Introduction to the Special Issue

Introduction to the Special Issue J Real Estate Finan Econ (2013) 46:203–206 DOI 10.1007/s11146-011-9349-5 Piet Eichholtz & David Geltner & Seow-Eng Ong Published online: 12 October 2011 The Author(s) 2011. This article is published with open access at The annual MNM conference, an ongoing joint initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National University of Singapore, and Maastricht University, was held in Singapore in 2009, and at MIT near Boston in 2010. The 2009–2010 MIT-NUS-Maastricht issue of the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics contains selected papers of both conferences. As always, the papers cover a wide choice of real estate topics, mostly related to commercial real estate. Of the 10 papers in this issue, the first five concern the commercial real estate markets. The next paper studies the financing of REITs, and the last four papers deal with mortgages and mortgage backed securities, all focusing on mortgage default and the foreclosure process. Serguei Chervachidze and William Wheaton present us with a paper that provides an interesting answer to the question in its title: “What determined the Great Cap Rate Compression of 2000–2007, and the dramatic reversal during the 2008–2009 Financial Crisis?” Cap rates are essentially, of course, measures of the The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics Springer Journals

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