National Real Estate Investor


    Buyers See Window of Opportunity for Hotel Acquisitions
    Hotels have been riding high on the rebound in both leisure and business travel. The returning demand has bolstered key fundamentals such as occupancies, average daily rates and revenues per room (RevPar).

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 30, 2014)
    In spite of risk, mortgage REITs offer higher than average yields in the current market, argues The Street. Forbes looks into best markets for real estate investment in 2015. Private equity firms may find it harder to swallow publicly traded companies going forward, according to The Australian. These are among today?s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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    Top 10 Drivers of Industrial Real Estate Development

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 29, 2014)
    German prosecutors said Monday that they had filed criminal charges against the former chief executive and the former management board of Hypo Real Estate. At least six rival real estate investment firms have expressed interest in buying the property holdings of restaurant and packaged-food giant Bob Evans Farms Inc. Emaar Malls Group, the shopping mall operator based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, said Monday that it had raised $1.6 billion in its initial public offering. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate world.
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    Urban Locations Are Most Desirable for New HQs
    Developers are trying two distinct approaches to attracting new office tenants in a market that is rapidly seeing cheap, big-block space dry up: the tried-and-true new class-A headquarters building and repositioning a dated property.

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    Is a Store Closing Tsunami Ahead?
    Store closings and store-closing announcements have spiked dramatically, and experts foresee even more closings as retailers cull their underperforming stores and focus on omnichannel retailing.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 25, 2014)
    Verizon Communications Inc. is pushing for a sale of its wireless network towers by year-end. Stephen Blyth will be the next president and chief executive officer of Harvard Management Company, the University?s investment arm. Even with nearly 750,000 square feet of office space under construction in downtown Austin, the area's occupancy rate is poised to increase under intense demand from tenants in a variety of industries. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
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    TIAA-CREF Expands its Reach with JV Partners
    NREI talks investment strategy with Phil McAndrews, senior managing director and chief investment officer for TIAA Global Real Estate.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 24, 2014)
    The latest trend among REITs: simplify, simplify, simplify. The U.S. Senate voted unanimously last week to end a federal filing requirement for owners of condo buildings with more than 99 units that ensnared developers in litigation following the financial crisis of 2008. Norway has vaulted to the top ranks of foreign U.S. commercial real estate buyers as its $870 billion sovereign-wealth fund, the world?s largest, acquires buildings from New York to San Francisco. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
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    Managing Risk in Commercial Real Estate: Smarter Tools for Smarter Lending
    The evolution of commercial real estate risk management is best viewed by examining the events of the 1980s, repercussions in the early 1990s, and evolution in the 2000s.

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    13 'Ghost Malls' from Around the World

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 23, 2014)
    A TPG Capital-led group agreed to buy real estate services firm Cassidy Turley, reports CoStar. Rising interest rates will have a negative impact on net lease REITs, according to wealthmanagement.com. Investment News looks into FINRA?s new rules on REIT pricing. These are among the 10 must reads for the commercial real estate industry today.
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    Five ?Whys? for Commercial Real Estate Investing
    Commercial real estate is a unique asset class that warrants consideration by investors given the many benefits.

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    How to Get the Energy Star Plaque in Multifamily Buildings
    Apartment buildings have a new way to show off how energy efficient they are: an Energy Star score from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If the score is high enough, a building can even get an Energy Star plaque to go next to its front door.

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    Is It Mall Over?
    There are definitely mall have and have-nots and the situation seems to only be getting more dire. While these trends certainly represent a dramatic shift in the retail landscape, don?t push the panic button quite yet.

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    EB-5 Funding Boosts Seniors Capital Stacks
    Despite getting a "black eye" in the press this summer for its perceived lack of supervision, the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program, more commonly known as EB-5, has become an increasingly popular way to boost investment in seniors housing development.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 22, 2014)
    Ventas, one of the nation's biggest health-care real estate investment trusts, or REITs, offers the prospect of solid growth and steady dividend gains. The retirement fund for Dallas? police officers and firefighters lost $196 million on risky real estate investments in recent years. Lone Star Funds, the private-equity firm founded by billionaire John Grayken, agreed to buy 38 U.S. select-service hotels from Hyatt Hotels Corp. These are among the 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate industry today.
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    Freddie Mac?s New Tax-Exempt Loan Benefits Seniors Housing
    A new Freddie Mac loan program for affordable multifamily redevelopment this month received its first test trial with a seniors housing property. The Direct Purchase of Tax-Exempt Loans initiative is designed as a speedier way to finance affordable family properties.

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    Southeast to See $2B in New MOB Construction over a Two-Year Period
    There?s more than $2 billion in new health care projects set for completion in the Southeast in the next two years, according to data provided by Revista, an Annapolis, Md.-based health care consulting firm. Atlanta and Miami will receive the bulk of the new construction.

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    Bank Assetpoint Helps Institutions Diversify their Balance Sheets
    Richard Walter, head of Bank Assetpoint and a senior managing director with Promontory Interfinancial Network, discusses how his firm?s platform allows financial institutions to move assets and diversify portfolios without having to create origination platforms in new areas.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 18, 2014)
    California's huge pension fund has turned to a trusted insider to take over the daunting job of directing almost $300 billion in investments. Nicholas Schorsch's vast web of businesses is untangled in this ?simple? visual of all entities under his purview. Inland American Real Estate Trust Inc., which is in the process of spinning off its hotel business, said today it is selling 52 hotels to a joint venture for about $1.1 billion. Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo aims to turn a profit at its small but expanding U.S. network of stores within the next couple of years, the company's top U.S. executive, Larry Meyer, said. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
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    Washington/Glimcher Deal Raises Questions about Further Industry Consolidation
    Larger players swallowing smaller competitors may become a theme over the next year as mall REITs fight for growth on home soil.

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    Industry Insights with IPA's Kevin Hogan
    Kevin Hogan, President & CEO of the Investment Program Association, talks to National Real Estate Investor Group Publisher Rich Santos about what's driving the direct investment industry.

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    Where Does the Inaction of Congress Leave the CRE Industry?
    With just a handful of days remaining before Congress recesses to go back out on the campaign trail, progress has woefully collapsed on commercial real estate?s issues.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 17, 2014)
    Can REIT performance actually predict when and how much interest rates will change? The California Public Employees' Retirement System pledged to invest upwards of $7 billion with real estate joint venture partners in July. Norway?s sovereign-wealth fund, the world?s largest, agreed to buy stakes in three prime U.S. office buildings for about $1.5 billion. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.

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    Have You Bridged the Generation Gap? (Part 2)
    As baby boomers, we are technological foreigners, coming to these latest advancements in digitalization and miniaturization relatively late in life. Gen Y, on the other hand, is made up of technological natives, people who speak the language of tech as naturally as if it were their mother tongue.

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    CRE Service Firms Expand Their Offerings
    Growing momentum in the commercial real estate recovery is giving some firms traction to expand the breadth and depth of services and further develop emerging specialties.

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    The Current State of the Seniors Housing Market
    Within the last 15 years, seniors housing went from being a small property niche to one of the key secondary property types in commercial real estate. In this column, we will use newly introduced seniors housing data from Reis to take a look at the current state of the market.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 16, 2014)
    Washington Prime Group, the strip-center REIT spun off from Simon Property Group earlier this year, has agreed to buy Glimcher Realty Trust for $4.3 billion, including the assumption of debt. Inland Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to purchase a 15-property portfolio of retail centers from Kite Realty Group Trust for an estimated purchase price of $318 million. Principal Financial Group Inc., the provider of life insurance and retirement products, is joining with Macquarie Group Ltd. in a venture that will make loans and package them into bonds. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Fannie Mae Survey Says: Multifamily, Go Green
    When it comes to multifamily properties, it pays to go green, according to the latest research from Fannie Mae. The government-sponsored enterprise?s new report found a huge difference between the spending on utilities at the most efficient apartment buildings compared to the least efficient.

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