Category Archives: Good News Friday

Friday Market Insight :: Real Estate Rules


The National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF) held its fourth quarter conference call yesterday, presenting an array of charts, graphs and analysis indicating that commercial real estate continues to perform well as an asset class. The NCREIF Property … Continue reading

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Good News Friday :: Better Than We Thought


Employers added 157,000 net new payroll jobs in January including 166,000 private sector jobs and a loss of 9,000 government jobs. But the real headline is that the Labor Department’s annual benchmarking process revealed that the labor market did better … Continue reading

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Good News Friday • “Better Than We Think?”


Yesterday I read an article describing how the commercial real estate industry expects another year of subpar growth. It’s not too hard to see the reasons behind these modest expectations. The monthly rate of job creation in both 2011 and … Continue reading

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Good News Friday • Plugging Away


Monthly retail sales rose 0.3% in November, setting the stage for the critical December climax to the holiday shopping season. On a year-ago basis, sales rose 3.7% in November, running ahead of the forecast for a 2.7% increase in holiday … Continue reading

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Market Movers


The energy and technology sectors have propelled job creation over the past 12 months. Among the 10 fastest-growing large metro areas (populations of around 1 million and up), five have larger-than-average energy sectors: #1 Houston, #3 Austin, #4 Oklahoma City, … Continue reading

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What Does a Turkey Have In Common With Commercial Real Estate?


The American Farm Bureau reports that the average cost of the ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings large enough to feed 10 people this holiday season is $49.48, a modest 0.6% increase from Thanksgiving 2011. … Continue reading

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Good News Friday :: Households Quietly Deleveraging


Households have been deleveraging since the third quarter of 2007. The household debt service ratio (DSR), the ratio of outstanding mortgage and consumer debt to disposable personal income, ended last year’s fourth quarter at 10.9 percent, its lowest level since … Continue reading

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