Monthly Archives: January 2012

Freddie Mac debacle the last thing real estate industry needs

Is it any wonder that most people don’t trust the real estate industry? Just consider the recent investigation of NRP and ProPublica. The two news agencies found that Freddie Mac purchased billions of dollars worth of complex mortgage-backed securities that … Continue reading

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Mixed feelings on the future of commercial real estate? You’re not alone

The mood at this year’s Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference in Chicago was decidedly mixed. Sam Zell, the famed Chicago real estate mogul and chairman of Equity Group Investments, and Debra Cafaro, chief executive officer of Ventas Inc., kicked off … Continue reading

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Connelly: CBRE finds right fit to bolster its office investment business in 2012

When CBRE recently hired Paul Lundstedt to be its executive vice president, capital markets, it was a coup for the firm, according to Chris Connelly, CBRE’s executive managing director, particularly because there is a dearth of talent in the suburban … Continue reading

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Pres. Obama isn’t Zell’s friend

During the end of their fireside chat during the 10th annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference in Chicago earlier this week, Sam Zell, the famed Chicago real estate mogul and chairman of Equity Group International, and Debra Cafaro, chairman and … Continue reading

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Equity Residential’s White: The Echo Boomers are coming!

Those U.S. consumers from the ages of 25 to 34 — the Echo Boomers — received more than their share of attention during the Financing and Investing panel of the Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference held Jan. 24 by Illinois … Continue reading

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Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference participants agree: It’s not easy to follow Sam Zell, and it’d be nice if Midwest states would work together

Len Caldeira faced a tough challenge: He hit the stage at the 10th annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference on Jan. 24 right after Sam Zell, chairman of Equity Group Investments LLC, and Debra Cafaro, chairman and chief executive officer … Continue reading

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Minnesota, Illinois take home top spots in green-building study

Illinois and Minnesota have always had a reputation as being environmentally friendly states. Now these Midwest states, once again, have the statistics behind them to back up this reputation. Illinois ranked third among all states when it came to the … Continue reading

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