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Joel Ross is principal of Citadel Realty Advisors, successor to Ross Properties, the investment banking and real estate financing firm he launched in 1981.


The interest rate yield curve

The yield curve is the plot of the rates as you go out by maturity. The left side is the short rates (i.e.

Lending - with careful underwriting - is back

While there has been a new start to CMBS lending and hotel lending in general, do not get lulled into believing it is all sunny and you can easily refinance at 5% or less.

Debt yield, not appraised value, matters

We used to use debt service coverage ratio to measure the risk of a loan and to size the loan proceeds.

Follow the money

I have said several times in articles and panels, “follow the money.” The industry prognosticators missed the entire downturn because they were not paying attention to the capital markets that really drive the economy.