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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
10.17.2008

Housing Prices Decline Sharply During July

Housing prices in the United States plunged a record 16.3 percent during July, compared with the previous year.  According to Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Indexes, this indicates an ongoing home-price decline now in its second year. The S&P/Case-Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas declined 0.9 percent in July, when compared with June.  That […]

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Author:
Donna Jarmusz
Posted:
10.16.2008

Harvard Creating a Healthcare Destination in Dubai

Harvard University’s Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) advances the professional development of physicians, nurses, research scientists and allied healthcare professionals in the Persian Gulf region.  The core mission is to create an alliance between this region and the global medical community.  A secondary goal is to bring the expertise of world-class academic medical centers to the […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
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Chicago Spire Construction Delayed

A sign of the times from GlobeSt.Com:  Construction of the high-profile Santiago Calatrava-designed and engineered Chicago Spire condominium tower has been postponed – a victim of the ongoing economic slowdown.  The building is still in its infrastructure-construction phase, with the neighborhood’s utilities undergoing updates to support the structure and its residents.  With work at a […]

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Author:
Richard Gatto
Posted:
10.02.2008

Lenders Get Green

Marketing green is a new step in the emergence of sustainability.  In a tight credit environment when rates have climbed and LTVs have dropped, green may offer a way to ease the underwriting criteria on a deal. The green-building revolution is spreading, and the underwriting community has embraced sustainable design because it enhances marketability and […]

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Author:
Pat Gallagher
Posted:
09.24.2008

High Costs Could Impact Shipping Routes

Two trends in international trade worth highlighting: American exports are booming, thanks to the dollar’s current weakness.  This considerable increase in volume has made it virtually impossible for U.S. manufacturers to get space on container ships within a four-week window, especially for products shipping from the ports of Los Angeles or Long Beach to any […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
09.11.2008

Fannie, Freddie and the American Taxpayer

As the United States government commits a bare minimum of $100 billion of taxpayer money to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the final reckoning depends on how effectively Washington runs the mortgage powerhouses. According to the Christian Science Monitor, with the sheer magnitude of Fannie and Freddie – with $5 trillion in home […]

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Author:
Richard Gatto
Posted:
09.03.2008

Economy Grows 3.3 Percent During 2Q

Contrary to the recent grim news about home foreclosures, bank failures, the credit crunch, rising unemployment rates, soaring oil prices, inflation and stock-market jitters, the United States’ economy — surprisingly — grew by 3.3 percent during the second quarter of 2008. The economy grew at its fastest pace in nearly a year, thanks primarily to […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
08.18.2008

Industry Mourns Passing of Bill Alter

Bill Alter, founder of The Alter Group, passed away peacefully Friday, August 8, in his Winnetka, IL, home of complications from Alzheimer’s at age 78.  Named one of the most influential people of the 20th century by National Real Estate Investor magazine, Alter presided over the development of more than $1 billion of space over […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
08.01.2008

2nd Quarter 2008 Economic Update

The 2nd quarter of 2008 ended with a slight economic rebound – an extremely lethargic one – that raises new fears of a recession.  The Commerce Department reported that the GDP increased at an annual rate of just 1.9 percent from April through June.  Although an improvement over the feeble 0.9 percent reported during the […]

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Author:
Matt Ward
Posted:
07.22.2008

Student Housing Flexes its Muscles with Illini Tower Sale

In a transaction that demonstrates the inherent strength of the red-hot student-housing market, an Australian firm recently purchased the 725-bed Illini Tower in Champaign, IL, for approximately $60 million.  Do the math and you’ll find that the cost-per-bed adds up to a whopping $82,758.  The building serves students of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. […]

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