Fall 2015: A Market for Optimism & Opportunity

Marketplace Fairness and Lease Accounting Changes, community development updates from associations on the impact of REALTOR® Party grants, Q3 Commercial Market Outlook and 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo highlights.

In This Issue

There is something I have noticed throughout the year that I haven’t been able to put my finger on. In every gathering I have attended with our commercial members, the mood has been downright confident. Not to say that our residential members aren’t feeling good, but commercial real estate professionals are especially comfortable with the state of their markets.

While the policy making calendar typically slows down in the summer months, Congressional leaders on various committees continue to discuss a number of issues, which means NAR remains vigilant all year long, especially as we prepare for a busy Fall Session. Internet Sales Tax Fairness and Waters of the U.S. are two issues that had a great deal of activity so far this year, and will continue to be on our radar.

An Opportunity for New Business

This year’s event includes a new Commercial Marketplace at the Expo, featuring exhibitors with industry tools and products, a deal-making space for networking, panel presentations and a property marketing event. Plus – we have a few surprises in store – you won’t want to miss the excitement in this new space built for...

As U.S. real estate becomes an increasingly attractive asset to investors due to improving property fundamentals and rising values – the financing industry is evolving to meet the growing need for debt capital.

For a significant proportion of real estate market participants, like-kind exchanges (LKE) provide an important vehicle to sell and acquire property. LKEs allow a property owner to dispose of a property and acquire another one of like-kind. The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 1031 codifies that the tax owed on any gain after a sale may be deferred as long as the proceeds are reinvested in...

Commercial real estate has always been driven by the numbers. Successful commercial brokers have hundreds of information sources at their fingertips surrounding inventory, trends and market conditions.

You’ve probably adopted smartphones and tablets well in advance of the general market, purely for the convenience and access to analytics: the more you know, the more you can sell...

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