Commercial Property Lending is Fundamentally Strong – 2014

Ken Ward Business Trends

Momentum Builds After three years of momentum building in commercial property lending, analysts are projecting that institutional lenders will place what could be record amounts of capital into commercial real estate in 2014. Commercial property lending is fundamentally strong, and lenders still maintain disciplined underwriting standards, according to comments at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Commercial Real Estate Finance/Multifamily Housing Convention on …

Real Estate Capital Markets

Ken Ward Business Trends

Investment markets finish 2013 with a bang Investment markets have barely missed a beat over the holiday period as the momentum created towards the end of the year continues into the first few weeks of 2014. Final quarter volumes exceeded expectations at US$198 billion, 41% higher than an already busy Q3 2013 and 22% ahead of a strong Q4 2012. …

Office Demand Dynamics

Ken Ward Business Trends

Signs of improvement following a disappointing 2013 2013 turned out to be a disappointing year for the office leasing market, with full-year global leasing volumes virtually unchanged on the subdued 2012 levels; Europe and Asia Pacific witnessed annual volumes down by 4% and 12% respectively. Nonetheless, there were definite signs of improvement during the final quarter of 2013, with volumes …

Corporate Real Estate

Ken Ward Business Trends

North American Market Overview The outlook for tenants seeking office and industrial space remains much the same as it was in 2012, as available industrial and office space in most metro areas continues to shrink slowly as absorption outpaces deliveries. Most markets still have plenty of options for tenants, but the window of opportunity may be closing in some areas …

Economy Trends/Business Drivers

Jason Business Trends

Economy / Trends: The economy continues to underwhelm as we complete the first quarter of 2013. Job growth so far this year in the United States is trending upward, but not at a pace that matches 2012. Although the “fiscal cliff” was averted at the beginning of the year, critical decisions have been postponed until later in 2013. One of …

Market Trends

Jason Business Trends

Key Data Center Statistics In 71% of companies surveyed, the Corporate Real Estate or Facilities department pays for the power and utility bills for the organization (Source: Uptime Institute, 2012 Data Center Industry Survey). 60% of companies reported that their data center’s capacity will be sufficient for three years or less (Source: DCUG, Spring 2012 Survey). Server virtualization (53%) and …

Planning For Growth

Jason Business Trends

Planning for, accommodating and managing growth is amongst the most difficult elements of doing business.  Companies hire consultants to form strategic plans; they engage architects to optimize existing space; and they schedule executive retreats for visioning sessions.  But as happens all too frequently, the elephant in the room, impacting nearly every decision, goal, wish or pipe dream is a single …