New Developments

  • Commercial/Multifamily Originations Rose to $400 Billion in 2014

    April 16, 2015 Commercial and multifamily mortgage bankers closed $399.8 billion worth of loans in 2014, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s 2014 Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Annual Origination Volume Summation.
  • Do REITs Need Water to Grow?

    April 13, 2015 With no sign of a break in California’s four-year drought, Governor Jerry Brown on April 1 ordered a statewide reduction in water use. What does the worsening drought mean for the state’s economy, real estate, and REITs? Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

New Developments

  • Commercial/Multifamily Originations Rose to $400 Billion in 2014

    April 16, 2015 Commercial and multifamily mortgage bankers closed $399.8 billion worth of loans in 2014, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s 2014 Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Annual Origination Volume Summation.
  • Do REITs Need Water to Grow?

    April 13, 2015 With no sign of a break in California’s four-year drought, Governor Jerry Brown on April 1 ordered a statewide reduction in water use. What does the worsening drought mean for the state’s economy, real estate, and REITs? Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

Recent Articles

  • Commercial/Multifamily Originations Rose to $400 Billion in 2014

    April 16, 2015

    Commercial and multifamily mortgage bankers closed $399.8 billion worth of loans in 2014, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s 2014 Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Annual Origination Volume Summation.

  • Do REITs Need Water to Grow?

    April 13, 2015

    With no sign of a break in California’s four-year drought, Governor Jerry Brown on April 1 ordered a statewide reduction in water use. What does the worsening drought mean for the state’s economy, real estate, and REITs? Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • Strong Outlook for Real Estate in ULI Consensus Forecast

    April 13, 2015

    The ULI Real Estate Consensus Forecast, issued biannually, which surveys 46 economists and analysts, predicts strong demand and value for real estate for the next three years. According to panelists on a ULI members-only webinar, real estate continues to offer strong relative value compared with other investments, and fundamental demand is also quite strong.

  • University of Maryland Team Wins 2015 Hines Competition

    April 10, 2015

    For a second consecutive year, a team representing the University of Maryland has taken top honors in the 2015 ULI Hines Competition with its winning master plan proposal that transforms the Tulane/Gravier and Iberville neighborhoods in downtown New Orleans.

  • New York Tops Walk Score’s 10 Most Walkable U.S. Cities

    April 9, 2015

    Walk Score, now owned by internet brokerage Redfin, has released its 2015 ranking of the most walkable U.S. cities with populations exceeding 300,000. New York, the nation’s most walkable city, has increased its lead over San Francisco, which came in second.

  • The 2014 Annual Report

    April 8, 2015

    The 2014 Annual Report tells stories of ULI members making a positive impact every day in their communities, and it highlights members’ extraordinary contributions in advancing the ULI mission to create thriving, sustainable communities worldwide.

  • Cities Outpaced Suburbs in Job Growth during the Great Recession

    April 8, 2015

    From 2007 to 2011, jobs grew faster in many downtowns than in surrounding areas, reversing a nearly 60-year-long trend in the United States. This is according to research by City Observatory, a think tank based in Portland, Oregon.

  • REITs Volatile amid Spinoff and Interest Rate Talk

    April 6, 2015

    Real estate investment trusts were volatile in March. By month-end, the FTSE NAREIT All REIT Index had slightly underperformed the broader markets with a gain of 1.15 percent. Meanwhile, more companies are being urged to spin-off their real estate assets into REITs. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • Finding Value from Energy Efficiency in Houston’s Biggest Buildings

    April 6, 2015

    A new grouping of real estate and energy experts is setting out to show Houston’s building owners, occupiers, and investors how to add value by subtracting energy.

  • Third Time’s a Charm for Jacksonville’s Crowdfunding Festival

    April 6, 2015

    Now in its third year, the OneSpark festival highlights entrepreneurial projects in both a juried competition and a popular vote in what is touted as the “world’s biggest crowdfunding festival.” There will be 555 official OneSpark creator projects this year.

  • ULI Report: Houston’s NRG Astrodome “Can and Should Live On”

    April 2, 2015

    Houston’s iconic NRG Astrodome “can and should live on” as a multiuse park, according to a report released by ULI. The Harris County Commissioners Court, the county’s governing body, has approved the proposal and referred it to the county’s Sports and Convention Corp.

  • Before the Storm: Strengthening Communities with Resilience Thinking

    April 1, 2015

    How do we decide where best to invest our creativity and finite resources to make places safer, stronger, and ready to withstand acute shocks? The latest findings include better financial underwriting standards but also stronger interpersonal human networks.

  • Creating the Leading Urban Think Tank in the Sun Belt

    March 30, 2015

    Last fall, William Fulton, a former mayor and planner by training, left Southern California to take a new position at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University in Houston. Leveraging Rice’s strengths in computer science, architecture, civil engineering, and other disciplines, Fulton hopes to establish the leading urban think tank in the Sun Belt.

  • U.S. Office Occupancy at Seven-Year High

    March 30, 2015

    According to a new report from CBRE Research, annual tenant demand, as measured by net absorption, totaled 52.7 million square feet (4.9 million sq m) in 2014—the highest annual amount since 2007.

  • Biotech Industry Drives Life Science REITs

    March 30, 2015

    Fueled by strong expansion among life science companies, the two major pure-play life science real estate investment trusts (REITs) are expanding their portfolios through both acquisitions and new development, with earnings that reflect the benefits of this growth. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • 13 Urban Trends to Watch

    March 26, 2015

    In an excerpt from his new book, Urban Real Estate Investment: A New Era of Opportunity, Henry Cisneros making the case for the forces of change that will create a new urban reality.

  • Moscow Reconnects with Its River

    March 26, 2015

    The Crimean Embankment, a 4.5-acre (1.8 ha) site, was fully pedestrianized just over a year ago. Not long ago, this sort of public space was hard to imagine anywhere in Moscow. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin is intent on changing this—and making over this 0.6-mile (1 km) stretch of riverfront is just the beginning.

  • The Growing Separation of People and Jobs in Metropolitan America

    March 26, 2015

    Between 2000 and 2012, the number of jobs within the typical commute distance for residents in a major metro area fell by 7 percent, according to new research by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

  • Slow Housing Construction Activity and Exports Pull Down Timber REITs

    March 23, 2015

    News of plunging February housing starts in the United States prompts a look at timber real estate investment trusts (REITs). Timber REIT performance is closely tied to timber production and prices, as well as to construction and exports. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • Report Estimates Sprawl’s Cost to United States at $1 Trillion per Year

    March 23, 2015

    Urban sprawl costs the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion annually, according to a new study by the New Climate Economy, a global commission on the economy and climate.

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