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US Commercial Real Estate Setting the Global Pace

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By William Travers, Senior Quantitative Strategist, Auction.com Research The US has re-gained the title as the largest commercial real estate market according to a recent global report by Cushman & Wakefield. The C&W report cites that global real estate investment fell in 2014 for the first time in five years, dropping 6.3% to $1.21 trillion, although this drop in global sales volume is primarily attributed to a significant decline in Chinese land sales. Going forward, C&W projects global real estate […]

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March Home Sales and Prices Should Continue to Inch Ahead on the Heels of February Growth

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By Peter Muoio, Chief Economist, Auction.com Research The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that existing home sales increased slightly to 4.88 million in February, inside the range of 4.87 to 5.19 million that the Auction.com nowcast predicted one month ago.  At the same time, the NAR reported an increase in existing home prices to $202,600 in February, nearly spot on with the Auction.com nowcast prediction one month ago.  Existing home prices are now up 7.5% from their year-ago level. […]

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Following An Epic Collapse, Las Vegas’ Bright Lights are Shining Once Again

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By Philip Stern, Research Analyst, Auction.com Research As the housing rebound continues to take shape nationwide, the southern states and metropolitan areas that were affected most during the recession are emerging at the forefront of the recovery as their local economies surge. Nevada is near the front of the pack in terms of state population growth, according to our recently released 2014 State Population Growth Report, which highlights key population trends over the past five years. Nevada ranked second among […]

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Spotlight on Houston’s Economy and Oil [Infographic]

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By Auction.com Research Houston’s economy and real estate markets have been among the strongest performing of all US metros in recent years. However, oil prices have crumbled since mid-summer and Houston’s energy intensive economy is due to follow in the near future. Historically, oil busts have preceded major declines in employment and commercial real estate valuations in Houston, most notably in the mid-1980s, 1998-1999 and the recent recession. Despite some talk of more economic diversification in Houston this time around, […]

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Top Four Reasons Chinese Buyers Invest in U.S. Real Estate

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By David Thompson, Chief Marketing Officer Last week while in Hong Kong, I had an amazing meeting with Simon Henry, the co-founder of Juwai.com, the largest news and listings site for Chinese investors to find real estate around the world. Juwai’s property portal helps Chinese mainlanders or expats search for properties, learn about real estate investing and specific market data all in traditional or simplified Chinese. Simon’s company has researched why Chinese buyers invest abroad and found the main reasons […]

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How to Calculate ROI on Residential Rental Property

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By Ethan Roberts One of the most important concepts for new real estate investors to understand is return on investment (ROI) and the math involved in determining it. In my last post, I explained how to calculate ROI and finance costs on a flip. In this article, I’ll cover ROI as it applies to rental properties. To review: ROI measures the efficiency of an investment and indicates how lucrative it will be. It’s always expressed as a percentage or a […]

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Why Real Estate Brokers Are Turning To Auctions

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By Peter Miller Have you ever wondered why real estate auctions seem more common these days? From luxury homes to large commercial properties, auctions are frequently in the news, and with good reason. Most properties today readily pass the National Association of Realtor’s “Two-Thirds Rule,” which holds that, after an “analysis of the market, property and seller situation…if two of the three parts (market, seller, property) lean towards auction, then auction should be offered to the seller as a sales […]

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Chart of the Weekend: Tobacco Road Ignites as Raleigh-Durham Office Surges

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By Matthew Schreck, Quantitative Research Analyst, Auction.com Research The U.S. office market recovery has lagged behind other sectors (apartment, industrial and hotel) since the recession, but office transaction metrics are starting to grow at a healthier pace recently. “Healthier pace” severely understates what’s going on in Raleigh-Durham, though, as investors are stampeding down Tobacco Road, scooping up office properties along the way. Raleigh-Durham office market transaction volume increased 73% from one year ago to nearly $692 million in 2014, according […]

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How to Calculate ROI and Finance Costs on a Flip

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By Ethan Roberts If there’s one obstacle that I’ve seen new real estate investors face time and again, it’s a lack of financial knowledge that makes it far more difficult for them to determine whether a potential purchase is a good deal or not. Because of this, novice investors often bid too high on a property, and reduce their ultimate profit margin. Or they bid too low, and if there are multiple offers on the property or they’re bidding against […]

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Life@Auction.com: Chris Galy, VP of Talent

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By Cynthia Badiey, Editor What’s it like to work at Auction.com? In this new regular feature, we’ll talk to employees at all levels to give you a sense of our culture and work environment. For our first installment, we sat down with Chris Galy (pronounced “galley”), Auction.com’s new vice president of talent. Chris joined Auction.com in September 2014 after a nine-year stint at Intuit as VP of talent acquisition. CB: What made you decide to take the leap from Intuit to […]

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