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Fulfillment centers are the evolving face of the retail sector

While the commercial property market in California and around the country has performed well overall in recent years, the retail sector continues to struggle to cope with the nation's evolving shopping habits. The popularity of online operations like Amazon has prompted several prominent brick-and-mortar retailers to file for bankruptcy over the last few years, and abandoned malls and deserted big-box stores are becoming familiar sights on the American landscape. However, the consumer shift toward online buying has created a new and thriving commercial property segment in certain strategically placed communities.

What is a "drive-by" lawsuit?

More and more so-called “drive-by” lawsuits are being filed across the country against small businesses, citing a lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. These lawsuits earned their name due to the plaintiffs’ practice of driving around town and taking a picture of an accessibility violation and then filing a complaint with the courts. The plaintiffs literally "drive by" and attempt to collect cash based on nothing more than a photograph.

Maturing CRE loans blamed for soaring delinquency rate

California commercial real estate developers have likely heard about a looming tranche of commercial mortgage-backed securities that must be paid off or refinanced in 2017. About $2.4 billion of these loans became delinquent in June, and experts believe that this may have prompted the delinquency rate on secured commercial property loans to surge by 28 basis points to 5.75 percent. The increase marks the biggest increase in five years on a month-over-month basis. The delinquency rate stood at 4.6 percent at the end of June 2016.

Millenials and baby boomers increasingly cohabitating

California residents who own residential property may be interested in accommodating a growing tenant market. An app launching in the fall of 2017 is planning on pairing up young people, like millennials and college students, with older homeowners. In addition to helping the owners find new tenants to fill their available rooms, the app is combating rising home prices that are excluding many younger individuals from ownership.

When to sell a home

According to a report from the National Association of Realtors, 71 percent of homeowners in California and the rest of the country believe that now is a good time to sell a home. This degree of confidence is higher than what was reported among homeowners in the last quarter and a year ago.

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