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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]


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]


Student Housing's Epic Year

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators from HFF Senior Managing Director Doug Opalka in HFF's Austin office. If 2016 in the student housing sector could be summed up in one word, it would be “epic.” From a macro economic and political standpoint, last year had many twists and changes, which has caused investors to have varying sentiments about the best strategy for deploying capital into real estate. For many years, private and institutional investors have become more familiar and interested in student housing. Both types of investors recognize an attractive combination of solid fundamentals, relative insulation from the broader macro economy and the sustained demographic tailwinds of more domestic and international students becoming college aged, with the percentage of those students attending post high school education increasing at the same time. This increasing focus from “big capital” has been... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for January 20: Independent's Day

Friday, January 20, 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. As inauguration ceremonies conclude in Washington, D.C., President Trump begins his real campaign, carrying forward efforts to galvanize the country’s sense of self-determination. Meanwhile, the fixed income markets are providing investors with a similar sentiment. As indicated by public fixed income markets, the recent rise in debt WACC has cooled dramatically. Though the 10-year UST remains elevated, compressing corporate bond... [Read More]


Making Your First Investment in Commercial Real Estate as a Private Investor

Wednesday, January 04, 2017
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Real estate indicators by Managing Director Jules Sherwood of HFF's Denver office This article is written to frame the benefits and risks of a private individual or wealthy family investing in commercial real estate (CRE). Understand that we are not attorneys or accountants, and this should not be taken as legal or tax advice, so please consult your appropriate professional advisors before making any investments. We assume for this discussion that, since you are reading this, you are an educated investor with a high income and/or net worth, do not... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for December 7, 2016: Blood in the Water

Wednesday, December 07, 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 October 1956, the people of Hungary revolted against a puppet government Soviet Russia had installed in Budapest. A small student demonstration escalated quickly into a broad and passionate uprising. Within two weeks, the Soviets had invaded Hungary with tank divisions, conducted targeted air strikes and shelled the city with heavy artillery bombardments. Such was the dramatic backdrop for... [Read More]


HFF Analysis of the November 2016 BLS Employment Report

Monday, December 05, 2016
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HFF is pleased to report on the latest employment expansion statistics from November 2016. 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 picked up in November as nonfarm payrolls rose by 178,000. September’s nonfarm payrolls were revised up to a gain of 208,000, and October’s down to 142,000, a net decrease of 2,000. Payroll creation has averaged 200,000 since October 2010. The labor force participation rate... [Read More]




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