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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

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South End is Growing….Part 2

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Some of you may recall a previous post about new development happening in South End around the South Blvd and Remount areas titled South End is Growing. I want to continue that tour north in South End but first a few figures. We are anticipating 1872 new units and the current construction reflects a conservative estimate of 200 million in economic impact.

Couple recent news stories:

South End building boom heads up WCNC

Charlotte’s South End adding businesses and residents WBTV

Enough with the numbers…lets start the tour.

Leaving from Junction 1504 and heading north on the Rail Trail you’ll pass the existing Spectrum and Ashton apartments but take a left on Tremont and head to the corner of Tremont and S Tryon Street and you’ll see the first phase of 330 W Tremont. Their planning on 164 units and in the second phase which will be built closer…

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ULI Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2013 – Best Bets

The real estate recovery will continue to move forward in 2013 but slowly. Global economic turmoil will restrain confidence but overpriced core markets will begin to drive interest in strong secondary markets. Most locations can still not support commercial construction because of the weak tenant demand and employment outlook. Multifamily development remains the only strong sector but is expected to be peak in 2014-2015.

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Duke Energy Center Tour – Charlotte, NC

On the heels of an international ULI award, a private tour of The Duke Energy Center (part of the larger Levine Center for the Arts) revealed its impressive sustainability features, forefront design, modern office environments and leading edge cultural facilitates. Currently, Wells Fargo is building out the interior of 240,000 square feet for the trading operations located in Charlotte. The four floors are interconnected and include bright, modern, open trading floors, and sophisticated office and meeting spaces, rivaling those in any financial district in the world.

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Residential Futures: Summary of a ULI Discussion Paper from the Denver Meeting

(1) As the decline changes course it will emerge in demand across gen X, Y and baby boomer generations.
(2) Buyers need what they can afford and what they can finance. Sustainability and energy efficiency is important but buyers are not willing to pay extra – this is the new standard.
(3) Back to the basics before the market become overheated – the basics haven’t changed.
(4) Feasibility of suburban development is questioned in tough economic times but people continue to want yards, good schools and a secure way of life. Urban infill doesn’t work for most production builders. Suburban development is not dead but remote suburbs have lost appeal – closer in locations close to jobs and services will succeed.
(5) Great planning is important in establishing a social infrastructure that will create community.
(6) Inexpensive shifts that positively impact our lives will be the successful breakthroughs. Mini-master planned communities will be 50-100 acres in first and second ring suburbs; they will be 40 year old strip malls and old industrial areas which are close to where things are happening. 20-40 units per acres that still feel relaxed and comfortable; active adult and age-targeted homes will mix into traditional neighborhoods.
(7) Face-to-face conversations and connections are still important. Social media, by itself, is not a tool to sell a community, but rather a way to engage a community and drive lifestyle.
(8) The reality is that millions have damaged credit and potential for financial innovation exists to meet the needs of consumers.
(9) Market uncertainty appears to be transforming the adversarial nature of the builder, developer, and capital relationship to one of collaboration and cooperative alliances, and more creative partnerships are becoming the norm.
(10) New development will not be feasible until distressed lot supply is absorbed.
(11) Successful public/private partnerships will require long developer track records and impeccable credibility.
(12) To secure financing, loans for projects need to be relatively low leverage at 35-40%.
(13) Private equity will be the first to jump back into real estate finance. Banks and institutions will follow reluctantly, but only once a sustained records of growth, in terms of home and land pricing and absorption rates, is established in the market.
(14) We will all be in the business of fixing broken projects for the next few years.

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