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March 2017 Archives

Large investors are leaving the commercial real estate market

The volume of commercial real estate deals in Maryland and the rest of nation fell by 11 percent in 2016, something that has not happened since 2009. A recent Wall Street Journal report reveals that prominent real estate investors are cutting their holdings and withdrawing money from potential investments. This has led many to wonder why the significant players in the real estate market, such as asset managers at hedge funds, pension funds and private equity firms, are pulling out of the market.

How technology simplifies real estate investing

From property management platforms and big data analytics to lending and investment marketplaces, commercial real estate investing in Maryland and across the US is easier today than ever. With advancements made since 2015, such as process automation and smart cities, commercial real estate businesses are likely to grow.

Obtaining real estate funding

Maryland commercial real estate developers may be able to obtain the funds they need from a startup located in the Washington, D.C., area. RealAtom is a web-based lending platform that offers services similar to those offered by LendingTree. LendingTree connects lenders with borrowers interested in obtaining credit cards or mortgages, and RealAtom is designed to connect individuals interested in borrowing money for commercial real estate with lenders.

Commercial lending trends good news for Maryland developers

The sharp 20 percent increase in 2016's fourth quarter commercial lending volume over the previous quarter is being seen as a positive sign for 2017. While overall figures for 2016 fell shy of surpassing the previous year's figures, commercial real estate lending remains strong, according to an assessment put forth by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). This nationwide trend is also good news for Maryland developers.

Cloud technology moves commercial real estate direction

Maryland investors and developers who are involved in the commercial real estate market might want to look to other industries in order to predict where the future of commercial real estate may lie. One example of a different sector having an impact is cloud-based internet technology's effect on north Texas.

Trade groups predict steady CRE growth in 2017

Commercial real estate investors in Maryland and around the country can expect steady growth and fewer vacancies in the year ahead according to several industry groups, but experts say that the current cycle may be nearing its peak. Robust growth in smaller markets during the fourth quarter of 2016 was offset by declining sales in large cities according to the National Association of Realtors, but the trade association predicts that vacancy rates will decline in all major commercial property sectors in 2017.