Regional Commercial Real Estate Trends


Outlet Center CRE Market Will Weather Nine West Closures

The recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization filing of shoe and apparel wholesaler Nine West Holdings Inc. focused the retail spotlight on the outlet center segment of the commercial real estate industry. Despite the bad news that Nine West is closing all 70 of its stores in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly […]

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New Fed Chair Expects Inflation Rate to Move Higher

In a widely expected but still worrisome move for commercial real estate investors and financial markets, the Federal Reserve Bank recently raised the federal funds rate a quarter point from 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent, the first of three rate hikes expected in 2018 by the central bank and the sixth quarter-point increase since the […]

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Playtime Is Over; Toys R Us Closes Its Remaining 735 Stores Nationwide

Beloved by kids and landlords, but largely shunned by consumers this past holiday shopping season, Toys R Us has officially announced it is winding down operations and closing 735 stores, encompassing an estimated 29.3 million square feet of mostly big-box retail space. The Wayne, NJ-based toy retailer already had closed or had planned to close […]

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Issues of Declining Occupancy, Rising Rent Spread to Top Properties

Even the best-performing and most well-located U.S. malls and shopping centers are beginning to feel the pinch of flat-lining rent growth and a vacancy uptick as e-commerce continues to take market share from brick-and-mortar retailers, and the retail sector enters the late stages of the real estate cycle. Despite a relatively strong finish for retailers […]

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Expected Interest Rate Increases This Year Remain Top CRE Concern

Rising interest rates remain the top concern for commercial real estate executives this year, with 80 percent of respondents in a sentiment survey by a Chicago law firm expecting law firm expecting multiple rate increases amid clear expectations that the anticipated increases would begin to weigh on commercial property markets in 2018. For the second […]

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Largest U.S. Banks Shrinking Commercial Real Estate Loan Balances

The nation’s 25 largest banks, which collectively control more than $11 trillion in assets, reduced their exposure to commercial real estate loans across the board last month, reflecting an ongoing change in the CRE finance markets, and a softening in loan demand. The amounts on the largest banks’ books for construction and development, multifamily and […]

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What Port Development Means for Industrial Real Estate

There was a special focus on how port-related issues are driving real estate development at last week’s Bisnow National Industrial and Logistics Summit Northeast held in New York. Bisnow’s Miriam Hall did a great report on the experts’ view of commercial real estate market trends. Beyond the supply and demand of the current market, there […]

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CRE Pricing Trends Continue to Hold Despite Transaction Slowdown

Healthy economic growth combined with steady demand and favorable interest rates provided a backdrop for continued growth in CRE pricing through the final quarter and the full year of 2017, according to the latest release of CoStar Commercial Repeat Sale Indices (CCRSI) data. The equal-weighted U.S. Composite Index extended its streak of stronger growth with […]

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Growth Expected Throughout National Office Space Market in 2018

The U.S. office market continued to benefit from strong fundamentals going into 2018, despite continued deceleration in net absorption, occupancy, and rental rate growth. With robust corporate profits and continued office-use job growth, that trend is expected to hold through the year as the recently approved tax cuts and expected gradual increases in interest rates […]

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Banks Close Record Number of Branches in 2017

Somewhat lost in the wave of store closure announcements last year was news that another major user of retail space abandoned a record amount of square footage. U.S. banks accelerated their pace of branch consolidation last year, closing a net of 2,069 locations, an 18 percent increase over the net number closed in 2016. The […]

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Rising Costs, Labor Shortage Could Force Commercial Construction Delays

With a large increase in the amount of office construction nationwide and continued building of warehouse, distribution facilities, and multi-family housing, the outlook for commercial development hasn’t been this strong in years. However, the increased building activity is exacerbating the already-keen competition for skilled construction workers in the commercial real estate market – including Philly […]

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2018 New Jersey Property Tax Appeal Reminder

2018 Property Tax Appeal Reminder

New Jersey Property Tax Appeal Reminder – During the next several weeks, New Jersey real property taxpayers will receive their annual (property tax) green postcards indicating 2018 assessments. The period to file a challenge to a 2018 assessment runs from February 1 to April 1, 2018. The April 1 deadline may, however, be adjusted to […]

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