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Self-Driving Cars: A Game Changer for Commercial Real Estate?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles of HFF's Boston office. Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car. – E. B. White The future is now: Self-driving cars have moved from fantasy to reality. Technology companies, including Alphabet, Apple and Intel; traditional automobile manufacturers such as BMW, Ford, GM, Nissan and Toyota; and hybrid companies like Tesla are all deploying significant resources to make this revolution happen even faster. Much speculation has been made regarding the impact... [Read More]

HFF to raise capital for redevelopment of Burlington Town Center

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

HFF has been retained to advise and raise necessary financing for the redevelopment of Burlington Town Center, an enclosed shopping center located directly on the Church Street pedestrian plaza in downtown Burlington, Vermont. The redevelopment will consist of more than one million square feet of mixed-use space and provide much-needed housing, revitalized street-accessible retail and Class A office space right in the vibrant heart of downtown Burlington. Devonwood Investors, a New York-based private real estate development firm, hired HFF to procure equity investors and source debt financing. Devonwood has spent more than two years engaging in a public process to reimagine the Burlington Town Center property. After numerous public and city council hearings, Devonwood was recently awarded a 10-1 City Council vote to enter into a Predevelopment... [Read More]

Looking for a construction loan? Better pay attention to these trends

Friday, May 27, 2016

With all the buzz surrounding construction loans, HFF has put together a brief overview summarizing trends we are seeing in the market. The bullet points below are designed to provide some clarity into the current construction loan market.  Across the country, we are seeing that banks are generally being less aggressive when it comes to construction loans. For loans that are $25 million and above, regional banks are more aggressive; however, the current trend is that all banks are taking longer to arrange construction loans. Smaller regional developers that sign recourse are still able to get 70 percent +/- for pre-leased retail, office and industrial. Debt Funds will do construction loans but need size and want spreads north... [Read More]

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