Friday, January 31, 2014

Will REIT Prices Rebound in 2014?


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Will REIT Prices Rebound in 2014?

The decline in REIT returns has been particularly noticeable because in 2013, the S&P 500 index delivered total returns of 32.4 percent, according to a Wall Street Journal story from Jan. 7. The gap between the S&P 500 returns and REIT returns turned out to be the largest since 1998.

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About Viewpoints


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About Viewpoints

Read over these step-by-step instructions on how to contribute to Viewpoints on NREIonline.com.

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10 Large Mixed-Use Projects in the Works









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Thursday, January 30, 2014

California Authority Commissions Food Waste to Energy Project


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California Authority Commissions Food Waste to Energy Project

The Encina Wastewater Authority (EWA) in Carlsbad, Calif., has commissioned a facility to recycle waste cooking oil and other food wastes and convert them to energy.

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California Considers New Statewide Bag Ban Bill

California’s legislature has introduced a new bill to phase out single-use plastic grocery bags statewide.

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Massachusetts Approves Stop & Shop Food Waste-to-Energy Project

Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC has gotten approval from Massachusetts for a project to convert food waste into energy.

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Elementa to Build Waste-to-Energy Plant in Ontario

Elementa Group Inc. will build a waste-to-energy plant in Sault St. Marie, Ontario, to increase the energy supply in the province.

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Few Retail Project Starts Planned for 2014 as Developers Wait for Rent Spikes


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Few Retail Project Starts Planned for 2014 as Developers Wait for Rent Spikes

Retailers may be increasing their store opening plans, emboldened by a stronger economy, but that doesn’t mean that retail developers are following suit.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

After Four Decades of Logistics Evolution, Six New Investment Opportunities Emerge


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After Four Decades of Logistics Evolution, Six New Investment Opportunities Emerge


As we emerge from the holiday season and retailers examine their 2014 strategies – their supply chains will come under the spotlight.

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Lower Natural Gas Costs Help Boost Demand for Industrial Space

According to the Perspectives on Energy white paper put out this month by JLL, the industrial market’s adoption of natural gas, a cheaper alternative to gasoline fuel, should save enough capital to boost demand for manufacturing jobs and new distribution hubs throughout the country.

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Demand for More Industrial Facilities Expected Due to Natural Gas Savings


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Demand for More Industrial Facilities Expected Due to Natural Gas Savings

According to the Perspectives on Energy white paper put out this month by JLL, the industrial market’s adoption of natural gas, a cheaper alternative to gasoline fuel, should save enough capital to boost demand for manufacturing jobs and new distribution hubs throughout the country.

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GSP's Bryan Shaffer to Speak at Newport Beach Family Office Event

Commercial Real Estate Capital Expert Bryan Shaffer, Senior Vice President  of George Smith Partners will moderate a panel at The Ivy Family Office Network  Newport Beach Family Office forum on February 6th, 2014. It is a full-day seminar on the 2014 Family Office Outlook,  
http://ivyfon.com/feb6agenda.html .  Other confirmed speakers include Harry Gruber of Tocagen (SFO), Amir Heshmatpour of AFH Holding & Advisory, LLC (SFO), Bradley Rotter of AirPatrol Corporation (SFO) ,  W. Chip Eggers of Credit Suisse Securities, LLC, Patrick Maldari of Aberdeen Asset Management and David Geraty of Geraty Investments.  Several family offices are already registered. There is a nominal fee for SFOs and Ultra High Net Worths.  Several hundred family offices attended our events around the country annually.  The event runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with breakfast, lunch and a reception. Attendance is limited to a total of 100 people from SFOs, Multi-Family Offices (MFOs) and a select group of family office related businesses. Our events typically sell out and we have some of the best in the industry ratios of family office attendees. More information is below.

The agenda is here - http://ivyfon.com/feb6agenda.html.  

About IvyFON:  IvyFON is a leading provider of forums for institutional investors and family offices. We have had more than twelve thousand attendees at our events with more than 1,500 speakers. Speakers have included leading global and emerging funds, world class family offices and other leading institutions in the alternative investments space such as Blackrock, Blackstone, HSBC, LGT Capital, Auda Investments etc. Contact: Marty Secada, 917-291-0557


About Bryan Shaffer of George Smith Partners: At George Smith Partners (GSP), Mr. Shaffer focuses on delivering solutions to address his clients’ real estate capital requirements and arranges structured debt and equity financing for multifamily and commercial properties, including acquisition, refinance, construction, bridge and permanent loans, mezzanine and participating debt, and joint venture equity. For over 25 years, he has been active in the industry with a track record of success with over $4 Billion of transactions. He has completed transactions in the multi-family, office, retail, industrial and hospitality sectors as well as specialized experience with complex data centers, healthcare/medical facilities, affordable housing/tax credit and senior facilities.  As he lead a multi-billion restructuring project, he has vast experience with clients that require assistance with arranging capital for complex estate, bankruptcy, partnership buyouts or discounted pay-offs.  In addition to his wide array of capital relationships developed at GSP, he also has a large network of Institutional, Family Office and International Relationships developed over his career.      310-867-2906 - bshaffer@gspartners.com

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

2013 ASHA 50


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2013 ASHA 50








This special section of National Real Estate Investor features the American Seniors Housing Association’s (ASHA) 20th annual compilation of the nation’s largest seniors housing owners and managers.

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CRE Rebound Sparks Higher Construction Costs


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CRE Rebound Sparks Higher Construction Costs

Now, as the market recovers, construction costs are once again starting to rise. Costs vary from region to region around the country.

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Saks’ Canadian Entry Deal a Win for All Involved

As part of the transaction, Hudson’s Bay will be able to lease back the space for 25 years, with extension options totaling 50 additional years. This will allow the company to bring a 150,000-sq.-ft. Saks Fifth Avenue store to share its downtown Hudson’s Bay location.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Betesh: Visual Lease Helps Companies "Keep Their Arms Around" Complex Leases


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Betesh: Visual Lease Helps Companies "Keep Their Arms Around" Complex Leases





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KBA Lease Services Inc.'s Visual Lease helps companies of all sizes "keep their arms around their leases," says Marc Betesh, the company's president and founder as well as the entrepreneur who invented the lease audit concept. Betesh, who founded KBA's Visual Lease division, explains why lease audits are vital to any company with multiple locations, regardless of size. Betesh cites the examples of large and small Visual Lease clients like News Corp., Avis Budget, Equinox Fitness and Le Pain Quotidien.








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Greystone First to Offer Freddie Mac Revolving Credit Facility for Seniors Housing Sector

Recent changes made to Freddie Mac’s Revolving Credit Facility guidelines could open a new financing avenue to seniors housing owners.

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Smashburger Explores "Strategies"

The chain may be considering a sale or an IPO.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Condominium Recovery Begins


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Condominium Recovery Begins

The first new condominium projects in years are beginning to open in markets across the country—and so far, the news is good.

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DivcoWest Fund Adds Tech-Heavy Complex for $395M


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DivcoWest Fund Adds Tech-Heavy Complex for $395M

San Francisco-based DivcoWest, through its DivcoWest Fund IV, has purchased the 670,000-sq.-ft. One Kendall Square in Cambridge, Mass. for a reported $395 million to beef up its technology-based office holdings.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hickory Point Mall, Bristol Mall Among Properties To be Hard Hit by J.C. Penney Closings


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Hickory Point Mall, Bristol Mall Among Properties To be Hard Hit by J.C. Penney Closings








According to a recent report from Morningstar Credit Ratings LLC, there are at least four malls where the scheduled closings are likely to cause major problems.

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One-Year Store Opening Plans Inch Up, but Closings are Also Making a Comeback


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One-Year Store Opening Plans Inch Up, but Closings are Also Making a Comeback

The retail sectors that experienced the most significant increases in store opening plans included toy and hobby stores, party supplies stores, gift stores and plus size apparel stores.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Canadian Investors Increasingly Look South


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Canadian Investors Increasingly Look South








A 2013 review report by commercial real estate services firm Avison Young shows that when comparing the U.S. office and industrial markets to Canadian ones, U.S. properties last year showed strong growth, in large part due to the lack of supply from constrained construction lending.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Future for Real Estate is Bright


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The Future for Real Estate is Bright


As we enter 2014, it is important to take stock of the market and to properly plan for the year ahead.

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Community Solar Power Takes A Symbolic Leap Forward


The expansion of community solar power in America took a significant leap forward last fall when the city council of the nation’s capital voted unanimously to bring “virtual net-metering” to residents of Washington, D.C.

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BGC’s Newmark Grubb Knight Frank to Acquire Cornish & Carey Commercial


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BGC’s Newmark Grubb Knight Frank to Acquire Cornish & Carey Commercial

With approximately $135 million in revenues in 2012 and over 275 brokers, Cornish & Carey is one of Northern California’s preeminent full-service commercial real estate companies.

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“Recycled” Capital Gives Non-Traded REITs a Boost








One of the biggest stories buzzing through the non-traded REIT industry is the fact that the industry hit a $20 billion high water mark in 2013—almost double the $10.3 billion raised in 2012.

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Office Market Remains Stuck in a Rut








The national vacancy rate for office properties remained unchanged during the fourth quarter at 16.9 percent. Fortunately, given how slowly the office sector’s recovery has progressed, this is not necessarily reason for worry.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Target To Test 20,000SF Store


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Target To Test 20,000SF Store








Target Corp. will open its smallest store to-date near the University of Minnesota campus.

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Loans Available Even in Weak Apartment Markets


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Loans Available Even in Weak Apartment Markets








It’s becoming possible to find loans for troubled apartment properties even in weaker markets.

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Top 10 Mulitfamily Markets









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Top 10 Apartment Markets


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Top 10 Apartment Markets









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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Non-Traded REIT Acquires $300M Seniors Portfolio


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Non-Traded REIT Acquires $300M Seniors Portfolio









The non-traded Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II Inc. recently beat out larger competitors to acquire a $300 million portfolio of seniors housing properties comprising more than 1,200 units.

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hhgregg Faces Growing Pains in a Crowded Market


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hhgregg Faces Growing Pains in a Crowded Market


Based on recent sales results, electronics retailer hhgregg has begun experiencing the same woes that sunk Circuit City and have been plaguing Best Buy—the chain has trouble competing with the low prices and convenience offered by online rivals.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Real Estate Revival?


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A Real Estate Revival?

Real estate ranked as one of the worst-performing categories of 2013. In a year when the S&P 500 returned 32 percent, real estate funds gained 1.6 percent, according to Morningstar.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Five Predictions for 2014


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Five Predictions for 2014








As 2014 gets underway, David Lynn, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief investment strategist at Cole Real Estate Investments Inc., takes the opportunity to make fold bold predictions for the year.

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Meet the 2013 SADI Judges


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Flood of Debt, Opportunity Hits CRE


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Flood of Debt, Opportunity Hits CRE

The first wave of short-term loans passed by in the early years of the recovery without causing as much damage as feared. Now the second wave of long-term loans is nearing, starting in 2015.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Storage Wars: Investor Demand Grows for Self-Storage Properties


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Storage Wars: Investor Demand Grows for Self-Storage Properties


In the past, self-storage properties were often overlooked by investors, but that’s not the case anymore.

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CMBS Lenders Start Year on Optimistic Note


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CMBS Lenders Start Year on Optimistic Note








For the first time in a long time commercial real estate professionals are feeling unbridled enthusiasm about the CMBS lending market heading into 2014.

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Four Forces that will Propel Retail Investment Sales in 2014









The recession took a major toll on the retail real estate sector but, despite waffling consumer confidence, the sector continues to improve.



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Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013: The Millennial Year


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2013: The Millennial Year


As we look back at the real estate sector in 2013, the operative word was “millennial”. When you look at the signature office developments in gateway cities across the country there are certain defining features of premium class-A office today – riverfronts, co-working spaces, 24-hour locations, bicycle stations and rooftops.



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Store Opening Plans Show a Slight Uptick from 2012

The chains that plan to open the highest number of new stores this year include Subway, Dollar General, Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries, Family Dollar and Cash Store.

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Top Supermarket Stories of 2013


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Top Supermarket Stories of 2013

Supermarket News publishes a list of most popular stories from last year.

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