• Beige Book: ‘Modest’ Economic Growth, Better For Most CRE

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor The latest Beige Book, released on Wednesday by the Federal Reserve and formally called “Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District,” came in a bit tepid. At least, the report’s favorite words describing the pace of overall U.S. economic growth remained “modest”

    National 14 July 2016 13:04
  • Economy Watch: CRE Growing, But Still Below Historic Levels

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor Following the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ report on U.S. GDP in the third quarter last week, the bureau also released data on commercial real estate as a component of the overall economy. The numbers point to two conclusions. First, CRE is still on the mend, with

    National 02 November 2015 16:47
  • Economy Watch: Should Those With Domestic CRE Interests Worry About China?

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor The Chinese economy has been hiccoughing and snorting lately, with industrial production down and whatnot, but the thing about very large economies is that they fluctuate. Actually, so do small economies, but the world doesn’t care nearly as much. One current line of thinking is that

    National 24 July 2015 13:34
  • Economy Watch: What Keeps Central Bankers Up at Night?

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor What keeps central bankers up at night? The Fed isn’t saying. The central bank doesn’t use that kind of idiom, for one thing, but more fundamentally the Fed goes out of its way to issue bland, calming statements about the economy, its plans and pretty much

    National 21 July 2015 13:24
  • Economy Watch: Top 3 Economic Trends Affecting CRE

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor The end of last week was marked by news affecting commercial real estate, mainly through its many and varied links with the residential market. Most directly, privately owned housing starts were at an annualized rate of 1.174 million units in June, according to the Census Bureau

    National 20 July 2015 13:15
  • Economy Watch: What Will the Greek Crisis Mean for U.S. CRE?

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor What will the Greek crisis mean for the U.S. economy and commercial real estate? There’s no way to be absolutely sure, since investors aren’t particularly rational, and have been known to panic even when their own ox isn’t being gored. But arguably there won’t be much

    National 30 June 2015 13:14
  • Economy Watch: Slowdown for CRE Prices and Deal Volumes?

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor Commercial real estate’s had a good run (mostly) in the years after the end of the recession, with values rising, upticks in rents in most property types in a lot of markets, occupancies likewise rising, and thus investors more interested. The question now is whether the

    National 15 June 2015 13:26