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Global Commercial Real Estate Investment Soars 33% to $645 billion in 2006

Global investment volumes in commercial property rose by  33% last year to reach a record $645 billion, according to the 2007 Cushman & Wakefield International Investment Atlas report. Cushman & Wakefield's expects the market t0 surpass $680 billion in 2007. 

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Top Billion-dollar Plus Real Estate Deals of 2006; 6 in NYC

2006, the year of housing slump, is also the record-breaking year for commercial property deals. Half of the biggest U.S. single-asset real estate deals in history were announced or closed in the past 12 months, with the top 8 deals topping $1 billion each.  Six of the eight billion-dollar deals were in New York city.

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Real Estate Globalization: Direct Investments to Hit $600 billion in 2006

Global direct real estate investment reached a record $290 billion in the first half of 2006, up 30% from 2005, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s global real estate capital report, ‘Record Volumes, Record Globalisation’. It believes global commercial direct real estate investment will hit a record $600 billion in 2006.  

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Real Estate Sites Experience Steady Gains in Traffic, up 23% in April Versus Year Ago

According to comScore Media Metrix April monthly report, the notable trends during April were the marked increases in traffic to real estate sites, which grew 12% from the previous month and 23% in the past year.

Another noteworthy trend borne out online in April was Americans’ intense interest in tracking ever-rising gas prices.

Yahoo! Sites retained the number one spot in the U.S. with 128 million visitors, while MSN-Microsoft Sites regained its number two position, attracting more than 120 million visitors. On a worldwide basis, MSN-Microsoft Sites ranked highest in unique visitors in March, followed by Google and Yahoo! Sites, according to comScore’s World Metrix.

Top 50 Ad Focus Ranking: Advertising.com extended its reach to more than 83% of Americans online and retained the number one position for the 24th consecutive month. WebMD Health Network moved up five spots to number 30, reaching more than 5 million more Americans in April than in March. Tremor Network entered the Ad Focus ranking for the first time at number 15, reaching 40% of the U.S. population online. 

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