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10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 31, 2015)
Shadow lenders are betting on riskier real estate deals, reports The Seattle Times. Wealthmanagement.com identifies the healthiest housing market in the country. Intercontinental denies it?s having merger discussions with Starwood, according to Bloomberg. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Does Your Business Model Include Professionalism?
What is your business model? What are the tenets and the strategies that you as a leader in your company have carved out to ensure the sustainability of your brand?
5 Secondary Ports to Watch
With less than 10 months to go until the $5.2 billion Panama Canal expansion opens in April 2016, U.S. ports are implementing almost $30 billion in dredging and infrastructure improvements to handle Post-Panamax ships. Secondary market ports are poised to gain more market share.
Rules for Achieving Construction Success
When it comes to construction projects, all too often people start out with pretty drawings and end up with shouting matches or?worse?expensive lawsuits.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 30, 2015)
The Whole Foods overcharging scandal is impacting its sales, the Los Angeles Times reports. A poll by Bankrate.com found real estate as the top place for long-term investment dollars, Bisnow notes. Forbes reveals the best cities for future job growth. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Coffee Chain Expansions Still Brewing
Americans just can?t get enough coffee, and that?s good news for coffee chains. Both domestic and international brands are opening new stores across the country, providing a plethora of choices for even the pickiest of coffee drinkers.
Is the Pacific Northwest Ready for the Cascadia Mega-Quake?
Not only is the next Cascadia earthquake overdue, but the buildings and infrastructures of the cities it will hit along the coastline?including Portland and Seattle?are nowhere near ready for it.
Are These 11 Seattle Tall Buildings Made to Withstand the Coming Mega-Quake?
San Francisco-based seismic engineer Peter Yanev, writing in an op-ed in the New York Times in response to the 2010 earthquake in Chile, says there is, essentially, no such thing as an earthquake-proof building. So, how does Seattle look, in light of such information?
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 29, 2015)
Supervalu might spin off Save-A-Lot into a separate company, reports Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A Forbes contributor argues that REITs are a bad idea for department store real estate. Troubles in the Chinese stock market are leading Chinese investors to put their money into Texas properties, notes CNBC. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Realquidity Aims to Create Online Secondary Marketplace for CRE Investment
Realquidity is a Silicon Valley startup that launched a new only online marketplace in June for buying and selling fractional interests in existing commercial properties. NREI interviewed Realquidity co-founder and CEO Shawn Silk to get his insights on how the platform works.
Putting CRE Sales Volume in First Half of 2015 in Historical Perspective
Investment sales volume now outpaces the figure recorded at the peak of the previous cycle in 2006, according to recently released figures from research firm Real Capital Analytics (RCA). Here we break down the numbers.
5 Up-and-Coming Smaller Markets
Markets like Manhattan, Los Angeles and San Francisco experienced the highest investment sales volumes in the first half of this year. However, they were not necessarily the markets that saw the greatest sales growth.
6 Things You Need to Know about CBRE?s Newest Fund
?We describe this style of investing as low-risk, value-added. It combines a very nice income return for our investors, typically in the 8 percent range, with solid appreciation that comes from our ability to operate the real estate and add value through repositioning and leasing,? says Maddocks.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 28, 2015)
Nouriel Roubini reveals to Market Watch how he beats the stock market. Seeking Alpha speculates as to whether a hike in interest rates would be threatening or an opportunity. Business Insider tries to pinpoint exactly when the next recession will begin. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Multifamily Investor Strategies
From institutional to mom and pop, the multifamily sector is thriving. What?s happening with new supply? Is it too late to get in? Where does it make sense to build? Three experts give their input.
New Capital Continues to Come to Multifamily
The market for apartment properties is likely to keep expanding. That?s despite the fact that the business of investing in apartments has already been in expansion for six years, since property prices hit their low point in 2009.
Hotel Metrics Reach Historic Highs in Second Quarter
U.S. hotel industry metrics continued on a strong streak in the second quarter of the year, with increases in both occupancy levels and average daily rates (ADRs), as well as revenue per available room (RevPar) growth that hit double digits in some markets.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (Jul. 27, 2015)
The housing rebound hasn?t fueled new condo construction, reports the Wall Street Journal. American Apparel is in dire financial straits and may be looking at bankruptcy, according to the New York Post. Miami Herald looks at the city?s commercial real estate market in the 21st century. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Is Seniors Housing Development Really Overheating? Most Markets Don?t See the Risk
While national rates of construction have been accelerating, most markets are experiencing modest, if any, active development.
Rising Interest Rates and Seniors Housing: How Big a Threat?
For seniors housing, higher interest rates will change the economics of a transaction and will cause some investors and lenders to reconsider deals and opportunities.
How Low Oil Prices Hurt Houston Office Landlords
At a time when most office markets are seeing significant rent increases due to high demand from office space users, Houston?s office market has experienced its first negative absorption quarter in five years.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 24, 2105)
MetLife provided $505 million in refinancing for an Orlando hotel portfolio, reports Bloomberg. Hudson?s Bay chairman Richard Baker recommends other retail chain follow Hudson?s real estate strategy, notes the Wall Street Journal. New York City REIT buys Troy?s Bank of America building, according to Crain?s Detroit Business. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
No Threat: Greek Crisis Won?t Hurt U.S. CRE
Reflecting on the situation in Greece naturally leads people in our industry to this question: What will it mean for the U.S. economy and commercial real estate markets? Answer: Probably not very much.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 23, 2015)
The economy of Orange County, Calif., is in rapid expansion, according to the Los Angeles Times. Hedge fund Bridgewater has done an about-face on China, on which it has been consistently bullish, reports the Wall Street Journal. The New York Times reveals new views of the design for 2 World Trade Center, the final building overlooking the site of the Twin Towers. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Who Would You Cast in the Upcoming Film The Liar's Ball?
Urbanization Is Retail Development?s Main Driver
Retail developers are conservative about the kinds of projects they take on today. They feel most comfortable constructing and redeveloping properties in urban, infill markets, according to experts.
10 Highest Paid REIT CEOs
Dreaming of that CEO chair? You probably want to know how much you?d get paid. To help you figure out whether all the responsibility would be worth it, Charlottesville, Va.-based research firm SNL Real Estate has published a compensation survey for U.S. equity REIT CEOs.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 22, 2015)
Gaming & Leisure strikes deal to buy Pinnacle Entertainment?s real estate for $4.75 billion in an all-share deal, reports Bloomberg. CNBC looks at how data center REITs are gaining ground. Investors are willing to pay top dollar for Los Angeles apartment buildings, according to the Wall Street Journal. These are among today?s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
A (Tax) Tale of Two Campuses
With apologies to Charles Dickens, a tale of two corporate office campuses underscores the fickle nature of real estate fads and the difficulty property owners face in convincing tax tribunals that standard valuation matrices may not apply in properly assessing these large, suburban properties.
6 Property Types You Should Invest In This Year
Virtually everyone agrees we?ve hit a sweet spot when it comes to investment in U.S. commercial real estate assets, but you may be wondering specifically what type of real estate to invest in, as a neighborhood shopping center may offer very different returns from an apartment building.