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40 Million Americans Receiving Food Stamps

May 10, 2010

Tweet 1 in 8 Americans is now receiving food stamps, a new record. Despite the economy purportedly adding jobs again, it is also adding to the number of people on food stamps. The USDA numbers show that 39.68M Americans were receiving food stamps in February, up 260,000 from January. And the problem is expected to […]

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Wal-Mart Scoping Former Mervyn’s Spaces in Southern California

May 10, 2010

Tweet Wal-Mart is opening up a mini-version of its Supercenters in in-fill markets in Southern California. It has signed a lease to take over a former 75,000SF Mervyn’s. The typical Supercenter is 150K+ SF. The company is also testing even smaller-format 10-20K sites in various parts of the country. The decision to “downsize” in in-fill […]

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Kudos to Cornish & Carey

May 10, 2010

Tweet It seems that the folks over at Cornish & Carey have decided to put rental rate and available space information back up on their website. I was admittedly harsh on them back in January when I wrote a post about why I felt hiding this information was counterproductive and against the interests of the […]

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Richard LeFrak on CNBC With a Wait and See Attitude

April 27, 2010

Tweet Richard LeFrak of the LeFrak Organization was on CNBC with Maria to discuss commercial real estate. He continues to be somewhat cautious and is taking a “wait and see” approach, though there is certainly more cautious optimism out of him. Echoing his comments, multifamily continues to be hot with investors scrambling to take a […]

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Moody’s CPPI Index Down 2.6%

April 20, 2010

Tweet In our previous post we indicated that risk was back, alluding to our belief that many investors are likely getting ahead of themselves in believing that we’ve seen the worst of it. In a market where the government is willing to artificially provide support to markets at nearly any cost (debt), it ultimately leads […]

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Welcome Back Risk

April 19, 2010

Tweet For the past few months, it seems the bears have taken a back seat to a lot of bullishness, particularly in commercial real estate. A few months of rising prices, equity flowing everywhere, and a whole lot more buyers than sellers has made many investors feel that perhaps we’ve seen the worst of it. […]

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Sobrato Nabs McAfee for 240K SF and What It Means For The Market

April 2, 2010

Tweet Sobrato has managed to bag McAfee for ~240K square feet – and potentially more – at its Santa Clara campus. The Registry has some info on the deal as well. The deal is a great one for Sobrato, which has Yahoo! on lease until the end of July. The buildings are located at 2811 […]

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Westbrook Partners Gets a Deal on Four Seasons

March 22, 2010

Tweet Westbrook Partners has moved in to the aid of Millennium Partners, including the San Francisco Four Seasons which was in foreclosure. The deal is seemingly a good one for Westbrook but what this deal signals is that the market was shifting. Banks, which for some time were unfit and/or unsure of what to do […]

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AB2640 Seeks to Repeal 1031 Exchanges in California

March 15, 2010

Tweet First of all, for those of you who dropped me a note wondering if I was still alive, rest assured I am. Thanks for the concern. Now to the pressing issue, a bill within the California state assembly which seeks to repeal the tax benefits of 1031 exchanges in California. We’ve been discussing for […]

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Mountain View Considering Upping North Bayshore FAR

February 18, 2010

Tweet Google has devoured much of the Shoreline and North Bayshore area of Mountain View and now is seeking to work with the city of Mountain View to make the city “a model for Silicon Valley”. This entails bringing in MUX and residential uses, and increasing the FAR. My bet is public transportation (rightly so) […]

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