Real Estate Issues

Trade publication covering the real estate industry.

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 2-3, Summer-Fall

Best Practices in High-Performance Office Development: The Duke Energy Center in Charlotte, North Carolina
INTRODUCTION LEED CERTIFICATION HAS EMERGED AS THE STANDARD OF excellence in many office markets across the country because the principles of sustainable development are closely aligned with the requirements for Class A assets. (1) These high-performance...
Editor's Note
PERHAPS IT IS THE ELECTION SEASON THAT HAS GOT ME thinking about it, I can't say for sure. But I was, and I remain, a fan of the television series "The West Wing." And, one of my favorite scenes in that drama is of an exchange between the Leo McGarry...
Federal Forfeiture of Real Estate in Practice: A New Form of Eminent Domain?
INTRODUCTION IN 2009, THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FILED a complaint in federal court in Massachusetts asserting that Motel Caswell should be forfeited under federal law on the ground that it had been used in connection with recent drug...
Mortgage Fraud: Current Trends and Issues
INTRODUCTION THE STATISTICS ON MORTGAGE FRAUD CONTINUE TO BE GRIM according to various official sources. Although mortgage fraud articles have appeared frequently in the popular press, many readers may not realize the extent of the fraud that is...
Real Estate Counseling in Class Action Litigation: Determining Real Estate Damages from Natural Disasters
INTRODUCTION: HURRICANE KATRINA AND THE 'LEVEE CASE' CLASS ACTION The most important thing to remember about the drowning of New Orleans is that it wasn't a natural disaster. It was a man-made disaster, created by lousy engineering, misplaced priorities...
Retail Space in the Future: How Technology Has Changed the Way We Shop
FROM MAIN STREET TO VIRTUAL SHOPPER LIKE MANY MARKET SECTORS, THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY IS transforming the retail real estate models. For most of recent history the experience of shopping was a physical experience of going to a store to buy a product...
Selection of the Winning Office Investment Market: Case of Tokyo
INTRODUCTION: IS IT POSSIBLE TO SELL AND SURVIVE? AMONG THE MAJOR DEVELOPED COUNTRIES, JAPAN'S SOCIETY is aging at the fastest pace. The reasons for this are a rapid decline in the birthrate and a population decrease. One of the real estate markets...
The Case for the Return of CMBS
OVERVIEW THE UNITED STATES AND GLOBAL COMMERCIAL MORTGAGE-backed securities (CMBS) markets experienced sharp declines in issuance tied to the 2007-2008 financial crisis and have been slow to recover. As near-term uncertainties have continued to...
The Failed Experiment of Vancouver's 2010 Olympic Village
PROLOGUE: ON JAN. 17, 2009, THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY for the Province of British Columbia met in an emergency session in the Provincial capital of Victoria. There was only one item on the agenda to be debated and voted upon. The City of Vancouver,...
Using Historical Employment Data to Forecast Absorption Rates and Rents in the Apartment Market
INTRODUCTION THIS ARTICLE PRESENTS A STRAIGHTFORWARD TECHNIQUE that can be used by appraisers, consultants, asset managers and others in the field to forecast demand for needed new apartment units and trends in rental rates. The types of data required...
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