New Developments

  • UL Interview: Ngee Huat Seek

    September 26, 2016 A renowned global investor and chairman of ULI Asia Pacific reflects on opportunity and risk in a low-interest-rate environment.
  • REIT IPOs: Time for a Comeback?

    September 26, 2016 Ongoing uncertainty about the timing of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike and its impact on REITs has kept potential IPOs on the sidelines. In addition, the Internal Revenue Service issued regulations in June that clamped down on tax-free REIT spin-offs that were a significant source of growth for specialty REITs. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

New Developments

  • UL Interview: Ngee Huat Seek

    September 26, 2016 A renowned global investor and chairman of ULI Asia Pacific reflects on opportunity and risk in a low-interest-rate environment.
  • REIT IPOs: Time for a Comeback?

    September 26, 2016 Ongoing uncertainty about the timing of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike and its impact on REITs has kept potential IPOs on the sidelines. In addition, the Internal Revenue Service issued regulations in June that clamped down on tax-free REIT spin-offs that were a significant source of growth for specialty REITs. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

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  • UL Interview: Ngee Huat Seek

    September 26, 2016

    A renowned global investor and chairman of ULI Asia Pacific reflects on opportunity and risk in a low-interest-rate environment.

  • REIT IPOs: Time for a Comeback?

    September 26, 2016

    Ongoing uncertainty about the timing of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike and its impact on REITs has kept potential IPOs on the sidelines. In addition, the Internal Revenue Service issued regulations in June that clamped down on tax-free REIT spin-offs that were a significant source of growth for specialty REITs. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Restarting the Stalled Condo Market in Cities Like Chicago

    September 23, 2016

    At this stage of the latest condo construction cycle, projects are much smaller, typically featuring fewer than 100 units. Yet the size of the individual units, along with their price tags, has swelled in 2015 and 2016. And that is unlikely to change anytime soon, according to a recent ULI Chicago panel discussion.

  • ULI Research: Real Estate Industry Must Address Climate Change to Maintain Competitiveness

    September 23, 2016

    As world leaders gather at the United Nations to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change, a new paper released by ULI argues that many real estate organizations are not adequately prepared for the implications of the agreement, which was made at last year’s 21st annual Conference of the Parties in Paris (COP-21). The paper provides an overview of the key issues that arose from the COP-21 agreement and outlines steps that the real estate industry can take in response.

  • Brexit: As the Dust Settles

    September 23, 2016

    For the United Kingdom, a long, slow, sometimes painful process of adjustment to a new world is only beginning. And while the initial reaction was perhaps overly negative, a subsequent readjustment and insistence from the market that it is business as usual is perhaps overly positive as well.

  • Debating the Impact of Ontario’s Land Use Policies on Toronto’s Home Affordability

    September 21, 2016

    Home prices in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, have risen dramatically in the years since 2008. With most market analysts in agreement that a slowdown will not materialize anytime soon, ULI Toronto recently hosted a debate on the impact of land-use policies, some of which are geared towards preserving green space, on housing affordability.

  • In Print: Open for Business: Building the New Cuban Economy

    September 19, 2016

    Many observers are wondering how Cuba and its economy will react to the opening of relations with the United States, and Richard E. Feinberg, a senior fellow in the Latin America initiative at the Brookings Institution, explores the question in his book Open for Business: Building the New Cuban Economy.

  • New Greenway Planned for Tulsa Aims to Tear Down City’s “Silos”

    September 19, 2016

    A Gathering Place for Tulsa is under construction along the eastern bank of the Arkansas River two miles (3.2 km) south of downtown, is one of the biggest greenway projects under development from scratch in the United States.

  • U.S. Retail Sector Already Gearing Up for Holiday Season

    September 19, 2016

    Brick-and-mortar stores will benefit from holiday spending, but robust growth is not expected at those outlets. Instead, warehouses and call centers will be bigger beneficiaries of holiday spending this year, with the recent RetailNext forecast calling for a 14.9 percent growth in online sales. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • ULI to Advise on Transformation of Port, Former Steel Mill in South Carolina

    September 19, 2016

    A ULI Advisory Services panel will visit the city of Georgetown and Georgetown County to advise representatives on how best to transform a 150-acre (61 ha) site into a catalyst for economic development.

  • Flooding in Louisiana Creates Uncertainty for Roughly $1.1 Billion in CMBS Loans

    September 15, 2016

    According to analysis by Morningstar Credit Ratings, 302 properties, with an allocated property balance of $1.1 billion, may be at elevated risk because of major flooding in Louisiana last month.

  • Capital, Shipping Flows Likely to Buoy Development in U.S. Southeast

    September 12, 2016

    Many macroeconomic trends continue to favor U.S. commercial real estate as an asset class, Jimmy Hinton, a managing director of research at HFF, told attendees at a ULI South Carolina capital markets conference in early September.

  • In Print: Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation

    September 12, 2016

    Journalist Edward Humes is a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of 14 books. In Door to Door he takes on another complex, resource-intensive topic: the mammoth transportation systems that make it possible (and often frighteningly impossible) for Americans to drive 344 million miles in an hour and move $55 billion worth of goods per day.

  • Which U.S. Commercial Real Estate Sectors Might Be Nearing Oversupply?

    September 12, 2016

    Construction during the current real estate cycle has generally stayed below historical trends, but deliveries have increased as the cycle matures. For example, real estate investment trusts like Avalon Bay and Equity Residential with significant investments in apartment markets like Manhattan and San Francisco have already cut their revenue forecasts several times this year. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Audio: Highway Removal and the Plan to Put Dallas Back Together

    September 12, 2016

    ULI member and urban planner Patrick Kennedy recently appeared on the Streetsblog podcast, Talking Headways, to discuss Kennedy’s highway removal campaign for Dallas, known as “A New Dallas,” and the recent Texas DOT CityMap Plan to re-imagine the freeways and roads in the city’s downtown.

  • Dense, Walkable Urbanism Drawing Corporate Offices to Plano, Texas

    September 9, 2016

    One of the largest eat/work/play/live developments in Texas, the $3 billion Legacy West project is attracting companies like Toyota, FedEx, JPMorgan Chase, and Liberty Mutual by focusing on the interests of generation X and millennial employees.

  • With Potential Rate Hike Looming, REITs Pull Back in August

    September 6, 2016

    Encouraging economic news released in August heightened the potential that the Fed will increase interest rates. But this good news proved to be a bit too positive, as it may have contributed to a withdrawal in the real estate investment trust sector. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • In Print: The Green and the Black: The Complete Story of the Shale Revolution, the Fight over Fracking, and the Future of Energy

    September 2, 2016

    Author Gary Sernovitz sees the American oil and gas renaissance as “the Internet of oil, a spark . . . that led to an industrial change of such scope and magnitude that we have woken up . . . in a once impossible world.” Yet public understanding of the shale revolution has lagged, leading to hype, scaremongering, and a failure to candidly discuss its urgent moral, technological, regulatory, and environmental challenges.

  • How to Best Use Zoning Policies to Spur Workforce Housing Development

    September 2, 2016

    The potential and limitations associated with inclusionary zoning, a tool used by a growing number of U.S. cities to encourage or require workforce housing development, are explored in a new ULI report, The Economics of Inclusionary Development.

  • Rising Tides: Designing Resilient Amenities for Coastal Cities

    September 1, 2016

    Developers are undertaking new solutions and adjusting old ones to demonstrate that storm-related and sea-rise resilience can be leveraged into user amenities and community benefits, making dollars stretch further.

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