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President Donald Trump and Joe Biden (Getty; iStock)

Will real estate take the stage at Trump-Biden debate?

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden airs tonight, and will focus...

Will real estate take the stage at Trump-Biden debate?
Is winter coming? Real estate stocks dragged down by 4th week of market decline

Is winter coming? Real estate stocks dragged down by 4th week of market decline

Public real estate companies followed major markets into their fourth straight week of declines, reflecting increasing concern among investors...

Is winter coming? Real estate stocks dragged down by 4th week of market decline
Facebook's Mark Zuckerburg with a rendering of the Farley Post Office redevelopment and Google's Sundar Pichai with a rendering of St. John's Terminal (Getty; COOKFOX Architects; VNO)

Making sense of Facebook, Google and the office bubble aftermath

Facebook grew its New York footprint gradually at first, occupying 55,000 feet at 335 Madison Ave and then 100,000...

Making sense of Facebook, Google and the office bubble aftermath
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Retail adds nearly 250K jobs in August

The retail sector added nearly a quarter-million jobs in August, notching the highest growth among private industries. General merchandising stores added 116,000 workers, while automobile and appliance sales each added about 20,000 positions. (Related:...

Retail adds nearly 250K jobs in August
Industrial REITs have been an outlier in 2020, returning nearly 27 percent (iStock)

As stocks rally, real estate investors try to pick winners

Stocks have surged as the government and Federal Reserve has acted to stabilize corporate debt and sustain consumer demand....

As stocks rally, real estate investors try to pick winners
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Half empty or half full? Hotel occupancy rate nears 50%

Hotels are continuing their comeback, ever so slowly. The occupancy rate across the U.S. hit 48.9 percent for the...

Half empty or half full? Hotel occupancy rate nears 50%
Calamity and Kabbage: Accountants riff on PPP madness

Calamity and Kabbage: Accountants riff on PPP madness

Wrapping their arms around the Paycheck Protection Program has been a mind-boggling experience for Mark Bosswick and Elliot Levine,...

Calamity and Kabbage: Accountants riff on PPP madness
60 Riverside Boulevard and (inset) the island of Nauru (Google Maps)

NYC condo caught up in bribery scandal tied to world’s smallest republic

An Upper West Side condo is entangled in an international money laundering investigation. Following an Australian court, a U.S....

NYC condo caught up in bribery scandal tied to world’s smallest republic
Mortgage rates are sub-3%. How are buyers and lenders reacting?

Mortgage rates are sub-3%. How are buyers and lenders reacting?

Uncertainty, the very thing that helped drive down the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage to 2.98 percent...

Mortgage rates are sub-3%. How are buyers and lenders reacting?
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Crossbow-wielding manager sexually harassed WeWork staffer, latest discrimination suit claims

A new federal lawsuit accuses WeWork of bungling its response to a complaint that a mid-level manager regularly wielded weapons at the office, bragged...

Crossbow-wielding manager sexually harassed WeWork staffer, latest discrimination suit claims
Lemonade CEO Daniel Schreiber (iStock)

Investors reward Lemonade with $3.8B valuation

Venture-backed insurance seller Lemonade got a sweet reception from investors on the day of its initial public offering. Listed...

Investors reward Lemonade with $3.8B valuation
The economy beat expectations in June, adding 4.8 million jobs, with retail and hospitality leading the way. But a surge in coronavirus infections threatens further gains. (Getty)

Retail and hospitality led June job gains as virus surged

The U.S. added 4.8 million jobs in June and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1 percent, beating economists’ expectations....

Retail and hospitality led June job gains as virus surged
Lemonade co-founders Daniel Schreiber and Shai Wininger

Will Lemonade’s IPO be sweet or sour?

To investors, Lemonade bills itself as the evolutionary successor to the old insurance guard. Instead of luring established customers with the “I switched-and-saved” value proposition, Lemonade hooks them when they’re young. The armies of...

Will Lemonade’s IPO be sweet or sour?
The rate of job loss in America has stabilized, even though businesses continue to hemorrhage employees at unprecedented levels. (iStock)

Unemployment filings stabilize — but at record highs

Another 1.5 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, about one-third fewer than the week prior. The number...

Unemployment filings stabilize — but at record highs
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell (Getty, iStock)

Real estate stocks outperform broader market but still sink

Real estate stocks recovered some of their losses after signs of a second wave of coronavirus infections pushed the...

Real estate stocks outperform broader market but still sink
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Real estate stocks rally on strong May jobs report

Stock markets rallied on Friday following much stronger job gains in May than were expected, with many real estate...

Real estate stocks rally on strong May jobs report
The construction, retail and restaurant sectors led May’s surprising jobs rebound, while the hotel industry continued to suffer. (Getty, iStock)

Construction, retail, restaurants lead May jobs rebound

The U.S. added 2.5 million jobs in May, a surprising bounceback after a March and April that saw 22.1...

Construction, retail, restaurants lead May jobs rebound
Design experts: These office solutions will slow Covid’s spread

Design experts: These office solutions will slow Covid’s spread

With businesses beginning to reopen following a decline in Covid-19 cases, restrictions on the use of shared spaces will...

Design experts: These office solutions will slow Covid’s spread
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