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Commercial Mortgage Bonds Rally on Fed’s Legacy Assets Plan

Sarah Mulholland bloomberg.com 22.05.2009

Big US towers going cheap in distressed market

AMY WESTFELDT google.com 22.05.2009
Commercial Mortgage Bonds Rally on Fed’s Legacy Assets Plan

May 21 (Bloomberg) -- Yields on bonds backed by commercial mortgages plummeted relative to benchmark interest rates to the lowest in more than six months amid growing confidence in a U.S. plan to purge bank balance sheets of existing debt tied to hotels, shopping centers and office buildings.

Big US towers going cheap in distressed market

NEW YORK (AP) — The 40-story skyscraper sits on a prime corner in the country's wealthiest commercial market, steps from the Museum of Modern Art and a few blocks from Rockefeller Center and Central Park.

Investment demand for neighborhood strip centers strong

Richard Kehoe rejournals.com 21.05.2009
Investment demand for neighborhood strip centers strong

With more than 435 million square feet of retail real estate, Chicago is one of the largest retail markets in the United States. But, as we know all too well, many investors are sitting on the sidelines here and across the nation.

Western Mass. real estate brokers encouraged despite drop in Pioneer Valley home sales

SPRINGFIELD - Sales numbers for homes in the Pioneer Valley are looking better than the prices they are fetching, a sign of a real estate market that may be recovering, according to local real estate brokers.

Denver tops on 'Today' show list of cities poised for real-estate rebound

Denver was named America's No. 1 city on the verge of recovery from the real-estate slump in a segment Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show.

US banks to lose billions over commercial property

NEW YORK (AFP) – Commercial real-estate loans could bring losses of 100 billion dollars at 940 small and midsized US banks by the end of 2010, according to a study published Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal.

Realtors Use New Visa Types to Open Doors for Foreign Buyers

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Citizens of other countries represent an important segment of the U.S. home buying market, and now new special visa categories that allow foreign nationals to gain U.S. residency can help facilitate that process. By using these visa categories correctly, Realtors will be able to help many more buyers from overseas purchase property in the U.S.

Sour commercial real estate loans threaten to hurt regional banks

The slumping market for commercial real estate -- viewed by many as the next big shoe to drop on the economy -- now threatens to drag down regional banks as they struggle to collect on loans made against shopping centers and office buildings.

Median home prices fall in 88 percent of cities

ALAN ZIBEL google.com 13.05.2009
Median home prices fall in 88 percent of cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home prices fell in nearly nine out of every 10 U.S. cities in the first quarter of this year as first-time buyers looking for bargains dominated the market.

More homes get multiple offers; downturn may be nearing end

More homes for sale are attracting multiple offers as buyers pursue lower-price homes and banks low-ball asking prices to attract competing bids on foreclosures.


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