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If there’s a good deal, there’s no liquidity problem. If you own real estate that’s overleveraged, there’s no financing. If you have a well-leased property but it’s underwater, “you’re probably screwed.”
In today’s real estate environment, sustainable building means different things to different people. It runs the gamut from using low toxicity building materials and low (or no) emission FF&E, all the way to buildings which are “net zero” and have the property’s energy need supplied with renewable and energy efficiency technologies.
Heartened by the market’s enthusiasm (as evidenced by the $30 billion in new equity raised for existing REITs last year), nearly a dozen commercial real estate companies had filed about $4 billion worth of offerings with the SEC by year-end 2009, with many more expected to file or in the process of organizing themselves to go public this year.
To Jim Costello real estate is “always a good investment; it’s a matter of how you get into it.” He made that assertion during a podcast based on the CBRE-EA paper, “The Upside of the Downturn: Opportunities in Commercial Property Investments.”