New Developments

  • Rising Rents—and Repurcussions

    June 29, 2015 Residential rents are at the crisis level, according to real estate economists who addressed a gathering of the National Association of Real Estate Editors in Miami last week. In addition to crowding out renters’ other budget items, including necessities such as dental care, the ongoing lack of affordability is hindering the market for home purchases.
  • REITs Continue to Tap Unsecured Notes Market

    June 29, 2015 This year, real estate investment trusts (REITs) have raised $17.1 billion of capital through the sale of unsecured notes, bringing the total raised over the past two and a half years to just more than $75 billion. That is more than they raised during the previous five years. The low rates have allowed REITs to issue ten-year bonds with coupons as low as 2.75 percent. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.
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New Developments

  • Rising Rents—and Repurcussions

    June 29, 2015 Residential rents are at the crisis level, according to real estate economists who addressed a gathering of the National Association of Real Estate Editors in Miami last week. In addition to crowding out renters’ other budget items, including necessities such as dental care, the ongoing lack of affordability is hindering the market for home purchases.
  • REITs Continue to Tap Unsecured Notes Market

    June 29, 2015 This year, real estate investment trusts (REITs) have raised $17.1 billion of capital through the sale of unsecured notes, bringing the total raised over the past two and a half years to just more than $75 billion. That is more than they raised during the previous five years. The low rates have allowed REITs to issue ten-year bonds with coupons as low as 2.75 percent. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.
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    Converting Mill Space into Affordable Housing in the Twin Cities

    Minneapolis-based Dominium is cooking up a new use for the former Pillsbury flour mill complex on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Four buildings on the 3.2-acre (1.3 ha) site are being transformed into the A-Mill Artist Lofts, a 251-unit affordable housing project that will serve working artists.

  • 800cityhall Sustainability

    Modernizing San Francisco’s Century-Old City Hall

    Soon to celebrate its centennial, San Francisco’s historic City Hall was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification for Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance (EBOM), the oldest building in the United States to achieve the USGBC’s highest rating.

  • 800marinabay_19 Planning & Design

    Six Finalists Selected for ULI’s Urban Open Space Award

    ULI has announced six finalists for its global Urban Open Space Award, an annual competition that recognizes outstanding examples of successful large- and small-scale public spaces that have socially enriched and revitalized their surrounding communities.

  • cypher1_800x467 Market Trends

    Rethinking Real Estate Education

    In an opinion piece for Urban Land, Matthew Cypher, director of the Real Estate Finance Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, says the hands-on training of other industries such as health care can provide new models for real estate education.

Recent Articles

  • Understanding the Benefits and Costs of World-Class High-Speed Rail

    June 29, 2015

    The chairman of the UK’s High Speed 2 transport project says that one of his “major challenges” in managing the multibillion-pound north–south rail link is to convince the public of its benefits, speaking at ULI Europe’s Real Estate Trends Conference in London.

  • Drivers of Change for the Global Real Estate Industry

    June 29, 2015

    Wearable technology, driverless cars, and the sharing economy are challenging the real estate industry to design cities with alternative buildings and services to keep pace with changing lifestyles, a leading design consultant said at the ULI’s Real Estate Trends conference in London.

  • Rising Rents—and Repurcussions

    June 29, 2015

    Residential rents are at the crisis level, according to real estate economists who addressed a gathering of the National Association of Real Estate Editors in Miami last week. In addition to crowding out renters’ other budget items, including necessities such as dental care, the ongoing lack of affordability is hindering the market for home purchases.

  • REITs Continue to Tap Unsecured Notes Market

    June 29, 2015

    This year, real estate investment trusts (REITs) have raised $17.1 billion of capital through the sale of unsecured notes, bringing the total raised over the past two and a half years to just more than $75 billion. That is more than they raised during the previous five years. The low rates have allowed REITs to issue ten-year bonds with coupons as low as 2.75 percent. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • Report: Construction Lags as U.S. Homeownership Continues to Slide

    June 26, 2015

    U.S. homeownership rates continue to slide, single-family construction remains near historic lows, and existing-home sales have slowed, according to Harvard’s State of the Nation’s Housing 2015 report.

  • ULI Announces Five Finalists for Kemp Housing Awards

    June 26, 2015

    The ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing has announced the finalists of this year’s Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award competition, a program that honors developments that ensure housing affordability for people with a range of incomes. The winners will be announced later this year during a general session at the 2015 ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

  • ULI Europe Report Makes Case for Investing in Density

    June 26, 2015

    Embracing “good” density should be a priority for cities, according to Density: Drivers, Dividends, and Debates, a new ULI report. Written by Greg Clark, ULI Europe senior fellow, and Emily Moir, director of the Business of Cities Ltd., the report argues that well-managed and well-serviced densification is the best strategy for contending with growing populations in cities.

  • Developing Private Accessory Dwellings

    June 26, 2015

    Large homebuilders—and small-scale specialists—are coming up with ways to increase the supply of affordable and versatile accessory dwellings.

  • In Print: Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City

    June 26, 2015

    Railtown chronicles the latest chapter in the Los Angeles saga—the city’s transition from a smoggy, car-loving, freeway-dominated megacity to an emerging cluster of walkable urban centers linked by public transit, including light and heavy rail as well as buses.

  • ULI Survey: Investors Cautiously Optimistic on Mainland China

    June 26, 2015

    Investors are cautiously optimistic about investment and development prospects in the Chinese Mainland’s Tier 1 and leading Tier 2 cities, as well as those located in economically prosperous coastal regions, as demand for new housing and office space rises with the country’s burgeoning high-tech industry and the expansion of high-speed rail lines and subway infrastructure, according to Chinese Mainland Real Estate Markets 2015, released by the Urban Land Institute.

  • Better Data Collection–through Light Fixtures

    June 26, 2015

    On top of offering energy-efficient lighting, LED systems can collect and transmit data on their environment-and the people in it.

  • Making Downtowns What They Used to Be

    June 26, 2015

    Eight rules for building vibrant places where people can live, work, and play.

  • Let Them Commute: The Bay Area’s Housing Crunch

    June 23, 2015

    In an opinion piece for Urban Land, ULI Foundation Governor and developer John McNellis argues that the lack of affordable housing in places like California’s Palo Alto hinders one of America’s fastest growing job markets.

  • What Does Increased Construction Mean for Apartment REITs?

    June 22, 2015

    Is increased construction good or bad for apartment real estate investment trusts (REITs)? This question took center stage last week with the release of May data on multifamily completions and permit activity by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • May/June Issue of Urban Land Is Available for Download

    June 22, 2015

    The latest issue of Urban Land is now available for download via the app. If you have not downloaded it before, you can do so now at no charge. The cover package for this issue is titled “Crafting Authenticity: Designing retail spaces that consumers embrace.”

  • Importing More Energy-Efficient Techniques

    June 22, 2015

    As tougher energy efficiency standards become the norm for new buildings, older buildings will be expected to keep up, said panelists at the ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Tokyo.

  • Patient Capital for New Communities

    June 22, 2015

    Planned communities require long-term financial commitments and sophisticated oversight from capital sources.

  • Restoring Dublin’s Missing Link: The Grangegorman Urban Quarter Development

    June 22, 2015

    A historic site, long walled off from the rest of the Irish capital, is being brought back to life for health and education uses.

  • Unique Narratives Required for Transformative Mixed-Use Developments

    June 22, 2015

    For mixed-use development to be truly transformative, it needs a story, panelists said at the ULI Asia Pacific Summit, held June 3 in Tokyo.

  • In Print: Next Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works

    June 22, 2015

    Rather than picturing a nation scrambling for elusive funds to patch up these old facilities, author Hillary Brown envisions a smarter, less expensive, and more resilient way to build the next generation of U.S. infrastructure. The former director of New York City’s Office of Sustainable Design, the author is now principal in the firm New Civic Works and a professor at the City College of New York

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