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Despite waning GDP and employment growth, and frequent financial market volatility stemming from slowing global growth and the “As the World Turns” trade negotiations between the U.S. and China, most economists at last week’s National Association of Business Economists (NABE) meeting in Denver were sanguine about the prospects for the U.S. economy.
The Trump administration’s recently announced plan to reform government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac allows the agencies leeway to continue multifamily lending at recent record levels—at least until the end of 2020.
One of the most spirited debates in commercial real estate relates to the housing choices of the Millennial generation: will they generally remain in cities that cater to their lifestyle preferences as they hit their mid-30s, or will they settle down, raise children and move to the suburbs like their parents?
Two of the most topical subjects in commercial real estate are the dire need for affordable housing, and the prospects for investing in opportunity zones. Can the solution for the two issues be intertwined, like the old candy commercial where chocolate meets peanut butter?.