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Commercial Real Estate News for Wednesday, Dec. 14

Halfway through the week with four new articles for you on commercial real estate. Topics today include a new offer from SmartBiz Loans, Brazil’s struggling real estate market and conflicts of interest with Trump’s property holdings.

SmartBiz Loans Announces New Online SBA Commercial Real Estate Loan Offering up to $5 million

Small businesses who meet the criteria are now able to apply for offer SBA 7(a) Commercial Real Estate Loans for up to $5 million through SmartBiz Loans. Businesses may apply for a loan in under five minutes from the convenience of their phones. Evan Singer, CEO of SmartBiz Loans, is confident the loans will offer better deals for entrepreneurs.

Brazil’s Commercial Real Estate Still Mired in Recession

Brazil’s commercial real estate market has hurdles to clear before overcoming it’s current recession, including rent instability. To truly overcome this period of slow growth, the surplus of office and industrial spaces available will first have to be filled.

Congressional Dems say Trump at ‘Imminent’ Risk of Old Post Office Lease Breach

President-elect Donald Trump continues to face accusations of conflicts of interest tied to his commercial real estate holdings around the world. Trump is currently leasing the federally owned Old Post Office building for his Trump International Hotel. The deal and it’s potential breach of contract will be explored further as Inauguration Day nears.


Commercial Real Estate News for Tuesday, Dec. 6

Good morning! We compiled three commercial real estate articles for you today. They cover the ICS Conference in New York, the announcement of Amazon Go and a forecast on the effects of Trump’s presidency on real estate.

Nine Takeaways from ICSC New York Conference, Day One

Interviews with professionals at the ICSC Conference lead to a few insights about the commercial real estate world, including luxury brand’s expected comeback, a greater focus on retail stores in urban locations and the necessity of data in deal-making.

Retailers Should Fear Amazon’s Grocery Ambitions

Yesterday, Amazon debuted their first check-out free store. Customers merely sign-in to their Amazon app, shop for whatever they need and then are charged when they walk out of the store. Bloomberg argues this move should be enough to make traditional retailers sweat.

Commercial Real Estate After Trump: What to Expect?

What do we expect from a Donald Trump presidency? Uncertainty. Early sign though show a 3.4% gain in the DOW and interest rates have climbed from 1.75% to 2.30%. A scaling back on Dood-Frank would also be good for the commercial real estate, the author argues.


Commercial Real Estate News for Monday, November 21

Good morning! This Monday should be a little easier to get through thanks to the short Thanksgiving week. Enjoy these 5 articles on the state of the commercial real estate market.

KKR Capitalizes Private Non-Traded REIT with $838 Million

Private equity firm KKR is moving $838 million into its KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Inc., a non-traded mortgage REIT focused on commercial real estate debt. In addition to this in-flowing cash, KREF has $1 billion of existing borrowing capacity.

Swiss Investment Firm Raising Funds to Expand US Multifamily Holdings

Varia US Properties, a Swiss investment firm, has acquired 39 U.S. multifamily properties since the end of last year. The company plans to acquire more money for investments through a public offering on the Swiss Stock Exchange.

Trump Said to Discuss Treasury Post with Blackstone’s Gray

Jon Gray, Global Head of Real Estate at Blackstone, is being considered by President-elect Trump for the position of Treasury secretary. The two met on Sunday to discuss issues like the economy, global capital markets and the world financial situation.

Demand for Student Housing Looks Strong for 2017

Based off the most recent data from research firm Axiometrics, firms plan on building nearly 46,000 beds of new, purpose-built student housing for the Fall 2017 school year. “It would be pretty hard to overbuild in most markets, there is such strong demand,” says Nat Kunes, vice president of product management at AppFolio Inc. “In most markets you could double the amount and not overbuild.”

Commercial Mortgages: What Could a Trump Presidency Mean for the Real Estate Industry?

Another day, another article speculating on Trump’s effects on the commercial real estate industry. Investors hope the President-elect rolls back the Dodd-Frank regulations that have made lenders less competitive. The most disruptive area is likely to be increasing interest rates, which have already risen since Election Day.