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The commercial mortgage insider blog highlights articles of interest from the commercial real estate sector. These quick reads will keep you in the know...

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Dec 28, 2020

Payroll Protection Loan - PPP Loan for Business

Payroll Protection Loans (PPP Loans) are available to help small businesses cover expenses during this difficult time. They are free to apply for.

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Dec 18, 2020

Flex Office Sector Proves Resilient in Downturn: CBRE

With companies everywhere adjusting to new workplace trends towards working from home, office property vacancies in urban areas are predictably on the rise.

CBRE says the outlook for flex office now, however, is optimistic: A recent CBRE survey of 77 major companies across the globe found that 86% anticipate using flex space as a key part of their real estate strategies.

“This downturn has sparked flex office to become a strong alternative to traditional leases for many office-using companies,” said Julie Whelan, CBRE global head of occupier research.

“That is in large part because flex space can provide companies the agility to accommodate a workforce that values more choice over where and how they work.”

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Dec 18, 2020

Flex Office Sector Proves Resilient in Downturn: CBRE

With companies everywhere adjusting to new workplace trends towards working from home, office property vacancies in urban areas are predictably on the rise.

CBRE says the outlook for flex office now, however, is optimistic: A recent CBRE survey of 77 major companies across the globe found that 86% anticipate using flex space as a key part of their real estate strategies.

“This downturn has sparked flex office to become a strong alternative to traditional leases for many office-using companies,” said Julie Whelan, CBRE global head of occupier research.

“That is in large part because flex space can provide companies the agility to accommodate a workforce that values more choice over where and how they work.”

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Dec 13, 2020

Where Are We? Where Are We Headed? CRE Industry Experts Opine on 2020

Commercial Real Estate mortgage industry experts have varying points of view on what the coming months may hold for borrowers.

While the only certain answer is "time will tell," Ken Kaplan of K2 Commercial Finance has identified lenders actively seeking transactions of all sizes. "The key is matching each loan transaction with the most appropriate loan structure and lender."

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Dec 08, 2020

Slowing Job Growth Highlights Need for Stimulus, Says Marcus & MIllichap

The slowing pace of job creation, coupled with rising COVID-19 cases and a growing number of long-term unemployed workers, emphasizes the importance of additional stimulus, Marcus & Millichap says in a Research Brief.

“Whether passed by the current or incoming Congress, such legislation will be critical to buttressing the economy until vaccines can be widely distributed,” according to Marcus & Millichap. “The recent rollback in Pfizer’s production schedule highlights the acute manufacturing and logistical complications that may extend the time before which most people will have access to a vaccine.”

November’s pace of hiring, while above the historical average, nonetheless was the slowest of the pandemic period and is tied to the cessation of fiscal stimulus and a “major resurgence” in COVID-19 infections, says Marcus &Millichap.

“The return of stricter lockdown requirements will weigh on overall employment growth through year-end,” according to the Research Brief.

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Dec 04, 2020

Real Estate Roundtable Survey Sees Better Conditions for 2021

Commercial real estate executives expressed a modest increase in optimism about market conditions amid the ongoing pandemic, according to The Real Estate Roundtable’s Q4 Economic Sentiment Index. Most respondents to the annual survey also noted that general conditions one year from now will be either “somewhat better” or “much better”

Survey respondents noted especially challenging economic conditions in the hospitality and retail sectors; market uncertainty associated with future office space use; somewhat stable multifamily markets’ and relatively stronger industrial and life science markets.

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Dec 01, 2020

Lending Volume Picks Up, Skews Toward Multifamily and Industrial multifamily

The commercial real estate lending landscape in the final weeks of 2020 has “vastly improved” compared to the onset of the pandemic, Marcus & Millichap says in a special report. However, for some lenders the market has tilted toward multifamily and industrial, while lending for office and retail has become more selective.

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Nov 23, 2020

Shopping Center Trends: Stay the Course or Pivot?

I found a fantastic resource to help analyze retail commercial real estate locations. It's Placer.ai and later this week they are having a free webinar on Retail Shopping Center Trends.

In the webinar they will break down some of the biggest trends impacting shopping centers, malls and outlet centers. We will leverage location analytics to understand which have real staying power and which will likely pass as COVID’s impact recedes.

Sign up for the webinar and check out the other useful resources they make available.

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Nov 22, 2020

CRE Developers Tips on Keeping Momentum During Downturns

“The current recession won’t last forever, so seize this opportunity to play the long game. We all know real estate can be an excellent long-term investment. Our sector isn’t intimately tied to daily stock market swings.”

“Developers should keep a laser focus on markets with high growth potential … The bottom line is developers who play the long game have time to ride out occasional market upheaval.”

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Nov 20, 2020

Resilient Amid a Global Pandemic: How Industrial Continues to Thrive - W&D Industrial Market Report

Despite the impact of the pandemic on many areas within commercial real estate, industrial assets continue to attract interest as a favored sector of many lenders and investors. The industrial market is outperforming others throughout this period of disruption thanks to the increase in e-commerce and a continued need for last mile distribution and third-party logistics centers.

More outstanding research from Walker and Dunlop.

If you are looking to purchase or refinance an industrial property, call Ken Kaplan at 215-230-1885.

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