Articles About Development

Author:
Mark McDowell
Posted:
09.22.2009

Is Wind the New Oil?

After investing $16 billion in wind turbines, the United States has overtaken Germany as the world’s largest wind-power generator.  Wind power accounted for 42 percent of new generating capacity last year, an increase from just two percent four years ago. The American heartland’s sparsely populated states — from Texas to the Dakotas — are the […]

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Author:
Jafer Hasnain
Posted:
09.17.2009

Don’t Want to Buy Distressed Assets? Then Try Insuring Them

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has started selling insurance coverage on foreclosed homes occupied by distressed borrowers with the goal of making money from banks hurt by the mortgage market collapse.  These policies are riskier than usual home coverage because the properties may be neglected or vandalized. “It’s part of the standard practice of Berkshire, which […]

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Author:
Matt Ward
Posted:
08.31.2009

Downtown Chicago Rental Apartments Thriving

Downtown Chicago apartment buildings – especially Class A properties – are seeing a resurgence in occupancy and rental rates as residents apprehensive about the condominium market choose to rent rather than buy.  The average effective rent of downtown apartment buildings climbed to $2.17 PSF in the second quarter, a 2.4 percent increase over the first […]

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Author:
Pat Gallagher
Posted:
08.24.2009

Container Shipping Riding Choppy Seas

Container trade is entering rough waters, despite the strength of global supply chains and China’s status as the world’s factory.  According to AXS Alphaliner, a container shipping information service, 15 percent of shipping capacity will be idle by October — thanks primarily to the recession. Shipping companies that link Asian workshops with American retailers are […]

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Author:
Matt Ward
Posted:
08.13.2009

Boom Market for CRE Buyer-Users

In terms of commercial property investment, one positive sign is from firms buying properties to use for their own business operations.  Called user-buyers, these investors have proven they are able to get money from banks to spend on property acquisitions — a relative rarity nowadays.  Those who do not need a loan already have earmarked their […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
08.07.2009

Economic Free Fall Slows During Second Quarter of 2009

Finally, there’s encouraging news on the economic front.  The economy declined just one percent during the second quarter of 2009, a rosier report than was expected.  It is the strongest signal so far that the longest recession since the end of World War II is easing its grip. In a report issued by the Department […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
08.03.2009

Distressed CRE Hits $108 Billion

More than $108 billion of commercial properties in the United States are now in default, foreclosure or bankruptcy.   That preliminary statistic is nearly double the amount reported at the start of 2009, according to New York-based Real Capital Analytics, Inc. At the end of June, 5,315 buildings were reported to be in financial distress.  Hotels […]

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Author:
Matt Ward
Posted:
07.29.2009

Watergate Hotel Relegated to White Elephant Status

The Watergate Hotel – the site where the “third-rate burglary” that sparked the biggest political scandal in American history and brought down Richard M. Nixon’s presidency was plotted — is now a distressed commercial property that failed to find a buyer at a much-anticipated auction. The 251-room hotel, with its spectacular views of the Potomac […]

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Author:
Pat Gallagher
Posted:
07.22.2009

Inland Empire Poised for Industrial Comeback

Over the past decade, California’s Inland Empire has been transformed from a little-known region with affordable housing and lots of inexpensive land into an industrial hub – thanks to its proximity to the busy Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.  With the City of Ontario embarking on The Ontario Plan, city fathers are laying […]

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Author:
Chris Manheim
Posted:
07.15.2009

Economic Development: Packaging A Loan in Today’s Market

Economic development organizations are stepping in to help plug the credit hole.  We all know what the economy is like today, and it is unlikely that the industrial and commercial real estate markets will soon turn around. As an economic developer, I see another side of the economy where both communities and businesses are seeking opportunities […]

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