• Real estate to be allocated separate sector in S&P indices

    Real estate to be allocated separate sector in S&P indices

    The decision by financial barometer Standard and Poors to move real estate shares from the financial sector into a stand-alone sector has prompted very different opinions from the financial industry. The decision was made because of the ever-growing interest in real estate investments in the US, and indeed around the world, and will come into

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  • Reasons to be positive on US real estate

    Reasons to be positive on US real estate

    A recent survey by Bankrate.com showed a side to the US investment markets which many people will be surprised about. When individuals were asked about their preferred investment vehicles in the short and longer term the results were interesting to say the least. The traditional investment strategy tends to be more liquid assets in the

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  • US commercial real estate facing triple whammy

    US commercial real estate facing triple whammy

    Pacific investment Management Co (PIMCO) has been waxing lyrical on both the US commercial real estate market and a potential triple whammy just around the corner. After six years of sustained growth it looks as though commercial real estate prices in the US could come under significant pressure. When you bear a mind that real

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  • US interest rates could rise in June

    US interest rates could rise in June

    The latest minutes from the US Federal Reserve meeting have cast a very dark shadow across equity markets last week. There is a real chance that US interest rates could increase in June as the Fed looks to offset a strong economy. Initially markets had expected US interest rates to rise no earlier than September

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  • Commercial real estate lending is very competitive

    Commercial real estate lending is very competitive

    Reports in the US suggest that the commercial real estate lending market is getting very competitive with an increase in loss rates in the final quarter of 2015. While net charge-offs as a percentage of average loan balances still equate to just 0.14% this is a significant increase from 0.02% in the previous quarter. There

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  • Tech start-ups changing Oakland real estate market

    Tech start-ups changing Oakland real estate market

    San Francisco Bay has been associated with tech start-ups for some time now and this would appear to be spreading towards the Oakland real estate market. Relatively new technology companies such as Uber are moving into the region and attracting a following of small start-ups. This is beginning to change the whole dynamics of the

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