Are You Using Twitter?

Since January 2, 2014, I have been Tweeting under the DrTCJ account. To view my homepage click: https://twitter.com/DrTCJ While many of you do not have Twitter accounts, or perhaps you do not follow me, please take a look at the Tweets from the first half of April 2014 in the bullets below. DrTCJ April 2014 …Read more

Hotel Market Performance — Average 6.44 Percent Annually Since 2000

While office, industrial, retail and apartment properties faced a single significant recession since 2000, hotel properties have endured two. Hotel’s first recession in 2001 was driven by the tragic events of 911 when business and personal travel all but disappeared. Since 2000, the average annual return for hotel properties held in tax-free investment portfolios (both …Read more

CFPB Update

With the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) putting its final touches on new regulations  in the coming months, and the American Land Title Association (ALTA) releasing its Title Insurance & Settlement Company Best Practices, real estate industry thoughts are turning to compliance even more than before. Service providers have a responsibility to understand and comply …Read more

Commercial Property Returns Remain Strong for Investors

Income producing real estate is particularly desirable today in the investment landscape since there are two potential sources of gain: periodic cash flow and increasing property values. Historically, commercial real estate has performed well in inflationary periods. While demographics create basic needs for commercial property, the primary driver in increased rents and values arises from …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Markets With the Most $1 Million and Up Home Sales

As we discussed earlier this month, http://blog.stewart.com/stewart/2014/04/01/higher-end-housing-market-heating-up/ the high-end residential market is gaining speed as buyers become more confident overall, and alternative investments less attractive (think low interest rates and a relatively strong valuation in the stock market). To compare the luxury markets in 50 cities, Coldwell Banker Previews International® started the annual publication Luxury …Read more