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Online Versus Inline: Success Demands Retailers Focus on Enhancing In-Store Experience

For anyone in the industry, it’s impossible to avoid the topic of online sales and the “dramatic” impact of the internet on traditional brick-and-mortar retail. Many retailers are clearly worried, and others are uncertain about how they should respond to the growth of online retail. That combination of concern and confusion has led to some questionable decision making about how and where to allocate resources. The mainstream media does its part to perpetuate the notion of the online..

March 28, 2017

Seniors Housing Industry Looks for New Ways to Bend Cost Curve, Improve Health Outcomes

SAN DIEGO — Breaking down the silos between the traditional real-estate-based seniors housing providers and the growing number of health, wellness and supportive services providers will lead to better health outcomes for residents and slow the long-term growth of medical costs. But it’s a shift that won’t happen overnight. That’s one of the key messages Bob Kramer, founder and CEO of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), aims to deliver. The 2017 NIC..

March 24, 2017

Building To Suit Population Growth

Commercial real estate construction follows increases in population, and Texas has hit a growth spurt. In May 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that five of 11 of the nation’s fastest-growing cities — Georgetown, New Braunfels, Frisco, Pearland and Pflugerville — are in Texas. The state’s metro areas, and the surrounding suburbs fueling this growth, are seeing construction in several sectors. High-end multifamily is popular throughout Texas. In Houston, hotels were being..

March 23, 2017

Duke Realty: Micro Hospitals Lead the Way Among Emerging Trends in Healthcare Sector

Facing shortages in construction labor and obstacles in originating financing for new projects, developers who specialize in healthcare properties are starting to think smaller, according to a recent study by Indianapolis-based REIT Duke Realty Corp. This means more micro hospitals. Micro hospitals are similar to community and small-town medical facilities — a hybrid of urgent care centers and full-fledged hospitals. They offer significantly fewer inpatient beds than regular hospitals —..

March 21, 2017

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Takes Up Issue of Reverse Property Tax Appeals Across State

By Gregory Schaffer Pennsylvania property owners and tenants, who pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation, are no doubt aware of the annual deadline to file a property tax appeal. After all, one look at a new tax bill is often enough to make even the most seasoned tax manager scramble to contact their local tax counsel. However, very few taxpayers are aware that the assessment they may have accepted as favorable could easily trigger a reverse appeal filed by the local school..

March 16, 2017

M&M: Homeownership Hits 12-Year Low as Young Households Favor Apartments

Homeownership rates in the United States have hit a 12-year low due to a combination of younger people’s preference for apartments, a low housing inventory that has inflated sales prices and strong absorption in the multifamily sector, according to a research brief from Marcus & Millichap. Single-family homes are experiencing low inventory compared to demand, with the supply of available homes holding steady for several months. The current supply represents just 3.6 months of sales, a..

March 14, 2017

Interest Rates, Political Unrest Threaten to Jeopardize Health of Commercial Real Estate, Says Economist

The U.S. economic expansion continues on, extending its long streak of slow but steady growth. The economy has benefitted from years of stability in both the political and monetary realms, but massive paradigm shifts are underway. These changes are breeding uncertainty, which threaten both overall economic expansion and the commercial real estate industry in a way not seen in years. On the monetary front, years of low and declining interest rates supporting credit markets and asset prices..

March 9, 2017

Interest Rates Are Top Concern for Multifamily Professionals, Capital One Survey Finds

BETHESDA, MD. — Concern over potential interest rate hikes is tempering optimism in the multifamily market, according to a recent survey conducted by Capital One Multifamily Finance. Capital One conducted the survey during the NMHC 2017 conference in San Diego in late January. The survey gauges emerging trends and industry insights from multifamily real estate professionals across the country. About 51 percent of multifamily professionals consider rising interest rates to be their biggest..

March 7, 2017

Strong Demographic Trends Drive Investment Activity in Medical Office, Says Marcus & Millichap

As the 65-and-older age segment increases by 20 million individuals over the next 10 years, demand for healthcare services will rise, which attracts investors to the long-term growth potential of medical office real estate. Institutional funds and REITs are actively searching for larger healthcare deals and portfolios, and private capital is emerging as a major option in the $5 million to $20 million-price range and could begin to take a larger share of transactions this year, according to..

March 2, 2017

AIA’s First Architecture Billings Index for 2017 Slips into Negative Territory

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The first Architecture Billings Index (ABI) of the year slipped below the positive mark, reflecting a decline in demand for design activity at architecture firms. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 49.5, down from a very strong 55.6 in December 2016. The score reflects a decrease in design activity, with any score above 50 indicating an increase in billings. The new projects inquiry index was 60.0, up from a reading of 57.6 the..

February 28, 2017