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Real Estate Transaction Flow to Increase, Advisory Group Predicts

The velocity of real estate transactions should improve this year, with property pricing to stabilize as liquidity returns to the marketplace, with REITs playing a leading role in the revival, according to FTI Schonbraun McCann Group, the real estate advisory practice of FTI Consulting, Inc.

Insurance Companies Could Stand in for Commercial Banks As Financing Source in 2010

After a less than pleasant 2009, multifamily owners, developers and managers entered 2010 with grave reservations. While the free fall of the economy has ended, millions of people are left jobless and this will continue to have an impact on the multifamily sector, which depends heavily on household creation. So while most industry leaders are very optimistic about 2011 and 2012, they are sensing some hurdles in 2010. The good news is that opportunities are also being created.

Seniors Thinking About Seniors Housing Again?

Independent living seniors housing properties saw a mild uptick in occupancies between 2Q09 and 3Q09, from an average of 88.4 percent to 88.5 percent, according to the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.

McGraw-Hill Predicts Some Multifamily Construction Increases in ’10

In recently released reports, McGraw-Hill Construction is predicting a more vigorous pace of construction starts for some property types in some parts of the country in 2010 than last year, including an increase in multifamily construction.

Multifamily Starts See Increase, For Now

According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, homebuilding starts increased 2.8 percent in January 2010 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 591,000 units

Auctions May Help Unfreeze Condo Market

With sales of individual condominium units still slow on a nationwide basis, two executives that specialize in property auctions see a growing trend toward using auctions to sell a large amount of inventory in a short space of time.

Survey Finds Apartment Market Conditions Largely Unchanged, but Bright Spots Appear

Apartment industry market conditions are mostly unchanged from three months ago, according to the National Multi Housing Council’s latest Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions. But two key metrics, sales volume and availability of equity financing, showed some signs of improvement.

Marcus & Millichap Sees Opportunity in Helping Beleaguered Borrowers

Debt might be weighing down the commercial real estate business, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t opportunity posed by the problem.

Campus Advantage Communities Take Action to Support Haitians

Student residents of Campus Advantage properties have been working to raise funds for Haitian survivors.

Lenders Will Prefer Multifamily This Year: JLL Survey

Lenders are predicting that commercial real estate loan volume in 2010 will outpace that of last year by a considerable margin, according to the Jones Lang LaSalle’s annual 2010 Lenders’ Production Expectations Survey.