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HFF Research Update for October 5, 2016: 2Q 2016 Asset Performance Review, High Yield Bond Signals

Wednesday, October 05, 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 life there are constants serving as the benchmarks we use to calibrate our own compass. For example, the Gregorian calendar was adopted on this day (-1) in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII and remains the most... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for September 29: August 2016 Capital Trends

Thursday, September 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 or access the HFF Daily Rates App in iTunes. Real Capital Analytics has released its August edition of U.S. Capital Trends, which includes preliminary volume and pricing data for all commercial real estate trades at or above $2.5 million. For the first eight months of 2016, total transaction volume declined 15 percent, with single-asset transactions down only four percent... [Read More]


How HVCRE Will Impact Commercial Real Estate Construction Lending

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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Real estate indicators from HFF Director Jennifer Keller and Senior Real Estate Analyst Martha Nay in HFF's Boston office. Any borrower seeking a construction loan in the last 12 months has likely encountered a five-letter abbreviation that has the potential to present new and considerable challenges on the path to the closing table: HVCRE. HVCRE (Highly Volatile Commercial Real Estate) is a classification that today’s construction loan borrower must be aware of, as its impact could be very costly. Before we can understand the impact to... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for September 21, 2016: Bank Notes

Wednesday, September 21, 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. On this day (plus one) in 1789, the Postmaster General was promoted to the U.S. Cabinet. The chief executive of the Post Office was once an elite position, first held by Benjamin Franklin, but now the department unfortunately serves a representation of bloated, obsolete bureaucracy. Even in the modern technological... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for September 9, 2016: Caught a Bug

Friday, September 09, 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. On this day in 1946, Grace Hopper coined a phrase describing the bane of all technology. Working at Harvard’s computer lab on the Mark II and Mark III computer systems for the Navy, Hopper worked to trace the source of an error. She located a moth trapped in a relay, removed it and taped it to her notepad. “First actual case of bug being found,” reads the entry. Source:  U.S. Navy Seventy years later, the bugs we face are of a different variety but they bother us nonetheless, and, today, the bugs are in the markets. Across the globe, markets are weaker today. It is rare to see both... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for August 24, 2016: Norrmalmstorg

Wednesday, August 24, 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. On this day (plus one) in 1973, a bank heist was foiled. What transpired during and after the robbery remains the subject of terrific interest to criminals, law enforcement and psychologists alike. Mr. Jan-Erik Olsson, on leave from prison and known for violence and armed robberies, walked into the Kreditbanken in Norrmalmstorg Square in central Stockholm, Sweden, with a firearm. Immediately confronted by two policemen, Olsson took four hostages into the bank’s vault. Over the course of six days, Olsson negotiated with police, his attorney and even the prime minister. However, it was Kristin Enmark, one of the four hostages, that practiced some of the... [Read More]


Why is Chinese Capital Flowing into the United States?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles and Robert Butler of HFF's Boston office. Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown. – Chinese proverb Foreign investment in United States real estate is a trend that dates as far back as 1792, when a syndication of Dutch bankers purchased 3.25 million acres in western New York under the name of the Holland Land Company. Throughout modern history, different groups have been particularly active, be it the Japanese in... [Read More]


Crowdfunding: Breaking Down the Barriers in CRE Investment

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles and Gary Porter of HFF's Boston office. “Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away.Purchased with common sense, paid for in full and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt From the first settlement in Jamestown, Virginia, to the Land Rush of 1899, real estate ownership has figured prominently in United States history. Investment in residential real estate has very few barriers to... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for July 21, 2016: Quantitative Exhaustion

Thursday, July 21, 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. The European Central Bank has left its stimulus initiatives unchanged as President Mario Draghi and his staff attempt to monitor markets post-Brexit and as banks in his native Italy struggle to stay afloat. Status quo is now the goal (read that again) as political surprises have taken center stage... [Read More]


The State of Debt Markets: Mid-Year 2016 Review

Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from Jon Mikula, Senior Managing Director and Co-Office Head for HFF New Jersey. There is currently no lack of liquidity in the commercial real estate market. One hundred and thirty-eight billion dollars of dry powder has been raised by closed and open ended funds to be deployed in the space, representing a 60 percent increase from the peak in the last cycle. Additionally, foreign capital has made a significant shift as an active investor in the U.S. In 2015, foreign investment totaled $88... [Read More]




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