Market Trends


In Print: Open for Business: Building the New Cuban Economy

Many observers are wondering how Cuba and its economy will react to the opening of relations with the United States, and Richard E. Feinberg, a senior fellow in the Latin America initiative at the Brookings Institution, explores the question in his book Open for Business: Building the New Cuban Economy.

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Audio: The Challenges of Unbuilding a City

National Public Radio’s podcast Planet Money recently looked at why demolishing a single block of abandoned homes in Baltimore took more than a decade.

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Beyond the Bay Area: Austin, Dallas among Top Cities Adding Tech Talent

San Francisco remains the leading U.S. tech market, but the competition for talent is getting tougher as more highly skilled tech workers—especially millennials—are flocking to cities where the cost of living is lower and tech jobs are plentiful, according to CBRE Group’s annual research report Scoring Tech Talent. Austin and Dallas/Forth Worth ranked fifth and sixth respectively in this year’s report.

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In Print: A Good Tax: Legal and Policy Issues for the Property Tax in the United States

An attorney by training and chair of the Department of Valuation and Taxation at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, author Joan Youngman presents a crisp and balanced review of the complex administrative and political challenges posed by the assessment and collection of the annual property tax.

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Recent Articles

  • Tackling Affordability in Asia

    August 1, 2016

    Affordable housing means many different things across the Asia Pacific region, but in every nation, the driving issue in its provision is the cost of land. That should come as no surprise; the Asian population of 4.3 billion represents 57 percent of the world total, according to United Nations data, but Asia has only 30 percent of the world’s land mass.

  • Invasion of the Tech Tenants

    Technology tenants’ leasing volume is at a historic high. But you have to negotiate leases differently when a tenant wants a climbing wall, dense occupancy ratios—and a welcoming attitude toward dogs and bicycles.

  • July/August Issue of Urban Land Is Available for Download

    The latest issue of the magazine is now available for download in the Urban Land app. The cover package for this issue is titled “Home Sweet: Softening the Edges for Dense, Urban Living.” Other topics include “Housing: Repurposing Office Space,” “Japan: Calling Uber,” and “Technology: A New Kind of Tenant.”

  • What Urbanizing Cities across the Globe Can Learn from Foshan

    July 20, 2016

    The city of Foshan lies at the heart of one of China’s most fertile deltas, across the Pearl River from the Guangdong provincial capital of Guangzhou. With 7.3 million people and a gross domestic product topping US$100 billion, Foshan serves as an exemplar of both the achievements of and challenges faced by China’s emerging metropolitan areas. Yet, with all its success, Foshan faces the same challenges as most cities around the world—attracting and retaining talent.

  • The Power of Nice: Negotiating So That Everyone Wins

    July 7, 2016

    Negotiators come out ahead by creating win-win deals that help build lasting relationships, said Ron Shapiro, speaking at this year’s ULI Washington Real Estate Trends Conference. Shapiro has previously worked as a top sports agent, lawyer, and businessman.

  • Harvard Study Finds U.S. Rental Affordability in Crisis Despite Housing Recovery

    June 29, 2016

    While the U.S. rental market has continued to expand, the markets for single-family houses and condominiums is still recovering. Affordability is an acute problem in both, according to the findings of the latest State of the Nation’s Housing report, issued by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

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