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Volume 16 | Issue 5 | Thursday, February 01, 2018

The Lede


CBRE Predicts Technology-Driven Office Market Expansion

U.S. office market fundamentals should continue to improve--and the tech sector will likely remain a primary demand driver, said CBRE, Los Angeles.


Top National News

MBA Chairman: 2018 Will Be a Year of Change

Scotsman Guide, Jan. 25, 2018--Victor Whitman
2018 could prove to be a key year of change for the mortgage industry as Congress takes up housing-finance reform, the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and regulatory reform. J. David Motley, the 2018 chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association, discussed the trade group's priorities and a range of pending issues that affect the mortgage industry.

The $2.5 Billion Plan to Turn Brooklyn's Navy Yard Into a Tech Hub

Bloomberg, Jan. 31, 2018--David M Levitt
America may never recover its glory as a manufacturing powerhouse, but the Brooklyn Navy Yard is doing what it can, transforming itself from a 20th-century warship builder to a 21st-century high-tech hub.

Getting Your Own Place? Buying Is Now Outpacing Renting in U.S.

Bloomberg, Jan. 30, 2018--Matthew Boesler
Following a surge in the number of Americans forming households as renters over the past decade in lieu of homeownership, the tide is starting to turn in the other direction.

LIHTC Market Faces 'Mild Turbulence' Ahead

National Real Estate Investor, Jan. 31, 2018--Beth Mattson-Teig
Investors and developers in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit market are adapting to a dramatic drop in pricing over the past year and expecting more uncertainty ahead.

GDP Growth Below Expectations in Fourth Quarter of 2017

The Hill, Jan. 26, 2018--Naomi Jagoda
Gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter, the Commerce Department announced Friday, below economists' projections of about 3 percent.

Three CRE Jobs That Will Change With The Rise Of Predictive Analytics

Forbes, Jan. 25, 2018--Marc Rutzen
The three commercial real estate jobs that could be most disrupted by predictive analytics and machine learning: Real Estate Broker, Real Estate Analysts and Real Estate Appraiser.

Yellen's Legacy as Fed Chief: Full Employment But Unfinished Business

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 25, 2018--Don Lee; Jim Puzzanghera
When Federal Reserve Chair Yellen steps down next month, she'll depart with the economy in strong shape and monetary policymakers armed with more options than they've had in years, should it falter. But she leaves some important unfinished business after an unusually short four-year stint as leader of the world's most influential central bank.

The 10 Key Issues Ahead for Capital Markets in 2018

National Real Estate Investor, Jan 26, 2018--Beth Mattson-Teig
NREI spoke to capital markets experts on what they expect to be the biggest issues facing the commercial real estate industry in 2018.

News and Trends

MBA 2017 Annual Report Video

In this MBA video, the Mortgage Bankers Association presents its 2017 annual report.

CREF Highlights

Commercial and multifamily developments and activities relevant to your business and our industry.

CMBS Payoffs Likely to Increase

The payoff rate for securitized commercial real estate mortgages should bounce back this year following two years of weak performance, said Morningstar Credit Ratings, New York.

TenX: Multifamily Sector Reaches 'Inflection Point'

The multifamily sector is beginning to hit an ‘inflection point' after years of booming growth as national rent growth decelerates and vacancies creep upward, said Ten-X, Irvine, Calif.

Leading Indicators Finish 2017 Up

Two leading indicators of future construction spending finished 2017 on positive notes.

Commercial/Multifamily Briefs

Colliers International Group, Toronto, launched the Colliers Proptech Accelerator powered by Techstars.

People in the News

Lancaster Pollard Adds Zeiger as Managing Director to M&A Group

Lancaster Pollard hired Adam Zeiger as a managing director with the firm's mergers and acquisitions group. He will lead business development efforts for the firm's growing sell-side and buy-side advisory services for seniors housing and care properties.

Dealmaker of the Week

Meridian Capital Secures $116M in NoHo, SoHo

Meridian Capital Group, New York, arranged $116 million to refinance Los Angeles and New York office properties.

MBA News

MBA Expands C/MF Mortgage Banking Licensing Law Resource

The Mortgage Bankers Association updated and expanded its state-by-state compilation of commercial/multifamily mortgage state licensing requirements.

CREF18 in San Diego Feb. 11-14

The Mortgage Bankers Association's Commercial Real Estate Finance/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo 2018 returns to San Diego Feb. 11-14.

MBA Education Launches Commercial Insurance Webinar Series

MBA Education in collaboration with Insurance Advisors LLC and Fortress Risk Consultants LLC is offering 13 webinars over the next two years that will cover commercial insurance types, commercial insurance industry processes and commercial insurance compliance.

MBA Education Multifamily Property Inspection Workshop in Atlanta, Mar. 21-22

MBA Education presents its popular Multifamily Property Inspection Workshop in Atlanta March 21 and 22, 2018.

MBA National Advocacy Conference Apr. 24-25

The Mortgage Bankers Association's annual National Advocacy Conference takes place Apr. 24-25 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.

MBA Commercial/Multifamily Servicing/Technology Conference in Miami May 20-23

The Mortgage Bankers Association's annual Commercial/Multifamily Servicing and Technology Conference takes place May 20-23 at the Intercontinental Miami.

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