16 Sep 2019

Link in to Lincoln: August 2019 Update on the South

Builders continue to report rising development and construction costs. Nevertheless, homebuilder confidence remains positive in all regions of the U.S. over the past five months. Existing-home sales strengthened in July, a positive reversal after total sales were down slightly in the previous month, according to the National Association of Realtors. Compared to last year, July… Read more »

Link in to Lincoln: June Update on the South

Throughout the Southeast, unemployment rates continue to drop amid a robust economy and strong job creation. U.S. employers report strong hiring intentions for the third consecutive quarter as the national labor market edges closer to full capacity. The number of employees on non-farm payrolls in several cities throughout the Southeast continues to rise. Orlando has… Read more »

24 Mar 2017

Real Estate Investment Funds Packed, Despite Slowdown in Fundraising

Real estate investment funds took in $15 billion less globally than they did in 2015, but the industry has a record $227 billion in “dry powder,” money for investment that is not currently deployed, according to National Real Estate Investor. “After returning record amounts to investors in the 2013-2015 period, fundraising gained momentum and dry… Read more »

20 Mar 2017

Expected Federal Reserve Interest Rate Hike Arrived This Week

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised the overnight interest rate from .75 to 1 percent, according to Reuters. The wire service reported the move was “spurred by steady economic growth, strong job gains and confidence that inflation is rising to the central bank’s target.” The move had been widely expected for weeks, with speculation on… Read more »

10 Feb 2017

Stress Test That Might Stress You Out

The newest annual “stress test” for U.S. banks will focus more sharply than ever on commercial real estate. That’s the consensus of multiple news reports following the Federal Reserve’s Feb. 3 release of criteria for the 2017 test. As you’ll recall, these stress tests started following the 2008 financial crisis, and are meant to ensure… Read more »

Why Central Florida?

A recent NAIOP event shed light on an important question; Why Orlando,Why Central Florida? The panel consisted of Sean Malott (Central Florida Development Council), Dave Porter (Metro Orlando EDC), Danielle Ruiz (Duke Energy), Rob Sitterley (Merit advisors), and Eric Ushkowitz (Orange County). A main point that the panel touched on is that Central Florida is home… Read more »

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