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HFF Research Update for December 1, 2016: Pyrrhic Victories

Thursday, December 01, 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 280 B.C., King Pyrrhus of Epirus, a Balkan state in what is now western Greece, sought war with his Roman neighbors. A second cousin to Alexander the Great, Pyrrhus’ skill in battle was genetic, though his luck was improved through the use of elephants, a disciplined and ruthless cavalry and an infantry of phalanxes. King Pyrrhus won many... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for November 29, 2016: Bond Yields See Red

Tuesday, November 29, 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. Eighty years ago, Time publisher Henry Luce purchased Life magazine. Intending to switch the periodical from an illustrated news weekly to a pure-play photo essay, Luce took an extraordinary risk with an already successful model. Amidst the Great Depression and only a few years prior to WWII, Life evolved quickly to an overwhelming success. Whether President-Elect Trump, his administration and a Republican-controlled Congress will be able to convert an existing model of success into an even more impressive outcome remains to be determined; but, the investing public has clearly wagered a change in tactics will not befall the domestic or global economy with a reversal in fortune. Late last week, the yield on... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for November 14, 2016: The Contract of Suspense

Monday, November 14, 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 1936, Alfred Hitchcock released the espionage thriller Sabotage. In the film, a young boy named Stevie carries a canister of film reels across London. Unbeknownst to Stevie, his canister actually contains a time bomb meant for a theater. The audience is painfully aware of Stevie’s plight of ignorance with the clock winding toward its last second. Suspense mounts... [Read More]


HFF Research Update: Bonds Take the Subway

Thursday, October 27, 2016
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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. On this day in 1904, New York City opened its first subway passenger line. The city now boasts the largest rapid transit networks in the world. Today, we’re also going deep, looking hard at the fixed income space. The on-the-run 10-year UST hit a yield of more than 1.86 percent this morning as bonds around the world extended losses in what will likely be... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for October 27, 2016: George III & the Second American Revolution

Thursday, October 27, 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. King George III of England was crowned 256 years ago this week at the age of 22. Before his 40th birthday, George III would lose a war for the largest single territory his Britain had ever claimed, the future United States of America. Following domestic disputes relating to an appropriate response to rising nationalism, both at home and abroad, Britain... [Read More]


Crowdfunding eREITs: Predictions and Conversations with Top CRE Crowdfunding Platforms

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from Thomas Foley, HFF San Francisco capital markets and investment sales team member and founder of two previous crowdfunding platforms, and Kevin Freels, HFF Houston debt placement team member. Much has been written about the commercial real estate crowdfunding space and how it could disrupt the industry. The concept that non-accredited, accredited and institutional investors will be much more active participants sound significant, but the world is still waiting for this to happen on a noticeable scale. The Challenges of Real Estate Crowdfunding When... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for October 13, 2016: Sacrifice Fly

Thursday, October 13, 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. On Tuesday night, David Ross started Game 4 of the National League Division Series as the Chicago Cubs catcher. At 39 years of age, Ross is a dinosaur in the game. But his age doesn’t prevent him from contributing in significant ways. In the top of the third inning, Ross hit the first strike he saw for a solo... [Read More]


Commercial mortgage-backed securities risk retention

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from Senior Managing Director Eric Tupler and Real Estate Analyst Tyler Dumon from HFF's Denver office. Commercial mortgage-backed securities have long been a source for high-leverage financing of real estate assets that did not qualify for more friendly balance sheet financing executions. In the latest real estate cycle, CMBS has become a black sheep lending source. According to Commercial Mortgage Alert, the first half of 2016 saw $30.7 billion of total transaction volume. This represents an approximate 43 percent... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for October 6, 2016: Like A Rolling Stone

Thursday, October 06, 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 or access the HFF Daily Rates App in iTunes. In 1965, Bob Dylan penned a manuscript that struggled through a difficult adolescence. In the studio, Dylan couldn’t find the right melody, the right pace or the right key for what eventually would become one of the most widely-heralded ... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for October 6, 2016 Part II: High-Yield Corporate Spreads Very Tight

Thursday, October 06, 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 or access the HFF Daily Rates App in iTunes. Effective yields on the 10-year UST have risen approximately 20 basis points over the past month to 1.73 percent. The corporate bond market has moved in lock-step, with yields rising but still representing very low thresholds. In the past, we have focused very acutely on the spread between the 10-year ... [Read More]




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