National Real Estate Investor


    Government Officials Need to Figure out TRIA Details as Expiration Approaches
    The delay is probably already causing headaches for some real estate professionals while lawmakers continue to argue about how to proceed.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 28, 2014)
    Discount rivals Dollar Tree and Family Dollar announce an $8.5 billion merger, reports The New York Times. Blackstone borrows $2.25 billion secured by its investment in Hilton Worldwide, according to the International Financing Review. MetLife and Norway?s sovereign wealth fund pay $561 million for One Beacon Street in Boston, reports Bloomberg. These are among today?s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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    Investors Love Industrial as Returns on Office Buys Fall
    Office and industrial properties achieved full recovery nationwide by the second half of 2014, with cap rates compressing and prices skyrocketing. This is pushing investors to either reposition existing gems in their portfolios or pick up trophy properties in secondary markets.

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    Private Buyers Crowd Out Institutions in Net Lease Market
    The retail sector experienced the third straight quarter of historically low cap rates as a result of increased demand and the continually growing investor pool seeking the stable yield of the asset class.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 25, 2014)
    Private equity firm Blackstone grew its global real estate assets by 26 percent since the second quarter of 2013, according to Real Estate Weekly. Wal-Mart Stores? new CEO faces some tough challenges, reports Bloomberg. Weingarten Realty and Unicorp. executives differ on what constitutes a diversified property portfolio, according to the Orlando Sentinel. These are among today?s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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    New Multifamily Construction Will Contribute to Vacancies in Certain Markets
    The wave of supply is putting upward pressure on vacancies, which increased by 10 basis points in the second quarter, to 5.5 percent.

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    Study Finds Physical Stores Paramount in Driving Retail Sales Across All Channels
    After being threatened constantly with the growth of online sales and the dangers of showrooming, landlords can breathe a sigh of relief?a new study by A.T. Kearney found that consumers appreciate the presence of physical stores regardless of where they make their purchases.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 24, 2014)
    An exclusive, private real estate investment trust launched a decade ago has tanked. Blackstone announced Tuesday evening that it would buy a majority stake in an auto repair chain, Service King Collision Repair Centers, from Carlyle, which took over the business two years ago. Target Corp. opened smallest store ever. McGraw Hill Financial Inc. said it received a notice from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the regulator may seek an enforcement action tied to six commercial-mortgage backed securities that its Standard & Poor?s division graded in 2011. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 23, 2014)
    Bigger players are swallowing up smaller competitors in the rapidly-evolving single-family rental industry. Louisiana led all U.S. states in the value of industrial construction projects during 2013. Chipotle is now the most popular brand among teenage males. The Empire State Building?s managers won dismissal of lawsuits claiming they deprived thousands of early investors of as much as $410 million in profit when the iconic New York skyscraper was taken public. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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    REITs Hit Dry Spell for IPOs
    REIT IPO activity year-to-date in 2014 is anemic compared to the frothy pace that occurred during the same period in 2013, when 19 separate IPOs were completed. So far this year, only two IPOs have closed.

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    Life Sciences Write Prescriptions for CRE Markets Success
    The United States continues to outpace the world in biopharmaceutical resources and enterprises, according to JLL?s 2014 Life Sciences Cluster Report.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 22, 2014)
    Facebook is testing a ?Buy? button that would allow users to make on-site purchases. Target?s struggles in Canada may serve as a cautionary tale for other retailers attempting to crack the market. CBRE Group has acquired PKF Consulting. Greystone launched a seniors housing real estate sales and investment advisory group with its acquisition of ARA National Seniors Housing Group. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
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    D.C. Office Occupancy Drops, but Investor Demand Still High
    Vacancy has increased in one of the top U.S. office markets, Washington, D.C., but at least one expert says the drop is just a minor blip that signifies investors should seize on properties while they can.

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    Industrial Leasing Activity Strong in the Second Quarter
    Relatively more robust economic activity during the second quarter appeared to benefit the industrial sector as fundamentals improved at a modestly quicker pace.

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    10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 21, 2014)
    Restaurant rents have been rising in the past year and a half, and are beginning to put pressure on the industry?s bottom line. CBRE Group is profiting from consolidation among office space firms. The U.S. Senate by a 93-4 vote approved legislation to reauthorize for seven years the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. Juan Valdez, the coffee brand backed by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, is opening franchised cafes in Florida in a fresh attempt to challenge Starbucks Corp. These are among today?s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
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    More International Investors Hunt for Properties in the U.S.
    The U.S. leads global rankings for planned real estate acquisitions in 2014. Nearly half of all international investors (48 percent) project modest growth in their U.S. portfolios in 2014.

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    Lenders Hold Back Seniors Housing Overbuilding Threat
    With the cork finally having been pulled from capital for new construction, seniors housing occupancy inched slowly upward in the second quarter. While talk of overbuilding?not yet really even a threat?has begun, many experts think lenders have learned their lesson and will keep holding their purse strings tight, though more ways to finance are emerging for the sector.

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    Memory Care Branches Into Every Seniors Housing Sector
    There will be about 1 billion people who need some form of memory care worldwide by 2050, according to a recent survey of 6,000 people across 12 countries, conducted by the Chicago?based Alzheimer?s Association. As seniors property construction picks up speed in many U.S. markets, building projects for dementia patients is proving to be a gold mine?if a company has the expertise to do it.

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    The 17 Most Dynamic American Cities

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    A New Day in the Way America Looks at Housing
    For years, it seems, we?ve heard about the rent-vs-own debate?a question that often influences whether the homeownership rate is rising or falling. In reality, there is no debate. Rather, what we are witnessing, I believe, is no less than a tectonic shift.

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    10 Disrupters: Living Large in Tiny Spaces
    Evan Granoff is among a wave of developers looking to spread the microapartment trend to smaller markets.
    Microapartments?living spaces of less than 500 sq. ft.?are already popular in gateway cities like New York and Boston, but haven?t quite caught on yet in secondary markets. Developers like Evan Granoff are trying to change that. Granoff has brought new apartments of less than 300 sq. ft. to his native Providence, R.I. And residents are paying top dollar to rent them.

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    10 Disrupters: Branching Out
    Ric Clark helps Brookfield diversify its CRE holdings.
    Having too narrow of a focus can be risky in real estate, according to Richard (Ric) Clark, CEO of Brookfield Property Partners, the real estate investment arm of Brookfield Asset Management. That was part of the thinking that spurred Brookfield, which has traditionally been an office landlord, to start entering new property sectors in the past few years, including industrial, hotel and multifamily.

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    10 Disrupters: Prescription for MOBs: More Data!
    Revista?s Mike Hargrave and Elisa Freeman aim to provide more transparency, efficiency to the medical office investment market.
    The American healthcare industry is changing and growing exponentially, yet medical office building (MOB) development and investment have lagged due to a lack of basic data about the marketplace. Revista launched in August 2013 with the aim of providing comprehensive data on hospitals, MOBs and other healthcare properties.

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    10 Disrupters: Looking Up
    Deutsche Bank?s Jonathan Pollack follows the market to new heights.
    Deutsche Bank?s commercial real estate group had a busy few years. The firm was the leading CMBS issuer in 2011 through 2013, accounting for about 20 percent of the industry?s overall market share. It had a robust start to 2014, taking up 32 percent of the market share with $32.1 billion in issuance.

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    10 Disrupters: A Transformed Giant
    Bradley Trotter steps in to oversee GE Capital Real Estate?s mega North American portfolio.
    GE Capital Real Estate was one of the entities that got hit hardest by the Great Recession. At its peak in 2008, GE Capital Real Estate had $91 billion in assets, of which 56 percent was in equity and 44 percent was in debt. What has transpired since has been a rapid repositioning. After taking time to slim down, absorb losses and reconfigure its portfolio, the firm is once again a major force. Today the firm has global assets of $38 billion, with 63 percent in debt and 37 percent in equity.

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    10 Disrupters: Flexible Approach
    Regus? Michael Berretta satisfies investors? changing appetites for office space.
    Having spent the past 15 years at Regus, one of the world?s largest providers of flexible office space with 2,000 global locations, Michael F. Berretta, the company?s vice president of business development for the Americas, has seen the evolution of the flexible office model firsthand.

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    10 Disrupters: Leading in a Crowded Field
    Realty Mogul's Jilliene Helman sees a bright future for crowdfunding in CRE.
    The firm that?s arguably at the head of the class is Realty Mogul, headed by CEO and founder Jilliene Helman. Realty Mogul itself raised $9 million in venture capital. And since its launch it?s been sourcing deals and building its team. ?Many of the crowdfunding entities have done one or two deals,? Helman says. ?We?ve done 70.?

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    10 Disrupters: Not Chasing the Elephant
    CBC Alliance?s Obie Walli seeks to carve a niche in crowded brokerage space.
    The young commercial brokerage and property services firm CBC Alliance has made big strides by focusing on private investors and small to midsize commercial real estate companies in major cities.

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    10 Disrupters: Striving for Balance
    Atalanta?s Jennifer Taylor seeks success in male-heavy CRE space.
    Unlike many smaller platforms, Atalanta?s principals have both asset and property level management experience. Secondly, the firm is seeking to capitalize on the underserved Asian demographic and looking at markets, namely Hawaii, that are often overlooked by other players. Last but not least, three of the firm?s four founding principals are women and the lone male is Asian-American, making the company stand out in an industry that is heavily dominated by white men.

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    10 Disrupters: Individuals Who are Charting the Future of Commercial Real Estate

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