I originally started this blog in 2007, when it was common that trophy commercial real estate assets would trade for 3% cap rates (cap rate = property-level net operating income divided by property value). I felt the market correction coming -- albeit not nearly to the extent that we are experiencing today, nor the extent to which I think we'll see in the next couple of years.
Two years later, I'm at my second company since leaving the boutique i-banking firm, including 15-month pit stop at one of the biggest hedge funds on the Street (where my strategy proceeded to blow up). And I, like everyone else, am wondering -- where do we go from here?
The people who used to read this blog are probably long gone. Most who worked in the CRE industry in New York have left for less-competitive locales. So I'm really just posting this to see if it's picked up on anyone's RSS feeds.
I dropped everything when I went to the hedge fund to focus 100% of my time on the strategy. Now that I have a bit more time on my hands, I'll probably resume blogging regardless of whether anyone reads it. It's amazing to me that since I started this, there still have been no blogs about commercial real estate that have popped up given everything that's going on. It's an incredibly interesting time, yet no one seems interested.