CRE bank lending slowed in Jan. | Nonflood damage claims from Irma approach $8B in Fla. | NYC's falling property sales show signs of hitting bottom
February 15, 2018
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CRE bank lending slowed in Jan.
In January the largest banks in the US lessened their exposure to commercial real estate loans, according to Federal Reserve data. The data also show that construction and development loans have fallen.
CoStar Group (2/12) 
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Nonflood damage claims from Irma approach $8B in Fla.
Damage claims from more than 900,000 property owners in Florida have reached almost $8 billion, not including flood damage, with about 90% of local claims now closed, the state Office of Insurance Regulation says. The report cites 4 in 10 closed claims as unpaid, largely because losses were below the state's hurricane deductible, the Insurance Information Institute said.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Fla.) (2/13) 
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NYC's falling property sales show signs of hitting bottom
Several indicators suggest that New York City's property market may be nearing a floor as falling property sales start to slow. "I am not sure we are turning a corner in terms of transactions, but it's hard to believe 2018 is going to be lower than 2017," said Shimon Shkury, president of Ariel Property Advisors.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/11) 
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Dodge Momentum Index declines in Jan.
The Dodge Momentum Index dropped 5.1% in January, led by a 7.8% decline in commercial construction activity. However, five projects of $100 million or more entered the planning stages during the month, and the decline in the index came after strong numbers at the end of 2017.
Commercial Property Executive (2/8) 
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Laws & Regulations
Manhattan investment sales slow further as price uncertainty reigns
Commercial real estate sales in Manhattan in NYC have slowed to a crawl in the aftermath of the tax overhaul as buyers and sellers disagree on where pricing is headed. Buyers believe the tax bill's effect will be to lower pricing.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/7) 
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Spending measure gives NFIP another short-term extension
The continuing resolution that ended Friday's brief government shutdown includes an extension through March 23 for the National Flood Insurance Program. The NFIP had previously been reauthorized through Feb. 8 as part of a spending measure that ended a three-day shutdown in January.
Houston Public Media (2/9),  Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (2/9) 
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Workplace harassment
Workplace harassment allegations are front page news and the exposure is impacting bottom lines across all industries. With the growing frequency, it's important that corporate leaders revisit available tools to mitigate possible exposures. On Wednesday, Feb. 21, join employment practice experts from Aon and Jackson Lewis for a discussion on evolving exposures, risk transfer solutions and best practices for employers to mitigate their overall risk. Register here.
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