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Leased Investments

  The Principles of Leased Investments     Lepic Kroeger, Realtors     Leased investments have always been strong elements of the Iowa City Commercial Real Estate and the Cedar Rapids Commercial Real Estate scene.  There are great investment properties in both markets and ample high income investors with a desire to take advantage of the unique benefits a leased investment offers.     …

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2011 Real Estate Statistics Recap

Total Office/Retail/Commercial Inventory8,165,000 square feetVacant Office/Retail/Commercial7.3% vacantTotal Industrial Inventory8,500,000 square feetVacant Industrial Inventory9.2% vacantAverage Office Lease Rate: $12.57 NNNAverage Retail Lease Rate: $12.64 NNNAverage Commercial Lease Rate: $10.52 NNNAverage Industrial Lease Rate: $5.72 NNNActive O / R / C feet for lease635,579Active Industrial feet for lease127,3412011 Space Leased: 216,166 square feet – $6,827,9862011 Buildings Sold:List value $13,106,524Sold value $11,483,511 Commercial sales up 12% over …

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2011 Iowa City Real Estate Recap

The leasing demand in the Iowa City Area has remained modest, yet active since the flood and financial meltdown in 2008 with some qualifications. Larger corporate expansions or relocations have often been put on hold pending perceived stability in the market. Smaller startup, expansion and relocations have been moving ahead albeit at a somewhat tepid pace.Downtown Iowa City This sector is the strongest market …

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Case-Shiller Housing Value Index Blues

Case-Shiller Housing Value Index Blues     The national news looks bleak with regard to home sales prices across the nation.  A recent report citing the Case-Shiller Index report shows that national homes prices found a peak value in July 2006 and then fell off the cliff through the recession we were all hoping we were emerging from.  Values plummeted until 2009 and started …

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Iowa City Southeast Distrrict Plan

The Iowa City Southeast District Plan   The new, hot topic in Iowa City planning is the Southeast Area Plan. City planners drafted a proposed plan based on public input provided through a series of community workshops and discussion forums with residents, business owners, and other interested members of the community. Areas discussed in the plan are Housing and Neighborhood Quality; Eastside Growth Area; …

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Last Decade Iowa / US comparison

The Gazette reported in the Wednesday 12-30-2009 addition that basically, prices are higher and incomes are lower than they were 10 years ago.  Median income is down $2,000, public debt is double and gas is 30% higher.  At least the Iowa City housing market is stable.  This is good news if you’re a real estate broker, or a home owner!  I believe it also …

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Iowa City Real Estate Checkup for Fall of 2009 – Q & A

1) The Current Condition of Real Estate in Iowa City? The residential real estate market, and as a following indicator, the commercial real estate markets are currently guarded, but healthy. Historically, for the last 20 years, or so, homes have increased in value by about 4% per year, have sold in 90-120 days and have sold for about 98% of what they were listed …

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Dare we hope?

I ran across this Case-Shiller housing index graph. We are all painfully aware of the current news with failing banks and failing countries! The Dow has lost almost 40% of its value this year and the housing market is taking the blame for it all. This chart shows the historic values from 1990 to the present, and as we know, the housing market across …

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$700 Billion

I cannot even imagine how much money that is. The real question is will this bail out have the desired effect of liberating the commercial credit markets from non-performing, or under performing “sub prime” loans allowing them to start lending to banks and businesses. And will it happen soon. Another question without an answer is what are the long-term effects of this bail out. …

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