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What Donald Trump’s Presidency Means For Real Estate Investors

#Election2016. Donald Trump is now going to be our 45th president of the United States. So what does Trump’s new presidency mean for real estate investors? We will take a further look at some key aspects such as overall market economics and tax proposals. According to Northern Trust the combination of the Republican wins in the White House, House of Representatives and Senate bodes well for tax reform, including the potential for repeal of the 3.8% net investment income tax and even the possible repeal of the gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes. Here is Northern Trust’s list of key stats: ...
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The “Ultra Wealthy” Continue To Buy Up The Real Estate Market

A “softening” luxury real estate market and global political uncertainty is clearly apparent, however it is still a buyer's market for the ultra-wealthy, according to a recent survey. “High end homes prices are clearly losing altitude all around the country,” CNBC reported. In partnership with the YouGov Affluent Perspective, Luxury Portfolio International surveyed the top echelon of consumers across 12 countries, finding that the majority of those consumers were "cautious but optimistic" in the face of an uncertain and often turbulent world economy. Those with a networth of over $50 million or more, have swelled. According to Research from Credit ...
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Starwood Capital Group CEO says, “I’m bullish” on real estate

Home prices are presently on the rise. With the election finally coming to a close soon, international companies are seeking to make their mark in the United States travel sector. Starwood Capital Group Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht said this month that he is bullish about the future of the real estate market. Sternlicht stated to CNBC that his company's broad reach across the real estate space — with hotels, apartments and malls in the United States and abroad — enables him to view the market on a broader scale. "I think you can see acceleration in spending, incomes are ...
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Retail Sector Expects “Modest” Outcome For Black Friday 2016

Industry insiders are predicting a much better performance this Black Friday compared to last year, however caution that doesn’t mean Black Friday 2016 will be one for the record books. Deloitte that total holiday sales will rise 3.6 to 4.0 percent year-over-year. Thomson Reuters indicated that its same-store sales index for September 2016 was expected to come in at -0.3 percent. This number is down from growth of 0.8 percent in September 2015. “The holiday shopping season is one of the most competitive times of the year for retailers, but they also have a big opportunity to drive sales and ...
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Chinese Market Expected To Grow In South Florida

More growth is expected for South Florida as Chinese investment in the United States real estate market is expected to reach $50B by 2025. According to the Real Deal, wealthy Chinese buyers have been buying so many homes in the United States that they are the top foreign country purchasing property in the United States – for the fourth year in a row. The article noted that home sales totaled more than $27 billion. South Florida is really pushing for such buyers to its commercial real estate market. According to Daily Business Review, tapping into the Chinese market, home to ...
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Here Is Something You Need For Commercial Real Estate Deals

What may be the number one “something” every commercial real estate professional needs when conducting real estate deals? One real estate expert weighed in his opinion and stated, “Always put your faith in the human touch, above all else.” The Florida expert believes that, “When it comes to a company’s top two expenses, the answer is most often the people and the real estate — personnel and office space.” “This being the case, decisions with regard to a firm’s commercial real estate needs are not to be taken lightly,” he noted. In an article by BizJournals, the expert also notes ...
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The Economy Continues To Drive Strong Commercial Real Estate Market

The strong and growing demand for commercial real estate in 2015 carried into the new year. Commercial property transactions totaled $139 billion in January, up 15.3 percent over January 2015. Indeed, the CRE market appears to have gained momentum recently, as total sales over the past three months were 22.2 percent above the prior three months, according to data from Reit.com. The demand has boosted the construction of new properties. According to CoStar’s value-weighted commercial property price index, reported valuations rose 11.6 percent over the 12 months through January 2016, roughly in line with appreciation trends over the past three ...
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A Further Look At The Brexit Impact On CRE…

Perhaps no one will ever understand the meaning behind “Brexit means Brexit.” CBRE’s Capital Watch took a further look into the UK’s referendum result and discovered that people are now concerned to what effect it will really have on the economy, and in particular, the property market. “We have seen a few glimpses of the vote’s impact through the closure of some of the retail funds and the sharp mark down in quoted REIT prices, but even here many funds have reopened, net inflows are again being experienced and share prices are recovering,” said CBRE. Could re-focusing our attention on ...
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The Retail Experience Reinvented Through Placemaking

In today’s times, retail consumers have been significantly adapting to purchasing goods online, causing shopping center owners to seek out ways to reinvent their properties as leisure and entertainment destinations by curating their collections of tenants to include services that cannot be provided online, according to CBRE.  To attract and retain such customers, both retailers and landlords are adopting “placemaking.” This is being completed by developing engaging and dynamic environments which can create and inspire a sense of place or community. CBRE’s latest Viewpoint Report indicated that over the past five years, businesses offering personal services, such as restaurants, salons ...
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The Spread of Zika’s Effect on Real Estate

"The mosquito population in South Florida is larger than it is in many other communities in the country," Josh Earnest said earlier last month in a White House press briefing. The Zika virus has spread to Miami Beach. Newly confirmed cases in the areas of Zika have recently been announced by Governor Rick Scott. With the spread of Zika the real estate industry in and tourism could have a negative effect for Miami Beach. In the state of Florida, over a dozen cases of Zika have now been transmitted by mosquitoes locally born to the Miami area. Currently, there are ...
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