FHA Sets Higher Conforming U.S. Loan Limits for 2018

The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) provided some news the housing industry can be thankful for this holiday season—an increase to loan limits across 3,011 counties. In particular, some of the markets that have faced the most rapid price appreciation over the past few years saw a sizable jump. Seattle saw the largest absolute value increase of $75,000 and a 13 percent change. Other notable year-over-year movers include Salt Lake City (8.4 percent), Minneapolis (7.3 percent), and Denver (7.2 percent).

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Retailers Focusing on Customer Experience with an Eye on E-commerce

With e-commerce’s stake in U.S. retail at less than 10 percent, suggestions of a “retail apocalypse” of brick-and-mortar stores is greatly exaggerated, panelists said during a ULI North Texas event on the retail sector. Still, panelists at an event in Dallas said the industry has to find new ways to reinvent itself and connect with customers in order to thrive.

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How Three D.C. Landlords Are Attracting Tech Tenants

The Washington, D.C., region is shedding its reputation as a stodgy government town and emerging as a forward-thinking mecca for technology firms and young professionals. With eyes on attracting projects such as Amazon’s second headquarters, area landlords, brokers, architects, and economic development organizations are teaming up to ink leases with both high-profile and homegrown tech firms.

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From Brownfields to a New Transit-Oriented Downtown

Public/private partnerships build a mixed-use, urban-scaled community in Union City, California.

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    November 20, 2017

    While the $1.5 trillion tax-cut bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives is widely seen as beneficial for commercial real estate, one provision would eliminate a municipal financing tool that has been essential for housing, infrastructure, and industrial development investment for decades.

  • Tighter Labor Markets, Higher Material Costs Could Follow Hurricane Season

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    In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, development costs—not only up and down the Gulf Coast of Texas but also in areas that escaped the storm’s wrath—are poised to jump as builders grapple with a tighter labor market and higher material costs, according to speakers at a ULI Austin event in October.

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