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Stanford Reportedly Dumping Brand Name Investments

October 9, 2009

Tweet The New York Times DealBook is reporting that a portion of Stanford’s portfolio that it is looking to sell includes interests in funds from blue chip investors such as Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia, Hellman & Friedman, Bain Capital, etc. [via NYTimes]

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Tax Credits and The Law of Unintended Consequences

September 29, 2009

Tweet Calculated Risk has a great post on how tax credits designed to move the housing market are leading to additional pressure on banks, holders of CMBS, owners, and ultimately taxpayers. The rental vacancy rate for housing in this country is already at some 10.6% as of the second quarter, 2009. The tax credits are […]

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Thoughts on Increased M&A Activity

September 17, 2009

Tweet We’ve seen and been hearing a lot about the uptick in the amount of M&A activity over the past few weeks. Locally, Adobe (Omniture) and Intuit (mint.com - a small acquisition) have cut deals in the past week, and IBM, Oracle, EMC, and others have very recently engaged in deals as well. This is undoubtedly a positive sign, particularly […]

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Treasury Reworking Tax Rules to Help Dampen Commercial Real Estate Fallout

September 16, 2009

Tweet The Treasury today introduced new tax rules to help services, borrowers, and lenders to modify loans without having to worry about triggering tax penalties. Until now, tax rules have made it difficult for borrowers who are current on their payments to hold restructuring talks with the servicers of these bonds. Developers and investors complain […]

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Commercial Real Estate Crisis

September 10, 2009

Tweet Are more and more people beginning to wake up to the idea of a commercial real estate crisis? It seems so, based on the number of hits this blog is getting from people searching for commercial real estate crisis. We’ve noticed, over the past week, a pretty big jump in people finding this blog […]

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New Marketing Gimmick For CRE?

August 30, 2009

Tweet The U.S. naturist property market has survived the global recession because the majority of house- buyers in unclothed communities are older and don’t need mortgages, the Financial Times reported. Well perhaps it applies to CRE as well. Can’t find tenants or buyers? Perhaps you’re just marketing to the wrong crowd…. [via Bloomberg]

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WOW

August 28, 2009

Tweet Two men have been arrested for allegedly beating up a cab driver who picked them up early this morning from a downtown Pleasanton establishment. Police said Jaswinder Bangar, 38, of Livermore, picked up two men at the Redcoats British Pub and Restaurant about 12:55 a.m. and was taking them to Danville, when he said […]

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Massive Bank Failures Projected Over Next Two Years

August 27, 2009

Tweet Regional and community banks to shutter en masse (1,000 over the next two years according to BankUnited CEO). That’s a lot of retail branches which will be eliminated through either failure or consolidation. At around the 5:00 mark, they also touch lightly on commercial real estate exposure that regional banks have.

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Fixing The Fundamental Problem

August 26, 2009

Tweet The tax credit offered earlier this year pulled homebuyers from the sidelines back into the state’s beleaguered market for new homes but they have retreated since the incentive lapsed last month. Our homebuilders reported a significant drop in traffic last month, largely due to the state closing the window on the homebuyer tax credit,” […]

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On The Verge Of Recovery

August 21, 2009

Tweet There’s a lot of news out today about statements Bernanke has made about the recession nearing an end, home sales rising, and other general talk of economic indicators reversing their slide. If I am not mistaken, it is direct government stimulus which is fueling those, and unless we keep printing money indefinitely the strength […]

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