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A News Digest For Today

January 27, 2010

Tweet Rather than give you another daily dose of bad news about Tishman or some other poor sap who blindly overpaid for an asset with OPM, today we present you the following interesting headlines: 1) 1-Month Treasury Bills trading negative again. This is only the 2nd or 3rd time this has happened since Lehman went […]

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Fear The Boom and Bust

January 26, 2010

Tweet For the econ geeks out there….

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For Shame: S&P and Moody’s Escape Lawsuit

January 26, 2010

Tweet A lawsuit alleging misconduct and responsibility against S&P and Moody’s has been dismissed by a judge in New York. The lawsuit sought to hold the ratings agency’s responsible for defrauding investors in $100B worth of mortgage backed securities. Investors in the mortgage-backed securities claimed in their lawsuit that S&P and Moody’s misled them by […]

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CRE Values At Bottom?

January 25, 2010

Tweet There’s been increasing confidence among some industry players to come out and indicate that we are at or near a bottom in prices. We’re not willing to make a call at this point, but our general feeling is that the bottom will form when we see that property which otherwise would have likely never […]

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Simon “Agrees” to $2.25B Note Sale

January 25, 2010

Tweet My, how far we’ve come. In less than twelve months, we have gone from capital crisis, to reading articles about how “Simon Property Group L.P. has agreed to sell $2.25 billion of its senior unsecured notes”. Fine, fine, I’ll take your $2.25B. [via Retail Traffic]

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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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A Rant On Requirement Blasts

January 20, 2010

Tweet Is it just me or is every other email this week a requirement blast from a broker? If these email blasts are not an indication of the industry’s failure or slowness to evolve, I don’t know what is. On the flip side, it’s also a sign that things are starting to move. Nonetheless, there […]

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Apartment Vacancy At 30-Year High; San Jose Leads Rent Declines

January 7, 2010

Tweet REIS put out data yesterday which pegs the vacancy rate for US apartments at a 30-year high. The vacancy rates now stand at roughly 8% according to REIS data. Rents fell 3% last year, according to Reis, led by declines in San Jose, Calif., Seattle, San Francisco and other cities that had brisk growth […]

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Studley Says…

December 22, 2009

Tweet From a recent Globe St. article titled “Studley Touts Tenant Opportunities”, which cites Studley’s preliminary Q4 report… Tenants should negotiate lease terms that require landlords to seek property tax reductions and, if successful, to pass through savings, particularly in the case of anchor or sole tenants,” according to the company’s preliminary fourth quarter report. “Additionally, […]

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2010 Dropped As Target Date For Binding Climate Agreement

December 18, 2009

Tweet The goal for Copenhagen was to continue work towards having a binding climate agreement in place by the end of 2010. That stipulation has just been dropped. This likely will slow down the velocity of  ”green” and business relying on such an agreement to spur economic incentives and the such. [via Forbes]

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