Monthly Archives: March 2011

Trammell Crow Once Said…..

“There’s as much risk in doing nothing as in doing something.” — Trammell Crow, real estate mogul Lately I am hearing from a few discouraged Real Estate Brokers and Developers..who need a strong dose of  the  Trammell Crow story. I posted some of his story before, but his story is worth a closer read. The Real Estate  Leaders,...
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A Contrarian Now Wants To Lend On CRE

Todd Maclin, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.'s (JPM) commercial-banking head, saved the bank from the commercial real-estate crash by pushing J.P. Morgan to sharply cut back on lending while competitors made " crazy" loans. Now Maclin has had a change of heart. J.P. Morgan is lending again to commercial real estate. Vacancies are...
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Tim Leiweke, The Visionary Developer Of Los Angeles

Tim Leiweke was 10, click he built a baseball field in his backyard. He carved the baselines with a rake and fashioned home plate out of an actual dinner plate. Then, he acted out each segment of his newly created sports world, not only swinging the bat, but sweeping leaves as groundskeeper...
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Going Public? Maybe Not

Equity Capital Management LLC., a private-equity firm focused on real estate that owns single-tenant office, retail and warehouse buildings, told the world last summer it planned to become a publicly traded company. This month, it changed course. Instead of selling common stock to raise $380 million as a real-estate investment trust, it sold more...
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High Building Standards Boost Tenant Retention

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New findings by the Building Owners and Management Association (BOMA) demonstrate how buildings operating at high standards translate to tenant satisfaction and retention.  The BOMA 360 Performance Program was launched in 2009 to help buildings ... Read more

Santa Monica Office Occupancy Rates Soar

Office occupancy rates in this seaside city have soared in an otherwise lackluster Los Angeles market, fueled by an entertainment-industry expansion. The move is part of an uneven recovery in the property market benefiting certain pockets of cities and metropolitan areas. Santa Monica's office-vacancy rate fell to 11.5% in the fourth quarter, from...
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Real Estate Brokers…Protect Your Fee…You Earned It

I love it when some commercial landlords claim that the commissions they pay to commercial real estate brokers should be conditioned on whether a tenant performs or defaults under a lease.  Some landlords insist that they should not be required to make future commission payments if tenants default.  Some go so...
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Grubb & Ellis To Be Sold?

After Receiving Unsolicited Inquiries from Potential Suitors, National Real Estate Company Hires Adviser to Explore Strategic Options

The trend among the business services sector, including those providing commercial real estate services to other businesses, appears to be get bigger and go global, or go small and specialize by...
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Confidence Growing In Commercial Real Estate

A  stronger economy has commercial real estate investors feeling optimistic in 2011, no rx remedy according to a report from PwC.  Enthusiasm for commercial is growing as the market emerges from the bottom of the latest cycle, advice but... Read more