National Real Estate Investor


    Foreign Investment in U.S. Market to Top 2013 Levels, Reaching $50B, Predicts JLL
    Foreign institutional investors are spending heavily on U.S. assets this year, revealed JLL?s global capital markets experts at the Urban Land Institute?s (ULI) fall meeting, currently underway at New York?s Javits Center. In fact, the inflow of foreign capital is so strong that JLL is raising its predictions on foreign investment into the United States for 2014, and is now forecasting nearly $50 billion, up from $38.7 billion in 2013.

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    Despite Improving Economy, Retail Still Years Away From Full Recovery
    With the recoveries in GDP and the labor market only recently accelerating, retail has lacked a serious driver of growth, and the pace of vacancy compression reflects this. However, the sector is not retrenching, and the recent improvement in the economy portends a more robust recovery in the future, though not in the near term.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 21, 2014)
    A shareholder is pressuring PREIT to put itself up for sale, according to Bloomberg. Bensinga looks at the recent performance of private equity firms by zeroing in on the Blackstone Group. New York City Mayor rejects the call for $1 billion in tax incentives for JPMorgan?s new headquarters, reports Crain?s New York Business. These are among today?s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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    New York Tax Uncertainty
    The future of New York City?s 421-a tax exemption is highly uncertain, particularly in light of the election of Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose initiatives appear to call for sweeping changes to the program.

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    13 Haunted Retail Venues

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    ICC Remote Voting Period Underway
    Instead of needing to attend the International Code Council (ICC)'s public comment hearings in person to be able to cast votes on codes proposals, building codes officials who are ICC voting members have the ability to vote remotely.

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    Pilot Tech Programs Provide Better Senior Care
    Large technology firms are launching pilot programs with select seniors housing developers and care managers to increase the use of remote, non-intrusive health monitoring in both single-family homes and large facilities.

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    Seniors Housing Occupancy Rate Cracks 90% in Q3
    Seniors housing finally cracked the 90 percent occupied mark in the third quarter 2014, and record-high acquisition numbers just continue to grow, according to reports from the industry.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 20, 2014)
    DDR Corp. and the Blackstone Group have purchased 71 shopping centers in a $1.93 billion transaction. New York City and state officials are negotiating with JPMorgan Chase over a potential deal in which the nation?s largest bank would build a vast $6.5 billion corporate campus. Virginia Retirement System and LaSalle Investment Management have launched a $575m joint venture to build US industrial properties. These are among the 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector today.
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    Lots of Loans Available for CRE Borrowers
    Borrowers have lots of choices as lenders make more and more capital available for commercial real estate, according to the latest report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), an industry organization.

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    Real Estate Financing Through the EB-5 Investor Immigration Program
    The Immigrant Investor Program, EB5 as it is also known, was signed into law in 1992, but only relatively recently has it become a tool for real estate financing.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 16, 2014)
    A New York development agency plans to issue $1.63 billion of bonds this month for the 3 World Trade Center tower in Manhattan, in what is set to be the municipal market?s largest unrated deal. Non-traded REITs would be required to provide more disclosure, and to provide it more often, under rule changes approved by the SEC. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its revenue outlook for its current fiscal year as it announced it is scaling back its expansion plans. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate space.
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    Pricing on Best Retail Assets Now Near Previous Cycle Peak
    Prices on top retail assets are now near and, in some cases, past the peak of the previous cycle, according to recent Commercial Property Price Indices from industry research firms. While the retail sector as a whole has trailed behind multifamily and office sectors in price recovery, class-A retail centers have bounced back to previous highs.

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    Report: Restaurant Same-Store Sales Increase 2.7% in September
    Restaurant chain same-store sales rose 2.7 percent in September, marking the seventh month of sales gains in the past eight months, according to the latest NRN?MillerPulse report.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 15, 2014)
    Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. is launching a boutique hotel chain that aims for a wider audience and lower room rates than some direct competitors. Among digital shoppers worldwide, 72% said the traditional store experience was important when making a purchase?the highest percentage out of locations and channels studied. Macy?s fired the first shots of the Thanksgiving shopping wars Tuesday, announcing that its doors will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two years earlier than in 2013. These are among the 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate industry today.
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    Foreign Investors Chase Yield, Safety in U.S. Office Sector
    Foreign buyers increased their investment in the U.S. commercial real estate markets in the first half of 2014, pouring in $85.4 billion in property purchases here compared to $76.7 billion in the first half of 2013.

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    Shifts in Home Prices Spark New Strategies
    Rising home prices in the past year have caused some buyers to pull back on acquisitions, change their geographic focus and modify existing business models.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 14, 2014)
    Concerned about potential security risks, the U.S. government is taking a close look at last week's sale of New York's iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel to a Chinese insurance company. Colliers International has acquired a controlling interest in AOS Group, one of Europe's leading real estate and workplace consulting firms. Premium Point Investments LP bought an Atlanta-based landlord and property manager. These are among the 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector today.
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    Whither Active Private Real Estate Portfolio Management?
    In active portfolio management, mispriced market segments and properties are worth seeking out.

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    Investors Show Increasing Interest in Apartment Markets in Smaller Georgia Cities
    It may come as a surprise to know that the apartment markets in smaller Georgia cities such as Athens, Augusta and Savannah are drawing a relatively high level of investor interest.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 13, 2014)
    Amazon.com Inc. plans to open a store in the middle of New York City. Darden Restaurants announced Friday that all 12 of activist shareholder Starboard's proposed directors have been elected to its board. In August, the most recent month for which figures are available from the U.S. Census Bureau, metro Houston issued more permits for construction of single-family homes than did the entire state of California. These are among the 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector today.
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    Toyota Drives Innovative Sustainability for New North American HQ
    Toyota is designing its new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas, with an eye toward ?innovative sustainability.?

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    Communicating Sustainability Performance: Shorenstein's Viewpoint
    Shorenstein?s road to sustainability reporting resembles that of many peers in the industry.

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    Global CRE Firms Embrace Sustainability Data Tracking
    The amount of sustainability data collection at many large global property firms has quadrupled. According to the recently released 2014 GRESB survey, almost 80 percent of the participant firms measure energy use. The survey participants also reported that both carbon emissions and water consumption are down at the firms.

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    Freddie Mac Launches Small Loan Program
    Freddie Mac has a new program to provide small loans to apartment properties?the Small Balance Loan program will help apartment owners consistently get the small balance financing they need.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 9, 2014)
    ASB Real Estate Investments has formed Infomart Data Centers, a national data center operator that rises out of a merger between Dallas Infomart and Fortune Data Centers. Norway?s sovereign wealth fund, the world?s largest, agreed to buy the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Financial Centre in London for $944 million. TPG Real Estate, the real estate platform of Fort Worth-based TPG private equity firm, has invested $120 million in LifeStorage self-storage facilities. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Nordstrom, Walgreens Praised for Omni-Channel Strategies
    Experts mention the same names when asked to pinpoint retailers that are ahead of their peers in adapting omni-channel strategies: Nordstrom and Walgreens.

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    Using Auctions for 1031 Exchanges
    Although many investors are interested in carrying out 1031 property exchanges so they can defer capital gains tax, the process can be difficult and complicated. Real estate auctions are an effective and efficient way for investors to complete a 1031 property exchange.
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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 8, 2014)
    As it pulls the plug on hedge funds, the country?s biggest public pension, is giving its property portfolio a $7 billion jolt. Leave it to Sam Zell to call foreign investment ?bullshit,? the commercial real estate market a ?whorehouse,? and still end up with a surprisingly sensible argument. Silverstein Properties and Elad Group, who are partnering on high-end residential condominiums at 1 West End Avenue, are now seeking about $500 million in construction funds from a consortium of banks for the project. These are among the 10 must reads today from around the commercial real estate sector.
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    Seaports to Compete for Business from Panama Canal Expansion
    Though the completion of the Panama Canal expansion has been delayed again until mid-2016, East Coast seaports, expected to benefit the most from the $5.2 project, have begun to win over more shipping traffic from the West Coast.

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