Austin Ranked as Top Market for Real Estate Opportunities in 2017

Austin, Texas, now offers the most attractive real estate investment and development opportunities of any major U.S. market, according to a survey of industry authorities.

Another Texas market, Dallas/Fort Worth, took second place in the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2017 survey from PwC and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) released Oct. 26. Portland, Oregon ranked third in the survey of more than 1,800 real estate experts.


REIT Bull Market Still Alive, Case Says

In the latest edition of Quick Study, Brad Case, NAREIT’s senior vice president for research and industry information, rebuffed the suggestion that REITs are nearing the end of their market cycle.

“I haven’t seen anyone make an argument that is actually well reasoned and based on empirical data” indicating that the REIT bull market is drawing to a close, Case said. He pointed out that construction activity in the United States remains below average. “A real estate market typically reaches its end when construction is significantly higher than average,” he said.

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Real Estate Investment Banker Reflects on Tax Reform, IPO Market

Mark Decker Sr., vice chairman at BMO Capital Markets, joined for a video interview at REITWeek 2016: NAREIT’s Investor Forum at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

Decker previously served as NAREIT president, and was at the helm of the association when the 1986 Tax Reform Act was passed.

Decker remarked that at the time of passage, the REIT model was not very well known, nor well-established.