Real Estate Issues

Trade publication covering the real estate industry.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 2, Summer

Agricultural Land
IN THE PAGES OF REAL ESTATE ISSUES, WE HAVE EXPLORED many aspects of land use and development including entitlement, valuation, zoning, environmental remediation, urban renewal and urban sprawl. We have examined wide-ranging physical improvements including...
Caution! Not All House Prices Have Declined
A DAY DOES NOT GO BY WHEN THE NATIONAL ant international press do not report with great authority that house prices, typically a median, have declined significantly--across the board, for all markets, for all price ranges, worldwide. Wall Street blames...
Commercial Real Estate Loss Expectation and CMBS/CMBX Prices
WHILE PRICES HAVE BEEN SLOW TO CHANGE IN THE COMMERCIAL real estate equity market, the commercial real estate debt markets have been driven by ever increasing costs and decreased availability of mortgages. The origin of this pricing change lies within...
Green Building: Balancing Fact and Fiction
BACKGROUND A new phrase has entered the vocabulary of real estate: "green building." Everywhere one turns, there is yet another conference, article or marketing campaign advocating for green or sustainable real estate. The Urban Land Institute (ULI)...
Investing in Residential Real Estate in the United States of America
This article is developed from CRE Richard A. Hanson's presentation made at MIPIM in March 2008. The presentation addresses U.S. real estate development patterns and investment in view of current market challenges, global energy consumption and population...
Last Harvest: How a Cornfield Became New Daleville
I AM CERTAIN THAT VIRTUALLY EVERY member of The Counselors of Real Estate has an active level of curiosity for the real estate projects we all observe in our professional and day-to-day lives. While a tailor may observe a fine fabric, the orthodontist...
Quo Vadis Redux-Or Where Are We Heading?
Below is the text of a speech presented by CRE Daniel Rose at the first national conference of the Yale Alumni Real Estate Association, held at Yale University in April 2008. Rose asks real estate professionals to think about... "where we have been,...
Real Estate Conveyances from Livery of Seisin to Electronic Transfer: Real Estate Transactions Enter the Digital/electronic World
THE AGE OF "STICKS AND STONES:" MANUAL TRANSFER Prior to 1500, most real estate conveyances (1) were by livery of seisin: "livery" meaning delivery and "seisin" meaning possession. Ownership followed possession at that time: "Historically, the doctrine...
Special Master Bias in Eminent Domain Cases
OVERVIEW OF EMINENT DOMAIN VALUATION The various state laws in the United States are consistent on eminent domain valuation: the stated goal is the difference between the total value of the property before the taking and the total value after the...
The U.S. Senior Housing Opportunity: Investment Strategies
With favorable demographic fundamentals and the achievement of higher yields relative to conventional apartments, we believe that the senior housing sector is emerging as an increasingly attractive investment opportunity. The senior population, defined...
Through a Muddy Crystal Ball
The views expressed here are those of Maura Cochran, Bartram & Cochran, Inc., and Marc Thompson, Bank of the West, and not necessarily those of the The Counselors of Real Estate. "THE MARKETS ARE IN DISARRY, LIQUIDITY HAS VANISHED AND none of...