Rebounding U.S. Housing Sector Provides Industrial Tailwind

All of the raw materials and finished goods that contribute to a new home flow through the supply chain and spend some time in an industrial property. The increase in both new home construction and existing sales provide another reason to expect continued strong performance of the U.S. industrial market. The U.S. Commerce Department  recently

Latest PBOC Rate Cut: Economic Growth Slows Further but Hard Landing Remains Unlikely

On May 10, 2015 the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) cut the one-year benchmark lending rate and deposit rate by 25 bps to 5.10% and 2.25%, respectively. The rate cut was the third in less than six months and comes as leading indicators suggest that growth momentum in the world’s second largest economy remains weak.

Reshoring of Auto Production Spurring Growth in U.S. and Mexican Industrial Markets

Mexico and the American South are the primary beneficiaries of automotive reshoring investments, while U.S. logistics hubs in San Antonio, Dallas, Kansas City and Chicago are poised for growth from an anticipated increase in auto distribution demand. On Monday, Volvo Car Corp announced that it would break ground on its first U.S. manufacturing facility, $500

From Boom to Bust to Boom Again

There is nowhere in Europe that demonstrates cyclicality quite like the island of Ireland.  Having experienced a most dramatic economic crash and a CRE downturn of a magnitude not experienced anywhere else in Europe after the global economic downturn in 2008, the Irish economy and commercial real estate market have rebounded significantly over the last

Appetite for Investment

This year’s survey shows that global real estate investors remain confident and their intentions are strongly expansionary. The appetite for cross-regional investment is increasing and more investors intend to deploy capital outside their own region this year. Despite the strong liquidity in the investment market, investors are concerned about the intense competition for assets. Pricing

Countdown to Liftoff

The Federal Reserve is poised to raise interest rates this year for the first time in nearly a

The Impact of Rent Controls on Institutional Investment

Last weekend the UK Labour Party formally reconfirmed that they would introduce rent controls if elected.  This immediately

Why New Office Construction in the U.S. is Not “Low”

U.S. office completions have risen steadily since their 2011 bottom, spurred by increased investment activity and an improving economic environment. Still, completions volume[1] has struggled in comparison to its 20-year average of 57 million sq. ft., and it remains far from its previous cyclical peak of 88 million sq. ft., recorded in 2008. In 2014,

Asia Rises as Major Player in U.S. Real Estate

The current state of the U.S. investment landscape is heavily influenced by real estate capital flows from across the Pacific Ocean. Asia has become a major supplier of capital for American real estate, acquiring $7.0 billion of commercial real estate assets in the U.S. in 2014. This total represents nearly one-quarter of all cross-border capital

Are Negative Interest Rates Good for Real Estate?

The Swiss government recently sold 378 million francs (approximately US$387 million) of long-term (10-year) debt with a negative coupon of 0.055%. Purchasers of these bonds, who are lending money to the Swiss government, will have to pay 0.055 cents per franc every 12 months for the privilege of doing so. These are not the first