Friday, December 08, 2006

LandBlueBook Benefits Chart

Below you will see a chart that describes the different benefits for Members, Account Holders, and Visitors. The connections in red denote the benefits for members only. Our visitors are able to Search Land for Free without having to log-in. As an account holder, you will be able to post $10 land for sale listings, post free land wanted listings, and advertise your listing or website. When you post a listing, it will be saved in our database, and will be viewed by our visitors when they search for a property. When you advertise a listing or your website, it will be placed on our USA Homepage under “Featured Listings” or “Featured Web Links,” respectively.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Commercial Real-Estate Cycle Peaks and Will Pull Back in 2007

"The commercial real-estate cycle appears to have reached its peak and will begin pulling back in 2007, according to a new survey of industry executives.

The Urban Land Institute, a Washington-based nonprofit planning and research group, and PricewaterhouseCoopers surveyed more than 600 developers, investors, brokers, consultants and lenders this summer for an annual report on the industry, dubbed Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2007.

The survey suggests commercial real estate is beginning a return to its norm as an income-producing investment rather than the wildly appreciating asset class it has been this decade. The easy lending of the past several years will tighten next year in part because of worries about the economy, surveyed executives said. Investors will have to turn to asset management and operating performance to raise returns as investment inflows slow because of lower return expectations, respondents added.

"I think it's a clear mandate from people that you're going to have to make money the old-fashioned way," says Stephen Blank, an Urban Land Institute senior fellow who specializes in real-estate capital markets. "You're going to have to earn it" through leasing, cost control and other asset management.

A pullback in the galloping commercial real-estate market will raise capitalization rates -- the initial return on investment in the first year -- by as much as 0.7 percentage point in some property types and restrain the increase in property values, the report says. Falling cap rates mean investors are willing to take a lower return for their money. Cap rates are already rising in some areas, especially in lower-quality properties, after dropping between 2.5 and three percentage points to record lows over the past five years. Cap rates vary by property type, but high-income apartments, for instance, averaged a 5.66% cap rate in July, while limited-service hotels brought a 7.93% cap rate.

Those surveyed said Seattle is the best office market to invest in right now, with office rents set to rise and supply tight. The city is also sitting in a prime position to benefit from explosive growth in Asia and has the best potential of any American city to become the next "24-hour" hub like New York or San Francisco, according to the report. The report lists five U.S. cities as "global pathways" with bright futures for real-estate investment: New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington" read more

By Ryan Chittum , from The Wall Street Journal Online