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Berkadia Los Angeles Multifamily Investor Update, August, 2016 – What In The World Inning Are We In?

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016


Berkadia Los Angeles’ multifamily expert Mark Ventre has an interesting thought piece, replete with anecdotal evidence from clients, trying to answer the question: “Where are we in the multifamily real estate business cycle?”

Read the article here (Berkadia 8/23/16)



Barrack Says U.S. Real Estate Market Is Getting ‘Bubblicious’

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Billionaire investor Tom Barrack, chairman of Colony Capital Inc., says that ‘amateurs are playing’ in real estate market.

Read the article here ( 8/15/16)



Shadow Lenders Are Pushing Into Risky Real Estate Deals

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Seven years after the financial crisis, private funds in the U.S. are extending their push into traditional banking and real estate lending.

Read the article here ( 7/16/15)

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For Fed, Nothing Going on but the Rent

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Inflation is too low for the Federal Reserve, but not as low as it would be if rising rents weren’t propping it up.

Read the article here (WSJ, 4/26/15)

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Sovereign Wealth Funds are Turning to U.S. Real Estate for Yield: Sternlicht (CNBC)

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

“Real estate looks super attractive… to sovereign wealth funds screaming for yield… Everyone of these buildings is a bond.  I can buy Treasuries which we keep printing, or I can own a real asset which might benefit some day if there is inflation…  They are not going to Cleveland, they are going to cities [like New York or Los Angeles]”

Watch the interview here ( 1/8/15)


Agents, lenders fill niche as Chinese money floods housing market

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

A flood of Chinese money into Southern California’s real estate market is keeping some agents, bankers, and lawyers busy. Chinese citizens have bought $22 billion worth of homes in the U.S. in the 12 months that ended in March 2014.

Click here to read the article (LA Times 11/1/14)



Successful Real Estate Investing Relies on Skills that Take Time and Money to Build (NYTimes)

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Residential real estate values from 1890 to 2014 rose an average of 0.3% after inflation, according to a study by Robert Shiller. Residential real estate can produce larger gains, but properties must be identified by professionals who have connections and who have learned to spot opportunities through painful trial and error, writes Carl Richards


Read the article here (NY Times 10/6/14)

Purse Tycoon Aims at Ultra-Rich With $85 Million Home (

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

In addition to U.S. tech, energy and entertainment money, Los Angeles has lured investors from China, Indonesia, Russia, Latin America and the Middle East who use U.S. real estate as a haven from political and economic uncertainty back home.

“If you buy a house for $50 million, $60 million, and it falls to $40 million, it’s still better than having your money under a dictator who decides that money doesn’t belong to you any more… It’s the return of capital rather than the return on capital.”



Read the article here  (Bloomberg 9/22/14)

A California Dream: Not Having to Settle for Just One Bedroom

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Cities across the state of California, including SoCal, are grappling with a dwindling stock of housing that can be considered affordable for anyone but the wealthiest. In much of the state, a two-bedroom apartment or home is virtually impossible to acquire with anything less than a six-figure salary.


Read the article here  (NY Times 9/23/14)

Foreign Investors Want High Profile Locations in SoCal

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Foreign investors are combing through high-profile development sites in Southern California, according to Laurie Lustig-Bower, EVP at CBRE.  Local developers and investors are facing increased competition from foreign investors for Class A locations.

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Read the article here  (Globe St. 9/23/14)