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Marcus & Millichap Q3 2016 Special Report – Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate Remains Elevated

September 2nd, 2016

Foreign investment in U.S. Commercial Real Estate has eased from peak levels set in 2015, but activity remains elevated compared to historical norms. The majority of the acquisitions tend to be smaller assets purchased through funds and domestic intermediaries. Though steady yields and asset appreciation factor into the acquisition strategies, international buyers are often more focused on capital preservation and asset stability, allowing them to occasionally outbid domestic parties to achieve their goal. Although international economies appear to have stabilized following the last bout of volatility in the first quarter, foreign investors remain active in the market.

Thanks Marcus & Millichap for sharing this Third Quarter 2016 Special Foreign Investment Report .



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

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)



Many downtown luxury apartments sit empty

August 16th, 2016

Apartment building owners are struggling to rent many of the luxury units that have flooded downtowns across the country in recent years even as a relative shortage of multifamily homes in the suburbs has driven up rents.

Read the article here (USA Today 8/16/16)

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

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

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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July 14th, 2015

The Agency’s Second Quarter Report for the Los Angeles prime residential markets was just released, and its findings not only reveal sustained growth but record-setting highs across the most sought after neighborhoods. The number of single-family residence transactions topped 1,053 over the warm spring months, which set a new 10-year record.

Read The Agency Report: Q2 2015 Los Angeles Prime Residential Report here (7/13/15)


For Fed, Nothing Going on but the Rent

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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Private Equity Firms Are Lending to Landlords, Signaling a Shift

March 4th, 2015

Three big private equity firms are providing private loans to smaller real estate investors, signaling a shift.  They are betting that so-called landlord loans to small and midsize investors will become the next big opportunity to profit from the rebound in the United States housing market.

Read the article here (NY Times 3/3/15)

Equity Firms Are Lending to Landlords, Signaling a Shift - NYT 3-4-15

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

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

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)