Category Archives: national commercial real estate

Stores empty? Maybe consumers are still living paycheck-to-paycheck

by Dan Rafter Wonder why so many shopping malls and retailers continue to struggle today? It might have something to do with the reduced buying power of consumers. Too many consumers continue to live paycheck-to-paycheck. It makes it hard for … Continue reading

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Auction.com: Commercial real estate sales activity still on the rise

  Sales volume is up in all five major categories of commercial real estate, according to Rick Sharga, executive vice president of Auction.com. Sharga also says that online sales are having an even stronger impact on retail sales. Take a … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year again: The Halloween pop-up stores are back

by Dan Rafter Is it good news or bad news when the same Halloween pop-up store opens its doors in your local strip mall every year? On the plus side, it’s nice to see that space filled, if even for … Continue reading

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Auction.com’s Rick Sharga: How strong is the U.S. housing market?

by Dan Rafter Few factors influence the state of commercial real estate quite like the ups or downs of the country’s residential housing market. So what do real estate experts think about the recent performance of housing? This new video … Continue reading

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Cushman & Wakefield: Office vacancies hit lowest point in five years

by Dan Rafter Office vacancies across their country dropped to their lowest point in five years in the second quarter of this year. That’s the good news from the second-quarter office snapshot released by Cushman & Wakefield. And even better … Continue reading

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For a truly happy 4th of July? We need a stronger middle class

by Dan Rafter The national economy is still in recovery mode. Developers are planning more apartment buildings. Grocery-anchored retail centers are popping up everywhere from Columbus to Omaha. There’s even been a return to spec industrial building, with new industrial … Continue reading

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RealtyTrac: Fewer home flips today. But they’re more profitable

by Dan Rafter Flipping homes is becoming a less common way for investors to make money, at least according to the latest numbers released by RealtyTrac. RealtyTrac, an online provider of housing data, releassed its first quarter 2014 Home Flipping … Continue reading

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