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    10 Must Reads from the CRE Industry Today (July 2, 2015)
    Mall operator Simon Property Group has spent $20 million funding 18 retail startups over the past 15 months, notes the Wall Street Journal. The commercial rent tax in New York City may be coming to an end, according to Crain?s New York Business. Investors are pouring funds into star restaurants, Nation?s Restaurant News reports. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    The Greening of Leasing
    ?Green leasing? is becoming more common, with many major commercial property owners and managers embracing the concept?and being recognized for it.

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    Retailers Waiting for Lease Expirations to Close Stores
    After a tsunami of store closing announcements during the first half of the year, experts forecast that the remainder of 2015 will be relatively quiet as retailers focus on getting through the holiday season. However, retailers will continue to shutter stores throughout the year as leases expire.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 1, 2015)
    Calpers will sell $3 billion?s worth of real estate from its portfolio, reveals Bloomberg. MarketWatch argues the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in September. The U.S. office market is coming back from the downturn at a slow pace, notes the Wall Street Journal. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Greek Debt Crisis: Bad News for Greece, Good News for U.S. Real Estate?
    U.S. real estate economists say the possibility of a ?Grexit? will not have any substantial impact on commercial real estate investment in the U.S., and if it will, the impact is likely to be positive.

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    New Legislation Could Hinder EB-5 Financing Options
    Proposed new legislation could mean big changes for EB-5 money, a small, but growing segment of the commercial real estate financing market.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (June 30, 2015)
    Office space in Chicago is becoming scarcer, according to a CBRE survey, reports Crain?s Chicago Business. The New York Post reveals that bricks-and-mortar retail spaces are shrinking. So far in 2015, REITs have raised $17.1 billion of capital through the sale of unsecured notes, notes Urban Land. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Affordable Housing REIT?s Mission Is to Ensure Economic Vitality
    Joseph F. Reilly, Community Development Trust's president and CEO, talks about how the REIT has performed since its founding, and what he expects for the affordable housing industry in the future.

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    Thousands of Condos for NYC and San Francisco
    Developers have been very slow to restart construction of new condominiums across the United States since the condo crash. But in a few coastal markets like New York City and San Francisco, new condominiums are selling quickly and developers are building in bulk. The high cost of developable land is encouraging condo development in some prime downtown locations.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (June 29, 2015)
    Ashford Hospitality is selling 23 select-service hotels, reports Bloomberg. Seeking Alpha predicts healthy growth for Wynn Resorts in the long-term. Economists point to low levels of home equity and not enough new product as reasons for the housing shortage, reveals the Wall Street Journal. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Competition Heats Up for Life Science Space, with No End in Sight
    Demand for space from life sciences companies is still far outpacing supply, pushing up rents and forcing prospective tenants to grab cluster spaces when they can be found.

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    5 Most Common Causes of Construction Disputes

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (June 26, 2015)
    Capital raised for real estate investment globally is now at pre-recession levels, reports IP Real Estate. The health care finance unit of General Electric is getting multi-billion dollar bids from Capital One and Apollo Global Management, reveals Bloomberg. The Wall Street Journal warns that home builders might over-saturate the high-end home market. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Active Home-Building Industry Will Lead to More Demand for Warehouse Space
    Strong consumer spending and the rise in housing construction activity are currently the prime factors for the incredible rebound of the U.S. industrial real estate sector, and experts say as home buying continues to increase, so will demand for warehouse space.

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    To Buy or Not to Buy: That Is the Developer?s Question
    As land costs continue to rise in urban areas, developers are focused more than ever on assessing the financial viability of their potential projects at a very early, pre-acquisition stage.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (June 25, 2015)
    The Ahold/Delhaize merger will allow the combined company to take on Wal-Mart in the U.S., notes The New York Times. The Street looks at why real estate spin-offs are becoming more and more popular among retail and restaurant chains. The Illinois State Board of Investment is looking to put money into foreign real estate, according to IP Real Estate.
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    Retail Assets Appeal to Foreign Investors
    Foreign investment in U.S. properties is accelerating, and despite the complexities and challenges of owning retail real estate, international money is eyeing this sector. But these investors aren?t making the leap into retail real estate alone; most are partnering with U.S. firms.

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    High Net Worth Investors Hungry for Real Estate, Survey Finds
    Today?s high net worth investors are hungry for real estate properties, and they have a clear preference for properties in North America, reveals a survey produced by real estate services firm Savills and strategic advisory firm Weatherill Consulting.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (June 24, 2015)
    ValueWalk looks at how private investors are changing the commercial real estate industry. The luxury FRHI Hotels & Resorts operator is up for sale, reports the Wall Street Journal. Global supermarket operators Royal Ahold and Delhaize just entered a $29 billion merger, according to Fortune. These are today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    M&A Activity, Popularity of Transitional Care Drive New Trends in Seniors Housing
    With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, the seniors housing sector is hot. NREI spoke with Josh Rosen, senior vice president and team leader at Capital One, based in Chicago, about the state of the seniors housing industry today.

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    Will CRE Lenders Push Allocations Higher?
    Lenders have been hungry to do real estate deals this year. But some industry observers question whether their appetites may diminish later in 2015 as they near their target capital allocations.

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    New Reporting Requirement for Foreign Assets
    Surprise! The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has issued a new reporting requirement (BE-10) for individuals, trusts, estates and small businesses with certain foreign assets, and it?s due June 30.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (June 23, 2015)
    An affiliate of Lone Star Funds will buy Home Properties Inc. in a $7.6 billion transaction, reports Rochester Business Journal. Darden Restaurants is spinning some of its real estate assets into a REIT, notes the Wall Street Journal. Crain?s Chicago Business reveals that the Blackstone Group paid $11.4 million in taxes on its $1.3 billion acquisition of the Willis Tower. These are today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Following Foreign Capital Beyond the Gateways
    A few international buyers are showing willingness and even an inclination to move inland amid the competitive heat in top markets.

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    Fannie and Freddie Reward Affordable Housing Properties
    If you own an apartment property where the rents are relatively low, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have an extra motive to offer you competitive financing options.

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    Single-Family Rental Companies Cash in on Wall Street
    Top single-family rental companies are cashing in, raising billions of dollars on Wall Street by securitizing the loans on their portfolios.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (June 22, 2015)
    Bloomberg looks at 18 U.S. cities that are forecast to have the fastest growing economies going forward. Fortress Investment Group closed a $1 billion opportunistic real estate fund, reports Pensions & Investments. Life Time Fitness is selling a portion of its real estate assets for $900 million, according to Star Tribune. These are the must reads from around the commercial real estate industry today.
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    15 U.S. Markets with Highest Office Occupancy Costs

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (June 19, 2015)
    A partnership that includes Health Care REIT Inc. will buy Regal Lifestyle Communities Inc. for $307.5 million, reports Bloomberg. Forbes looks at what will happen to commercial real estate investors after the Fed raises interest rates. Rent inflation continues to outpace general inflation, notes MarketWatch. These are today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    Five Questions to Ask When Choosing a Real Estate Investment Management Platform
    Enthusiasm goes into overdrive when an organization has decided to automate key processes for real estate investments.

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