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Super Bowl 51 was a Significant Win for Tom Brady and Houston's Hotel Industry

Super Bowl 51 was a Significant Win for Tom Brady and Houston's Hotel Industry

Not only was Super Bowl 51 a big win for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, it was a big win for the city of Houston itself. Read More »


Regulatory, Supply-Side Challenges Inhibit Robust U.S. Housing Growth

Regulatory, Supply-Side Challenges Inhibit Robust U.S. Housing Growth

New-home construction during the fourth quarter of 2016 remained tepid in many markets due to regulatory and supply-side constraints. Read More »

U.S. Home Sales Slide in December

U.S. Home Sales Slide in December

According to the National Association of Realtors, existing-home sales closed out 2016 as the best year in a decade, even as sales declined in December as the result of ongoing affordability tensions and historically low supply levels. Read More »

With New Trump Presidency, U.S. Executives Bet Big on Industrial Properties in 2017

With New Trump Presidency, U.S. Executives Bet Big on Industrial Properties in 2017

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Global Property Spotlight

Golfito Marina Village & Resort - (Costa Rica)

Golfito Marina Village & Resort - (Costa Rica)

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Last Updated February 21, 2017 9:03 AM ET

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Home remodelers' average profit margins have increased since 2011, indicating they are running their businesses more efficiently as residential remodeling activity steadily improves.

According to the National Association of Realtors, U.S. pending home sales dipped in November 2016 to their lowest level in nearly a year as the brisk upswing in mortgage rates and not enough inventory dispirited some would-be buyers.

According to the National Association of Realtors, a big surge in the Northeast and a smaller gain in the South pushed U.S. existing-home sales up in November 2016 for the third consecutive month.

Existing-home sales in the U.S. are forecast to muster only a small gain in 2017 because of increasing mortgage rates and shrinking consumer confidence that now is a good time to buy a home.

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Commercial/Multifamily Delinquency Report, delinquency rates for commercial and multifamily mortgage loans remained low in the third quarter of 2016.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau, sales of newly built, single-family homes in the U.S. fell 1.9 percent in October 2016

The Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index decreased 0.8% in October 2016 to close the month at 3,108. Year to date, the index remains up 0.4%. Hotel stocks outperformed in October amid low investor expectations and rising interest rates.

According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average U.S. fixed mortgage rate moved higher in early November.

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Builder Application Survey for September 2016, U.S. mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 3 percent relative to September 2015.

According to CoreLogic, distressed home sales in the U.S., which include REO and short sales, accounted for 7.8 percent of total home sales nationally in June 2016.

the level of commercial and multifamily mortgage debt outstanding increased by $39.9 billion in the second quarter of 2016, as three of the four major investor groups increased their holdings.

According to a forward-looking housing barometer report released this week by Nationwide, U.S. home prices nationally have risen significantly since the 2008 mortgage crisis, but "healthy fundamentals" in the majority of local housing markets signify that another housing bubble isn't imminent.

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) recently released its mid-year ranking of commercial and multifamily mortgage servicers' volume as of mid-2016.

According to JLL and its latest Tech Office Outlook report, the U.S. tech sector growth continues to outpace the national economy in 2016 and is creating strong real estate conditions across the country.

STR is reporting this week that their Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index increased 0.9% in August to close the month at 3,349. Year to date, the index is up 8.2%. The Hotel Brand sub-index reported a 1.5% increase to 4,366 in August.

Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey is reporting this week that the average fixed mortgage rate in the U.S. is moving slightly lower for the week helping to spur ongoing refinance activity.

According to the National Association of Realtors, U.S. pending home sales expanded in most of the country in July 2016, and reached their second highest reading in over a decade. Only the Midwest saw a dip in contract activity last month.

According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average fixed U.S. mortgage rate increasing slightly, but again remaining near historic lows.


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