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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
09.09.2010

Commercial Real Estate May Be Poised to Rebound

Yields on United States commercial real estate are nearing record levels compared to Treasury bonds, a sign to investors that the time to buy may have arrived.  Capitalization rates, which measure real estate yields, averaged 7.22 percent in the 2nd quarter, according to the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF).  That translates to […]

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Author:
Matt Ward
Posted:
09.07.2010

Federal Presence Strengthens Washington, D.C.’s Office Market

Washington, D.C.’s commercial real estate market – including its Virginia and Maryland suburbs – continues to be the nation’s most stable with vacancy rates far below the national average.  The area’s vacancy rate stood at 10.4 percent at the end of the first quarter, far below the 17.3 percent national average, according to Reis, a […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
08.31.2010

Anthony Downs On Financial Reform

he nation’s financial system needs significantly more regulation than exists now.  The lack of tough regulatory powers strongly impacted the recent financial crash and the Great Recession that ensued.  The good news is that the Obama administration is moving firmly in this direction with financial reform legislation a critical item on its agenda.  This is […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
08.30.2010

London Is the World’s Most Expensive City to Park a Car

London remains the most expensive place to park a car, according to the 2010 Global Parking Rate Survey by Colliers International.   The City and West End scored number one and two in terms of monthly parking rates with The City topping out at $933 USD per month (£643), followed by the West End at […]

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Author:
Matt Ward
Posted:
08.24.2010

Westin River North Hotel Sale Proves Neighborhood’s Viability

A sign of Chicago’s River North neighborhood’s inherent commercial strength is the recent $165 million sale of the 424-room Westin River North Hotel at 320 North Dearborn Street.  The purchase price was approximately $389,000 per room, an excellent price considering that the hotel market nationally has struggled.  The price was 37 percent higher than Tishman […]

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Author:
Mark McDowell
Posted:
08.23.2010

Green Metropolis Takes Aim at Environmentalists’ Conventional Wisdom

David Owen, a staff writer with The New Yorker, has expanded on his 2004 article entitled “Green Manhattan” that roughs up some of the environmental movement’s most closely held beliefs in a new book entitled Green Metropolis.  A review by Catherine Tumber, originally published in The Wilson Quarterly, notes that “Eco-friendly suburbanites and small-town residents […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
08.18.2010

Investors Showing Scant Interest in Mid-Tier Office Properties

Although property investment – especially for trophy buildings – is coming back more strongly than industry analysts had anticipated, mid-tier properties are not yet enjoying a similar rebound.  According to Real Capital Analytics (RCA), properties valued at $20.6 billion were sold during the 2nd quarter of 2010, an 86 percent increase over last year. According […]

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Author:
Matt Ward
Posted:
08.17.2010

Chicago Boasts 2010’s Biggest Commercial Transaction

In Chicago’s – and one of the nation’s — largest commercial transactions of 2010, the 60-story, 1.3 million SF 300 North LaSalle Street skyscraper was sold for a whopping $655 million.  That adds up to $500 PSF. The buyer was KBS Real Estate Investment Trust II (KBS REIT II). The LEED Gold certified building, which […]

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Author:
Mark McDowell
Posted:
08.13.2010

AIA Edges Closer to USGBC Standards for Green Buildings

It’s surprising that the AIA still does not endorse LEED standards for green buildings.  There has been some progress in forming some kind of strategic alliance, but that is only in the area of advocacy, education and research.  There is still nothing concrete.  Nevertheless, the Architecture 2030 Bulletin and the AIA 2030 Commitment story are […]

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Author:
Mark McDowell
Posted:
08.02.2010

London Supermarket Grows Its Own Produce on Roof

A North London supermarket is growing organic fruits and vegetables in a rooftop garden tended by 20 volunteers aged from three to their 60s.  Thornton’s Budgens calls its project Food from the Sky. The nonprofit venture is a collaboration between Thornton’s Budgens, The Positive Earth Project (a local social enterprise) and the Crouch End community.  […]

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