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A Tale of Two Cities: Investing in U.S. Commercial Real Estate

Increased demand for U.S. commercial real estate assets and a maturity in the property cycle have been major contributors to the volume of CRE in the U.S. But certain game changers add a dimension and complexity to the variables affecting CRE, shaping the landscape of certain cities as they generate economic growth. A bifurcation of metros into urban and non-urban markets is developing into a “tale of two cities.” This paper outlines new insights about the major metro gateway cities and secondary markets, and why they’re the most likely destinations for investment in 2016.
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The Three Vs of Cross-Border Investment in the United States: Volume, Velocity and Variety

Cross-border demand for direct investment in U.S. commercial real estate (CRE) is soaring, despite a time of global economic uncertainty. Understanding the scope and impact of foreign investment in the United States requires a consideration of several important components. This paper is the result of collaboration with my First American Title Insurance Company colleagues and other industry leaders. In it I examine some of the most critical challenges foreign investors face when investing in U.S. real estate. Read the full article.


Disruptive Forces in Retail Real Estate

Of all real estate sectors, retail is perhaps the most interconnected with the general public. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, consumer spending constituted 67% of the U.S. economy in 2013. And for decades, consumers have fulfilled their needs and wants by visiting brick-and-mortar stores in urban downtowns and suburban shopping centers. The result is that the United States boasts nearly 23 square feet of retail gross leasable area per capita, the most in the world. Continue reading Linda's whitepaper.


Disruptive Forces in Industrial Real Estate

The industrial real estate sector is at an inflection point in the United States due to a confluence of both technological and physical events and disruptive forces impacting trends. The rise of e-commerce has led to a reduction in physical store size, and an increased demand for immediate delivery. As a result, industrial space that once served as back rooms has been transformed into fulfillment centers that require state-of-the-art technology. Read First American's whitepaper to learn more...


The Influence of Healthcare Reform on Commercial Real Estate

The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly referred to as The Affordable Care Act and otherwise known as "Obamacare", was signed into law in 2010 and became effective January 1, 2014.

As a result, we can expect to see an accelerated demand for and increased investment in commercial real estate, especially medical office buildings. But, what remains to be seen is how the disruptions and changes resulting from Obamacare will impact the commercial real estate industry. What winning strategies are investors adopting in response to healthcare reform? Read First American’s whitepaper to learn more...


The Changing Direction of Equity Investors in the Post-Lehman World

Cross-Border transactions and global expansion have been powerful forces for investors over the past decade. With the chaotic failure of Lehman Brothers, the fourth largest investment bank in the United States, in September, 2008, The Changing Direction of Equity Investors in the Post-Lehman World examines global capital flows, volume, trends, flight to safety and cross-border target capital markets, by origin of capital and by investor composition. London, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore, are highlighted for their consistent rankings as top Metro destinations of foreign capital (post-Lehman).



About the Author

Linda J. Isaacson
Senior Vice President
First American Title Insurance Company
633 3rd Ave New York, NY 10017
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