New Developments

  • In Print: ULI’s Bestselling Books for 2014

    December 22, 2014 This past quarter, three new books were published by the Urban Land Institute. Here is a complete list of the top 10 bestselling books for the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Thinking Bigger about the Role of Micro Units

    December 18, 2014 New research from the Urban Land Institute suggests that micro units—typically larger than a one-car garage, but smaller than a double—have staying power as a housing type that appeals to urban dwellers in high-cost markets who are willing to trade space for improved affordability and proximity to downtown neighborhoods.
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New Developments

  • In Print: ULI’s Bestselling Books for 2014

    December 22, 2014 This past quarter, three new books were published by the Urban Land Institute. Here is a complete list of the top 10 bestselling books for the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Thinking Bigger about the Role of Micro Units

    December 18, 2014 New research from the Urban Land Institute suggests that micro units—typically larger than a one-car garage, but smaller than a double—have staying power as a housing type that appeals to urban dwellers in high-cost markets who are willing to trade space for improved affordability and proximity to downtown neighborhoods.

Recent Articles

  • Monday’s Numbers: December 22, 2014

    December 22, 2014

    The Real Estate Roundtable released the results of its fourth-quarter 2014 Sentiment Survey. Topline findings included the following: increases in interest rates are likely to play out more slowly than expected, equity and debt capital for real estate is widely available, and return expectations have been dialed down by some investors who feel we are nearing the top of the current cycle.

  • In Print: ULI’s Bestselling Books for 2014

    December 22, 2014

    This past quarter, three new books were published by the Urban Land Institute. Here is a complete list of the top 10 bestselling books for the fourth quarter of 2014.

  • Urban Land‘s Most Popular Articles for 2014

    December 22, 2014

    As we look forward to turning the calendar over to 2015 in a few days, we wanted to look back on the topics that resonated with the readers of Urban Land Online in the past year.

  • What the Financial Markets See for 2015

    December 22, 2014

    This year’s ULI McCoy Symposium on Real Estate Finance was titled “Real Estate Investment and Finance in a Post-Q.E. World,” and the mood in the room was quite positive regarding what that world will look like in 2015.

  • Thinking Bigger about the Role of Micro Units

    December 18, 2014

    New research from the Urban Land Institute suggests that micro units—typically larger than a one-car garage, but smaller than a double—have staying power as a housing type that appeals to urban dwellers in high-cost markets who are willing to trade space for improved affordability and proximity to downtown neighborhoods.

  • Monday’s Numbers: December 15, 2014

    December 15, 2014

    The Trepp survey for the week ended December 5th, showed spreads relatively unchanged over the past 30 days, with the average spread increasing 2 basis points. The implied all-in cost of for a 10-year mortgage remains in the 3.50 percent to 4.00 percent range; last year at this time we were talking rates of 4.50 percent to 5.00 percent.

  • Product Council Insight: Outlook for Master-Planned Communities

    December 15, 2014

    Members of ULI’s Master-Planned Communities Council discuss factors that homebuyers look for in communities; ways that developers are partnering to enhance access to retail, health care, education, and other services; strategies for fostering a sense of community among residents; and other trends.

  • How Historical Designations Affect Property Values

    December 15, 2014

    A recent study of historic neighborhoods in New York City found that the designation boosted property values — except in Manhattan.

  • ULI to Offer Recommendations on Reuses for NRG Astrodome

    December 12, 2014

    A group of nationally renowned land use and urban planning experts has been convened by the Urban Land Institute to make recommendations regarding the redevelopment and reuse of the NRG Astrodome to the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation.

  • Insurers Need Support to Mitigate Impacts of Climate Change on the Built Environment

    December 12, 2014

    While the insurance industry is developing new risk standards for natural disasters, according to a ULI white paper, the real estate sector and governments also must play an active role in climate change adaptation

  • How Best to Retrofit Housing for Earthquakes? Rezone and Densify

    December 11, 2014

    Could San Francisco’s landlords finance badly needed earthquake retrofits by converting garages into “granny flats” while also adding badly needed affordable housing?

  • KPF President and Renowned Architect Paul Katz Has Passed

    December 8, 2014

    Paul Katz, president and managing principal of global architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and a ULI member, died November 20 in Manhattan. He had been undergoing treatment for cancer, with which he had only recently been diagnosed, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He was 57.

  • Monday’s Numbers: December 8, 2014

    December 8, 2014

    The Trepp survey for the week ending November 28, 2014, showed spreads relatively unchanged over the past 30 days, with the average spread declining 1 basis point. During the period, borrowers benefited from a 12-basis-point decline in the yield on ten-year Treasury notes. The implied all-in cost of 3.6 percent is 104—repeat, 104—basis points lower than it was on December 31, 2013.

  • How Street Network Design Affects Your Health

    December 8, 2014

    A study of 24 California cities with an array of street design characteristics found that living in cities with high intersection density—a measure of compactness—significantly reduces the risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

  • ULI Survey Ranks Tokyo, Jakarta, and Osaka as Top Real Estate Investment Markets in Asia

    December 8, 2014

    Japan remains a favored country for real estate activity in Asia, with Tokyo and Osaka ranked first and third, respectively, in terms of investment and development prospects for next year, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Asia Pacific 2015, a real estate forecast jointly published by the Urban Land Institute and PwC.

  • November-December Issue of Urban Land Is Available for Download

    December 8, 2014

    For those of you who have already downloaded the Urban Land app, the latest issue is now available. If you have not downloaded the app for Android or Apple devices, feel free to do so now, also at no charge.

  • Opinion: Housing America’s Increasingly Diverse Population

    December 4, 2014

    In an excerpt from his 2013 John T. Dunlop Lecture, J. Ronald Terwilliger suggests society should focus less on subsidizing higher-income homeowners and more on helping lower-income renters, as well as low-wealth homebuyers.

  • ULI Foundation Governor, Former Trustee Kenneth Hughes Has Passed

    December 4, 2014

    Kenneth H. Hughes, a ULI Foundation governor and former ULI trustee, died November 29 after a brief illness. Hughes, a Dallas-based real estate developer, had as his signature and pioneering project Mockingbird Station, the first transit-oriented development in Texas.

  • Monday’s Numbers: December 1, 2014

    December 1, 2014

    The Trepp survey was not conducted last week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. If the survey had been conducted, it most likely would have shown a decline in average spreads of 10 to 15 basis points, mirroring the recent decline in yields on ten-year Treasury bonds, which closed at 2.18 percent on November 28.

  • Rising Towers Escalate Need for Faster Lifts

    December 1, 2014

    When Shanghai Tower opens as China’s tallest building next year, the 2,073-foot (632 m) tower will feature elevators capable of traveling 40.3 miles (64.8 km) per hour. But how fast can modern elevators go without sacrificing comfort?

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