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    New Investors Enter Seniors Housing Sector as ROI Blossoms
    A recent report on the seniors housing industry touts the strong positive momentum for occupancies, transaction volume and returns that have continued into this year.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 30, 2015)
    Janet Yellen warns that interest rates may be rising later this year, reports CNBC. Casino workers union is trying to block Gaming & Leisure Properties? purchase of Pinnacle Entertainment, notes Bloomberg. Chain Store Age looks at retailers in the expansion mode. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    PREA Forecast: Industrial, Office to Deliver Highest Returns for Institutional Investors
    The Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) recently released the results of its first quarter 2015 Consensus Forecast survey and it looks like its members expect total annual returns on their commercial real estate investments over the next four years to be in the high single digits

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 27, 2015)
    Student housing properties are becoming more popular with investors, reports The Wall Street Journal. The strong dollar is leading U.S. buyers to look for commercial real estate assets in Europe, notes Bloomberg. Crain?s New York Business looks at Brookfield?s new malls at the World Financial Center. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Nine Ways to Approach Office Design
    When it comes to new approaches to workplace design, I tend to think holistically, and a list allows for juxtaposition of the various trends we?re seeing in workplace planning, design and execution.

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    Conversions of Older Office Buildings are Pushing Prices and Rents Higher
    Demand has increased in recovering downtown office markets, with a lack of available space forcing investors to put in high bids for even class-B and class-C office towers.

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    Is the Price Right for Macerich?
    The clock continues to wind down on the deadline for The Macerich Co. to either accept or reject Simon Property Group Inc.'s best and final offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Macerich for $95.50.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 26, 2015)
    Pacific Investment Management Co. is increasing its stake in U.S. single-family rental homes, Bloomberg reports. According to a New York Building Congress report released today, the city's multifamily building permits has steadily risen over the last five years, Commercial Observer reveals. Standard General LP's bid to save RadioShack from bankruptcy is being challenged, Wall Street Journal notes. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Top 10 Medical Space Users
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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 25, 2015)
    Non-traded REITs are having an image problem, reports The Wall Street Journal. Standard General won the bid for RadioShack assets, according to Bloomberg. TD Bank is expanding its commercial real estate lending in Florida, notes the Sun Sentinel. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Is a McDonald?s REIT a Foolish Idea?
    McDonald?s Corp. is once again facing pressure to spin off its real estate holdings, as shareholder and hedge fund manager Larry Robbins claims the move could unlock $20 billion in value. But will McDonald?s management actually listen to the suggestion?
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    Lenders Chip Away at Mountain of Maturities
    Take a good look at lenders these days when discussion turns to the looming wave of loan maturities. The hand wringing that may have existed a few years ago is now more akin to anxious anticipation.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 24, 2015)
    Business Insider reveals the property asset class that's performed best so far during President Obama's six years in office. The Kushner brothers, Jared and Joshua, are teaming up to start a company that combines their expertises in commercial real estate and technology, reports the New York Times. And, according to Bloomberg, McDonald?s Corp. shares rose after hedge-fund manager Larry Robbins advised that the fast-food chain should convert to a REIT. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Foreign Capital Flows Into U.S. CRE
    Today?s commercial real estate investment capital flow has started to shift from inside the U.S. to overseas. Organizations with recognized global brands and locations abroad are in the driver?s seat to make the most of this opportunity.

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    Why Advisors Should Consider Senior Housing for Client Portfolios
    For investors, senior housing can be a smart place to put capital for three reasons.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 23, 2015)
    Freddie Mac put $1 billion in non-performing home loans on the market, reports Bloomberg. Starbucks will open 3,500 new stores across the Americas, according to Chain Store Age. Crain?s Chicago Business looks into General Growth Properties? strategy. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Chinese Investors Bet on U.S. Apartment Development
    International investors, especially from China, continue to pour money into U.S. real estate?favoring apartment development.

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    8 Most Common Mistakes Real Estate Investors Make
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    In Single-Family Rental Housing, the Tenant Is King
    To earn the best rents from single-family homes, property managers are investing in the properties upfront.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 20, 2015)
    SL Green Realty Corp. and JPMorgan Chase are exploring a joint venture deal to finance one of New York City's most expensive residential development sites ever, reports Crain's New York Business. Commercial Observer reveals that Savills Studley will acquire management consulting firm KLG Advisors. And Simon Property Group Inc. raised its unsolicited takeover bid for rival mall owner Macerich Co. to about $16.8 billion, according to Bloomberg. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Rising High-Rise Rents Boost Demand for Lower Office Floors
    Brokers are trying to keep up with the changes in space demands, including a new trend of preferring low-rise buildings or lower floors in high-rise buildings to higher-priced floors at the top.

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    Office Market Shows Signs of Life, But How Widespread Are These Improvements?
    While the headline figures appear promising, a small number of markets are driving performance, while many others struggle to generate any meaningful rent growth.

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    Google Tries its Hand at Retail: A Taste of Things to Come?
    Will the future of retail be determined by companies that were once considered pure play technology companies or manufacturers? With the dramatic success of Apple as one of the world?s most successful retailers (and most valuable companies), other brands are exploring direct relationships with the consumer.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 19, 2015)
    Marc Faber predicts the Fed won?t raise interest rates at all this year, reports CNBC. The owners of Houston?s Galleria mall prepaid $821 million in CMBS debt, according to Commercial Observer. Comcast has agreed to occupy the office tower at The Braves? mixed-use complex in Cobb County, reveals The Wall Street Journal. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Private Buyers Dominate Retail Net Lease Sector
    Private investors accounted for 60 percent of the net lease market last year, a significant increase over the 42 percent in 2013, according to the most recent net lease report from The Boulder Group.

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    Fed Meeting Indicates Rates Could Rise, But Maybe Not in June
    Counting on further improvement in the job market and rising inflation, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee indicated it was moving closer to raising interest rates this year, though the changes likely won?t come for a few months.
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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 18, 2015)
    Macerich rejected Simon?s buyout bid, and took measures to protect itself from a hostile takeover, reports The Wall Street Journal. Seeking Alpha performed a March Madness countdown for shopping center REITs. Toys ?R? Us is leaving its flagship, 110,000-sq.-ft. location in Times Square, according to Commercial Observer. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Lenders Crowd into the CMBS Sector, Putting Loan Standards at Risk
    Competition for CMBS loan originations is heating up, as more lenders fight for a piece of the much smaller pie that exists today.

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    Mass Transit to Shape Cities, CRE of the Future
    Since the end of the Great Recession many other cities have discovered that it?s possible to recreate the efficiencies and attractiveness of an urban core environment in different markets and suburban locations.

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    Latest Wave of New Apartments Shows Good Absorption
    With so many new apartments being built across the country, the cities that have had the most new construction over the past five years show how the next wave of new apartments now under construction might be absorbed.

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