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HFF Analysis of the April 2017 BLS Employment Report

Friday, May 05, 2017

HFF is pleased to report on the latest employment expansion statistics from April 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 picked up again in April as nonfarm payrolls rose 211,000 and wages rose 2.5 percent. The unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent, the lowest level in nearly a decade, providing reassurance the economy is strengthening. Payroll creation has averaged 200,000 since October 2010, marking... [Read More]

MSA Employment Report for the Year Ending March 2017

Monday, May 01, 2017

HFF is pleased to report on MSA Employment for the year ending March 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 Rankings New York and Dallas were the only two MSAs able to create more than 100,000 jobs. Only the top six MSAs were able to create more than 60,000 jobs. Employment in HFF markets grew by 1.95 percent in the 12 months ending March 2017 and, having added 1,100,800 jobs on the... [Read More]

Equity Market: Abundant Capital, Selective Investors

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Equity market update from HFF Senior Managing Director Jon Mikula. After a year of price discovery, increased target allocations and a commitment to real estate investing strategies by institutional investors speak to the health of the market. New Jersey has remained at the forefront of the investment scene, attracting a healthy mix of investment from private investors, listed REITs, institutions and foreign capital sources seeking better risk-adjusted returns. In an environment where policy uncertainty looms, transaction volume has been slow to gain momentum across the U.S. during the first quarter ... [Read More]

HFF Research Update for March 16, 2017: Economic Data Supports Confidence

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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

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]

Student Housing's Epic Year

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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

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]

Greenwich Village Retail Condo has Hit the Market

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (“HFF”), on behalf of the owner, is marketing for sale 808 Broadway, a 29,147-square-foot, fully-leased retail condominium located in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The property is positioned between 11th and 12th Streets with substantial frontage on Broadway and 4th Avenue. 808 Broadway is a three-level retail property for sale that is triple net leased to a subsidiary of Rubies Costume Company, Inc., one of the largest costume manufacturers and distributors in the world. This location serves a strategic purpose as a... [Read More]

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

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

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]

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