Category Archives: Commercial

From Hybrid to E-closing: Moving the Title & Settlement Industry Toward a Paperless Real Estate Closing

The marketplace reality is that consumers expect a digital solution to improve their home buying experience. We must meet our customer needs and problem-solve a solution that allows real estate transactions to close electronically. A hybrid approach to e-Closing would allow the title and settlement industry to begin some form of e-Closings today while working with technology providers, Secretaries of State, county recorders and state legislatures to move the industry toward a full e-Closing in the near future.

Commercial Capitalization Rates and 10-Year Treasuries

Had the opportunity to participate in a panel on industrial real estate this month at a national commercial conference. I was taken aback by a broker and fellow panel member that truly believed that rising interest rates would not result in a corresponding increase in capitalization rates. The panelist’s denial of a likely increase in …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best States Tax Environments

Taxes or lack thereof can be a repellent or a magnate to businesses relocating or expanding across the country. As an economist, for example, I would have an issue residing where there was a state income tax. Taxes are not the only reason why firms stay, move or expand elsewhere. There are a plethora of …Read more