National Real Estate Investor


    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (November 26, 2014)
    Some of the biggest CMBS originators in the U.S., including Deutsche Bank AG , Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., are ramping up in Europe. This year?s winner in the alternative investment space is?wait for it?real estate. Construction is underway on the $1.6 billion, 175-acre Wade Park mixed-use development in Frisco, Texas. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
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    Are Big Stores Making Forever 21 Falter?
    The chain is the fifth largest specialty retailer in the nation, and recent speculation about the poor performance of its bigger stores has the industry buzzing about the competitive pressures facing Forever 21, and how they might affect its future real estate strategy.

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    The Truth Shall Set Us Free: Appraisers Serve a Vital Role in U.S. Economy
    Real estate appraisers play a critical role in protecting that transparency and defending against corruption by providing unbiased, high quality and independent property valuations, regardless of the conclusions the clients hope to see.

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    Driving Up Value in Urban Retail Settings Still a Tough Development Proposition
    Ask most retail real estate investors about their ideal set-up and they?ll tell you they want a class-A property featuring credit tenants, signed to long-term leases with rental accretion, in a high-barrier-to-entry market with strong demographics.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (November 25 2014)
    Signature Office REIT has agreed to merge into Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT creating an office and industrial REIT focused on business essential properties with a capitalization of $3 billion. Over 50 broker/dealers have agreed to resume selling products distributed by RCS Capital. Hudson?s Bay has taken out a loan against the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship that values the department store at nearly $4 billion. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
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    Risk Premium Still High for Apartments
    By at least one measure, the yield on investments in apartment properties still hasn?t matched the level of the real estate boom. That?s the ?risk premium? that investors demand for apartments compared to Treasury bonds?a supposedly risk-free investment.

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    Investors Focus on Denver?s Booming Energy Economy
    Sometimes referred to as ?Houston of the Rockies? thanks to its booming energy economy, Denver is a city now unquestionably fixed on the radars of national and foreign investors.

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    Pennies From Heaven
    Global troubles are barely causing a ripple for the CRE sector in the United States.
    For all the rancor, industry professionals don?t expect any outside pressures to disrupt the continued recovery in the U.S. commercial real estate sector.

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    Investing in Emerging Market Real Estate for the Long Term
    Increasing global economic integration makes the opportunities in international real estate investment more compelling than ever before.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (November 24, 2014)
    Gary Green, son of SL Green founder and chairman Stephen L. Green, has carved his own niche running a facilities management company. The Rockefellers have decided to leave their namesake complex entirely and have vacated the 56th-floor spot they have occupied since 1933. Shane Garrison, Retail Properties of America?s EVP, COO & CIO, sat down with GlobeSt.com to discuss the firm?s plans. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
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    Don't Let Other Formats Steal Market Share
    While supermarkets have been a phenomenally successful format, accounting for a large proportion of the food retail market, their market share continues to be under pressure as new formats emerge and others raise their appeal.

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    RCAP Execs Give Company Stock a Vote of Confidence
    RCS Capital (RCAP) CEO Michael Weil is putting his money where his mouth is. Weil purchased 20,550 shares?worth about $250,000?of the company's stock on Tuesday, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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    Simon May Be Looking to Buy Macerich, Recent Transactions Indicate
    The country?s biggest mall REIT, Simon Property Group, may be angling to buy smaller competitor Macerich, industry insiders say. The move would allow Simon to grow at a time when opportunities for new mall development remain few and far between.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (November 20, 2014)
    Homebuilders upped the number of building permits by 4.8 percent since September, but they are concentrating on rental housing, reports TheStreet.com. Bloomberg reveals that regional mall REIT Simon Property Group has been buying up shares of smaller rival Macerich. American Realty Capital New York City REIT closed on the purchase of 570 Seven Avenue in New York City, according to Commercial Observer. These are among today?s top stories from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    A Matter of Ethics
    It seems appropriate to discuss ethics fresh on the heels of the mid-term elections, a contest that always seems to cloak rampant self-interest in the suit of guiding principles.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (November 19, 2014)
    Colony Financial Inc. (CLNY) agreed to buy Cobalt Capital Partners, owner of 256 industrial properties across the U.S., for about $1.6 billion. One New York startup has a small-scale plan for real estate IPOs: taking individual buildings public. RCS Capital CEO Michael Weil is putting his money where his mouth is. Weil purchased 20,550 shares?worth about $250,000?of the company's stock on Tuesday. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
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    Good News for Global Office Markets Heading Into 2015
    Office landlords have started to shift back into the driver?s seat across the world, according to a recent Cushman & Wakefield study. Though some political instability and pockets of overbuilding keep expectations from soaring too high, the general consensus is that most markets will gain rents and occupancy by 2016.

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    Corporations Prepare for Upcoming Lease Accounting Changes
    Although the big question still remains as to when the new rules will become effective, companies are already preparing for the new requirements.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (November 18, 2014)
    Andrew Farkas has filled a hole in his latest real-estate empire through a deal between his commercial real-estate services network, NAI Global, and New York-based EVO Real Estate Group. An Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc. venture agreed to buy a Manhattan office tower from Blackstone Group LP for about $2.25 billion. STORE Capital Corp. scheduled a $495 million IPO on NYSE with a market capitalization of $2 billion at a price range midpoint of $18 for today. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.

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    Rating Agencies Worry Over Underwriting for CMBS Loans
    If lenders make too many risky loans, they might pump a bubble in the property markets when the capital markets need continued stability for the next three years.

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    Once Again, Office Vacancy Rate Doesn?t Budge
    The national vacancy rate for the office sector remained unchanged at 16.8 percent in the third quarter. The vacancy has not budged all year, wedged at a level that is only 80 basis points below the cyclical high observed four years ago.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (November 17, 2014)
    China REITs could be worth as much as $6 trillion by 2020. With its shares plunging, RCS Capital hired an outside law firm and forensic accounting firm to review its financials for the first nine months of 2013. Blackstone Group is eager to close the $1.95 billion sale of New York?s Waldorf-Astoria hotel to a Chinese buyer this year, while US officials dither over whether to launch a review to assess the potential security risks. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
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    Pennsylvania Seniors Housing Wants Government Attention
    Pennsylvania, the second state admitted to the union, is also one of the oldest in terms of population age?but seniors housing providers there say the government isn?t doing enough to address the oncoming wave of elderly need.

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    Boomers to Seniors Housing: Hell No, We Won't Go!
    According to a recent survey of more than 4,000 baby boomer households in the United States, about three-quarters of those born between 1945 and 1964 do not want to move into a seniors housing community anytime soon.

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    Lenders are Helping Foreign Investors Push Florida?s Real Estate Market to a New Peak
    Commercial real estate in Florida has heated up to the point that foreign investors and lenders are chasing deals that extend beyond their comfort zones bringing the market to a crest.

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    JLL: Skills Gap Drives Manufacturers? Real Estate Decisions
    During a JLL webinar about the future of U.S. manufacturing, held on Nov. 11, experts said that it is clear that more companies today are investing in or considering new manufacturing facilities stateside. The only problem, said JLL executives, is that the skill level required for these new facilities has risen above what the average community can provide.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (November 13, 2014)
    A venture led by private equity giant TPG that acquired DTZ last week has made clear that it wants to be the world?s third-largest provider, after CBRE Group Inc. and JLL. It is unlikely that CalPERS' $25.6 billion real estate portfolio will be able to sustain the strong returns produced in the last three years, said a report by the $296 billion pension fund's real estate consultant. Samuel Zell has his sights on the grocery business and is bidding for a portfolio of 100 grocery stores being sold by Albertsons. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
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    American Realty Capital Sues RCS Capital
    American Realty Capital Properties has filed a lawsuit against RCS Capital Corp. over RCAP?s termination of the deal to acquire Cole Capital.

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    Performance Gap Grows Within the B Mall Sector
    The gap between strong class-B malls and struggling ones is getting wider by the day. Market rents are increasing for the ?only game in town? malls, according to research firm Green Street Advisors, and private equity investors such as Starwood Capital have made big investments in the space.

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    Do-or-Die Due Diligence
    The due diligence process is one of the most important, yet challenging aspects of investing in real estate.
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