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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]


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 Analysis of the August 2017 BLS Employment Report

Friday, September 01, 2017
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HFF is pleased to report on the latest employment expansion statistics from August 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 The pace of hiring slowed in August as nonfarm payrolls rose by 156,000 from the prior month and job gains in the prior two months were revised down. With the downwards revisions, employment growth so far this year has been slightly lower than last year’s pace,... [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]


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]


MSA Employment Report for the Year Ending June 2017

Tuesday, August 01, 2017
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HFF is pleased to report on MSA Employment for the year ending June 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 Ranking New York, Dallas and Los Angeles were the only MSAs to create more than 100,000 jobs. The top 12 MSAs were able to create more than 55,000 jobs. Employment in HFF markets grew by 2.22 percent in the 12 months ending June 2017 and, having added 1,268,800 jobs on the year,... [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]


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]




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