Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Few Articles of Interest

Seattle keeps on raking in the national recognition. Kiplinger recently ranked Seattle No. 2 on its "10 best cities for the next decade" list. It looked for cities that are innovative and have lots of out-of-the-box thinking. The article looks at Seattle's strong industries, like aerospace, life sciences (health), and clean tech.

Also, the CoStar Group had an article on commercial real estate lending and the recent Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) quarterly survey. Commercial/multifamily loan origination reportedly increased 12% year-over-year for First Quarter, but was about a quarter lower than Fourth Quarter 2009. It appears that lending is loosening for office and retail properties, and there was a 131% increase in loans for life insurance companies.

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