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Rising Federal Funds Rate: Implications on Real Estate

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With widespread inflation persisting in many western economies, the United States Federal Reserve (“the Fed”) raised its benchmark interest rate 0.25% on March 16, 2022. Emerging from the pandemic-induced lockdowns, the initial burst of inflation was largely driven by so-called base effects as prices were being compared to artificially low prices in 2020 due to the dramatic disruption of aggregate demand. However, persistent rises in the price of energy and continued supply shortages in many industries have made inflation stickier than initially expected. The March increase marked the first such rate increase since 2018, and expectations are for six additional increases over the course of the year. Despite these increases, rates are still attractive compared to other historical times.


Executive Vice President and Debt & Equity Lead on the Colliers Capital Markets Board of Advisors, Jeff Black, sat down with Joshua Scoville, Senior Managing Director of Research at Hines to discuss the implications on commercial real estate.


Rising Federal Funds Rate: Implications on Real Estate

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Jeff Black

Executive Vice President & National Debt & Equity Platform Leader


Mr. Black is an Executive Vice President, Partner, and co-head of the Boston office of Colliers Capital Markets. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Boston office, he is primarily responsible for originating debt and equity transactions throughout the United States. In 2020, Mr. Black was appointed to the U.S. Capital Markets Board of Advisors in the role of  National Platform Leader overseeing a Debt & Equity vertical comprised of more than 55 producers in 17 major MSAs.

Mr. Black was the No. 1 Debt & Equity Producer in the U.S. in each of 2018 and 2019 and is a perennial member of the Colliers International Everest Club, which recognizes top producers among the top 10 percent of Colliers brokerage, valuation and Corporate Solutions professionals across the Americas who demonstrate a dedication to service excellence, building longstanding and valued client relationships.

Mr. Black's extensive clientele has included some of the region's most recognized real estate owners including A.D. Makepeace, Boston Properties, Campanelli, The Carlyle Group, CrossHarbor Capital Partners, FoxRock Properties, Nordblom Company, Oxford Properties Group USA, Post Road Residential, The Procopio Companies, and Rockpoint Group, among many others.

During his 15-year tenure with Colliers | Boston, Mr. Black’s industry successes have been recognized in the form of numerous awards and accolades from leading commercial real estate industry publications and organizations. In 2019, he was recognized as one of Real Estate Forum's Influencers in Finance. Jeff has also been recognized as one of Real Estate Forum’s “50 Under 40” (2016) and was named a “New Leader” by Banker & Tradesman.

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