Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cerberus Most Likely Buyer for Safeway Grocery Chain


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Cerberus Most Likely Buyer for Safeway Grocery Chain

Safeway simply isn’t appealing enough to a grocery operator, industry experts say.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Negotiate an Exit When Entering a Lease Agreement


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Negotiate an Exit When Entering a Lease Agreement


Evaluating exit strategies should also be a top priority for tenants upon entering a lease agreement.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Real Estate Hits, Part II


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Real Estate Hits, Part II









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Top 7 Markets for Medical Office Space


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Top 7 Markets for Medical Office Space









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Radio Shack Closings to Have Limited Impact on Retail Mortgages

Morningstar estimates that there are approximately 128 CMBS loans totaling $2 billion that have exposure to planned Radio Shack closings.

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Private Equity Buyouts Down, IPO Deals Up in Retail in 2013

The total value for all transactions passed the $100 billion mark for the first time since 2008.

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Polaroid Fotobar and Museum Joining The LINQ in Vegas

The space will total 8,500 sq. ft. and will be located at the LINQ shopping district.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

5 Myths of Real Estate Auctions


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5 Myths of Real Estate Auctions


Although most real estate investors are familiar with auctions, they don’t understand them well enough to be able to distinguish between fact and fiction.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Overreaction? Mall Cops Disrupt Cosplayers’ Meet-Up


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Overreaction? Mall Cops Disrupt Cosplayers’ Meet-Up

The mall’s management brought in the San Diego police to help escort the group off the property.

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Commercial Real Estate Development Today


Commercial real estate development is starting to make a noticeable comeback. While developers sat on the sidelines in 2009 and 2010, many who survived the recession are back in a big way, making a difference brick by brick, block by block.



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Finding Multifamily Trouble Spots


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Finding Multifamily Trouble Spots

All of the markets with large volumes of apartments in the works are relatively healthy now, with vacancy rates under 5 percent.

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Wal-Mart Concentrates on Small Store Format


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Wal-Mart Concentrates on Small Store Format

The retail giant has doubled the number of small format stores it plans to open in 2014 to roughly 300.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Retail Occupancy, Rents Up, but Certain Cities Still Suffer


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Retail Occupancy, Rents Up, but Certain Cities Still Suffer

Analysts identified modest gains in occupancies and rents, but tempered them with troubling hints of potential long-term difficulties.

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Will Bill Ackman Ever Return to Retail?

With his latest divestiture, the sale of Pershing Square’s remaining 28 million shares of General Growth Properties back to the regional mall REIT for $556 million, it looks like Bill Ackman may be completely done with anything having to do with retail.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mall Jewelers to Merge


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Mall Jewelers to Merge

The question is whether the deal between Signet and Zale Corp. will result in some store closings.

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Pension Funds Aim for More Investment Targets


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Pension Funds Aim for More Investment Targets

Pension funds working to push more money into commercial real estate are expanding their investment parameters to include secondary markets, international funds and even new development.

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Fannie and Freddie Still Fighting to Make Loans

Federal officials have set tight limits on how much Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac program lenders can lend to multifamily properties—and those limits may drop again this spring.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fresh Thyme Makes it Official


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Fresh Thyme Makes it Official

After opening its first store in Mt. Prospect, Ill. this spring, it will follow up with eight additional stores this year, including two locations in Indianapolis and two locations in Cincinnati.

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Regional Players Absorb the Last of Seniors Distress


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Regional Players Absorb the Last of Seniors Distress

High-profile distressed companies were cleaned up last year through large acquisitions by big-player ventures.

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California Becomes Battleground for Regulatory Reform

Advocates for reform are now pitted against state systems dealing with bare-bones licensing divisions due to budget cutbacks.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

18 Movies Starring Hotels


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Industrial Improvements Modest in 2013, but Signals Point to Healthy 2014

Reis data for the fourth quarter of 2013 indicates that the U.S. warehouse/distribution market remains stuck in slow recovery mode.

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Ghosts of Food Courts Past


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Ghosts of Food Courts Past

A gallery of abandoned food courts at dead malls.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Whole Foods’ New Model for Retail Development Has Backing of Lenders


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Whole Foods’ New Model for Retail Development Has Backing of Lenders

It’s becoming more and more common to see Whole Foods or another strong grocery chain occupying the ground levels of multi-unit residential developments, especially in urban markets like San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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J.C. Penney to Profit from Headquarters Land Development Deal


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J.C. Penney to Profit from Headquarters Land Development Deal

The development of its 240-acre Plano site will likely double the land's value.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Life Companies, Banks Like Industrial Assets’ Safe Growth


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Life Companies, Banks Like Industrial Assets’ Safe Growth

Life companies, banks and CMBS lenders are prepared to expand offerings for office and industrial properties, due to both sectors’ impressive growth during the past 12 quarters.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Apartment REITs Begin to Sell Assets


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Apartment REITs Begin to Sell Assets

REITs can no longer count on apartment building values to rise through the roof because prices have risen so far already. To find yield, apartment REITs are pursuing other strategies.

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GGP Buys the Last of its Shares from Bill Ackman


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GGP Buys the Last of its Shares from Bill Ackman

The REIT bought back 28 million shares from Pershing Square Capital for $556 million.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Is Solar the Next Big Asset Class? Trepp and Mercatus Think So.


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Is Solar the Next Big Asset Class? Trepp and Mercatus Think So.

Mercatus Inc., an enterprise-level investment analysis platform serving as a core operating system for solar energy investors, recently closed its Series-A round of financing led by Trepp LLC, a provider of information, analytics and technology to the CMBS, commercial real estate and banking markets

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Kite to Buy Inland Diversified in $1.2B Deal

The transaction will allow Kite to gain properties in Western and Northeastern U.S., including New York region.

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U.S. Firms Lead in Green for Global 100 Index

Eighteen U.S. firms were recently named to the Global 100, a stock index that ranks companies based on sustainable practices, a list that includes industrial powerhouse Prologis Inc. and other firms that use green concepts in their offices and manufacturing plants.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Mega Merger Ups the Stakes for REITs


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Mega Merger Ups the Stakes for REITs

NREI spoke with American Realty Capital Chairman and CEO Nicholas Schorsch about the pending ARC/Cole merger and other trends in the REIT sector.

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Diving into 'Deep Retrofits'


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Diving into 'Deep Retrofits'

The Rocky Mountain Institute has released a new guide for owner-occupants aimed at helping companies to more accurately calculate the value in deep energy retrofits.The report tries to more clearly define the non-energy costs and benefits, risk reductions and overall value created in deep energy retrofits.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

California Introduces Green Waste Diversion Bill


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California Introduces Green Waste Diversion Bill

California has introduced a bill to encourage local governments to recycle and divert their green waste from landfills.

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Bike Paths in Urban Areas


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The Case For Investing in Non-Traded REITs


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The Case For Investing in Non-Traded REITs


Sameer Jain, Chief Economist and Managing Director, American Realty Capital; Non-traded REITs (NTR), like their publicly traded counterparts, make investments in income-producing commercial real estate.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Real Estate In A Global Recovery: The Outlook For 2014


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Real Estate In A Global Recovery: The Outlook For 2014

Scott Crowe, Global Portfolio Manager, Resource Real Estate; The real estate landscape is changing as we enter 2014. Positive economic data across geographic regions have persuaded markets that a global economic recovery is taking hold.

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Simon Buys Mall at Oyster Bay Site from Taubman After a Decade-Long Battle

The 39-acre site in Syosset, N.Y. might finally turn into a mixed-use project.

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Commercial Property Lending to Reach Record-Breaking Levels


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Commercial Property Lending to Reach Record-Breaking Levels





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The commercial real estate market’s momentum shows no signs of slowing and the forecast for the lending environment is optimistic.








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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Is Real Estate at the Heart of 'Bridgegate'?


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Is Real Estate at the Heart of 'Bridgegate'?

Did Gov. Chris Christie know beforehand of the “traffic problems in Fort Lee” that occurred when some members of his staff and Port Authority cronies ordered lane closings at the Fort Lee, N.J., entrance to the George Washington Bridge last September? Will “Bridgegate” spell the end of Christie’s hopes for a presidential run in 2016?

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CMBS Lending Comes Back in Full Force, but Underwriting Standards Suffer


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CMBS Lending Comes Back in Full Force, but Underwriting Standards Suffer

What a difference a few years make. As recently as 2012, one of the things that kept commercial real estate professionals up at night was the huge volume of CMBS maturities that were coming up starting in 2015.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

CRE Loan Originations Expected to Rise 7 Percent in 2014, Conduit Lenders and Life Insurers Likely to Drive the Growth


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CRE Loan Originations Expected to Rise 7 Percent in 2014, Conduit Lenders and Life Insurers Likely to Drive the Growth

Commercial mortgage lenders expect another steady year in 2014, with a healthy appetite for risk and an emphasis on multifamily and industrial properties. Researchers with the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) have just released projections for $300 billion in commercial and multifamily mortgage originations for 2014 at the organization’s annual convention and expo in Orlando, Fla. The figure would represent a 7 percent increase from origination volumes reported in 2013.

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Commercial Real Estate in a Slow-Growth Recovery

GDP growth of around 3 percent may fall short of the 4 percent to 5 percent growth seen in past recoveries. This has implications for commercial real estate (CRE): like most investments, CRE typically performs better when the economy’s wind is at its back.

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Massachusetts to Ban Some Commercial Food Waste


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Massachusetts to Ban Some Commercial Food Waste

Massachusetts will enact a statewide commercial food waste disposal ban beginning Oct. 1.

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Super Bowl Included Food Waste Composting, Biodiesel

This year’s Super Bowl for the first time collected food waste on game day for composting, as well as used biodiesel to power generators. The National Football League also took other steps to make for the most environmentally-friendly championship game yet, including planting trees near the host East Rutherford, N.J., MetLife Stadium to offset carbon emissions.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Commercial Banks Push to Place Permanent Loans on Multifamily Properties


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Commercial Banks Push to Place Permanent Loans on Multifamily Properties

You might not think of commercial banks as a prime source for longer-term loans—but seven-year terms have become common for commercial mortgages provided from the balance sheets of banks eager to lend, especially on multifamily properties.

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