HUD Charges Idaho Landlord with Familial Status Discrimination



On May 31, 2019, HUD charged the owners and manager of an Idaho rental property with violation of the familial status provisions of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). HUD alleges they refused to rent a home to a couple with seven children. What is Familial Status Discrimination? When first adopted in 1968, the FHA only […]

Five Things that Should be in Your Property Management Agreement



Most commercial real estate owners hire professional property management.  Selecting a property manager is important because a good manager can help an owner maximize the return on its investment.  But it’s important that owners include key provisions in the property management agreement. 1. Manager Compensation Commercial property managers usually charge the owner a fee based […]

VTS Closes Largest Software Funding Round In CRE History



VTS, a New York-based company has announced they’ve raised an additional $90 million in Series D funding led by Brookfield Ventures. In total the startup has gleaned $187.4 million since it’s entry seven years ago. According to the company, this funding round makes VTS the largest software venture in CRE history. According to the Wall […]

8 WAYS TO GET YOUR INDUSTRIAL REAL ESTATE IN CALIFORNIA READY FOR SALE



There is a growing shift in California’s commercial real estate. More and more investors and developers are moving towards industrial real estate and selling their retail centers because of the increase in online shopping. It is a steadily developing trend with enough steam to make heads turn. Another growing trend in this situation is that […]

Jones Lang LaSalle to acquire HFF for $2bn in multifamily sector merger



Investment management firm Jones Lang LaSalle is targeting a bigger share of the multifamily real estate business after announcing plans to acquire commercial services provider HFF Inc. in a $2 billion deal. The proposed deal would see Jones Lang LaSalle snatch up all of HFF’s outstanding shares in a cash plus stock transaction. Jones Lang […]

Digital brokerage Compass acquires Alain Pinel Realtors



Real estate brokerage Compass is expanding further after acquiring the Alain Pinel Realtors firm for an undisclosed fee. The deal should help Compass to expand its already considerable presence in the San Francisco Bay area, where it is now the third-largest residential retail brokerage. Compass operates a real estate listings platform that aims to reduce […]

Roofstock offers investors the chance to buy a part of a home



Roofstock, a company that buys and rents out homes and commercial properties, is offering small investors a chance to get in on the game. The four-year old Oakland-based startup is willing to sell just a “tenth of a home” to willing investors who’re looking to start small. What Roofstock does is it buys homes and […]

Google to spend $13 billion on real estate in 2019



Internet giant Google has a growing appetite for real estate, and has pledged to spend some $13 billion this year on new data centers, officers and expansions of existing facilities. “With this new investment, Google will now have a home in 24 total states, including data centers in 13 communities,” wrote Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, […]

Keeping Everything in Order: 5 Dangers of Improper Building Maintenance



Commercial buildings are used by workers, business owners, and customers. All buildings used by the public must meet certain safety standards and all have their own liability concerns. The best way to meet standards and avoid lawsuits for personal injuries is to make sure the building and its mechanics are properly maintained. Lifts, moving stairs, […]

London and Other Gateway Cities Tops for Real Estate Investment



According to a report from Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), London remains the largest commercial real estate investment market in the world.