Summer 2013: The Return of Commercial Real Estate as a Valued Asset

A stronger U.S. economy, improving market fundamentals and an influx of capital are signaling investors to the purchase of commercial real estate.

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NAR is excited to launch the Commercial Connections Podcast, which will be published twice monthly to give you the tools needed to get ahead in today’s competitive commercial real estate industry. The podcast will be hosted by Alex Ruggieri, CCIM, GRI, MBA.

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What a difference a few years – and a steadily improving U.S. economy – have made for investors seeking capital to fund the purchase of commercial real estate.

Industry experts consulted said billions of dollars are available from life insurance companies, private equity funds, REITS, pension funds and other traditional sources to fund the purchase of properties in primary...

With 35% Yearly Increase, Lending Volume Grows

Following on the solid 24% yearly gains in 2012, commercial real estate investments notched a very strong first quarter of 2013. Sales of major properties totaled $72.8 billion in the

first quarter, a 35% rise from a year ago, according to Real Capital Analytics. Portfolio transactions made up a large portion of the volume,...

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