Author: Brad Berton
Brad Berton is Portland, Oregon–based freelance writing specializing in real estate and development topics.
Articles by Brad Berton
- How Singapore Acquired Control of Four U.S. Resorts
Published on January 10, 2014 in Capital Markets
Perhaps nothing illustrates the precipitous fall of the U.S. resort sector as the saga that put a quartet of household-name properties under the control of a sovereign wealth fund.
- Destination Resorts: Vacation Clouds Are Clearing
Published on December 13, 2013 in Market Trends
Three years into the recovery of the destination resort sector, the wayside remains littered with casualties from the previous boom-and-bust cycle. The primary culprit: crushing debt.
- An Environmental Model for the Next 250 Years: Seattle’s Bullitt Center
Published on November 26, 2013 in Sustainability
A key goal of Seattle's Bullitt Center project is to demonstrate that by holistically integrating a synergistic combination of performance-based design, engineering, and operating strategies, a good-sized commercial office development can achieve those zero nets today—without heavy reliance on overly complex or highly customized systems.
- 12 Essentials for Better Block Success
Published on September 04, 2013 in Infrastructure
Team Better Block founders Jason Roberts and Andrew Howard share their 12 tips for a successful "Block" party, including proximity to residential neighborhoods and potential for multimodal street and transit infrastructure such as bicycle lanes.
- Better Block Movement Shows Potential in Struggling Neighborhoods
Published on September 04, 2013 in Infrastructure
The Better Block movement demonstrates without any public sector assistance the vitality that could be brought to struggling neighborhoods in cities such as Dallas, San Antonio, and Norfolk, Virginia.
- Giving as Good as They Get: Zero-Energy Districts
Published on February 21, 2013 in Sustainability
A demonstration project in Fort Collins, Colorado, shows how to take the net-zero-energy concept into the neighborhood
- LEED for the Neighborhood
Published on September 15, 2012 in Sustainability
Three pilot projects replace blight with green, mixed-use development.
- Apartment Properties Pick Up Pace
Published on February 14, 2012 in Development
The prevailing sluggish employment growth notwithstanding, apartment rents are already rebounding at a surprisingly heady pace after an exceptionally slow construction period.
- Green Retrofit Financing
Published on September 15, 2011 in Sustainability
After a half decade of smallish pilot commercial programs, the retrofit financing structure known by the acronym PACE—for property-assessed clean energy—is becoming available to owners in several major markets, including Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Read how it works, and the differing approaches being taken in different cities in implementing the program.
- Is There Movement in the Industrial Real Estate Markets?
Published on August 17, 2011 in Industrial
With a weak dollar boosting global demand for U.S. exports and the domestic economy inching back from the brink, the health of most U.S. industrial real estate markets is improving, too. Nonetheless, the national vacancy rate remains stubbornly in double-digit territory at 10.2 percent. Read what advice experts at Cushman & Wakefield and other firms have for savvy landlords with vacancies to fill.
- What’s Next for Private Equity?
Published on July 18, 2011 in Market Trends
New capital rules restricting bank holding companies’ investments into real estate (and other) funds may not be fully implemented until 2017. But it has already become clear to many observers that some of Wall Street’s household names are now playing smaller—and different—roles in the institutional real estate advisory arena than has been the case over the past couple of decades.
- Joining Forces
Published on May 10, 2011 in Industrial
The expectation for the merged ProLogis and AMB is that the combined customer relationships, land banks, and financial resources will give it a leg up on a lot of its competition as it endeavors to expand its building portfolio. Read how analysts expect the firms’ respective geographic footprints to complement each other.
- Affordable Housing Demand
Published on April 12, 2011 in Industry Sectors
Demand for affordable housing tax credits is exceeding supply for the first time since the recession started digging in three years back, which bodes well for more affordable housing construction ahead. And it does not hurt that land, labor, materials, and capital costs are still largely well below where they were five years ago.
- Affordability Near Employment Centers
Published on April 12, 2011 in Residential
Whether revitalizing struggling communities or augmenting housing bases of high-cost neighborhoods, the winners of the 2010 Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Awards are helping working-class families afford to live near employment centers. The winners are in Washington, D.C.; Denver; Newton, Massachusetts; and Baltimore.
- Competing for Multifamily
Published on February 11, 2011 in Development
Following leaders Houston, Dallas–Fort Worth, and the District of Columbia area, the most active 2010 apartment construction markets include Los Angeles, Tampa, Seattle, Baltimore, Boston, Miami, and Indianapolis. Construction lenders are now competing for deals in these and other promising markets as developers make plans for the post-recession economy.
- Federal Stimulus Kick-Starts Development
Published on September 01, 2010 in Market Trends
It is hard to pinpoint how much of the $787 billion in federal economic stimulus funds is making its way into actual real estate developments, but projects adding value to real estate are under way, or on the way, in all four corners of the country—and many places in between. While the massive injection of taxpayer capital into the economy is not without its critics, it has prompted one of the biggest increases in construction spending the industry has experienced in a long time.