Articles by Stephen Blank
Monday’s Numbers: June 25, 2012
June 25, 2012
The Trepp LLC survey showed spreads widening 10 to 15 basis points during the survey period as the markets languish, waiting for clarity. A week ago, it was who would win the Greek election; now that the austerity party has won, the markets are holding their collective breaths waiting to see what will actually happen.
Monday’s Numbers: June 18, 2012
June 18, 2012
The Trepp LLC survey showed spreads unchanged during the survey period as the market participants held their breath waiting to see how Greece fares following the critical election on June 17. Pricing remains subject to floors from both conventional and securitized lenders with all-in costs said to be 3.5 percent (+/-) for five year funds and 4.0 percent (+/-) for 10-year financing.
Monday’s Numbers: June 11, 2012
June 11, 2012
The Trepp LLC survey showed spreads widening 10 to 15 basis point solely in reaction to Treasury yields dropping, then regaining a little luster. With the 10-year Treasury trading at 1.64 percent (as of June 9) and spreads averaging 228 basis points, all-in cost remains in the very attractive 4.00 percent range, subject to floor pricing by most lenders.
Monday’s Numbers: June 4, 2012
June 4, 2012
The Trepp LLC weekly and Cushman & Wakefield Sonnenblick-Goldman monthly surveys show that spreads have widened by 20+ basis points over the past month, partially to accommodate perceived increases in risk and partially to absorb the incredible decline in Treasury yields.
Articles by Greg Clark
London after the Games
June 5, 2012
“Is London still relevant in the new global order, and can it continue to be a genuine world leader?” asks ULI Europe senior fellow Greg Clark. He considers the potential legacy from London’s hosting of the Olympic games and notes the wide gap between the city’s interest in fostering an enduring international attractiveness and the U.K.’s restrictive policies that do not suggest a tolerant global city.
Greg Clark, senior fellow, ULI Europe, will be attending the MIPIM’s Build Connections conference, March 8 – 11, 2011, in Cannes, France, and has been designated to be an “official blogger” of the event. Clark will blog everyday for three weeks beginning March 8, 2011.
Articles by John McIlwain
With over 50,000 senior housing developments across the country, the opportunities for energy reduction and financial savings achievable through retrofitting increasingly warrant serious consideration. Occupants should be involved from the start.
The Great Recession: A Slayer of Sprawl April 5, 2012
John McIlwain, ULI senior resident fellow for housing, says new Census data on areas of population growth is further proof that this is the century of urbanization.
Seniors—In Which Metro Regions Are They Living?
February 23, 2012
Part 1: Metropolitan Regions: The growth in the nation’s population of seniors is already figuring in national debates about health care and Social Security—but at the local level, the impact will be even greater.
Seniors—In Which Cities Are They Living?
February 23, 2012
Part 2: The Cities: From 2000 to 2010, the U.S. senior population grew 20 percent, but this growth has not been evenly distributed around the country. And given the uncertain economy, future trends are hard to predict.
Articles by Ed McMahon
The Distinctive City
April 4, 2012
Cities are seeking the recipe for economic success in a rapidly changing global marketplace and, in the process, often overlook a critical asset: community distinctiveness. Special places, characteristics and customs have value, and they can increase a city’s competitive edge.
February 22, 2012
Walking and bicycling provide many benefits—reduced air pollution, improved public health, decreased dependence on foreign oil—but federal funding for nonmotorized transportation is now in jeopardy.
The Greening of the Real Estate Industry
January 20, 2012
Nothing demonstrates the disconnect between politicians and the marketplace more than the current debate about climate change and U.S. energy policy.
Land Conservation Remains as Popular as Ever
November 28, 2011
Governments across the nation have long recognized the need to preserve open space. What may have been underestimated, however, is the commercial value of open space and its potential to create value.
Articles by Tom Murphy
Adapting Cities for the Future
July 13, 2011
America’s ability to compete globally depends on the willingness of locally elected officials to invest in the future and build the critical public/private partnerships needed to harness the strengths of their communities.
Believing in a Future
September 1, 2010
With new investments, new leadership and new partnerships between the citizens and their government, New Orleans has made remarkable progress since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It is a city and a citizenry empowered.