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  • 06-29-15

    Rising Rents—and Repurcussions

    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.

  • 06-29-15

    REITs Continue to Tap Unsecured Notes Market

    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.

  • 06-26-15

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

    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.

  • 06-26-15

    ULI Announces Five Finalists for Kemp Housing Awards

    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.

  • 06-26-15

    ULI Europe Report Makes Case for Investing in Density

    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.

  • 06-26-15

    Developing Private Accessory Dwellings

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

  • 06-26-15

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

    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.

  • 06-26-15

    ULI Survey: Investors Cautiously Optimistic on Mainland China

    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.

  • 06-26-15

    Better Data Collection–through Light Fixtures

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

  • 06-26-15

    Making Downtowns What They Used to Be

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