Commercial Real Estate & Business News – March 15, 2017

Chinese investors were the single largest group of foreign investors in commercial real estate in the U.S. last year, with deal volumes reaching a record high of $19.2 billion, up 10% from $17.3 billion in 2015, according to a new report from Cushman & Wakefield. Chinese investment made up about 29% of total foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate, ahead of Canada, the second largest foreign investor, which invested $13.1 billion…»

A Fed rate hike is expected at the end of its widely watched meeting Wednesday. It would be the Fed’s second rate hike since December and a sign that the central bank’s leaders are moving interest rates up at a faster pace this year…»

Investors focusing on commercial real estate in the Americas have no plans to scale back their investments this year, according to the recently released CBRE Americas Investor Intentions Survey, which queried about 1,000 investors. Fully two-thirds of them intend to be net buyers this year, taking in more acquisitions than dispositions…»


Small businesses are excited about a new healthcare law, tax reform and regulatory relief from Washington. According to the February Small Business Optimism Index, small business optimism is at its highest readings in 43 years, despite a .6 point dip to 105.3. The National Federation of Independent Business released its monthly report that shows a month-over-month increase of optimism from small businesses…»

A few weeks ago I was triple booked. It was Phoenix Startup Week, I was speaking at an AZ Tech Council gathering on Medical Technology, and I was unable to attend an event on the Internet of Things. We have been attending these sort of things for 23 years now and it wasn’t always like this. In fact, not too long ago it was kind of pathetic…»