National Real Estate Investor


    Best Markets for Retail Investment
    Consulting firm Buxton based its rankings on population growth and opening plans by retailers and restaurant chains in its database.
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    Brick-and-Mortar Retail: A Zero-Sum Game?
    Have we reached a zero-sum game, where future brick-and-mortar sales share must be taken from somewhere else?

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 23, 2014)
    KKR recognized a five-fold gain on the sale of a stake in a seniors housing business. LinkedIn signed a 450,000-sq.-ft. lease in San Francisco with Tishman Speyer. A ruling that opens the door for CBS Outdoor Americas to launch a billboard REIT bodes well for other potential REIT offerings. GameStop has plans to open between 300 to 400 stores under three brands. Bridgegate has put the fate of the next World Trade Center tower in doubt. These are all among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    More Metrics Needed for Medical Office Buildings Sector
    Medical office buildings (MOBs) are starting to overtake hospitals as the preferred new property type for health care systems, but real estate market statistics for MOBs are still lumped into the broader health care category, making data and trends hard to obtain.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 22, 2014)
    Citigroup is looking to sell 50 bank branches in California. A Pinnacle Entertainment shareholder is urging the casino operator to spin off its properties into a REIT, Reuters reports. Vanity Fair looks at how the proliferation of technology companies in New York City is raising commercial rents. And OpEdNews explores what?s behind private equity?s interest in foreclosed single-family homes. These are all among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Commercial Real Estate Embraces Recycling

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 21, 2014)
    CoStar forced a smaller competitor to give over names of four of its users that CoStar suspects leaked some of its own data to Compstak. N.Y. Stock Exchange executives talked to REIT.com about the state of the REIT IPO pipeline. Seeking Alpha looked at the role of real estate in an activist shareholder fight at Darden Restaurants. Gap will test online ordering within its stores. And Nation?s Restaurant News provided a look at the biggest fast-casual pizza chains. These are all among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.

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    Property Prices Have Room to Grow in Core Markets
    Just when you think prices can?t go any higher for properties in core markets, some experts say they haven?t yet reached their peak in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

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    Seniors Housing Property Edges Closer to 90% in First Quarter
    The average occupancy rate for seniors housing properties edged closer to 90 percent in the first quarter, as the industry?s property types gained absorption due to slow construction and increasing demand.

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    Top Seniors Housing Lenders Plan for Newcomer Competition
    The top seniors housing lenders see competition gaining in the rear-view mirror, but are making changes in packages to keep up with the new lending options offered for today?s investor.

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    A Short Tutorial on Trader Joe's
    Learn some tidbits about what distinguishes Trader Joe's stores from its competitors.

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    New York City?s Hudson Yards Project to Be ?Urban Informatics? Experiment
    New York City?s Hudson Yards project has been designated as the United States? first ?quantified community.? Hudson Yards is a 28-acre mixed-use development currently being built over old rail yards along the Hudson River on Manhattan?s West Side.
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    Riggio Talks Barnes & Noble Strategy
    The chain's co-founder claims e-readers are becoming less of a challenge to bricks-and-mortar sales.

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    Northern NJ Retail Investment Sales Overview
    Retail investment sales in Northern New Jersey continued at a controlled pace in 2013, with some centers trading at very aggressive pricing.

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    Real Estate in the Movies: New York Apartments Edition

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    Net Lease Properties: Red Hot or Overheating?
    Part of 2013?s cap rate compression coincided with the drop in Treasury rates. But even as Treasury rates perked up in early 2014, cap rates have actually moved down. REITs

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    Vornado, CBL Take Advantage of Investors? Appetite for Retail to Get Rid of Lesser Assets
    The timing fits nicely with the rising appetite for retail properties among investors priced out of multifamily and class-A office sectors.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 17, 2014)
    Business Insider created a slideshow highlighting how various retail categories are being affected by e-commerce taking an ever-growing piece of the pie. CBS Corp. received a favorable tax ruling that opens the door to the company spinning off its billboard unit as a REIT. The New York Times sat down with retail consultant Steven Greenberg as part of its 30-Minute Interview series. RadioShack is in negotiations with its lenders over its plans to shutter 1,100 stores. These are all among today?s 10 must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 16, 2014)
    Deutsche Bank is reportedly marketing the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Resort with a selling price north of $2 billion. A Seeking Alpha piece argues that student housing REITs should outperform in 2014. Forbes looks at the burgeoning same-day delivery grocery war that?s emerging between Amazon, Google and Walmart. After failing to crack the America?s grocery market, Tesco is giving the U.S. another crack, this time with an apparel play. These are all among today?s 10 must reads for the commercial real estate sector.
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    Detroit Industrial Market Shows Strong Improvement
    Detroit, with about 365 million sq. ft. of industrial space, tied with Atlanta in recording an 80 basis points drop in availability in the first quarter, according to a report by commercial real estate services firm CBRE.

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    Private Equity Funds Capture More Capital
    Not only is money pouring back into private equity funds, but fund managers are anticipating even more demand in the coming months as institutions continue to raise target allocations for 2014.

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    Playing to Win in the Year of the Distribution Center

    As consumer demand and manufacturing output increases, industrial real estate investors are seeing huge potential for increased returns. This could spell new real estate decisions and strategies for owners and occupiers alike.

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    NREI/Marcus & Millichap Investor Sentiment Index Trending at 10-Year High
    Investors are once again proving that their confidence in commercial real estate remains steadfast. Exclusive results from the NREI/Marcus & Millichap Investor Sentiment Survey indicate that a majority of investors expect both core fundamentals and property values to continue to rise in the coming year.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 15, 2014)
    Pension fund CalPERS is on the hunt for new money managers and held an event at a Sacramento hotel searching for them. CBL & Associates is planning to sell about one-fourth of its current portfolio. Multifamily rents are rising beyond the point of affordability in many U.S. cities. Pittsburgh is tabbed as a good market for long-term investment in real estate according to London property firm Grosvenor Group. And a group of Walgreen Co. shareholders are urging the drugstore giant to relocate its corporate headquarters to Europe. These are all among today?s 10 must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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    More of the Same For Retail
    Preliminary data released by Reis this month indicated the national vacancy rates for neighborhood and community shopping centers as well as for regional malls were unchanged during the first quarter.
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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 14, 2014)
    U.S. CMBS defaults dropped for the fourth straight year, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. The Miami Herald profiles the family behind Turnberry Associates, the firm that owns the Aventura Mall and Fontainebleau Miami. Struggles at Family Dollar and other chains have analysts wondering whether dollar stores can only thrive in down economies. DSW is launching a new format called Yellow Box. These are all among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Gensler Pushes Hacking to Retrofit Buildings
    In an age of identity theft and cyber fraud, hacking does not exactly conjure up positive images. But hacking is exactly what a national architecture firm is pitching as a sustainable solution to transforming aging office buildings into more viable destinations for tomorrow?s workers.

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    CBL to Sell a Quarter of its Malls
    The sales will take place over a two- to three-year period and are meant to help improve CBL's NOI results.
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    Homeland Security Funds Green Building Fire Safety Study
    We all know that green is good when it comes to buildings, but can green buildings also be dangerous?

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    Celebrating Commercial Real Estate?s Energy Stars
    On April 29, EPA will honor the stars of Energy Star?and the commercial real estate industry will be well represented by a large number of companies that have achieved phenomenal results in improving energy efficiency across their portfolios.

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