The Urbanization of Suburbs

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Broad demographic trends point to continued urbanization. What’s perhaps surprising, though, is how even suburban office parks are trying to emulate their city-center cousins Home Buyers Want Cities Several observers — including Robert Shiller, a 2013 Nobel laureate in economics, professor of economics at Yale University and the co-creator of the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index for housing — have
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Changing Dynamics for Retail Centers

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Retail centers are recently experiencing a few different trends – some, seemingly contradictory.  The sector is doing reasonably well, but there are changing dynamics for retail centers that should be examined as part of any investment decision. Department Stores Have Lost Importance Big American department stores like Macy’s are being outmaneuvered by online retailers like Amazon, discount
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Tax Changes for Real Estate?

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Donald Trump and the Republican majorities are coming into office with plans to change the U.S. tax code. It’s not clear, however, how real estate might fare under some of the changes being discussed. .                       Earlier Blueprint Now Ready for Launch A sweeping platform
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Real Estate and Interest Rates

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The Federal Reserve increased interest rates in December, and has plans for several more such increases in 2017.  What does this mean for real estate?  Are real estate and interest rates linked — or not so much? The Fed Acts — But is Still Cautious A year ago the Federal Reserve foresaw four rate rises
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2017 Housing Trends

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The housing market continues to move solidly in some respects and less desirably in others.  It’s an interesting environment – investors will need to decide which factors should weigh more heavily in their investment decisions. .                       Do Election Maps Also Reflect an Economic Divide?
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Second Lien Loans

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Second lien loans differ from mezzanine debt and preferred equity in several respects; each have different sets of rights. Preferred equity, for example, should not be subject to bankruptcy concerns, as it is not debt; and both preferred equity and mezzanine debt generally take over the manager’s control rights as a primary remedy, which can
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