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LaSalle: Real estate valuations to fall in '09

December 16, 2008

Real estate valuations are expected to fall next year, with the low point in the cycle expected in 2010, according to LaSalle Investment Management’s Investment Strategy Annual, a comprehensive survey of global real estate markets. Commercial...

Ryland latest homebuilder to slash dividend

December 12, 2008

The Ryland Group Inc. has become the latest home builder to slash its dividend. In an announcement following Thursday’s market close, the Calabasas, Calif., company announced that it will be chopping its quarterly dividend by 75% to 3 cents...

Ray of light seen for battered home sales

December 9, 2008

Pending sales of existing homes and median home prices fell in October, although the declines were smaller than anticipated — and there were even signs of improvement in certain markets. The Pending Home Sales Index, which tracks contracts...

Manufacturing, housing continue to sag

December 1, 2008

The manufacturing sector headed downward in November as the economy continued to weaken under the weight of the financial crisis, according to a report by the Institute for Supply Management in Tempe, Ariz. The ISM manufacturing index fell to...

Invesco unveils actively managed real estate ETF

November 21, 2008

Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC of Wheaton, Ill., yesterday launched the first actively managed exchange traded fund to invest in real estate. The PowerShares Active U.S. Real Estate Fund (PSR) seeks to provide high total return by...

Real estate spiral to continue, expert says

November 12, 2008

The seized-up credit markets and economic uncertainty will take a toll on commercial real estate for the next few years, with rents and occupancy falling until at least the first half of 2010, said Bob Bach, chief economist with Grubb & Ellis,...

Biz partner’s troubles could hurt REIT

November 7, 2008

Developers Diversified Realty Corp., a shopping center real estate investment trust that has struggled with debt issues, faces yet another headache. A large joint-venture partner, Coventry Real Estate Advisors, “appears to be facing liquidity...

For 7.5 million, mortgages outweigh home values

October 31, 2008

More than 7.5 million Americans at the end of September owed more in loans than their house was worth, according to a report by First American CoreLogic Inc. of Santa Ana, Calif. Additionally, 2.1 million mortgages are within 5 percentage points...

Home starts drop to 17-year low

October 17, 2008

The housing crisis showed no signs of rebounding in September as construction of homes dropped to its slowest pace since early 1991, and building permits for new homes fell to their lowest level in almost 27 years. Data released from the Department...

Analyst decries REITs sell-off

October 16, 2008

Raymond James & Associates Inc. analyst Paul Puryear upgraded eight real estate investment trusts today in the belief that the recent sell-off in the sector has been overdone. “Enough, already!” he wrote in a note. “Given our years of real...

Equity REITS trounce markets

October 1, 2008

Equity real estate investment trusts continue to outperform the broader market in today’s volatile environment. In the first nine months of 2008, the group generated total returns, including dividends, of about 1.8%, according to the National...

Existing home sales, prices continue to fall

September 24, 2008

Sales of existing homes fell to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.91 million units in August, down 2.2% from July and 10.7% from a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors of Chicago. The decline reverses the slight improvement...

Median home prices tick up in July

September 9, 2008

Median prices of single family homes rose 0.9% in July from June, but they’re still down year-over-year by 11.4%, according to the July Home Price Index report released today by Denver-based Integrated Asset Services LLC. The index, which is...

Morgan Stanley forms $10B real estate fund

September 3, 2008

Undaunted by concerns about a weakening real estate market, Morgan Stanley is raising $10 billion for a global property fund, with at least $1.5 billion of that being funneled into China, according to a Reuters report that quoted unidentified...

Construction spending down in July

September 2, 2008

U.S. construction spending slipped 0.6% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.084 trillion, its lowest July level since 2004, according to a Department of Commerce report released today. Residential and commercial spending was 4.8%...

Industrial REITs take hit as global economy slows

September 1, 2008

Despite consistently having generated above-average returns during much of the past six years, industrial real estate investment trusts, especially those with a global reach, are slipping along with the economy. Prologis, based in Denver, and...

LandCap buys land loans from Wachovia

August 20, 2008

In a sign that the vultures are circling around troubled loans, LandCap Partners of Los Angeles announced plans to buy $40 million of troubled land and construction loans from Wachovia Corp. of Charlotte, N.C. LandCap, a closely held national...

REITs can offer soft landings, analyst says

June 30, 2008

Nervous investors seeking safe havens from today’s economic turmoil might look at certain equity real estate investment trusts that are offering safe, attractive dividend yields for steady returns, according to a research note by a JPMorgan...

Home prices continue to tumble in April

June 24, 2008

Home prices continued their freefall in April, with some areas reporting declines of nearly 27% year-over-year. The composite index of 10 metropolitan areas was down 16.3% in April from the same period a year ago, and the 20-city composite index...

Invesco Agency files mortgage REIT IPO

June 17, 2008

Another mortgage real estate investment trust has entered the public arena. Invesco Agency Securities Inc. filed a $250 million initial public offering Monday. The company will invest in mortgage-backed securities that are backed by government...

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