National Real Estate Investor


    ARCP Faces More Questions, SEC Probe in Face of Accounting Mistakes
    American Realty Capital Properties is continuing to face heat following yesterday?s bombshell announcement that it had knowingly released inaccurate financial statements overstating its funds from operations and understated its net loss.
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    B-Malls Still on the Radar for Investors
    JLL?s Margaret Caldwell says that B and C malls on the market are gaining investor interest, as they bring higher returns and offer a repositioning opportunity.

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    Sears Continues Sinking
    The recent news from Sears regarding more store closings, layoffs, leasing agreements with other retailers and capital raising efforts is a sign that the end is near for the troubled retailer, according to several industry experts. Few, if any, hold out any hope that the 128-year-old company can recover.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 30, 2014)
    A pack of non-traded REITs that have recently hired financial advisors to leave their non-traded status behind and test the market for potential buyers, merger partners, or pursuing a public stock exchange listing. Hilco Real Estate has sold its private real estate mortgage lending company, Hilco Real Estate Finance, to the Garrison Investment Group for an undisclosed amount. Ohio Public Employees Retirement System has allocated $75m to FCA Partners to invest in retail property. These are among the 10 must reads from around the CRE sector today.

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    13 Haunted Office Buildings

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    Suburbs Still Appeal to Some Office Tenants
    Suburban office markets have lately received a bad rap, but some supporters say that outside markets are now the places to find the best deals and locate new satellite offices.

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    Foreign Money Scopes Out Secondary Cities
    It?s a banner year for foreign investment as offshore capital is on track to pour $50 billion into U.S. commercial real estate by the end of 2014.
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    ARCP Stock Tumbles Amid Unveiling of Accounting Errors
    Shares of Nicholas Schorsch?s American Realty Capital Properties fell on news the company released inaccurate financial statements overstating its funds from operations and understated its net loss.

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    As CRE Values Rise, Global Investors? Returns Get Squeezed
    High real estate values and low interest rates for all types of real estate financing?especially in the core real estate markets the global real estate investors favor?continues to push returns on investment lower.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 29, 2014)
    American Realty Capital Properties Inc. admitted that annual and quarterly reports for the 2013 fiscal year and 2014 through June 30 ?should no longer be relied upon.? It also replaced its CFO and chief accounting officer. REITs year-to-date have raised $51.09 billion?a bit behind last year?s figure as of the same date of $55.53 billion. JPMorgan Chase has dropped its plans to build a $6.5 billion headquarters in New York City. These are the 10 must reads today from around the commercial real estate sector.
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    E-Commerce Lifts Industrial REITs
    E-commerce in the United States is growing faster than traditional retail sales, but less appreciated is that the trend is pushing up demand for physical space.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 28, 2014)
    For the first time in history, a D.C. office building has sold for more than a grand a square foot. Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest private equity investor in real estate, is preparing to seek around $13 billion for its next flagship global real estate fund. Private real estate returned 2.63% in the third quarter, as measured by the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries Property index. These are among the 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate industry today.
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    Four Lessons I?ve Learned About Diversity and Inclusion
    Many commercial real estate companies are putting diversity at the forefront of their business goals and holding leadership accountable for making diversity and inclusion a strategic objective. Even with this increased focus, our progress is slow. But there are some lessons I?ve learned over the years that I believe can make a difference for all of us as we continue on our diversity and inclusion journey.

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    One-Size-Fits-All for New Global Property Measurement Standards
    New International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS) will be unveiled next month that are aimed at bringing greater consistency and transparency to the global commercial real estate investment market.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 27, 2014)
    Tourism is expected to generate 25 percent of One World Trade Center's revenues, The Real Deal reports. Corporate America has begun to spend again for the first time since the recession, The Financial Times reveals. As the holiday retail season approaches, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are suffering delays, according to Bloomberg. And a joint venture of American Real Estate Partners and Investcorp has acquired Canal Center, a four-building, 540,000-sq.-ft. Class-A office complex in the D.C. metro area for $176 million, Commercial Property Executive reveals. These stories are among today's must reads for the commercial real estate industry.

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    Will Amazon Be The Future of Brick-and-Mortar Retail?
    Amazon?s announcement of opening up a store on 34th Street in New York City will be one of the most carefully watched stories in retail. No word yet on the size of the store, or more importantly, its purpose. What will happen in an Amazon store?

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 23, 2014)
    Houston and Austin have displaced San Francisco as the most attractive markets for real estate investment, reports Bloomberg. Asian buyers are picking up U.S. multifamily properties at a record-breaking pace, according to World Property Channel. Larry Silverstein plans to sell $1.6 in tax-exempt bonds to finance the construction of 3 World Trade Center, reveals The Real Deal. These are among today?s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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    Green from Green: Public Parks Increase CRE Value
    Open spaces in urban areas not only improve communities but can add billions of dollars to adjacent commercial real estate properties, agreed panelists at the Urban Land Institute?s (ULI) Fall Meeting, being held this week at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Two recent examples are New York?s Bryant Park and Dallas?s Klyde Warren Park.

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    Law Firms Cut Back on Existing Space as They Lag Professional Services in Recovery
    U.S. law firms are just not following the recovery trend experienced by the rest of the professional services industry, and are giving up occupancy in many major markets.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 22, 2014)
    Epoch Times discusses current investment trends with Growth Equity Group co-founder Brett Immel. FDIC to require lenders to keep stakes in CLO products, reports Bloomberg. The Street looks at how property IPOs mimic traditional REITs. These are among today?s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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    Foreign Investment in U.S. Market to Top 2013 Levels, Reaching $50B, Predicts JLL
    Foreign institutional investors are spending heavily on U.S. assets this year, revealed JLL?s global capital markets experts at the Urban Land Institute?s (ULI) fall meeting, currently underway at New York?s Javits Center. In fact, the inflow of foreign capital is so strong that JLL is raising its predictions on foreign investment into the United States for 2014, and is now forecasting nearly $50 billion, up from $38.7 billion in 2013.

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    Despite Improving Economy, Retail Still Years Away From Full Recovery
    With the recoveries in GDP and the labor market only recently accelerating, retail has lacked a serious driver of growth, and the pace of vacancy compression reflects this. However, the sector is not retrenching, and the recent improvement in the economy portends a more robust recovery in the future, though not in the near term.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 21, 2014)
    A shareholder is pressuring PREIT to put itself up for sale, according to Bloomberg. Bensinga looks at the recent performance of private equity firms by zeroing in on the Blackstone Group. New York City Mayor rejects the call for $1 billion in tax incentives for JPMorgan?s new headquarters, reports Crain?s New York Business. These are among today?s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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    New York Tax Uncertainty
    The future of New York City?s 421-a tax exemption is highly uncertain, particularly in light of the election of Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose initiatives appear to call for sweeping changes to the program.

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    13 Haunted Retail Venues

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    ICC Remote Voting Period Underway
    Instead of needing to attend the International Code Council (ICC)'s public comment hearings in person to be able to cast votes on codes proposals, building codes officials who are ICC voting members have the ability to vote remotely.

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    Pilot Tech Programs Provide Better Senior Care
    Large technology firms are launching pilot programs with select seniors housing developers and care managers to increase the use of remote, non-intrusive health monitoring in both single-family homes and large facilities.

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    Seniors Housing Occupancy Rate Cracks 90% in Q3
    Seniors housing finally cracked the 90 percent occupied mark in the third quarter 2014, and record-high acquisition numbers just continue to grow, according to reports from the industry.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 20, 2014)
    DDR Corp. and the Blackstone Group have purchased 71 shopping centers in a $1.93 billion transaction. New York City and state officials are negotiating with JPMorgan Chase over a potential deal in which the nation?s largest bank would build a vast $6.5 billion corporate campus. Virginia Retirement System and LaSalle Investment Management have launched a $575m joint venture to build US industrial properties. These are among the 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector today.
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    Lots of Loans Available for CRE Borrowers
    Borrowers have lots of choices as lenders make more and more capital available for commercial real estate, according to the latest report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), an industry organization.

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