National Real Estate Investor


    Net Lease Properties: Red Hot or Overheating?
    Part of 2013?s cap rate compression coincided with the drop in Treasury rates. But even as Treasury rates perked up in early 2014, cap rates have actually moved down. REITs

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    Vornado, CBL Take Advantage of Investors? Appetite for Retail to Get Rid of Lesser Assets
    The timing fits nicely with the rising appetite for retail properties among investors priced out of multifamily and class-A office sectors.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 17, 2014)
    Business Insider created a slideshow highlighting how various retail categories are being affected by e-commerce taking an ever-growing piece of the pie. CBS Corp. received a favorable tax ruling that opens the door to the company spinning off its billboard unit as a REIT. The New York Times sat down with retail consultant Steven Greenberg as part of its 30-Minute Interview series. RadioShack is in negotiations with its lenders over its plans to shutter 1,100 stores. These are all among today?s 10 must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 16, 2014)
    Deutsche Bank is reportedly marketing the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Resort with a selling price north of $2 billion. A Seeking Alpha piece argues that student housing REITs should outperform in 2014. Forbes looks at the burgeoning same-day delivery grocery war that?s emerging between Amazon, Google and Walmart. After failing to crack the America?s grocery market, Tesco is giving the U.S. another crack, this time with an apparel play. These are all among today?s 10 must reads for the commercial real estate sector.
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    Detroit Industrial Market Shows Strong Improvement
    Detroit, with about 365 million sq. ft. of industrial space, tied with Atlanta in recording an 80 basis points drop in availability in the first quarter, according to a report by commercial real estate services firm CBRE.

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    Private Equity Funds Capture More Capital
    Not only is money pouring back into private equity funds, but fund managers are anticipating even more demand in the coming months as institutions continue to raise target allocations for 2014.

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    Playing to Win in the Year of the Distribution Center

    As consumer demand and manufacturing output increases, industrial real estate investors are seeing huge potential for increased returns. This could spell new real estate decisions and strategies for owners and occupiers alike.

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    Real Estate in the Movies: New York Apartments Edition

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    NREI/Marcus & Millichap Investor Sentiment Index Trending at 10-Year High
    Investors are once again proving that their confidence in commercial real estate remains steadfast. Exclusive results from the NREI/Marcus & Millichap Investor Sentiment Survey indicate that a majority of investors expect both core fundamentals and property values to continue to rise in the coming year.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 15, 2014)
    Pension fund CalPERS is on the hunt for new money managers and held an event at a Sacramento hotel searching for them. CBL & Associates is planning to sell about one-fourth of its current portfolio. Multifamily rents are rising beyond the point of affordability in many U.S. cities. Pittsburgh is tabbed as a good market for long-term investment in real estate according to London property firm Grosvenor Group. And a group of Walgreen Co. shareholders are urging the drugstore giant to relocate its corporate headquarters to Europe. These are all among today?s 10 must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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    More of the Same For Retail
    Preliminary data released by Reis this month indicated the national vacancy rates for neighborhood and community shopping centers as well as for regional malls were unchanged during the first quarter.
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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 14, 2014)
    U.S. CMBS defaults dropped for the fourth straight year, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. The Miami Herald profiles the family behind Turnberry Associates, the firm that owns the Aventura Mall and Fontainebleau Miami. Struggles at Family Dollar and other chains have analysts wondering whether dollar stores can only thrive in down economies. DSW is launching a new format called Yellow Box. These are all among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Gensler Pushes Hacking to Retrofit Buildings
    In an age of identity theft and cyber fraud, hacking does not exactly conjure up positive images. But hacking is exactly what a national architecture firm is pitching as a sustainable solution to transforming aging office buildings into more viable destinations for tomorrow?s workers.

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    CBL to Sell a Quarter of its Malls
    The sales will take place over a two- to three-year period and are meant to help improve CBL's NOI results.
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    Homeland Security Funds Green Building Fire Safety Study
    We all know that green is good when it comes to buildings, but can green buildings also be dangerous?

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    Celebrating Commercial Real Estate?s Energy Stars
    On April 29, EPA will honor the stars of Energy Star?and the commercial real estate industry will be well represented by a large number of companies that have achieved phenomenal results in improving energy efficiency across their portfolios.

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    Vornado Spinning Off New REIT
    The diversified REIT plans to transfer 81 shopping centers in the Northeast into a separate publicly traded company.
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    A Look at Essex & BRE's Closed Deal
    The deal between Essex and BRE will help the new, larger REIT save a little money on property management expenses and take advantage of more efficient financing.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 11, 2014)
    Some Wall Street investors have put money into trailer parks in search of juicy yields. A new study by the RAND Corp. estimates that without an extension of a federal backstop for terrorism insurance, taxpayers could be faced with as much as $7 billion in losses should another large-scale attack take place. An analysis of the San Francisco rental market shows that eviction rates are high near ?Google Bus? stops. New York downtown retail landmark J&R Music is shutting its doors after 43 years. Dollar stores are suddenly facing hard times. These are among today?s 10 must reads for the commercial real estate sector.
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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 10, 2014)
    La Quinta?s shares rise after debuting on the market. Sears is still culling Kmart stores from its portfolio. Marketwatch looks at how real estate ETFs continue to outperform. Chik-fil-A is eyeing aggressive expansion plans, including conquering New York City. The next generation of India?s malls will be larger than their predecessors. These are all among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Dollar Store Competition Getting More Intense
    One of the three big players in the space, Family Dollar, announced plans to close 370 stores and slow expansion.
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    Retail REITs Exit Latin America to Satisfy Wall Street
    Since The Great Recession, REITs have been under pressure to simplify their strategies and reduce risk. Exiting foreign markets is one way to do both.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 9, 2014)
    A panel of REIT execs calls the death of regional malls ?greatly exaggerated.? USAA is reportedly shopping a 14-million-sq.-ft. industrial portfolio. Senator Sherrod Brown said that the revamp of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac won?t go through this year. Google is making inroads into the hotel bookings business. And La Quinta sets its IPO prices. These are all among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Office Market Continues to Gain Momentum
    About 70 percent of U.S. office markets reported occupancy gains during the first quarter, according to commercial real estate services firm Cassidy Turley. The markets absorbed 12 million sq. ft. collectively from January through March 2014.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 8, 2014)
    Sam Zell went on CNBC this morning to defend carried interest rules. Separately, Zell explained the strategy behind a rent-controlled complex Equity Residential recently purchased in Silicon Valley. A new organization has launched a campaign to chime in on the winding down of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Coldwater Creek is headed for liquidation. These are all among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
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    Lenders Follow Investors to Smaller Markets
    Debt and equity financing available for deals in tertiary markets is far from free flowing. Yet there is a growing pool of lenders willing to do those deals.

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    Is NIMBY Going Away, to be Replaced by YIMBY?
    At a point in the real estate cycle when new development is beginning to make a comeback, it should be comforting for the industry to know it may see a reversal of the long-term trend of opposition to new projects commonly known as NIMBY (Not in My Backyard).
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    Worst Retail CEOs
    On a general list of 9 Worst CEOs, five out of nine were heads of big retail companies.
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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 7, 2014)
    Inman.com looks at how real estate trusts save millions on taxes. Lawmakers are exploring the success of Fannie and Freddie?s multifamily lending platform as a model for privatizing the giants. Matthew Heslin explores the opportunities in the retail real estate sector in a Viewpoint for NREI. The Wall Street Journal profiles New York?s Rudin family and their commercial real estate empire. These are all among today?s must reads for the commercial real estate sector.
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    Retail Sector Opportunities Abound This Year
    Retail real estate continues to be a vibrant and essential segment of the economy and marketplace.

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