Audio – Cranes cast long shadow over real estate business

June 26, 2007

alec-burger.jpgWhen one of the leaders of General Electric’s real estate operations travels to scope out opportunities in the U.S. or elsewhere, he uses his plane’s landing as a chance to scan a city’s skyline for an overabundance of cranes.

Too much construction is often a bad sign, indicating excess supply and possibly disappointing prices, Alec Burger, head of GE Real Estate‘s North American lending division, told the Reuters Global Real Estate Summit. Of course, the parent company might not exit a crowded skyline emptyhanded — GE’s leasing arm helps builders obtain cranes worldwide.

Click here to hear Burger on the predictive power of construction equipment.

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