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Commercial Real Estate & Business News – January 16, 2018

Saying “it’s different this time” has long been a surefire way to elicit a laugh with an audience of commercial real estate professionals. After all, there are few things more certain than the cyclicality of the industry. Many of today’s leaders cut their teeth by finding profit in the S&L crisis in the early 1990s. So ingrained are cycles that a common way of denoting time is to reference the series of busts that follow the booms-the Russian bond crisis, 9/11, the global financial crisis, etc…»

The industrial sector flourished in 2017. Real estate research firm Real Capital Analytics (RCA) noted in a recent report that the industrial sector, seeing gains from rising e-commerce sales and the resulting need for industrial facilities, was the only commercial real estate sector last year that saw an increase in transaction activity from January through November…»

Showing the smallest annual increase since 2010, U.S. multifamily rents did not change in December, according to Yardi Matrix’s monthly survey of 121 markets. Rents remain at $1,359, a $4 drop from the highest rate achieved in September of $1,363. Over the past seven year, rents have grown by a minimum 3.3 percent annually, hitting its highest 5.4 percent in 2015, but ended 2017 with a 2.5 percent increase…»

Investors are still looking for apartment properties that can be renovated to earn more rental income. But properties with value-add potential are becoming more difficult to find…»

The population of the United States increased by 2.2 million people in 2016. Natural growth – the number of births less the number of deaths – accounted for most of the population increase, while the rest was due to international migration…»