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Welcome to Bloomberg Brief’s quarterly real estate newsletter.

This issue includes insight from leading economists and market participants about overseas investor purchases of U.S. real estate, changes in how tenants use their office space, the conversion of office buildings to residences and why empty-nest boomers are lingering in their single-family homes.

Inside you will also find proprietary data on commercial mortgage issuance, CMBS loan leverage, mortgage delinquencies and commercial property cap rates.

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In this issue:

William Cohan explains how changes imposed by regulators alter how some Wall Street firms participate in real estate investment banking.

Bill Rudin says the conversion of obsolete office buildings “reinforces the trend of urbanization where workers and their families want to be able to walk to work.”

Apollo Global Management’s Stuart Rothstein details how secondary cities that see growth in employment and population likely will attract investors.

Brett Huff of Stephens Inc. says more real estate information service companies involved with title insurance, closing and settlement services will merge or buy competitors to manage the downturn in home sales and mortgage refinancings.

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