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Telecommuting: Impact on Commercial Real Estate

February 1, 2013: 

By Barbara Hamlin, NAR Commercial Communications Manager

How is telecommuting going to impact commercial real estate in the coming years? Numerous research studies show it’s on the rise, and the changes will present some new opportunities for commercial brokers.

Vacancy Rates Decline but Rent Recovery Delayed

February 1, 2013: 

The overall forecast for the commercial market reported for Q1 – 2011 by NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun is stabilization. But Yun thinks that most market rents will remain soft except for multifamily.

U.S. Banks: Stop “Pretending” Start “Amending”

February 1, 2013: 

By Buddy Norman, President, Keller Williams Commercial

The commercial real estate downturn skirted the sidelines for the first three years that residential markets were declining in 2006-2008, but once it hit, it hit hard. This CPI chart indicates commercial property values were on a steady uphill climb throughout most of the past decade – peaking in February of 2008, and then dropping precipitously through 2010.

New SBA Refinance Program Aims to Provide Credit Relief

February 1, 2013: 

High unemployment levels and vacancy rates continue to put pressure on commercial real estate values, which have plunged nearly 45 percent from their peak in 2007. Consequently, many regional and community banks have increased their capital reserves in order to offset their risk, especially ones with high concentrations of commercial real estate loans.

As a result, many small businesses – including companies that are credit-worthy and making their monthly mortgage payments on time – have encountered difficulty refinancing their maturing commercial mortgages.

Healthcare Facilities … Not Just On Hospital Campuses Anymore

February 1, 2013: 

By Paul Howard Director, Center For Medical Progress, The Manhattan Institute

It used to be “location, location, location.” But as the economy moves deeper into the IT age, commercial real estate – at least in certain sectors – is likely to become more about “information, information, information.” Take health care.


February 1, 2013: 

Closing More Deals, More Quickly with eSignature Technology   

The commercial real estate market has been hit hard by the economy. Times like these give us opportunity – and reason – to look at our businesses and find ways to drive efficiency, reduce cost and close more deals, more quickly. Fortunately technology offers solutions to help commercial real estate agents and brokers be even savvier to succeed in this troublesome market.