JLL is now better positioned to help retailers across the United States control costs and improve profitability with the acquisition of lease and debt restructuring firm Huntley, Mullaney, Spargo & Sullivan, Inc. (HMS). The transaction is consistent with JLL’s growth strategy and will enable the firm, already a national leader in retail real estate services, to provide a broader range of services to retailers. While mostly focused on retail chains, HMS… Read More
- Uptick in Competition: Due to the liquidity of the debt capital markets and the pursuit of higher yields, all lender groups including life companies, CMBS, banks, pension funds and debt funds are actively looking to place capital on retail product on a national basis at loan-to-value ratios of 65-85 percent. Grocery-anchored assets in primary markets continue to attract the most aggressive … Read More
LIVE FROM MBA: It is hard to believe that just seven short years ago, an economic collapse sent the U.S. debt markets into a tailspin, and the commercial real estate industry was left holding near valueless paper and underwater investments across the nation. Now, commercial property investors and lenders have a new attitude, and it seems they are just as confident as the peak market days. Industry experts attending the Mortgage Banker’s… Read More
ICSC New York UPDATE: The recession took a major toll on the retail real estate sector but, despite waffling consumer confidence, the sector continues to improve. Retail now accounts for 19 percent of total U.S. investment volume year-to-date 2013. Today, JLL’s retail experts predict upwards of a 20% increase in retail transaction volume in the year ahead driven by four key forces.
1. Strengthening Fundamentals: the retail market will continue to turn around… Read More