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China Grows At 10.7% Year-Over-Year

January 21, 2010

Tweet China’s has returned to hyper-growth, with the latest GDP numbers coming in at 10.7% (YoY). Much of the growth is likely fueled by the property sector, which has been on fire thanks to low interest rates and fairly easy money. There are waiting lists for cars, and housing is at a ridiculous multiple to average […]

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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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Top 10 Most Expensive Office Markets

December 1, 2009

Tweet CBRE has put out a report on global office rents. Not surprisingly, rents are falling in almost every major market, with significant cuts in some of the markets that had skyrocketed the most (e.g. Russia). The top 10 most expensive office markets are below. Rents are in USD/SF/Year. London (West End) – $185 psf […]

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Apple To Open 40 to 50 New Stores – More Than Half Internationally

November 17, 2009

Tweet Cupertino’s Apple Computer (AAPL: 111.78 -0.77%) announced that it intends on opening 40-50 new stores next year. More than half of them will be international. It also intends to open up some as more significant flagship stores in prominent locations in London, Shanghai, and Paris. It also recently just opened a new store in […]

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Who Are The Largest Firms Investing Internationally For US Clients? Here’s The Top 10

November 6, 2009

Tweet We previously posted a top ten list of the largest firms who handle investments in US real estate for foreigner. Somebody emailed us wanting to know who the top 10 money management firms were who invested internationally on behalf of US investors. Here they are below, ranked by tax-exempt status as of about mid-2009. […]

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2010 Will Be A “Bloodbath”, But Keep Reading

November 5, 2009

Tweet We’ve heard all sorts of things to describe the fall in CRE. The most recent have been “Bloodletting” (Soros), “Huge Crash” and “Tragedies” (Ross). P&I is out with an article pointing to the recent PwC/ULI report that is being widely reported on. They’ve focused in on the most sensational part of the report: “2010 […]

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WSJ Roundup: Blackstone, Germans, and a Tenant’s Market

October 30, 2009

Tweet Blackstone’s Hilton Deal The LBO market was torrid during 2006-2007. So was commercial real estate. Combine the two, and you have the Blackstone/Hilton deal. In the Hilton negotiations, Blackstone is considering contributing $800 million of new equity to buy back debt at a discount. It also is seeking to extend debt maturing in 2013 […]

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Who Do Foreigners Give Their Money To When Investing In US Real Estate? Here’s The Top 10

October 21, 2009

Tweet We’ve heard about and are beginning to see an increase in foreign money coming into the US real estate market, particularly on the residential and multi-family side as the prospect of a recovery happening is expected to occur in this sector first. So want to know who these foreign individuals, pension funds, investment firms, […]

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Plotting Against the US Dollar

October 5, 2009

Tweet Take a trip to Europe and you’ll very quickly realize how far the value of the US dollar has fallen. Since the printing presses have been turned on full tilt in this country, talk of China and Middle Eastern countries moving away from the dollar as their reserve currency of choice has correspondingly gained […]

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Downturn Presents Once (or Twice) In A Lifetime Opportunities

September 29, 2009

Tweet HSBC is working on deals to sell three prized possessions, office assets on New York’s Fifth Avenue, Paris’ Champs Elysees, and London’s Canary Wharf. The assets are being marketed by CBRE as sale-leasebacks, and present the rare opportunity to acquire some of the world’s prized real estate, at a cost of course. The sale […]

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