Affordable Housing Update with Albert Berriz and Darryl Carter. Live, Interactive TV on March 11th @ 11:00 am, PST

MultiFamily2

With the hot rental market, rental prices are continuing to rise, the issue of rental affordability has become a major topic of conversation. With many of the newer apartment developments focusing on luxury and resort style living, are some people being priced out of the rental market? Now, even a moderate income earner is having problems affording rental living. Is there an alternative to the continuous upward spiral of rents and can owners and developers provide affordable housing to the vast majority of the population? What are the benefits to the development of affordable housing and can it be provided with a good standard of living? Read more

A Guaranteed Way to Tell Which Way the Economy is Heading

Image courtesy of Supertrooper at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

You may be surprised to hear that a national economist may not be the one with their ear on the track waiting for the economic train coming. The economist goes to the people in the trenches, who are dealing with the effects of economic conditions on a day-to-day basis. Those people include............. Read more

How to Raise Funds to Develop Real Property from Foreign Investors Using The US EB-5 Visa Program

How to Raise Funds to Develop Real Property from Foreign Investors Using The US EB-5 Visa Program

I've heard a lot lately about the EB-5 program and how developers intend to use the immigration program to raise funds for their real estate projects, but I have yet to talk to someone who has actually, successfully used the program to raise funds for billion dollar project. Loren Cohen, Manager, Legal Affairs for MC Construction, spends some time with me discussing how MC raised a significant portion of the capital for their 1.2 billion dollar Point Rustin development using the EB-5 visa program. Read more

Is Harlem the Next for Gentrification & what is the Promise for Commercial Real Estate?

Is Harlem the Next for Gentrification & what is the Promise for Commercial Real Estate?

For the last year or so, Faith Hope Consolo, Chair of the Retail Division of Douglas Elliman Real Estate has been promoting her increased involvement in the culture and real estate of Harlem. I finally get the opportunity to discuss her move to Harlem during an interview at the CREW Network Annual Convention in Bellevue, Washington. Faith long known in real estate circles as the Queen of Retail is best known for her representation of high end, luxury retail tenants. She and I discuss how she Read more

Will the Fed’s Failure to Raise Interest Rates Effect Commercial Real Estate: Part I

Will the Fed’s Failure to Raise Interest Rates Effect Commercial Real Estate: Part I

After a summer of decreased unemployment and high expectations that the Federal Reserve would begin to raise interest rates in September, the Feds balked at an increase, surprising most people. Was it the volatile stock market in August, a sputtering economy in Canada or the sputtering of the Chinese economy? Well known economist, columnist and radio show host, Dr. Sam Chandan, Dr. Sam Chandan, Professor in the Associated Faculty of Real Estate The Wharton School & Host of the Real Estate Hour SiriusXM Business Radio, explains, in detail, how the Fed's action, or inaction, as the case may be, effects commercial real estate. Read more

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-hurricane-katrina-destruction-image637104

The Essential Elements for Rebuilding a Community After a Disaster ~ Resiliency and The Role of the Architect

Sherry is the Executive Director at American Institute of Architects Foundation. She spoke at Greenbuild on the topic of Resiliency in the 21st Century. I thought it was a great title, but I need help from Sherry to explain the term “resiliency” in the context of the Greenbuild conference and the theme of sustainability. This interview is Sherry’s explanation. The key point that Sherry got across to me was that the goal was not just to rebuild, but learn the lessons of the disaster and to rebuild so that the community, not only comes back, but thrives and continues to thrive in a way, likely not imagined before the disaster.