Capital Markets

Despite Brexit and Central Bank Shifts, Global Economic Forecast Remains Largely Upbeat

Whether the current economic cycle has peaked was a constant question at the 2018 ULI Europe Conference in Berlin. In the discussions at the event in late January, real estate and investment experts were feeling bullish on Asia, generally enthusiastic about continental Europe, while cautious about Brexit.

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ULI/McCoy Symposium on Real Estate Finance: Continuing Investment for 2018

Commercial real estate investors are keeping calm and carrying on, even though they are uncertain about what is coming next for fundamental elements affecting their business, such as the federal tax code and interest rate policy. “It makes it difficult to plan. . . . You don’t know what the federal budget is going to be. You don’t know what the Federal Reserve is going to be,” said Bowen H. “Buzz” McCoy, who participated in the 24th annual ULI/McCoy Symposium on Real Estate Finance, held in December in New York City.

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In Brief: CMBS Originations Reported Up 45 Percent in Q3

Commercial real estate lending markets remained on the upswing in Q3 2017 with rising equity prices, limited volatility, and tightening spreads, according to the latest research from CBRE.

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Asia Pacific Capital Still Major Force in U.S. Despite China’s Pullback

For any participant in the U.S. real estate market, failing to understand and interact with capital from the Asia Pacific region is not a viable strategy, Marc Renard of global firm Cushman & Wakefield said during a forum at the 2017 ULI Fall Meeting.

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Recent Articles

  • Industrial Continues to Shine as ULI Forecast Calls for Slower Growth

    October 13, 2017

    The latest ULI Real Estate Economic Forecast is predicting more positive momentum ahead for both the economy and the commercial real estate industry through 2019. That being said, the pace of growth is slowing and the survey of 48 economists and analysts clearly reveals some lowering of expectations.

  • Real Estate Economists Staying Positive but Reining in Optimism

    October 9, 2017

    After predicting an uptick in U.S. economic growth and interest rates six months ago, real estate economists have tempered their forecasts, moving closer to the predictions of one year ago, according to the results of the semiannual ULI Real Estate Economic Forecast, prepared by the ULI Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate. The survey was completed by 46 economists/analysts at 35 leading real estate organizations in September and early October.

  • Flat Performance for REITs in August

    September 11, 2017

    According to the Washington, D.C.–based National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index was up by 0.6 percent in August, with infrastructure and data center REITs making the most significant gains. Plus, rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Have Millennials Forced Corporations to Leave Suburban Offices?

    August 21, 2017

    Millennials are thought to be the driving force behind this migration as companies continue to find top talent in larger, urban environments. But the suburban office market may be showing signs of renewed strength and growth potential.

  • In Brief: U.S. Commercial Lending Rebounds in Second Quarter, Led by CMBS

    August 9, 2017

    Commercial real estate lending in the United States continued to grow in the second quarter, led by a surge in commercial mortgage–backed securities (CMBS) mortgages, according to the latest research from CBRE. Volume improved across all major lending groups, with CMBS conduits leading all other lenders in terms of market share.

  • Alternative Lenders Moving into the Mainstream

    July 17, 2017

    Alternative, or nonbank, lenders are filling in gaps in the mortgage world where they find them, whether it be the result of increasing capital requirements for banks, consolidation in the banking sector, or a pullback by commercial mortgage–backed securities lenders. Last year alone, the five largest players in the sector collectively funded some $20 billion of interim loans. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

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