies and for credit companies. “The MBA Commercial/Multifamily Annual Origination Rankings is the only comprehensive tracking of the major commercial real estate lenders and intermediaries in the industry,” HFF Executive Managing Director Gerard Sansosti said. “HFF is very proud of another record year... [Read More]




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