CHICAGO - The recovering economy and its impact on the real estate market was the main focus at Information Management Network's Insurance Company Commercial Mortgage and Real Estate Investing Summit, held last week at the Hotel Inter-Continental Chicago.

In his opening remarks, Jack Verschuur, senior vice president at Mutual of Omaha, mentioned some key concerns and questions about the current state of the real estate sector: Is there oversupply in some areas, specifically in the office markets?; can the tapped-out consumer still spend?; how quickly can job creation and office expansion take place?

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