Commercial Real Estate & Business News – February 18, 2016

Although life companies are known for playing it safe when it comes to lending on commercial real estate, that narrow box hasn’t stopped them from doing big business in the space lately. Many life companies reported robust lending volumes in 2015 and the expectation for the coming year is for commercial real estate lending to surpass those volumes… Read more »
In its Q1 Sentiment Survey, The Real Estate Roundtable took high-level industry executives’ temperature on expectations for the U.S. commercial real estate market, and the results are in: good times persist but confidence is being tempered by fears that the proverbial shoe(s) will drop… Read more »
The multifamily housing market will remain strong despite facing economic headwinds this year, according to the new Freddie Mac Multifamily Outlook. The sector is coming off a year in which rental housing demand kept pace with a big wave of new units that was delivered in 2015. Approximately 306,000 multifamily units entered the market—the most in a single year since 1989—and the level of new supply is expected to remain elevated over the next few years… Read more »
The national vacancy rate for retail real estate in the U.S. edged down to 5.9% in the fourth quarter of 2015 after logging a healthy 20 million square feet of net absorption and setting the stage for rent growth in a growing number of shopping districts in the coming year… Read more »
Darryl Berger and Matt Blank are going to the west side — with a $51 million bet on the real estate market. They are taking their business model to the Vistancia development in Peoria and Verrado development in Buckeye…Read more »