National Real Estate Investor


    As REITs Expand, Threat of Data Security Breaches Becomes Concern
    In the aftermath of multiple reports of data security breaches, much of the conversation regarding cyber-attacks has focused on the retail industry. One perhaps unwary industry which should take a step back to analyze its risk is that of the REITs.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 5, 2015)
    Regional mall REIT Macerich will add two independent directors and end a stockholder rights? plan, according to Bloomberg. Macy?s plans to launch a smaller, off-price concept, reports Fortune. Lennar Corp. has bought a 111-acre site in Fremont, Calif. for a mixed-use development, reveals the Wall Street Journal. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    U.S. Chains Continue to Up Store Opening Plans
    U.S. chain retailers have upped their store opening plans ever-so-slightly in April, confirming a positive outlook for the retail real estate sector going forward, according to the National Retailer Demand Monthly report from RBC Capital Markets.

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    Condo Construction Still Stalling, In Spite of Rising Prices
    In many recovered housing markets, Americans are now paying more for condominiums than they did during the housing boom, according to the S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices. But developers are barely building new condominiums to meet that demand.

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    The Information-based Valuation Industry Fails to Value its Own Information
    Transparent, efficient markets do not benefit all. Filling information gaps extracts profits from the biggest beneficiaries of asymmetrical information.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 4, 2015)
    New York?s 11 Madison Avenue is up for sale, according to Crain?s New York Business. Pinnacle Entertainment confirmed it?s negotiating to sell its real estate assets to Gaming and Leisure, reports the Wall Street Journal. Seeking Alpha takes an in-depth look at managing commercial real estate investment. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Investors Bid High for Student Housing
    Investors are pouring money into the student housing business as new buyers enter the market.

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    Foreign Central Bank Monetary Policies Will Impact Domestic Cap Rates and Pricing
    The financial environment will become increasingly unstable as central bank policies across the globe move in different directions.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 1, 2015)
    General Motors will invest up to $5.4 billion to improve its U.S. factories, reports The Associated Press. Apple Hospitality REIT will go public, reveals Richmond BizSense. Sears has formed another joint venture, this time with Macerich Co., according to Bloomberg. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Law Firms Still Downsizing, But Also Rank as Top Anchors
    The trickle-down of the efficient-office movement is catching up with law firms, forcing partners to figure out ways to not only service downsizing clients, but also save on their own real estate costs.

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    You?ve Got Questions? I?ve Got Answers!
    Here are the four questions I?m most frequently being asked by commercial real estate investors these days, and my answers.

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    Fallacious Cap Rates Unfairly Increase Tax Burden
    Commercial property owners must challenge burdensome and unfair property taxes, and more often than not that task requires challenging the assessor?s assumption of a market cap rate.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 30, 2015)
    China has topped the U.S. in investing in Australian real estate, according to Bloomberg. New York developer Jared Kushner says he's "very bullish" on Jersey City real estate, reports NJ.com. Hines acquired 75 acres in southwest Houston to develop a class-A, master-planned industrial business park, notes Commercial Property Executive. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Measuring Up: The Long and Short of IPMS for Office Buildings
    Depending on the measurement standard used, the area quoted in different markets for an equivalent building could vary by as much as 24 percent. These inconsistencies have led to confusion in markets, prompting many companies to develop their own costly processes for measuring their property assets.

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    Private Equity Focuses on Leases
    Eager to deploy their funds, private equity firms are investing in restaurants and retailers. The way they approach these deals is changing, however. PE firms are increasingly focused on lease obligations as they look to maximize their investments.

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    Strategies to Insure REO Product
    What some real estate owners may not realize is that if a property goes into receivership, it will void their insurance coverage.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 29, 2015)
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts hired Lazard to explore strategic alternatives, reports the Wall Street Journal. Simon Property Group, Swire Properties and Whitman Family Development will develop a 500,000-sq.-ft. retail component at Miami?s Brickell City Centre, notes Commercial Property Executive. Colony Capital?s Thomas Barack Jr. talks to Bloomberg about the global real estate market. These are today?s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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    10 Metros Offering the Biggest Discounts on Distressed Residential Properties
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    Foreign Real Estate Investors Look for U.S. Partners
    As the flow of foreign capital into U.S. real estate continues to rise, more sponsors are looking to grab a slice of that growing pie.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 28, 2015)
    TIAA-CREF has taken full ownership of TIAA Henderson Real Estate, less than two years after announcing it would launch a fund management joint venture with Henderson Global Investors, reports IP & Real Estate. Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is considering investing more than 3.3 billion reais ($1.1-billion) in Brazil, with distressed assets accounting for about two-thirds of the total, The Globe & Mail reveals. Seeking Alpha advises how to prepare for the next financial crisis. These are among the must reads from around the commercial real estate industry today.
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    Soft Economic Growth Hinders First Quarter Industrial Results
    Demand for industrial real estate registered a marked pullback, associated with a sharp drop in new construction during the first quarter of 2015.

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    CBDs: The New Low-Barrier-to-Entry Multifamily Markets
    Downtown areas can be difficult places to build apartments simply because there is limited land for new construction projects. But in recent years, developers have been highly motivated to overcome the barriers to build downtown.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 27, 2015)
    Building and Land Technology acquired Atlanta's landmark office complex Concourse Corporate Center, plus a prime parcel of land, for $489 million from Regent Partners, Commercial Property Executive reports. Brooklyn's Barclays Center is completing the largest green roof ever put on a sports arena in the U.S., reveals the Wall Street Journal. Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helú is rapidly expanding his commercial real estate portfolio in the U.S., most recently with two iconic buildings in New York State and Detroit, notes Forbes. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Five Foreign Capital Trends in the U.S. Commercial Real Estate Market

    With foreign capital flowing back in to the U.S. commercial real estate market in a substantial way, we are taking a look at the longer-term view of factors that will impact the U.S. market as we continue in economic recovery mode. Here are five of the most significant that are in play now.

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    Seniors Property Numbers Dip, But Trends Still Point Positive
    Surprisingly, occupancy for seniors housing dipped down in the first quarter of 2015, despite positive industry fundamentals, strong competition for space and still-muted construction in most markets.

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    The Rise of Micro-Unit Apartments
    Micro-units?rental apartments about the size of a hotel room?represent a small but growing niche of the real estate multi-housing market.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 24, 2015)
    DTZ, which acquired Cassidy Turley in January, may be looking to buy Cushman & Wakefield for $2 billion, Commercial Property Executive reports. Business Insider names 25 retail companies that are revolutionizing the industry. Bentall Kennedy financed its acquisition of 757 Third Avenue with a $205 million loan with a term of 15 years from New York Life Real Estate Investors, according to Commercial Observer. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.

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    Q1 Office Crawls, But Forecasts Show Rosy Outlook

    Businesses are showing their confidence in the economy in early 2015, actively seeking growth and space expansion. Though national office fundamental growth crawled even slower in the first quarter than in previous months, it’s clear the industry’s reset button has been hit hard, experts say, and the next three years should beat records for quick rent growth and absorption.

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    In L.A, Investors Make Safe Bets on High-End Multifamily Construction
    The accelerated metropolitanization of Los Angeles is attracting people of all ages who want to live?and to live in comfort and ease?in condos and apartments in the urban core.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 23, 2015)
    The Real Deal speculates on what the Chinese mega-developer Kaisa's default means to New York's real estate and finance industries. Brookfield Asset Management has bought Associated Estates Realty Corp. for $2.5 billion in cash, reports Commercial Property Executive. The Wall Street Journal reveals that investors are pouring more money into real-estate funds than ever since the downturn. These are among today's must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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