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Why Home-Builder D.R. Horton’s Shrinking Margins Might Be Good For the Rest of Us

D.R. Horton Inc.’s latest quarterly results are the strongest signal yet that the U.S. home-building industry is starting to make a shift that will benefit the economy, though it has dismayed investors.

Parade of New Lifestyle Hotels Continues in 2015

Last year was the Year of the Lifestyle Hotel, with Marriott, Hilton and InterContinental among the many players introducing new brands or making acquisitions in this hot market segment.

David Shulman: The Answer to the Big REIT/Rate Question Is 79%

Stocks of real estate investment trusts have long been highly sensitive to changes in interest rates. Now David Shulman, a well-known REIT analyst has come up with a number for exactly what the relationship has been in the past two years between rates and REITs’ performance relative to the overall market: 79%.

Safe Rooms Get A New Look

Las Vegas--Tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, floods, heat waves and polar vortexes are just a few of the long list of possible disasters weighing on the minds of homeowners these days.

Renters are Pushing for Larger Apartments

American renters are starting to push back against the shrinking size of apartments, prompting some developers to begin building bigger units.

ECB’s Bond Buying Program Expected to Boost Commercial Real Estate Sales

Commercial real estate analysts were projecting that 2015 would be a strong year even before Thursday’s quantitative easing announcement by the European Central Bank. Now it’s looking even better, according to David Hutchings, head of Europe investment strategy at Cushman & Wakefield.

More Foreign Exhibitors Show Up For Builders Show in Las Vegas

The International Builders Show here is taking on a more international flavor as a growing number of suppliers from abroad hope to get their products in American homes.

Panelists Predict Multifamily Construction Will Begin to Level Off

The pace of rental apartment construction will decline from the frantic pace of recent years to a level that is sustainable for the long term, panelists at the International Builders Show predicted on Monday.

Economists Differ on Impact of Falling Oil Prices on Housing

Are falling oil prices good or bad for housing construction? It depends upon which economists you ask.

Multifamily Sector Holds Onto Its Allure in 2014

Investors’ love affair with U.S. rental apartment buildings intensified in 2014 with sales volume hitting a record $110.1 billion, according to a new report from commercial real estate brokerage JLL.

Bigger Paydays for Corporate Real Estate Execs

At a time when the world is seeing greater wealth disparities, compensation for top corporate real estate executives is increasing at a faster pace than wages for average Americans.

Why a Jump In Mortgage-Refinancing Could Be Fleeting

On Wednesday, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that mortgage applications rocketed 49% in the week ended Jan. 9 from the prior week. They were also up about 30% from the same week a year ago. If rates stay where they are, lenders might get the bump they're looking for. But the spike could be short-lived.

5 Things Lennar’s Results Tell Us About the New-Home Market

Home-building giant Lennar Corp.’s fiscal fourth quarter results on Thursday herald moderately good news for home buyers and the broader economy but a slightly less rosy outlook for the industry’s investors.

Four Seasons Developer Turns To Children And Global Rich

The developer of a $750 million Four Seasons hotel and luxury condo development in Boston is using the same playbook as the folks who are building New York City’s tallest residential skyscraper.

Asian Fund Pays $1,800 Per Sq Ft For Silicon Valley Complex

Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, Ca. is renowned for being one of the most prestigious office addresses in Silicon Valley. Now it’s also setting new records for office building sale prices.

Blackstone Real Estate Unit Investing In Tech Startup

Blackstone Group LP’s real estate group, which has been involved in some of the world’s biggest deals, isn't known for investing in small start-up technology firms.

Wall Street Punishes KB For Bad Margin News; Are Others Next?

Investors hammered shares of home builder KB Home on Tuesday for its weakening profit margins which may be a harbinger of what awaits many of its peers.

Douglas Taps United Bank, EB-5 To Finance Spec Office Project

A veteran Washington, D.C., developer has raised financing for a speculative office building project near Ford’s Theater with a $53.3 million construction loan and $9 million obtained through a federal program that allots visas to foreigners who invest in U.S. development projects.

Experts Predict Another Good Year for Health Care Real Estate

Last year was a good year for owners of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, medical office buildings and other properties in the health care sector.

Q&A: What to Know About the New Plan to Lower Mortgage Costs

On Thursday in Phoenix, President Barack Obama unveils a plan to reduce premiums charged by the Federal Housing Administration. Here are six things to remember as the new mortgage plan is rolled out.

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