National Real Estate Investor


    Have Valuations Peaked for Seniors Housing Properties?
    Like most commercial real estate values, seniors housing property values have been increasing. Favorable market fundamentals, a compelling investment thesis, an improving economy and obtainable credit at attractive rates all have powered values ever higher.

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    NREI Reader Survey
    As part of our plan to develop a stronger connection with our readers, NREI will run a number of surveys this year asking for your opinion on investment, development, property management, the industry?s health and other topics.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 27, 2015)
    The MetLife Building has secured a $1.4 billion loan from Bank of America and Wells Fargo, reports Bloomberg. Barnes & Noble will split itself into two firms, including one that will focus on education and college books, according to Fox Business. Sears plans to split 300 of its best properties into a REIT by late spring, reveals Dow Jones Newswires. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Robust Lending Market Emerges for Private Investors
    The continued emergence of the small-to-midsize private commercial real estate investors clearly has had an impact on commercial real estate. No longer an afterthought, the industry is taking this segment of the market seriously and has adapted to their demands, particularly when it comes to lending.

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    Data Links Sustainability with Office Tenant Satisfaction
    Office building owners know it?s almost impossible to measure the success of adding sustainable features, as most tenants don?t make their leasing decisions solely on the basis of water or electricity savings.

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    10 Most Profitable Safe Havens for Single-Family Rentals
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    Health Care Tenants Prefer Small Spaces to Big Boxes
    As health care becomes more patient-focused, many providers have moved into retail space to become more accessible and convenient. But property owners who expect to backfill empty massive big boxes with health care tenants will probably be disappointed, experts warn.

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    Retail Sustainability: Do Shoppers Even Care?
    Until recently, there was scant data to help owners understand whether shoppers even noticed the green features of retail buildings and, if so, whether those initiatives impacted their loyalty towards certain retail projects.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 26, 2015)
    Sears Holdings Corp. said that its plan to sell and lease back some stores may raise more than $2 billion, reports Bloomberg. Forest City Enterprises aims to sell or shed a handful of properties?including most of its Cleveland buildings?to prepare to become a REIT, according to Cleveland.com. Private equity firms like Blackstone are taking a more sedate approach with big clients, signifying that the industry is moving away from its former free-wheeling spirit, notes the New York Times. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 25, 2015)
    Cushman & Wakefield is going up for sale, reports the Wall Street Journal. Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay will form two real estate joint ventures in the U.S. and Canada, according to Reuters. Hines and Novak Bros. are developing The Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center in Georgetown, Texas, reports Commercial Property Executive. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Low Energy Prices? Impact on CRE May Be Negligible
    Not surprisingly, the decline in the price of oil will have a negative impact on energy-oriented economies around the country. However, this will only slow growth in major metro areas, not drive them into recession.

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    Pension Funds Weigh Risk vs Reward in Chasing More Real Estate Assets
    Pension funds are exhibiting a bigger appetite for real estate, but they remain cautious when it comes to moving beyond core assets and gateway markets.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 24, 2015)
    Inman looks at challenges facing real estate crowdfunding. Pacific Business News reports that Japanese investors have been the top buyers of Hawaiian properties in 2014. An activist shareholder is urging TravelCenters of America to spin off its real estate, according to Bloomberg. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    How Secure Are American Malls in the Wake of al-Shabaab?s Threat?
    Security has been heightened at the Mall of America in the wake of a video posted by Somalia-based Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab last Saturday, asking Western Muslims to ?answer the call? of jihad by attacking ?American- and Jewish-owned? shopping malls.

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    Toward Cultural Diversity
    As with so many other issues of national importance, property managers are very much on the front lines of the changes reshaping the American cultural fabric.

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    Leverage on CMBS Multifamily Loans Gets Higher
    CMBS lenders now offer higher and higher levels of leverage to make deals?especially as prices for apartment properties rise compared to rents.

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    15 Best Markets for Investment in Healthcare Properties
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    Tricky Transition for Investment Homes
    Investors are buying fewer single-family homes, according to data firm RealtyTrac?s 2014 U.S. Institutional Investor & Cash Sales Report. However, many investors continue to buy and seem committed to the business of renting out their portfolios of single-family homes.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 23, 2015)
    Terrorist group Al-Shabaab has called for attacks on Western malls, including the Mall of America, according to CNN. New Residential Investment Corp. agreed to pay $1.3 billion for Home Loan Servicing Solutions Ltd., reports Bloomberg. The Four Seasons Hotel in Boston?s Back Bay has secured $680 million in funding, notes Commercial Property Executive. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 20, 2015)
    The Lightstone Group is committing $2 billion to buying and developing hotel projects, reports Bloomberg. High apartment rents are spreading to smaller cities, according to CNBC. Abu Dhabi?s sovereign wealth fund is buying the new Edition hotel at 5 Madison Avenue, reveals The Real Deal. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Six Sigma for Persuading Tough Customers
    A successful change initiative should really be a combination of top-down and bottom-up communication. It starts with executives conveying the company?s vision and mission to all, and then inviting employees to be part of the journey and the solution.

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    West Coast Port Strike Won?t Impact Long-Term Growth in Industrial Sector
    The U.S. industrial markets have been chugging along with record-low vacancies, and the outlook appeared smooth for 2015?until a labor dispute slowed to a crawl work at 30 ports along the West Coast this past week.

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    Colliers' Post-Split Plan: Get Bigger to Get Better
    We spoke with Colliers International Global President and CEO Doug Frye to find out more about Colliers? plans for the future.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 19, 2015)
    Anbang Insurance Group bought 717 Fifth Avenue from Blackstone for an undisclosed sum, reports Crain?s New York Business. Seeking Alpha looks at forces that may bring about the next real estate crash. Clinton Group Inc. and Campus Evolution Villages may be looking to take over student housing REIT Campus Crest Communities, according to Commercial Property Executive. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    10 Commercial Assets at High Risk of Default
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    Limited Options to Backfill Target?s Shuttered Canadian Stores
    Target Corp.?s decision to exit the Canadian market leaves 133 stores dark, and experts say finding tenants to backfill the 15 million sq. ft. of vacant big-box space will be difficult.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 18, 2015)
    Silver Bay agreed to buy 2,460 single-family homes from The American Home for $263 million, reports Bloomberg. Apartment REITs could be facing the end of their outstanding returns run, notes The Wall Street Journal. This year will likely see a lot of office skyscrapers trading in downtown Dallas, predicts Dallas Business Journal. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    The CRE Bar Is Set High for 2015
    Economic indicators look good, leasing is robust, new deliveries are set to be 25 percent above last year and prospects for even larger construction volumes are expected for 2016.

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    More Property Price Hikes Ahead, Experts Predict
    Investors are proving that they are willing to open their wallets wider to buy properties in a highly competitive market.

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    Chinese Buyers Can?t Get Enough of U.S. Real Estate Assets
    As expected, Chinese investors have been pouring money into U.S. properties in recent weeks.

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