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South Florida’s Hotels Are Open for Business after Hurricane Irma

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Real Estate Indicators by HFF Director Alexandra Lalos in HFF's Miami office. It’s been three months since Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys on September 10, and, with 99 percent of power restored to South Florida by September 19[1], hoteliers in South Florida have been busy with full houses of guests, aid workers, insurance adjusters, displaced residents and more and posting strong RevPAR numbers to prove it. South Florida’s hotels and restaurants are open for business. While the recurring images of streets-turned-to-rivers and cranes hanging from Brickell high rises... [Read More]

Black Friday Boost: Strong Start for Holiday Retail

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Consumers had more than leftovers on their minds judging by the 145 million adults that visited malls and shopping centers in the U.S. during the long holiday weekend, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), which released its Thanksgiving Weekend Shopping Report. “Thanksgiving Weekend is a great indicator for what will be a holiday season full of spending, as we are seeing a very positive consumer sentiment and willingness to spend,” said Tom McGee, President and CEO of ICSC. “Shopping centers across the country should feel very optimistic about the season ahead. While the shopping season is longer this year, it’s not coming at the expense of the most popular shopping day of the year.” The ICSC report states that each of the 145 million shoppers, which included 105 million on Black Friday alone,... [Read More]

Orange County Office Market Overview

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Real Estate Indicators by directors John Chun and Derreck Barker in HFF's Orange County office. Orange County fundamentals continue to be strong across the board. The area’s diversified economy, ideal climate and infrastructure provides an attractive location for companies and their employees. Employment remains strong, with the overall unemployment rate at 4.2 percent (as of September 2017) helping keep occupancy, leasing and capital market activity robust. Both debt and equity interest in Orange County remain strong with no lack of capital options across the spectrum. As an example, Five Point... [Read More]

Construction Lending in Today’s Changing Marketplace

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

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

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

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]

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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]

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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

  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]

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

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

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]

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