As Homeownership Declines, Demand for Rental Housing Will Climb for Next 5 Years

A drop in homeownership rates will fuel a significant increase in demand for rental housing over the next five years, according to a study released by apartment properties acquisition and management company Middleburg Communities.The June 11 report projects a decline in U.S. homeownership to 62.1%, the lowest rate in more than 20 years, before a partial recovery to 63.6% in 2025. Depending on the effects of the recession, the demand for rental housing will ... Read more

Post-Pandemic Commercial Real Estate Investing

When ascertaining the impact the coronavirus will have on investment real estate, it is critical to determine the connection between the impacts of the crisis and the type of tenancy in any particular property. Real estate has no intrinsic value, only the use of real estate has value. And this is dependent on demand. Here is what we foresee given the current situation: • Apartments - The spike in joblessness will seriously impact occupancies. A ... Read more

Testing Positive for the Coronavirus

Here’s how we can all test positive for the coronavirus: Recognize the coronavirus demonstrates how CONNECTED we all are, regardless of country, race, religion, gender, sexuality, social-economic status and political affiliation.  We are all connected by our humanity, our health, biology, genetics, spirituality, shared planet, and our individual need for compassion, empathy, love, understanding, nourishment and healing. Welcome this reprieve from daily routines, by relaxing, bonding, healing, meditating, communicating with the divine, contemplating, re-examining and possibly re-charting a course. Find some positives, benefits and meaning from ... Read more

Coronavirus Impacts in the CRE Market

As we predicted, the coronavirus sparked a meteoric drop in the stock market last week, including a more than 4,000-point plunge in the Dow. The question now is how much of that contagion will spill over to impact commercial real estate? So far, CRE capital markets have been less reactionary than the stock market. Lenders have widened spreads to reflect the volatility and heightened risks, but capital is still flowing. For example, CMBS spreads have widened about 15-20 basis points at ... Read more

Side Effect of Coronavirus: The Great Stock Market Crash and Recession of 2020

A deep economic recession, triggered by a stock market crash, looms over 2020 for 2 reasons: (1) the stock market has not factored into pricing the impact of the Coronavirus, and (2) diminished corporate stock buybacks during falling earnings are leaving the market unsupported and employees vulnerable to massive layoffs. Although stocks have thus far resisted coronavirus concerns, commodities have not. The demand for oil has collapsed following the outbreak, and the price is trailing.  China is the world’s second largest ... Read more

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Overleveraged — Corporations vs Commercial Real Estate

Many corporations continue to binge on cheap debt to inflate their stock prices -- enriching their current executives and shareholders at the expense of future growth and earnings.  However, when interest rates inevitably rise and/or earnings fall, stock prices will plummet and workers (i.e. consumers) will be fired so those companies can continue paying the interest to avoid default on their debt. This explains why the Fed keeps dropping the rates despite full employment ... Read more

What Does California’s New Rent Control Mean?

California lawmakers passed a statewide rent control bill to address a worsening housing crisis in the state where millions of people are paying more than half their monthly income in rent.  The bill is meant to address rising costs in cities like San Francisco, where rent has risen steadily for years and peaked at 6% annual growth in 2015, according to CoStar Analytics.  The bill affects an estimated 8 million renters as it prohibits landlords from hiking rents more ... Read more


Recession indicators which overwhelmingly signal a major economic slowdown brought on by slower growth abroad and Trump’s escalating trade war with China include: The U.S. bond market and the inverted yield curve -- the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note has fallen below the 2-year yield multiple times in the last month, and this inversion has preceded the last 7 recessions. Gross domestic product in the U.S. is slowing. The economy expanded by 2% in the second ... Read more

Amazon Kills and Then Revives Malls as Fulfillment Centers

Online retailer Amazon has spent the past two decades luring shoppers out of stores and onto the internet, leading a retail transformation resulting in a wake of dead malls. Now the Seattle-based company is buying more of those empty shopping centers, converting them into warehouses for processing deliveries to consumer doorsteps.  The company plans to open two more Ohio warehouses, including one at the site of a closed mall in Akron, the third shopping center in northeastern Ohio the company has ... Read more
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