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September 2015 Archives

Growing willingness among lenders to fund hotel building

Commercial real estate investors in California have significant opportunities in the hospitality industry across numerous markets. Revenue per room growth at hotel properties coupled with an increase in demand has opened up lending for new hotel developments in strong markets. Although lenders continue to be conservative about property valuations, they could make loans available to developers with solid business plans.

Prices for commercial property keep going up

People who recently sold commercial property in California may have significantly profited from their initial investment, depending on when the property was purchased. The most recent report from Moody's/RCA Commercial Property Price Indices shows that commercial real estate prices have continued to climb. Commercial property prices went up by 0.7 percent in July and 2.8 percent in the three-month period ending July 31.

Commercial real estate bubble fears may be unfounded

Prices of commercial property in several key California markets reached levels during the second quarter of 2015 not seen since the 2008 financial crisis, but some experts say that fears of another real estate bubble are unfounded. Don Peebles, the CEO and chairman of a prominent real estate concern, says that much of the recent surge in property values has been fueled by apartment buildings and multi-family townhouse projects, and the office space market in many key cities remains sluggish.

How commercial real estate investors raise funds

Commercial real estate in California can be a fantastic investment, but it requires a lot of capital. While other types of entrepreneurs can raise money in stages, commercial real estate developers have to secure a large sum of money before a project can even begin. To finance their projects, real estate developers often need to raise funds from several different investors at once.

The slowing Chinese economy and its impact on U.S. real estate

California residents may have seen the August 2015 reports about how a slowdown in the Chinese economy sent ripples throughout the financial world. The Chinese government devalued the yuan after the Shanghai Composite began to plummet, and many observers feared that more bearish attitudes could lead to reduced Chinese investment in American real estate. However, some financial experts believe that Chinese economic difficulties will have little effect because major commercial real estate projects in the United States are not particularly reliant on Chinese investments.

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