White House Recognizes Need for Creative Policies to Facilitate More Housing in Growing Cities

A new “Housing Developers Toolkit” released by the White House outlines a range of zoning and local policy changes that can spur development of affordable housing. Among them are the elimination of off-street parking requirements, which the paper states “generally impose an undue burden on housing development, particularly for transit-oriented or affordable housing.”

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REIT’s Struggle Continues in September

Real estate investment trusts posted a second consecutive month of negative total returns, causing investor concern about interest rates and underlying valuations. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

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India’s First REIT Slated for IPO

More than 55 years after the REIT Act title was signed into law as part of the Cigar Excise Tax Extension of 1960, India’s first real estate investment trust (REIT) is slated for an initial public offering, though it is unlikely to list until early 2017. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

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UL Interview: Ngee Huat Seek

A renowned global investor and the chairman of ULI Asia Pacific reflects on opportunity and risk in a low-interest-rate environment.

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  • REIT IPOs: Time for a Comeback?

    September 26, 2016

    Ongoing uncertainty about the timing of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike and its impact on REITs has kept potential IPOs on the sidelines. In addition, the Internal Revenue Service issued regulations in June that clamped down on tax-free REIT spin-offs that were a significant source of growth for specialty REITs. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

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

    September 19, 2016

    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.

  • U.S. Retail Sector Already Gearing Up for Holiday Season

    Brick-and-mortar stores will benefit from holiday spending, but robust growth is not expected at those outlets. Instead, warehouses and call centers will be bigger beneficiaries of holiday spending this year, with the recent RetailNext forecast calling for a 14.9 percent growth in online sales. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Flooding in Louisiana Creates Uncertainty for Roughly $1.1 Billion in CMBS Loans

    September 15, 2016

    According to analysis by Morningstar Credit Ratings, 302 properties, with an allocated property balance of $1.1 billion, may be at elevated risk because of major flooding in Louisiana last month.

  • In Print: Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation

    September 12, 2016

    Journalist Edward Humes is a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of 14 books. In Door to Door he takes on another complex, resource-intensive topic: the mammoth transportation systems that make it possible (and often frighteningly impossible) for Americans to drive 344 million miles in an hour and move $55 billion worth of goods per day.

  • Which U.S. Commercial Real Estate Sectors Might Be Nearing Oversupply?

    Construction during the current real estate cycle has generally stayed below historical trends, but deliveries have increased as the cycle matures. For example, real estate investment trusts like Avalon Bay and Equity Residential with significant investments in apartment markets like Manhattan and San Francisco have already cut their revenue forecasts several times this year. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

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