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Foreign Money Pouring Into US Markets

May 21, 2015

Yahoo! Finance reports that blockbuster real estate deals are back and breaking records as cash from around the globe pours into U.S. office buildings, apartment complexes and other investment properties. Commercial real estate transactions jumped 45 percent by dollar volume in the first quarter, an increase driven by sales of multiple buildings or entire companies, […]

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Suburban Chicago’s 10 Most Competitive Housing Markets

May 11, 2015

Chicago Agent magazine recently posted a list of the 10 most competitive housing markets in suburban Chicago. See any surprises?

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FHA Extends Implementation Date of FHA SF Handbook

May 1, 2015

On April 30, 2015, FHA announced that it has extended the effective date for the policies contained in the SF Handbook 4000.1 from June 15, 2015 to September 14, 2015. All existing Single Family Handbooks, Mortgagee Letters and other policy documents remain effective until superseded by specific sections, subsections, and/or appendices of this Handbook 4000.1. View the full statement […]

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Blackstone, Wells Fargo Buy $23 Billion In Property From GE

April 10, 2015

According to Bloomberg, Blackstone Group LP and Wells Fargo & Co. agreed to buy most of General Electric Co.’s real estate assets in a deal valued at about $23 billion, in an effort to further shrink GE’s financial unit. Bloomberg’s Devin Banerjee reports that GE Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt “does not want GE to be a […]

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CMBS Loans Expected to Increase 25 Percent in 2015

January 15, 2015

CMBS loan issuance is expected to total around $100 billion to $125 billion this year, a projected 25 percent increase over 2014 totals, National Real Estate Investor reported Jan. 7. However, experts said they are worried about the quality of underwriting on new CMBS transactions. The issue is that the quality of underwriting on the […]

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The Trouble with Rates in the Subdivision Development Method to Land Valuation

December 9, 2014

Brian J. Curry has written an excellent article on Subdivision Valuation for The Appraisal Journal. Valuation of subdivision land is not a one-size fits-all endeavor. This article demonstrates the relationship between profit and yield and their application in land valuation. A subdivision development static method is suggested, and the impact of leverage, trending, and project […]

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