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Economic trends that are affecting real estate demand

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Commercial Real Estate on Aug 20, 2016.

Paying attention to economic trends may be helpful to those in Pennsylvania who are looking to invest in commercial real estate. Changes in demographics, geopolitical issues, decreased lending and shifts in consumer spending are just some of the factors that can influence commercial real estate prices. Unemployment statistics and the income levels of middle class households are other factors to consider.

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Banks increasingly reliant on real estate lending

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Commercial Real Estate on Aug 18, 2016.

Bank branches in Pennsylvania and across the nation look much the same today as they did in decades past, but the financial sector has been undergoing huge changes behind the scenes. Banking assets have increased from about $209 billion in the mid-1950s to an eye watering $15 trillion today, and the financial sector has gone from accounting for less than half of the nation’s GDP in 1955 to making up 83 percent of today’s economic output. However, perhaps the biggest change in American banking has been the shift from commercial and industrial loans to real estate-based lending.

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Retail sector undergoing changes

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Commercial Real Estate on Aug 14, 2016.

Commercial real estate investors in Pennsylvania may be interested in some trends around retail real estate that are bucking typical expectations. Usually, restaurants can reliably act as anchors in shopping areas that are on the decline. They bring in more foot traffic and spending. However, for several quarters now, foot traffic and sales in the restaurant industry have been weaker.

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Food trucks are bringing customers back to retail

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Commercial Real Estate on Aug 12, 2016.

Commercial real estate investors in Pennsylvania have probably heard about the suffering retail sector. With the popularity of e-commerce, consumers are buying their clothing and electronics online rather than in department stores and malls. While e-commerce is taking customers away from most brick-and-mortar retail, the restaurant sector has been growing, and landlords are now using food to lure shoppers back to retail spaces.

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What to consider before investing in real estate

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Commercial Real Estate on Aug 8, 2016.

Pennsylvanians who are interested in investing in real estate may not know where to begin. Real estate investments can be a good way for people to grow their money over a number of years. However, there are several things a potential investor should do before they put down capital on a property.

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Shopping mall property being bought up

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Commercial Real Estate on Aug 7, 2016.

The commercial real estate landscape in Pennsylvania is experiencing some major movement in recent months. The Washington Crown Center mall south of Pittsburgh is under an agreement to be sold by Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, who is also seeking a buyer for another western Pennsylvania commercial property, the Beaver Valley Mall.

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Altered-reality technology and commercial real estate

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Commercial Real Estate on Aug 6, 2016.

Commercial real estate investors and developers in Pennsylvania may already be aware of the ways in which augmented reality technology is expected to impact the industry. The technology is already growing by leaps and bounds, thanks in part to the game Pokémon Go, which utilizes augmented reality technology to create the game in the real world around the player, via the camera of his or her mobile device. The game has seen rapid success. Nintendo, which owns the rights to Pokémon, has increased its market cap by $20 billion since the game was released July 6.

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New tower planned for Philadelphia skyline

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Commercial Real Estate on Jul 29, 2016.

A local medical company is planning to erect a new tower to house its operations in Philadelphia. The first phase of construction will yield an eight-story, 250,000-square-feet, building for housing business operations, while a second phase will add another 290,000-squre-feet to the complex, expanding Philadelphia’s state of the art medical offerings.

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Deciding to lease or purchase company space

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Commercial Real Estate on Jul 23, 2016.

Pennsylvania entrepreneurs planning on starting a new business or have a lot to think about when it comes to the facilities they operate from. The question of whether to lease or purchase space involves many important considerations. Small business owners should assess their cash flows before making a final decision.

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OCC report cites concerns over real estate loans

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Commercial Real Estate on Jul 22, 2016.

Commercial property prices plunged in Pennsylvania and around the country in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and federal regulators and watchdogs have kept a close eye on the U.S. financial sector in the years since to prevent another debt-fueled economic emergency. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which is an independent bureau within the Department of the Treasury, releases two reports each year about the state of American banks, and the first 2016 report indicates that concern is growing about relaxed underwriting standards in the residential and commercial property markets.

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