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Student Debt, a drag on real estate
Friday, June 27, 2014

The US student debt pile is estimated at $1 trillion. The average debt balance stands at $35,000 per borrower.... More >

Apartment Shortage or Bubble
Friday, March 14, 2014

Last year about one million new residential units (single-family, condos, apartments, etc.) were constructed. This is still below the long-term avera... More >

Chinese Property Bubble?
Friday, November 08, 2013

Could an imploding property crash in China cause the third international tsunami, following on the heels of the Banking Crisis and the Euro Sovereign ... More >

New Year New Taxes
Thursday, January 17, 2013

With the New Year comes the enactment of many new laws, one of which directly impacts US investors in the form of a new surtax.... More >

US Apartment Rental Demand Increasing
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The multifamily apartment sector is continuing to outperform all other asset classes. ... More >

Investing for Green Cards
Friday, April 20, 2012

The granting of a permanent residency visa, or Green Card, to foreign investors... More >

Interest Rate Update
Thursday, September 15, 2011

We are securing very low interest rates on debt financing. ... More >

Student Housing
Friday, July 08, 2011

During the turmoil in the commercial real estate markets over the past few years there has been one shining star that continued to perform remarkably ... More >

Development is Back
Monday, March 28, 2011

Construction financing for development projects is making a comeback. ... More >

Real Estate Outlook 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011

I have given My assessment of the outlook for commercial real estate and residential real estate in 2011. ... More >

Real Estate Outlook 2011 - Residential extract
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

From our Real Estate Outlook for 2011, here is the Residential piece. ... More >

Real Estate Outlook 2011 - Commercial extract
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

From our Real Estate Outlook for 2011, here is the Commercial piece. ... More >

Covered Bonds
Friday, November 19, 2010

Covered Bonds could provide US banks with an alternative to Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS).... More >

Multifamily Development
Friday, July 23, 2010

One asset class that has continued to trade through the doldrums is multifamily housing (Apartments, Student Housing, and Assisted Living). ... More >

Young Graduate Renters
Thursday, July 22, 2010

It is not surprising that a recent survey conducted by has highlighted a robust job market as being the number one concern for recent c... More >

What Crash?
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Private equity funds and REITs have amassed huge war chests of cash in anticipation of an impending commercial real estate crash. ... More >

Chasing the Money - Massive Decline in Lending
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It will surprise nobody to hear that in 2009 bank lending had its sharpest decline since the Great Depression. I am all too aware of this fact each d... More >

Commercial Real Estate Sales Rise from the Floor
Monday, March 15, 2010

December showed a 75% jump in commercial real estate sales over November. This would normally be a headline grabbing statistic if taken out of contex... More >

Provisions and Reserves at Banks
Friday, December 04, 2009

You would be forgiven for thinking that banks are not lending any money right now. Some actually are - you just need to know which ones. Luckily for... More >

Banks' Debt Mountain
Thursday, December 03, 2009

While grappling with pending debt maturities corporations are not alone in struggling to figure out where to refinance these debts. Would you believe... More >

Massachusetts Home Sales on the Rise
Wednesday, December 02, 2009

October marked the fourth consecutive month for a rise in the volume of single family home sales in Massachusetts, which showed a 17.2% increase compa... More >

Stagnant Foreign Investment in US RE
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

2009 will be one of the leanest years for foreign investment in US real estate. It is estimated that it will close out the year with $5 billion inves... More >

Spanish banks
Thursday, September 03, 2009

The past few years have seen the two largest Spanish banks (Santander & BBVA) become dominate players on the world stage as they have been on a shoppi... More >

US banks "problem list" at a 15 year high
Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The number of US banks on the FDIC "problem list" has risen to its highest level in 15 years. It now stands at 416 banks with $229.8 billion of asset... More >

Global real estate transactions on the rise
Tuesday, September 01, 2009

For the first time in 18 months global real estate transactions have risen quarter over quarter. However the main contributor to this increase was fr... More >

The end is nigh!
Friday, July 17, 2009

The end is nigh! Of what you may ask; our economy, the financial system, sustained growth, or leverage? How about the recession? There's a refre... More >

Home builders amassing land banks again.
Thursday, July 16, 2009

In a sure sign of land prices bottoming out, home builders have begun to acquire land in prime locations to add to their land banks for future hosing ... More >

Latest from Boston commercial market
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Boston office rents have seen steep declines to levels not seen since 2001. The average office rent in Greater Boston now stands at $28.11 per square... More >

Commercial Real Estate is next!
Friday, May 15, 2009

What cliché should I use to describe the current situation with commercial real estate? "Waiting for the next shoe to drop"; or "The elephant in ... More >

Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP) Update
Friday, April 17, 2009

As a follow up to my last PPIP Blog I have had a lot of inquiries from clients as to how the PPIP could benefit them. As it is currently structured t... More >

Commercial Real Estate, the next shoe to drop?
Thursday, April 16, 2009

There are many opportunities created in down cycles and we must be poised to take them. We may be over the worst in the housing market, but next up i... More >

Residential Housing
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

We have watched the housing market decline since mid 2006, probably one of the longest periods of declining prices in US history. There appears to be... More >

Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP) - Geithner, Show me the Money!
Thursday, March 26, 2009

The new Government program geared toward allowing the private sector to receive Government financial support for the purchase of so-called toxic asset... More >