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    April

  • 04-02-14

    Vancouver’s Housing: Buoyed by a Chinese Wave

    The area’s housing is among the least affordable in the world. How much of that is attributable to Chinese expats is the subject of an ongoing debate.

  • 04-02-14

    Forecast: Commercial Property Transactions on Course to Reach a Ten-Year High by 2016

    A new survey by the Urban Land Institute and EY forecasts that activity in the commercial sector will soon reach levels not seen since 2006. The housing sector is also expected to continue its rebound, albeit at a somewhat slower pace than previously predicted.

  • 04-02-14

    Report: Atlanta, Nashville Areas Rated among Worst for Sprawl

    According to a report by Smart Growth America, Southern cities like Atlanta and Nashville are among the least dense, but California’s Riverside also makes the bottom 10.

  • March

  • 03-31-14

    Monday’s Numbers: March 31, 2014

    Maturing loans are back. Published reports from sources including conventional and securitized commercial mortgage lenders, commercial bankers, and investment bankers show that the real estate industry will continue to be challenged by the amount of loans maturing from 2014 to 2017.

  • 03-31-14

    Capturing the “Internet of Things” for Real Estate Development

    At last year’s Consumer Electronics Show, a unique fusion occurred: real estate, which ultimately is about presence, met phones and other devices that link people and places.

  • 03-28-14

    Previewing the ULI/EY Real Estate Consensus Forecast

    Next week, ULI will release the ULI/EY Real Estate Consensus Forecast, a semiannual report based on a survey of 39 of the nation’s leading real estate economists and analysts. The report looks at several broad benchmarks including gross domestic product and the unemployment rate, but also indices specific to the real estate industry.

  • 03-28-14

    Vancouver among Cities Still Waiting for Bike Sharing

    Bike-share programs planned for several North American cities are on hold due to the bankruptcy of Montreal-based Bixi, a major supplier of bikes and docks.

  • 03-27-14

    Coming Up in Vancouver: Rebound for Commercial Inventory

    After years of virtually no construction, seven new office and mixed-use buildings are under development, poised to add millions of square feet of space by the end of 2016.

  • 03-27-14

    Building in Harmony with Surroundings

    It was about four or five years ago when Vancouver feng shui consultant Marlyna Los experienced an uptick in calls from area real estate agents and developers.

  • 03-24-14

    Monday’s Numbers: March 24, 2014

    The Trepp survey for the period ending March 14, 2014, showed spreads unchanged across all product categories, with the implied ten-year rate for properties with 50 percent to 59 percent loan-to-value ratios remaining in the 4.25 percent range.