Fueled by strong expansion among life science companies, the two major pure-play life science real estate investment trusts (REITs) are expanding their portfolios through both acquisitions and new development, with earnings that reflect the benefits of this growth.Read More
News of plunging February housing starts in the United States prompts a look at timber real estate investment trusts (REITs). Timber REIT performance is closely tied to timber production and prices, as well as to construction and exports. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.Read More
Hostile takeovers are unusual among real estate investment trusts (REITs), so two large recently announced deals are drawing significant attention.Read More
The movement of capital from East to West is likely to remain the major influence on real estate markets in 2015, according to Global Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2015, a summary report of all three Emerging Trends in Real Estate reports reflecting global real estate investor sentiment, published jointly by PwC and the Urban Land Institute.Read More
Banking and finance regulations—and government gridlock—are other top concerns voiced by survey respondents.
According to Trulia’s chief economist, U.S. home prices were 2 percent undervalued in the fourth quarter of 2014. But the most overvalued market in the country is now Austin, at 16 percent overvalue, followed by Orange County and Los Angeles in southern California. Nine of the 100 largest metro areas are 10 percent or more overvalued.
Competition for prime assets in Europe’s major real estate markets is leading investors to continue their move into secondary assets and recovering markets, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2015, a forecast published jointly by ULI and PwC.
The Real Estate Roundtable released the results of its fourth-quarter 2014 Sentiment Survey. Topline findings included the following: increases in interest rates are likely to play out more slowly than expected, equity and debt capital for real estate is widely available, and return expectations have been dialed down by some investors who feel we are nearing the top of the current cycle.
This year’s 21st annual ULI/McCoy Symposium on Real Estate Finance, titled “Real Estate Investment and Finance in a Post-Q.E. World,” found participants to be quite positive regarding what that world will look like in 2015.
The Trepp survey for the week ended December 5th, showed spreads relatively unchanged over the past 30 days, with the average spread increasing 2 basis points. The implied all-in cost of for a 10-year mortgage remains in the 3.50 percent to 4.00 percent range; last year at this time we were talking rates of 4.50 percent to 5.00 percent.