Capital Markets


Could New Supply of Apartments Slow Rising Rents?

Landlords are confident that apartments are not overbuilt, and rents continue to increase in many markets, but real estate investment trust investors are less certain. This year, deliveries are reaching new peaks, and investor worries about a market softening are reflected in the sector’s –1.12 percent year-to-date total return. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

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Health Care REITs Outperform Despite a Murky Horizon

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act has driven both health care–related job growth and demand for real estate in the United States. But health care REITs are not immune from external market challenges, and they have thrived in the current low interest rate environment. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

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REITs Adapt to Changing Market in April

Real estate investment trusts pulled back in April amid mixed news on interest rates and first-quarter earnings. REIT merger and acquisition activity is on the upswing, and the first REIT initial public offering of the year also occurred, as MGM Growth Properties raised $1.05 billion. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

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ULI Case Study: AF Bornot Dye Works—Philadelphia

AF Bornot Dye Works is a loft apartment and retail project in central Philadelphia that involved the adaptive use and restoration of three timber and concrete factory buildings. The capital stack assembled for this project was unusually complex, partly because of its unusual mix of uses, its location outside the Center City core, and the challenges posed by historic rehabilitation.

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Recent Articles

  • The Power of Crowdfunding in Real Estate

    April 29, 2016

    Since Congress legalized crowdfunding for real estate projects in 2012, the internet-based financing source has grown dramatically, from $396.4 million in 2013 to $2.5 billion in 2015, according to the Los Angeles–based research and advisory firm Massolutions.

  • Learning in Real Time: Forecasting Three Years of Slower Growth

    April 26, 2016

    The economic forecast for the next three years likely will be mixed, panelists said at the ULI Spring Meeting in Philadelphia, thanks to slowing productivity, job growth that is relegated primarily to low-wage sectors, and imbalances in real estate markets driven by shifting consumer preferences and incomes.

  • Vanguard’s McNabb Sees “Continued Muted Growth” in U.S. Economy

    April 22, 2016

    The U.S. economy remains in good shape with steady, if unspectacular, growth, the head of one of the world’s largest investment management companies said at the opening of the general session at ULI’s Spring Meeting in Philadelphia.

  • Will There Be “Extra Innings” for This Lower Leverage Cycle?

    April 21, 2016

    Speaking at the 2016 ULI Spring Meeting in Philadelphia, panelists said that while valuations are quite high, the relatively low levels of leverage may mitigate some of the boom-to-bust tendencies of past building cycles.

  • Most U.S. Markets See Declining Office Vacancy, Despite Slight Increase Nationally

    April 18, 2016

    Vacancy in the U.S. office market inched up by 10 basis points (bps) during the first quarter of 2016 (Q1 2016), rising to 13.2 percent, according to the latest analysis from CBRE Group Inc. Even with the increase, the national office vacancy rate remains at the lowest level since 2008.

  • Data Centers Are a Leading REIT Sector in 2016

    Six data center real estate investment trusts are posting outsized returns this year. The sector has a market cap of $45.6 billion and year-to-date returns have totaled 13.06 percent, including a 3.01 percent dividend yield. Growth in data use and cloud computing is the driving force behind the sector’s expansion. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

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