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Articles about Hotels


Commercial | October 2019 
Bulletproof a Hotel Before the Sale
The hotel industry is bound to see a flurry of property sales when the next economic downturn hits. Opportunistic investors tend to take out hotel loans during harder times in anticipation of a sell-o...
By Jay Litt, president, The Litt Group; and Marc Fleischer, owner, DLB Project Coordination and Management LLC

Commercial | October 2019 
Hotel Points to Ponder
U.S. hotels have been doing well. Occupancy levels have been shattering records and revenues remain strong. Given the solid fundamentals and favorable outlook for the hospitality sector, real estate i...
By Ethan Schelin, president, Virtua Credit

Commercial | April 2019 
Keep Your Eyes on the Stars
With 2018 in the history books, it’s a good time to reflect on the hospitality sector and consider the realities in the marketplace. Commercial mortgage brokers and lenders can use the beginning...
By Jay Litt, president, The Litt Group

Commercial | October 2018 
What’s That Hotel Worth?
How can commercial mortgage brokers and the clients they represent determine the value of hotel assets that are being eyed for acquisition? To answer that ...
By Jay Litt, president, The Litt Group

Commercial | June 2018 
Add Value in Down Times
Hotels operate in a cyclical industry that is unusual with respect to more typical real estate properties. That is because hotel real estate is intertwined with an operating business. Consequently, th...
By Jay Litt, president, The Litt Group

Commercial | May 2018 
Flip the Retail Script
The shift in consumer behavior toward embracing e-commerce — which now accounts for about 9 percent of all retail sales, according to the U.S. Census Bureau — has been a dominant trend in this economi...
By Christopher Muoio, senior quantitative strategist, Ten-X Commercial

Commercial | April 2018 
Not All Hotel Lending Is Created Equal
Help-wanted pleas can apply to many things after a hurricane or other natural disaster ravages a city. That includes “help wanted” in the form of financing assistance for hotels seeking to c...
By Brian A. Lee, freelance writer

Commercial | March 2018 
Locate the Oasis
At the start of 2018, commercial real estate lenders and investors are continuing to make adjustments to marketplace changes caused by tightening bank requirements and regulations. Over the past year,...
By Daniel Palmier, founder, president, and CEO, UC Funds

Commercial | October 2017 
Hotel and Resort Lending is No Vacation
Entering the summer of 2017, lending sources for hotel and resort projects were sensing some turbulence. Since the financial debacle of 2008-09, the hotel industry has made giant strides in recapturin...
By Jay Litt, president, The Litt Group

Commercial | September 2017 
Authenticity Confronts Branding
Commercial mortgage brokers are always trying to keep up with the latest trends, risks and developments when it comes to real estate. Hotel lending has historically been a specialty understood and emb...
By Steven Marx, president and founder, Hotel Source Inc.

Commercial | July 2017 
Hotels Are in a Class of Their Own
Hotels are among of the oldest forms of real estate. Before office buildings, before multifamily projects, there were inns and hotels, dating back to Roman times. People have and will alwa...
By Jay Litt, president, The Litt Group

Commercial | April 2017 
Hotels March to Their Own Beat
Should we lend to a hotel buyer? This is an important question for lenders and, consequently, for commercial mortgage brokers working hotel deals. First and foremost, what is a hotel? Obviously, ...
By Jay Litt, president, The Litt Group

Commercial | December 2016 
Don’t Disturb Underwriting
Many endeavors in life depend on getting the right feedback at the right time. Navigating your way to a new location, for example, is far easier when you can plug the address into a mobile app and fol...
By Jay Litt, president, The Litt Group

Commercial | May 2015 
A Hospitable Investment
It is evident in the cities where we live and travel — big and small — that new hotels are being constructed, and established ones are being refurbished and modernized. The economy’s overall resur...
By Dilip Petigara, chief operating officer, Access Point Financial

Commercial | May 2003 
War, What’s It Good For? For Hotels, Absolutely Nothing
A team of hotel market analysts from Moody’s Investors Service, New York City, said that the war in Iraq would slow down operating performance in the hotel sector for the near term with greater rating...
By Michael Murray, Deputy Editor, MBA Newslink


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