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Obama Has 10 Months

January 22, 2010

Tweet Lots of talk about Obama’s plans to regulate banks, limit their prop trading, etc. Well, the people have spoken in Massachusetts of all places, and he now has 10 months to make the big changes he promised the constituents. Otherwise the midterm elections will be ugly. We might not get healthcare, but that doesn’t […]

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Silicon Valley Apartment Rents Fall 11.5%

January 21, 2010

Tweet Now at a 3-year low, Silicon Valley apartment rents have come down 11.5% from Q4 of 2008. The numbers are derived from an analysis of 426 complexes comprised of more than 78K units. Large complexes in Santa Clara County were 94.7 percent occupied last quarter, up slightly from 94.5 percent in the third quarter […]

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Rubicon US REIT Goes BK

January 21, 2010

Tweet Not much is known about Rubicon US REIT (a subsidiary of the larger Rubicon US Trust), but according to Reuters, the REIT with assets of $100-500M has filed for bankruptcy. Despite the talk of all the capital raised by REITs, Rubicon won’t be the last. Property investment fund Rubicon US REIT is a subsidiary […]

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McKinsey: CRE in Spain, US, UK at Highest Risk of Deleveraging

January 20, 2010

Tweet McKinsey has put out a quick and dirty read entitled “Debt and Deleveraging: The Global Credit Bubble and Its Consequences”. In it, they detail how current leverage within the financial system compares to historic numbers and the massive run-up that occurred during the majority of this decade. The entire report can be accessed by […]

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Laub: Commercial Real Estate Prices Close to “Bottom”

January 20, 2010

Tweet Kenneth Laub, CEO of Kenneth D Laub & Co., a New York real estate advisor was on Bloomberg. He provided a pretty clear analysis of what’s going on, and that is prices are tied directly to a stabilization in unemployment. He also did a good job of indicating that some of the most troubled […]

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Real Estate Receivers Explained

January 15, 2010

Tweet Generally speaking, receivers are basically individuals or firms which are court-approved to preserve the value of an asset after there is a default. There is a major upsurge in receiverships as a result of the crisis, and most of the major CRE firms have either revived or setup service lines to service the loan […]

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Grubb & Ellis Q4 2009 Office Report

January 15, 2010

Tweet Grubb & Ellis has sent us their 4th Quarter Market Trends report for Silicon Valley. More of the same with the exception that we’re seeing to see some tenants make some moves. Over 1.8 million square feet of new construction has hit the market since the beginning of 2009. New construction accounted for 41.4 […]

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Sam Zell on CNBC Discusses Housing and More

January 15, 2010

Tweet …bottom already seen on residential, and fairly optimistic on the demand side of the equation for institutional CBD office space.

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RREEF Marks Up 2009 Commercial Real Estate Outlook

January 12, 2010

Tweet For the past few years, RREEF has revisited its commercial real estate outlook at the end of the year by marking up the document. It’s nice to see this type of self-deprecating research. Like last year, RREEF was a bit too bullish and underestimated how much values and employment would fall. The report can […]

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Symantec Sells Cupertino Buildings to Walton Street

January 7, 2010

Tweet Cupertino-based Symantec (SYMC: 23.43 +0.30%) has finally closed on the sale of it’s 300,000 square foot building at 20300-20330 Stevens Creek in Cupertino. We first announced the plan by Symantec to sell off its remaining Cupertino assets back in March of 2009. The 20300-20330 buildings began being marketed during the summer and went into […]

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