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New Chapter Begins for Barnes & Noble

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

By HFF Public Relations Coordinator Kimberly Steele. Barnes & Noble (B&N) might be closing the book on the format that made them the nation’s largest retail bookstore by changing the game (again). The company is in the process of rolling out a new kind of bookstore that combines a technology-enhanced shopping experience with their new restaurant concept, Barnes & Noble Kitchen, which is currently being tested in several markets with more to come. Where the Barnes & Noble café is designed for the grab-and-go costumer, Barnes... [Read More]

Hotels Near Medical Centers: Comfortable, Convenient & a Respite During Trying Times

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Real estate indicators from HFF Director Alan Suzuki in HFF’s Boston office. Let’s face it: No one likes to go to the hospital, and, for the rarest and most serious medical conditions, it is becoming commonplace for families to travel great lengths for the best medical care. Unlike a lot of hotel guests, they are not traveling for vacation; they are traveling because they need the specialized help that only the best hospitals can provide. In times like these, the last thought crossing a person’s mind is where they... [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]

Retail is Alive: Customers Show up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Millions of people camped out in front of retail stores on Black Friday and clicked away with abandon on Cyber Monday, all in the hopes of getting the best possible deal on electronics, toys and more. This year, total sales for both milestone shopping days of the year increased from last year, providing millions of reasons for retailers to celebrate. In fact, NRF/Prosper Insights and Analytics and Adobe both predict that November/December holiday sales will end up 3.6 percent higher year-over-year. “Analysts suggest that the... [Read More]

An Insider's Indianapolis and Beyond: Q&A with HFF's John Merrill

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

As co-office head of HFF's Indianapolis office, Senior Managing Director John Merrill leads HFF's investment sales platform for the Indianapolis area.  Mr. Merrill has more than 20 years of experience focusing on office, industrial, medical and retail properties not only in Indianapolis but in markets across the Midwest, including Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.   What motivated you to get into commercial real estate?  I started my career as a CPA, which afforded me the opportunity to get a close look at multiple... [Read More]

Boston’s Golden Age? The Best Is Yet To Come

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles and Real Estate Analyst Tucker Burleigh of HFF's Boston office. Downtown Boston is one of the hottest commercial real estate markets in the country. Ten years ago, you’d leave your office around 6:00 p.m. and see tumbleweeds rolling by. Today, the city is buzzing with an influx of new residents, an in-migration of tenants and an amenity base that gets stronger every day. So, what’s the secret sauce behind this boom and what does the future hold? 100 Years of Infrastructure Downtown is the heart and soul of Boston and the hub of its transportation network. The MBTA is the oldest subway system in the country and it is not an exaggeration to say that modern Boston was formed around it. Today, every single subway line runs through Downtown, each with multiple... [Read More]

ULI Fall Recap: Why Companies, Millennials and Foreign Capital are Relocating to this Cowboy Town

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

By HFF Real Estate Analyst Teddy Leatherman of HFF's Dallas office Dallas had the privilege of hosting the annual Urban Land Institute (ULI) Fall Meeting this year, and the city greeted 6,500 attendees with southern hospitality and showed them why Dallas earned the title of ULI’s Top Emerging Real Estate Market for 2016. The fall meeting featured bike tours of the city; a night out at Pat Green’s bar, The Rustic; a fabulous opening reception at Klyde Warren Park, the winner of ULI’s Urban Open Space Award; and an... [Read More]

Los Angeles Office Market Q&A

Monday, October 31, 2016

The nature of offices are rapidly evolving due to changing technology, demand and demographics, and NAIOP's O.CON '16: The Office Conference provides the opportunity to learn what is driving the future of the office. The conference, which runs from Tuesday, November 1, through Wednesday, November 2, provides a global perspective on the outlook for capital markets, looks at the various challenges and rewards of reinventing or re-purposing office space and explores the technology revolutionizing office real estate. For more than 16 years, HFF Director Andrew Harper has been involved in commercial real estate in and around Los Angeles, where this year's O.CON conference is held. He specializes in office and land investment sales throughout Greater Los Angeles and the West Coast. Mr. Harper has closed in excess of $5 billion in transactions, encompassing... [Read More]

What to Expect from the Seattle Apartment Market

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Christopher Ross.   The downtown Seattle apartment market, comprising Belltown, Capitol Hill, Eastlake, Central, First Hill, Madison, Magnolia, Queen Anne and South Lake Union, continues to surge as the current vacancy rate sits at a low 3.9 percent, according to Dupre & Scott, despite nearly 3,200 new apartment units being delivered in 2015 and an additional 4,000 new units being delivered in 2016. The real challenge will come in 2017 and 2018 when a total of nearly 15,000 new units are expected... [Read More]

Commercial mortgage-backed securities risk retention

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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]

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