Market Trends


Drawing Employers to Tap Boston’s Well-Educated Talent Pool

In a survey released in January by the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, Boston ranked third in desirability by foreign investors among U.S. cities (behind New York and Los Angeles). ULI Boston/New England recently hosted a program in which panelists discussed the thought processes of the leadership of the companies and investors who are wagering heavily on the continued success of the region.

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ULI Forecast Calls for Moderate Growth for Most U.S. Real Estate Sectors

While the growth of e-commerce and the shifting needs for open and smaller office spaces are having a marginal impact, most of these disruptive forces are still years away from having a substantive negative impact on the retail, office, and other industry sectors, said panelists discussing the latest ULI Real Estate Consensus Forecast during a webinar.

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In Brief: Dodge Momentum Index Increases 0.9 Percent in March

The Dodge Momentum Index increased by 0.9 percent in March to 144.4 from its revised February reading of 143.2. The index, produced by Dodge Data & Analytics, has risen for six consecutive months, with much of the gain being driven by institutional projects entering planning while commercial projects so far in 2017 have receded slightly. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

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Improving U.S. Economics, Modest Rent Growth Forecast through 2019

The latest survey of U.S. real estate economists showed a marked increase in expected economic measures, most likely due to federal proposals to reform the tax code, reduce regulatory burdens, and invest in infrastructure. Compared with the same survey from six months ago, real estate economists have higher expectations about gross domestic product (GDP) growth, employment growth, and housing starts.

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Recent Articles

  • Six Forces Transforming the Business Environment

    April 14, 2017

    Panelists at ULI’s 2017 Carolinas Meeting in Charlotte shared some of the technology trends they are seeing in North America and abroad, some of which are not yet popularly known, with the potential to massively transform the way land is used.

  • In Brief: Multifamily Market Springs to Life with Solid Gains

    April 7, 2017

    After a lackluster winter, U.S. rents posted solid gains in March, according to Yardi Matrix’s monthly survey of 121 markets, although the rate of growth continued to decelerate. Average monthly rents rose $6 to $1,312, with the largest rent growth seen in California’s Sacramento, Inland Empire, and Los Angeles markets.

  • The Emerging Trends Markets to Watch: Pacific Northwest

    The “Markets to Watch” section of the 2017 edition of Emerging Trends in Real Estate® offers an expanded look at all 78 markets included in this year’s survey, including the industry outlook for the primary markets in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Here is the industry outlook for the primary markets in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

  • Four Trends Driving the Evolution of Grocery Stores

    March 21, 2017

    Last year was above average for U.S. grocery store openings as they anchored developments ranging from apartments to malls to even some hotel concepts. Here are four trends driving changes in the modern grocery store concept, based on JLL’s recent Grocery Tracker, including scan-and-go payment apps and more prepared meals.

  • In Brief: Seattle-Tacoma, San Jose Are Top U.S. Office Markets for 2017

    March 16, 2017

    San Jose, California, and Seattle-Tacoma, Washington, hold the top two spots in Marcus & Millichap’s latest National Office Property Index (NOPI). Both markets boast vacancy rates below the national average and significant completions forecast for 2017.

  • Eyeing the Office Market in São Paulo and Mexico City

    March 3, 2017

    As real estate investment hubs, Latin America’s major cities rarely compare to other world capitals. However, changing regulations combined with investors scouring the globe for growth could bring fresh liquidity into major metropolitan areas like São Paulo and Mexico City, according to panelists speaking at the ULI Latin America Conference in February.

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