Commercial Real Estate & Business News – September 25, 2014

Deloitte: Total Holiday Sales to Rise 4% to 4.5%; Non-Store Sales Up 14%

Total holiday sales are expected to rise 4% to 4.5% over last season, totaling between $981 and $986 billion, according to Deloitte?s annual retail holiday sales forecast. The growth represents a moderate improvement over last year?s 2.8% gain. Additionally, Deloitte forecasts a 13.5% to 14% increase in non-store sales in the online and mail order channels during the 2014 holiday season… Read more »

What to Know About Retail Financing/Refi?

Retail landlords must be prepared to answer any question a potential lender might ask about their property, their tenants and the market before seeking financing or refinancing. Owners should prepare for the financing or refinancing process, and the key elements that can facilitate a more seamless process… Read more »

Believe the Hype: Crowdfunding Is Redefining Commercial Real Estate Investing

Is crowdfunding a fad or is this online investment model here to stay? ?[Crowdfunding] is finally acknowledging what many industries did 10 years ago — that we?re in an online world,? said Elizabeth Braman, CCIM, chief production officer of Realty Mogul, in a recent interview with ?When you buy your plane ticket you don?t call your travel agent anymore. When you check your stock portfolio you don?t call a stock broker. You go online, which offers the most efficient and lowest cost of doing business”… Read more »

Managing Risk in Commercial Real Estate: Smarter Tools for Smarter Lending

The roots of risk management as they relate to the physical characteristics of commercial and multifamily real estate date back to the early 1970s. During that time the appraisal, commercial property insurance, construction and engineering industries actively began to seek ways to improve their respective areas of service. The goal was to portray, more accurately, the physical risk aspects of developing, investing in, owning and maintaining commercial real estate assets?a goal with… Read more »

New Single-Family Home Sales See Biggest Jump in 22 Years

Sales of new single-family houses in August 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000, up from July?s printing of 427,000, the fastest rate in six years and the biggest monthly jump since January 1992… Read more »