National Real Estate Investor


    Are We in a Multifamily Bubble?
    The question of whether we are in a multifamily bubble is one that has recently been on the minds of many real estate investors.

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    2014 Retail Investment Sales Set to Surpass Last Year?s Figures
    It looks like this will be a merry holiday season for sellers of retail properties, as both transaction volume in the sector and price per sq. ft. continued to increase in the fourth quarter.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (December 18, 2014)
    Darden Restaurants is exploring options for capitalizing on its real estate, reports Orlando Business Journal. Moody?s downgraded the stock of American Realty Capital Properties to junk status, according to Commercial Property Executive. MarketWatch reports multifamily rents rose at the fastest pace in six years this November. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    American Apparel: Sticky Changeover?
    Yesterday, American Apparel officially terminated its CEO and founder Dov Charney and replaced him with veteran fashion executive Paula Schneider. But that may not be the end of the beleaguered Los Angeles?based company?s woes.
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    Demand for Office Space Heats Up as FIRE Sectors Recover
    Professional services that have traditionally led demand for office space, including finance, insurance and real estate, have finally made a comeback after a slump following the recession. Office market experts hope that the sectors, collectively referred to as FIRE, will now join with the tech and energy industries to heat up office demand in primary cities in 2015.

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    For 2015's Projected Industrial Growth: Create a Culture of Safety
    As we look ahead to 2015, when projected growth may increase the likelihood of incidents, the commercial real estate industry needs to continue its focus on promoting a culture of safety for employees and clients.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (December 17, 2014)
    The U.S. Senate failed to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which will expire at the end of December, reports The Real Deal. Manulife Asset Management and Allianz struck an agreement to co-invest up to $1 billion in U.S. real estate assets, according to Commercial Property Executive. The commercial real estate industry is ripe for disruption in 2015, claims an article in Forbes. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Data ?Cops? Decode Efficiency and Opportunity in Corporate Real Estate
    On the corporate real estate beat, data analytics tools act like cops sniffing out inefficiencies before they can impact the business. But they have another, more profitable role: uncovering business productivity opportunities.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (December 16, 2014)
    Bloomberg reports that InterContinental Hotels will pay $430 million for Kimton Hotels & Restaurants. Kimco has acquired the remaining interest in a 39-property retail portfolio it owned in a joint venture with a Blackstone subsidiary, according to Commercial Property Executive. Multifamily building sales in New York City reached more than $1 billion in volume in October, claims The Real Deal. These are among today?s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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    10 Holiday Shopping Films

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    American Realty Capital Cuts Ties With Schorsch
    Nicholas Schorsch has stepped down from his role as executive chairman and director of American Realty Capital Properties, the non-traded REIT sponsor he co-founded. Schorsch remains a majority shareholder in the company. He will also no longer serve on the board of directors of Cole Capital REITs.

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    PREA Members Forecast Improvement for CRE Industry in 2015
    The good times for commercial real estate are likely to keep going a little longer, according to experts surveyed for the latest Consensus Forecast survey from the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA).

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (December 15, 2014)
    In what will be the biggest private equity buyout of the year, PetSmart agreed to sell itself to BC Partners for $8.7 billion, reports The New York Times. Bloomberg reveals that Nicholas Schorsch has resigned as chairman of American Realty Capital, along with the company?s CEO and president. Cushman & Wakefield will pay $100 million to buy boutique New York brokerage firm Massey Knakal, according to The Wall Street Journal. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Existing Lifestyle Centers Thrive, but Developers Prefer Mixed-Use for New Projects
    Lifestyle centers were the stars of the retail development universe in the 2000s. Shoppers flocked to these properties, which typically featured a single-story, open-air design and upscale tenants. Since the recession, however, only a few of these centers have been built, and it?s unlikely that more of them will come out of the ground. Instead, developers are focusing their energy on larger mixed-use projects with some lifestyle center elements.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (December 11, 2014)
    Global Logistics Properties confirmed it agreed to a 55 percent stake in GIC?s $8.1 billion purchase of Blackstone?s industrial portfolio, according to Commercial Property Executive. Reuters ran an exclusive on Atlantic City slashing its bond sale by 71 percent. Wal-Mart is now concentrating on opening stores in small Texas towns, reports the Dallas Morning News. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    The Hottest New Amenity for Multifamily Communities: Car-Charging Stations
    As a result of the continued growth in electric vehicle sales, multifamily owners and investors can now add value to their communities by implementing car-charging stations throughout their communities.

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    Real Estate at the Movies: 10 Recent Office Films

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    U.S. Office Markets Top List for Global Investment Targets
    U.S. office markets dominated the field of top global investor markets in 2014, grabbing seven of the top 10 spots. Although that dominance is expected to slip in 2017, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Houston will continue to rank among the top 10 markets for investors, according to new research from real estate services firm DTZ.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (December 10, 2014)
    Hudson Pacific Properties will pay $3.5 billion for Blackstone?s office portfolio, according to Commercial Property Executive. U.S. News & World Report forecasts real estate trends for 2015. Bloomberg reports that the Carlyle Group hasn?t been as successful as rival Blackstone in its property investments. These are among today?s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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    For Data Center Leasing, Demand Doesn't Always Come First
    According to a recent CBRE study, a company looking to lease at a data center will spend $12 million more in one major city than another for the same amount of space.

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    G. Joseph Cosenza: "Not Impossible, But Tougher" for Acquisitions
    The Inland Real Estate Group of Cos. Inc.'s Vice President G. Joseph Cosenza talks with NREI Publisher Rich Santos at the 2014 ICSC New York Deal Making Conference about the acquisitions climate. For the Chicago-based Inland, whose 65-million-sq.-ft. portfolio is valued at $17 billion, says Cosenza, "This is the time you dig your heels in and stick to your standards."

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    New Venue a Hit with ICSC New York Attendees
    The International Council of Shopping Centers? decision to relocate the site of its annual New York National Deal Making Conference from the Hilton and Sheraton hotels in Midtown to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center proved to be a hit with most of those attending.

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    Multifamily Developers Push the Limits on New Construction
    Hang on tight?optimistic projections that apartment markets can absorb high levels of new construction are going to be tested soon. Developers will start construction on 405,000 units of multifamily housing in 2015, according to the 2015 Dodge Construction Outlook.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (December 9, 2014)
    Canada may be at risk of a big-box tenant exodus, reports the Huffington Post. Bank of China agreed to buy 7 Bryant Park, a to-be-completed office tower in Midtown Manhattan, according to The Wall Street Journal. Commercial Observer reports that CBRE has acquired IVI International, a construction and environmental consulting firm. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Live from ICSC: New York National Deal Making Conference

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    Recent Cases Affirm Tax-Exempt Status of Intangible Value
    Whether a business is a seniors housing facility, a racetrack or other service-oriented operation?or even a manufacturing plant?part of the business? value may be intangible and exempt from property tax.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (December 8, 2014)
    REITs are leaving the financial sector in 2016. Stonehenge Partners has merged with SL Green Realty Corp. Hudson Pacific Properties Inc will buy a portfolio of office buildings in California from Blackstone Group LP in a $3.5 billion stock-and-cash deal. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
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    American Realty Advisors Launches Sustainability Initiative
    American Realty Advisors has launched a new sustainability initiative for its $6 billion commercial real estate portfolio. The institutional investment manager rolled out the green program at 150 N. Wacker Drive, a 31-story office tower in Chicago.

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    NYC Developers Tackle Tough Markets With Shipping Containers
    Two New York City developers, Palladium Management and SG Blocks, have formed a partnership to use repurposed shipping containers to develop multifamily and retail in the city?s borough infill sites.

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    Top 10 Companies Leading the Industrial Real Estate Recovery

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