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March 2016 Archives

Experts predict a challenging 2016 for commercial real estate

Commercial real estate investors have enjoyed several years of healthy returns thanks largely to robust demand in major markets like California, but analysts predict that 2016 will be a more difficult year. Stricter lending criteria introduced to prevent irresponsible lending and avoid another financial crisis began to impact the commercial property market in late 2015, and a Federal Reserve survey of loan officers conducted in January 2016 found that developers were already finding financing more difficult to obtain.

Crowdfunding as a way to invest in commercial real estate

Some California residents may have long dreamed of being able to invest in commercial real estate. Previously, doing so was beyond the financial reach of most people. With the passage of the JOBS Act in 2012 and the advent of crowdfunded investing, commercial real estate is now in the grasp of a greater number of people.

Financing challenges faced by commercial property developers

Strong demand in major California markets like Los Angeles and the Bay Area helped spur the commercial real estate market in 2015, but the low yields offered by mortgage backed bonds are prompting some investors to move their money elsewhere. This is a concern for property developers as only the major banks provide more financing for office, warehouse and retail projects than the buyers of commercial mortgage backed securities.

Vivint cancels sale to SunEdison

Business-minded California residents may be interested to learn that a deal between Vivint and SunEdison was terminated on March 8. Though SunEdison had previously planned to purchase residential solar developer Vivint, the deal fell through due to financing problems. Vivint canceled the $2.2 billion sale to SunEdison and is now reportedly planning to sue the company for breach of contract.

Companies admit to selling misbranded parmesan cheese

California residents may have heard about the three cheese companies that have pleaded guilty to misbranding and adulterating their parmesan cheese products. Each faces a $500,000 fine, and an executive of one of the companies could be incarcerated.

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