CBRE EA BLOG Deconstructing CRE

  • The Tax Reform Act: The impact of the SALT deduction on real estate

    Feb 2, 2018, 00:31 AM by Bill Wheaton
    Eliminating the SALT deduction will ultimately reduce aggregate spending on public education, infrastructure, public safety and other locally and state-funded services. Many in Congress believe improving such services is necessary to make the U.S. more productive and competitive and to grow its economy. Ironically, eliminating SALT could have the opposite effect.
  • The Tax Reform Act: Mortgage interest and housing capital gains

    Jan 26, 2018, 12:56 PM by Bill Wheaton
    The new tax reform act lowers the cap on the mortgage interest deduction and extends the holding period for capital gains inclusion. While the latter is probably good, the former will do little for homeownership.
  • The Tax Reform Act: The expensing of investment

    Jan 19, 2018, 16:31 PM by Bill Wheaton
    The new tax reform act provides for a new and novel way to depreciate new capital investment—plant, equipment and buildings. In theory, the positive impact could be significant. In the current context, however, expensing raises some concerns.
  • Has real estate been a good hedge against inflation? Will it be in the future?

    Jul 21, 2017, 13:06 PM by Bill Wheaton
    Real estate cap rates' decline alongside government interest rates over the past 30 years has buoyed returns, with property values at pace with inflation but property net income falling behind. If cap rates begin to rise, appreciation could vanish.
  • Why is U.S. food consumption resisting the internet?

    Jun 21, 2017, 15:02 PM by Bill Wheaton
    Online ordering of groceries is thriving and growing across the EU, but if “clicks” are to ever penetrate “bricks” in U.S. food consumption, a hybrid model may be necessary.
  • Just how high might long-term interest rates actually go?

    Jun 7, 2017, 13:49 PM by Bill Wheaton
    Some thoughts on the factors that historically have governed the relationship between short- and long-term interest rates—and a new one.
  • Autonomous driving: What it means for CRE

    Apr 11, 2017, 10:59 AM by Bill Wheaton
    It's on suburban highways and roads that the promised benefits of automated driving have the greatest potential.
  • What it means for real estate: The solar-EV revolution

    Mar 16, 2017, 07:40 AM by Bill Wheaton
    The prospect for suburban living has just gotten a lot brighter. Suburban houses will not only be able to generate the energy they need internally, but also fuel their cars—and all with absolutely no CO2 emissions.
  • What trade barriers might mean for U.S. warehouse demand

    Jan 12, 2017, 10:04 AM by Bill Wheaton
    Changes proposed by the coming administration could have a substantial effect on warehouse demand trends. Recently at EA we crunched the numbers and came up with some results...
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