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Weekend Reading – Happy 4th! July 1, 2011

Posted by Erik Swanson in Articles, Blogs, Development, Puget Sound Investment Review, Research/Data, Retail News, Video.
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We’ve blogged recently about the improvements in lending conditions in for CRE. It appears that we’ll see more banks with available capital to lend on CRE. With loss provisions falling for the sixth straight quarter, banks are freeing up dollars for new loans. In addition, foreclosures have increased while the total amount of delinquent balances (delinquencies, foreclosures, and restructured loans) has decreased. Costar digs into the numbers in a recent article:  LESS DISTRESS: CRE Taking Less of Toll on Nations’ Banks .

New Kind of Mall?  – A quick article from RetailTrafficmag.com discusses a Czech developers mall concept that caters specifically to men. Check out the property’s Facebook page here.  I don’t read Czech, but judging by the photos he might be onto something. Over the holiday weekend, I’ll be putting together my wish list of retail categories and potential tenants…Developer and equity partner wanted.

Technology has changed the way we experience media, shop, and communicate with each other. Increasingly, it is at the expense of retailers and shopping center owners that lease to them. Now, some bricks and mortar retailers are fighting back. Retailers have begun to utilize technology to improve the physical shopping experience and increase sales both online and at the store. Check out 7 Innovative Ways the IPAD is Used in Retail – Mashable.com . And check out this video: Korean Grocery Store uses Clever Marketing Campaign –Wimp.com

Have a very happy and safe Independence Day!

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