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Construction Lending in Today’s Changing Marketplace

Wednesday, November 08, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators by senior managing director Thomas R. Didio in HFF's New Jersey office. In the past, developers of commercial and residential multifamily projects would spend years getting projects through the state and local planning approvals and would have a number of lenders that would be willing to fund a significant portion of the construction and land cost to build to the project. The loan amount could be as much as 80 to 100 percent of the construction costs and land purchase price. There were not many new opportunities... [Read More]


What Is Houston's Outlook After Hurricane Harvey?

Wednesday, November 08, 2017
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Hurricane Harvey, which hit Houston as Tropical Storm Harvey, was the largest rain event in U.S. history. HFF’s Houston office carefully analyzed data to most accurately depict the damage caused by Harvey to Houston. The report, which you may access here, covers damage to the office, multi-housing and single-family residential sectors and demonstrates that the damage proved to be less than previously thought as well as confined to certain areas. Meanwhile, HFF’s transaction activity in Houston remains robust, having closed 4.4 million square... [Read More]


Urbanizing the Suburbs: Retail’s Integral Role in Reshaping the Landscape

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators by HFF senior managing director James Koury and real estate analyst Tucker Burleigh in HFF's Boston office. Over the past decade, urbanization has emerged as one of the most impactful trends to hit the real estate industry. This trend, embodied by the live-work-play concept, has been embraced by all demographic cohorts, from millennials to baby boomers to even retirees. While the impact has been most visible in the urban core, Boston’s suburbs are also being transformed, and the inclusion of pedestrian-oriented retail into new and existing projects... [Read More]


Denver’s Mile-High Hotel Supply Is Just in Time

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators by Managing Director Tony Malk and Real Estate Analyst Tyler Dumon. Denver has experienced tremendous macro-economic growth through the current economic cycle. The city’s recent prosperity is driven by multiple factors,     including the in-migration of well-educated new residents, strong GDP growth and major corporate relocation and expansion to the metro area. Denver’s growth has spurred an influx of commercial real estate development across all property types. A major benefactor of this new development is Denver’s lodging market. Denver has historically been an under served hotel... [Read More]


What You Need to Know About Amazon’s Proposed Second Headquarters

Monday, September 11, 2017
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  Copyright (C) 2008 Robert Scoble Amazon has issued an RFP for “HQ2,” a second headquarters in the United States apart from its expansive campus in Seattle, Washington. The idea of a second headquarters location – one on equal footing with their Seattle presence – is highly unusual, if not slightly suspect, due to recent tension brewing between Amazon and Seattle’s legislators. Nonetheless, city, county and state governments across the broad American landscape immediately took up the ... [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]


Will Houston’s Economy Survive the Rise of Self-Driving and Electric Cars?

Wednesday, August 02, 2017
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Real estate indicators from HFF Houston's Associate Director of Research Justin Boyar. I have fielded a handful of questions recently from concerned investors wondering about the potential threats posed by self-driving cars, electric cars and the increasing use of renewable energy on the oil industry, and thus Houston’s economy. Both Ric Campo, chairman and CEO of Camden Property Trust (NYSE: CPT) and Paul Layne, executive vice president of Master Planned Communities, The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC), recently mentioned in a ULI Emerging Trends roundtable something that – in my... [Read More]


Mid-Year 2017 Industrial Capital Markets Review

Thursday, July 27, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators from Senior Managing Director Jose Cruz in HFF's New Jersey office. From an equity markets perspective, demand for industrial product continues to be strong with institutions and private funds that are underweight in northeast industrial properties. The reason we are not seeing more activity is because there has been – and continues to be – a lack of quality offerings in the most sought after markets from the Meadowlands down along the Interstate 95/Turnpike Corridor to Exits 8A/7A. As owners who are hesitant to part ways with... [Read More]


The Coworking Revolution: What It Means for Today’s CRE Investor

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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The concept of coworking is no longer a new phenomenon. Now, more than ever, the evolution of communal office space represents a significant part of the office investment conversation. With a valuation currently exceeding $21 billion, WeWork has become one of the world’s fastest and most innovative companies, captivating private and institutional investors alike. In addition to several other coworking providers now entering the space, the industry is faced with a tidal shift in the manner tenants, landlords and investors each approach office space. HFF... [Read More]


Industrial on the Up and Up

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators from Associate Alec Haley of HFF's San Francisco office. With the national vacancy rate dropping to 5.3 percent in the first quarter of 2017, despite more than 220 million square feet of space delivered last year, industrial remains one of the tightest commercial real estate sectors in the country. Across the board, vacancy rates fell in nearly three quarters of all U.S. markets, as the national rate achieved an all-time cyclical low. Los Angeles, Orange County and the San Francisco East Bay areas are the ... [Read More]




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