Davidovitz: Don’t Be Fooled

September 18, 2009

Tweet Retail specialist Howard Davidovitz appeared on Bloomberg to argue retail numbers with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi economist Chris Rupkey. We previously talked about a clip involving Howard Davidovitz earlier this year where he forecasted some 220,000 store closing in the US this year. Now I don’t know where the numbers of store closing stand today, […]


Sunstone Checking Out of Another Hotel

September 17, 2009

Tweet Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. is giving back a second hotel to its lenders. Sunstone, a real-estate investment trust that owns 40 upscale hotels in the U.S., disclosed Wednesday that it intends to forfeit the 293-room Marriott Ontario Airport hotel in Ontario, Calif., to the servicer overseeing the hotel’s $26.6 million securitized mortgage. A few […]


Far From Being Out of The Woods

September 13, 2009

Tweet There are many conflicted views on the state of the economic recovery and the health of the banking system. Joseph Stiglitz, the former chief economist of the World Bank, has come out with some comments that indicate that the banking system is now in bigger trouble than it was the pre-Lehman Brothers collapse. On […]


Distressed Commercial Real Estate Report

September 10, 2009

Tweet Nationally, the total value of distressed commercial real estate in August 2009 is $114.2 billion, including properties in distress, foreclosure, and lender REO, according to data from Real Capital Analytics. This is an increase of 17%, or $16.8 billion, since our June report. This rate of growth has slowed from earlier in the year – in the first half of 2009 […]


Chinese Sovereign Wealth Funds Look to US

September 9, 2009

Tweet The WSJ is reporting that China’s SWF, China Investment Corporation, is seeking to place bets on the US Real Estate market. To that end, they’ve held discussions with managers BlackRock, Invesco, and others. The estimates in the article peg allocation in the range of $4-20B, but that is just a drop in the bucket […]


FDIC’s Sheila Bair on Commercial Real Estate

September 9, 2009

Tweet Sheila Bair on commercial real estate (about 3:00 in): Commercial real estate is a looming problem Commercial real estate losses will be more of a driver in credit losses and bank failures Commercial real estate is catching up A little bit later the discussion turns to deposits protected by FDIC: Nobody’s ever lost a […]


Study Predicts Flat Job Market

September 1, 2009

Tweet The Business Journal has an article out discussing an interview done by RHI of 200 Bay Area CFO’s about their hiring/firing plans for accounting and finance staff in the 4th quarter. The study showed: 3% expected to add positions 8% expected to reduce positions 88% expected no change Although finance and accounting make up […]


REIS vs. JLL – Who Will Be Right?

August 28, 2009

Tweet From a CoStar article, JLL: Jones Lang LaSalle Retail last week issued a “perspective on recovery” for the retail sector in which JLL Retail President and CEO Greg Maloney predicted that the recession will bottom out during the last quarter of this year, to be followed by the beginning of revitalization for the retail […]


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.


China Commercial Property Sales Exceed US, UK

August 25, 2009

Tweet Pretty good video discussing China, their use and sources of funds in powering their economy through current global economic conditions. One thing to note is their aggressive and continued investment in capacity.

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