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Investors Wary of Writing Blank Checks

February 9, 2010

Private money was flowing into REITs by the billions last year (about $20B). But when it comes to handing money over to “blind pools”, the money has been timid. Blind pools are essentially funds offering nothing more than a business plan. Despite having great track records, Ziman (Arden Realty) and Callahan (Trizec Properties) may have […]

Green Street Advisors: CRE Prices Up 10%

February 8, 2010

According to the Green Street Advisors Commercial Property Price Index (original name), prices are up 1% in January, and now up 10% off the bottom reached in May of 2009. The GSA’s index is based on prices for transactions which have not yet closed yet, as opposed to Moody’s which reflects closed transactions. This is […]

Banks Increasing CRE Lending; Bond Spreads To Widen

February 8, 2010

Sentiment at the Mortgage Bankers Association meeting last week in Vegas showed improvement. More banks are not only willing to lend, but their threshold for risk and size is also increasing. That readiness to restart was reflected in a separate survey of 60 banks and other lenders at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual conference in […]

Surprise Surprise: More Store Closings

February 4, 2010

More store closings are expected. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Given the percentage of sales retailers ring up during the holiday season, it was obvious it would have been wise to get through the holiday season and then put the wheels of closure back in action. Bloomberg has a pretty cool little […]

Align Technology Inks 129K SF Lease

February 4, 2010

Align Technology (ALGN: 62.95 +0.95%) has signed a 7-year lease with Equity Office for two buildings on Orchard Parkway. The 129,000 square foot lease is for 86-months, and consists of two (2) 64,500 SF buildings located at 2560 Orchard Parkway and 2570 Orchard Parkway. The terms of the lease are: 86 Months First 2 Months […]

Panasonic Takes 50K in Cupertino

February 3, 2010

After being in the market for quite some time, Panasonic has landed in Cupertino. The company leased 50K SF from Tantau Investments LLC, the partnership of Ralph Borelli, Ron Tate, Larry Wallerstein, and John Salera. The 102,500SF¬†building, dubbed Cupertino Crossing is a new (and rather plain looking) 2-story concrete tilt production. Panasonic is taking the […]

S&P: Worst Yet To Come For Commercial Real Estate Loans

February 1, 2010

Despite¬†all the good news that you’ve been hearing about commercial real estate, we haven’t been entirely convinced. We’ve indicated that uncertainty and continued weakness in rents and occupancy are powerful enough forces to keep the commercial real estate sector in check for some time. Now S&P is out with a research paper entitled, “Industry Outlook: […]

The Irony of Silicon Valley

January 29, 2010

This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while, but until now I was not sure how or what to write exactly. It’s a bit long, but I think it is important. Silicon Valley is the center of innovation and home to giants of industry. It’s the place companies like Cisco, Google, […]

CRE Videos … Sternlicht and More

January 28, 2010

More videos… First up, Barry Sternlicht on Bloomberg from Davos. Not much new except that they’re hot on residential land. This is understandable as housing stabilizes in a market that has seen little new development. Second up is Greg Genovese, of Thompson National Properties, and Jordan Sadler, of Keybanc Capital Markets discussing FED impact on […]

CEO of Jones Lang LaSalle on CNBC

January 28, 2010

Colin Dyer, CEO of Jones Lang LaSalle was on CNBC discussing the CRE market. Unless there are additional monetary shocks, he sees a sharp V-shaped recovery when confidence returns. Interesting. The other guy in the interview, Ken Rogoff, a professor of economics at Harvard, didn’t seem like he was buying it and called Dyer on […]

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