Author: Anita Kramer

Articles by Anita Kramer

  • Real Estate Business Barometer: April 2013
    Published on April 08, 2013 in Market Trends
    Multifamily commercial transactions vaulted last month, even as all other sectors declined, but buyer appetite showed overall strength. The stall in employment growth and decline in unemployment rate does raise questions about the economy.
  • Real Estate Business Barometer: March 2013
    Published on March 11, 2013 in Market Trends
    Industrial and retail property sectors gathered steam as absorption vaulted; retail rents reversed their 4.5-year slide. Commercial property transactions calmed down following an impressive end-of-year spike, but buyer appetite otherwise showed strength.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — February 2013
    Published on February 04, 2013 in Market Trends
    Buyer appetite for commercial property hit post-recession highs; permits and starts of all housing types continue to hit high notes; condominium sales are staging a strong comeback.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — January 2013
    Published on January 07, 2013 in Market Trends
    Buyer appetite for commercial property softened a bit; the upward trajectory of permits and starts of all housing types is unabated; economic indicators continue to reflect sustained moderate growth.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — December 2012
    Published on December 10, 2012 in Market Trends
    Apartment fundamentals shine even brighter; buyer appetite for commercial property continues unabated as prices close in on four-year highs and cap rates compress; economic indicators point to sustained moderate growth.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — November 2012
    Published on November 05, 2012 in Market Trends
    Commercial property returns slowed but buyer appetite remained steady. Permits, starts and new homes sales are at multi-year highs; the release of IPhone 5 boosted retail sales.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — October 2012
    Published on October 08, 2012 in Market Trends
    Lows and highs were energized this month: unemployment dropped to an almost four-year low; cap rates stayed near four-year lows, but moved enough to suggest a broadening buyer appetite for secondary markets; CMBS issuance vaulted to an almost five-year high; and multifamily permits were near four-year highs.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — September 2012
    Published on September 10, 2012 in Market Trends
    Apartment fundamentals are sizzling as rents and vacancy rates continued to improve; completions continued their U-shaped recovery, and absorption doubled. Commercial property transactions dropped sharply in all but the office sector, where transactions were just slightly off; prices barely changed, remaining at three-year highs. Economic indicators, at best, point to a pause in near-term optimism.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — August 2012
    Published on August 06, 2012 in Market Trends
    Buyer appetite for commercial property remains strong as indicated by continued low cap rates, rising transactions, and prices at three-and-a-half-year highs. Multifamily construction took a break from its recent momentum; single-family construction continued upward even as new home sales dropped dramatically. Existing housing prices are taking off, at least for now. But weak economic indicators continue to raise fears that any emerging strength can be easily knocked off course.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — July 2012
    Published on July 09, 2012 in Market Trends
    The top 10 trends in this month’s Barometer highlight muted growth in the economy, mixed signals in the capital markets, and a housing market that continues on a low simmer.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — June 2012
    Published on June 04, 2012 in Market Trends
    The top 12 trends in this month’s Barometer highlight a wavering economy, more down than up signals in the capital markets, mixed directions in property fundamentals, and a housing market that remains on a low simmer. Still, 76 percent of the key indicators in the Barometer are better than a year ago, 1 percent remain the same, and only 23 percent are worse.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — May 2012
    Published on May 07, 2012 in Market Trends
    The top 12 trends in this month’s Barometer highlight a tepid economy, uneven signals in the capital markets, and a housing market on a low simmer. Still, compared with a year ago, 76 percent of the key indicators in the Barometer are better, 1 percent remained the same, and only 23 percent are worse.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — April 2012
    Published on April 09, 2012 in Market Trends
    The top 12 trends in this month’s Barometer point to mixed signals everywhere—in the economy, capital markets, and housing market. Still, compared with a year ago, 79 percent of the key indicators in the Barometer are better and only 21 percent are worse.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — March 2012
    Published on March 12, 2012 in Market Trends
    The top 12 trends in this month’s Barometer point to an evolving confidence in the economy, weakened signals in the capital markets, mixed directions in property fundamentals, and a sustained spark in the weak housing market.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — February 2012
    Published on February 06, 2012 in Market Trends
    The top 12 trends in this month’s Barometer point to prudent optimism on the economy, a better mix of signals in the capital markets, and a sustained spark in the weak housing market.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — January 2012
    Published on January 09, 2012 in Market Trends
    The top 11 trends in this month’s Barometer point to cautious optimism in the economy, mixed signals in the capital markets, and a welcome spark in the weak housing market. Compared with a year ago, 67 percent of the key indicators in the Barometer are better and 33 percent are worse.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — December 2011
    Published on December 05, 2011 in Market Trends
    The top ten trends in this month’s Barometer point to sparks as well as concerns in the economy, some weak signals in the capital markets, and some glimmer in the weak housing market. Compared with a year ago, 57 percent of the key indicators in the Barometer are better and 43 percent are worse.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — November 2011
    Published on November 14, 2011 in Market Trends
    The top ten trends in this month’s Barometer point to a less-than-dynamic economy, some solid signals in the capital markets, mixed property fundamentals and a surprise in the otherwise weak housing market.
  • ULI Report Explores Investment, Development Potential of China’s Lesser-Known Cities
    Published on October 11, 2011 in Development
    ULI’s first China Cities Survey report, based on a survey conducted this past March to gauge investment and development prospects for 16 of China’s larger cities, found the majority to be “of strong interest” to investors active in the region. Read which cities ranked highest for investment possibilities and how they stacked up against U.S. and European cities.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — October 2011
    Published on October 10, 2011 in Market Trends
    The top nine trends in this month’s Barometer point to low-level limbo in the economy, diverging signals in the capital markets, and renewed challenges in the housing market. Compared with a year ago, 52 percent of the key indicators in the Barometer are better while 48 percent are worse.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — September 2011
    Published on September 06, 2011 in Market Trends
    The top 8 trends in this month’s Barometer point to an evolving fragility as economic indicators reacted strongly to early August’s federal political and financial turmoil; real estate capital markets are mixed, if only because some key positive indicators are reported on a lagging basis; and housing data remains weak.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — August 2011
    Published on August 08, 2011 in Market Trends
    This month’s Barometer data are a study in disparity. Whether this turns out to be the calm before the storm remains to be seen. Second-quarter GDP growth was alarmingly weak; capital markets indicators fared well; commercial real estate fundamentals improved for apartments and hotels; and the weak housing data stay weak.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — July 2011
    Published on July 11, 2011 in Market Trends
    Yet another blow to hopes for a speedy recovery dominates this month’s Barometer data. Job growth was stunningly low and the previous month’s low employment growth was revised even lower; capital markets indicators were mixed at best; and the weak housing data remained weak.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — June 2011
    Published on June 06, 2011 in Market Trends
    A jarring blow to hopes for a smooth, if not speedy, recovery dominates this month’s Barometer data. Job growth was the lowest in eight months and the impact of rising food and energy prices was widespread; capital markets indicators were down; and the weak housing data stay weak.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — May 2011
    Published on May 09, 2011 in Market Trends
    Robust employment growth dominates this month’s Barometer economic data, seesawing continues in the capital markets, property fundamentals are somewhat improved, and the weak housing data stay very weak. Overall, 54 percent of key indicators in the Barometer are worse than they were one year ago, 44 percent are better, and 2 percent are unchanged.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — April 2011
    Published on April 04, 2011 in Market Trends
    Sustained, moderate strength in some of this month’s economic data creates a creditable sense of well-being, while see-sawing continues in the Barometer capital markets data and the weak housing data stay very weak. Overall, 51 percent of key indicators in the Barometer were worse when compared with one year ago, 44 percent were better, and 5 percent were unchanged. Read more about the economy, real estate capital markets, housing, and commercial/multifamily investment property.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — March 2011
    Published on March 07, 2011 in Market Trends
    It has taken a while to get here but the current month-to-month data offers a more pleasing view than a year ago. Still, persistent challenges remain. Compared with one year ago, 53 percent of key indicators in the Barometer were better, 39 percent were worse, and 8 percent were unchanged.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — February 2011
    Published on February 07, 2011 in Market Trends
    The real estate economy is continuing to turn in the right direction, albeit slowly and with a long way to go. Compared with one year ago, 55 percent of 64 key indicators were better in January 2011. Read more about the economy and real estate markets.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — January 2011
    Published on January 10, 2011 in Market Trends
    This month’s data are a mixed bag best approached with a healthy dose of perspective. The instances of positive figures are encouraging, but those figures are still not at levels high enough nor extensive enough to point to a vigorous recovery. And there are still seemingly unshakable issues to overcome in the economy and real estate markets.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — December 2010
    Published on December 06, 2010 in Market Trends
    This month’s data offer little to support broad-based momentum in either the economy or the real estate market. The few positive figures are encouraging, but the numbers are not at a high enough level to point to robust recovery. Read a summary of more than 70 key indicators of the performance of the economy, real estate capital markets, housing, and commercial/multifamily investment property.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — November 2010
    Published on November 09, 2010 in Market Trends
    Looking beyond the two elephants in this month’s Barometer that just won’t budge—the high unemployment rate and the weak housing market—there are more than the usual number of positive signs in other sectors. Still, certain indicators continue to decline and even some of the positive gains remain weak when compared to historical trends. Read a summary of more than 60 key indicators of the economy, real estate capital markets, housing, and commercial/multifamily investment property.
  • Sourcing Equity in Today’s Environment
    Published on October 19, 2010 in Development
    Current investment strategies of three major companies were the topic of this session, as the panel discussed the location, property types and financing structures of recent deals. There was also some general discussion about moving away from the ‘buy low-sell high’ approach towards participating in the various debt and equity capital stocks as a way to invest in projects. What development opportunities are the leading companies pursuing now?
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — October 2010
    Published on October 08, 2010 in Market Trends
    This month’s ULI Barometer is laced with fluctuations in both directions, but even the most positive gains are still very weak when compared to historical trends. August data from the housing sector remains bleak and commercial property prices fell, but REIT sectors returns were positive, and property sales volumes continued to rise. Read a summary of more than 60 key indicators of the economy, real estate capital markets, housing, and commercial/multifamily investment property.
  • ULI Real Estate Business Barometer — September 2010
    Published on September 07, 2010 in Market Trends
    Disappointing reversals and changes are abundant in this month’s ULI Barometer, although there is a touch of positive news, as well. Read more in ULI's Real Estate Business Barometer, a monthly summary of more than 60 key indicators of the economy, employment, and the real estate market.