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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]


The Emergence of Innovation Districts

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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By Kimberly Steele, Digital Content/Public Relations Specialist Powered by the promise of good coffee and the idea that collaborative space fosters innovation, incubators, startups and accelerators have started grouping together in innovation districts, which are targeted urban areas specifically designed for innovation and entrepreneurship. This shift signifies that the sprawling suburban corporate campuses in Silicon Valley and the like that are geographically separated from urban centers no longer lead the innovation landscape, as they have done for more than half a century. Innovation districts are a... [Read More]


Tech Companies Respond to Housing Crisis

Tuesday, March 07, 2017
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Booming job growth in certain areas of the country is changing multi-housing development. One example is Silicon Valley, where tech companies continue driving the region’s employment growth. While thousands of new jobs are added year-after-year, the housing supply is unable to keep pace with the demand. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report, Mountain View added more than 17,000 new jobs between 2012 and 2015, but only added 779 new housing units. In response, a new developer trend is emerging: Silicon Valley companies building housing for area employees. Facebook’s Anton Menlo Facebook started the housing development trend with its 2013 announcement of the Anton Menlo project, now nearing completion. The 394 multi-family units are within walking and biking distance of the company's Menlo Park headquarters. The development will offer studio apartments and one- to... [Read More]


Inclusionary Air Rights for Sale in Lower Manhattan

Thursday, March 02, 2017
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Holliday Fenoglio Fowler (HFF) announced today that 100,000 square feet of inclusionary air rights remain for sale after HFF recently placed approximately 30,000 square feet of inclusionary air rights under contract for a residential development in Lower Manhattan on behalf of Carmel Partners (Carmel). This is the second contract put in place for the marketing of its Community Board 1 (CB1) inclusionary air rights, which are part of the larger 180,000 square feet that Carmel earned from its 112-118 Fulton Street high-rise residential development. There are... [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]


Multi-Housing's Bright Future

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators from HFF Managing Director Walter Coker and Director Brian Crivella in HFF's Washington, D.C. office. Another year has come and gone as multi-housing investors eagerly move into 2017. The last year will be remembered globally for unexpected market shocks and uncertainty following surprising voting results at the polls in both the U.S. and the U.K. The stock market began 2016 with a 10 percent drop in the first three weeks of the year, and many speculated if commercial real estate (CRE) ... [Read More]


Last Undeveloped Ocean Drive Land Site for Sale in Miami Beach

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF), on behalf of the owner, is marketing for sale a 0.26-acre development site located at 304-312 Ocean Drive with everlasting ocean views in the coveted South of Fifth (SoFi) live-work-play district in Miami Beach, Florida. The site comprises 11,500 square feet and represents the last remaining undeveloped site on all of the famed Ocean Drive. The Miami Beach land site for sale offers 100 linear feet of frontage along the famed Ocean Drive as well as protected ocean views with... [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]


Watertown’s East End: Where Boston Meets Cambridge

Wednesday, February 08, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles and Real Estate Analyst Sam Campbell  in HFF's Boston office. Long a blue collar suburb and industrial hub, Watertown has emerged as one of Boston’s most active areas for commercial real estate investment. Watertown’s success is largely driven by its location, bordered by demographically dense and affluent municipalities including Cambridge, Newton, Belmont, Brookline and Boston. As such, Watertown is proximate to MIT, Harvard, the teaching hospitals in Boston and the large life science users in East Cambridge. With ... [Read More]


Super Bowl LI: The First Super Bowl for the Next 50 Years

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators by HFF Real Estate Analyst Wesley Hightower in HFF's Houston office. Football in Texas may forever be associated with Friday Night Lights, the Longhorns, Aggies, Dallas Cowboys or Houston Texans, but on Sunday night in early February, die-hard football fans and casual fans alike from around the globe will turn their focus to Houston, Texas, the sprawling metropolis along the Gulf Coast, for Super Bowl LI, the “First Super Bowl for the Next 50 Years.” February 5 marks the third time that... [Read More]




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