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Aging-in-Place Technology Has Its Limits, Says a Reassuring InterFace Seniors Housing Panel

PHILADELPHIA — Will today’s emerging aging-in-place technologies, designed to help the elderly remain in their own home for a longer period of time, lead to significantly reduced demand for seniors housing? The question was a hot topic at the InterFace Seniors Housing Northeast conference last Thursday in Philadelphia following a recent front-page article in The Wall Street Journal under the following headline: “Boomers Want to Stay Home. Senior Housing Now Faces Budding …

Agencies, Lenders Ramp Up Loan Production for Affordable Housing Properties

There’s a human factor when it comes to working in the affordable housing industry. Kelly Frank, senior banker at KeyBank, recalls attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a scattered-site housing development where a woman came up to her in tears expressing how grateful she was to have a home in a safe neighborhood setting. The ability to make such a positive impact on someone’s life is one reason Frank loves the affordable housing business. “A lot of work is being done to bring …

Sports Entertainment Provides a Promising Future for Retail Real Estate

ATLANTA — The future of food and beverage retail is…sports? To hear from “The Future of Restaurants & Entertainment” panel at the ICSC Southeast Conference & Deal Making event, sports-centric concepts are a solid bet for retail real estate owners to pursue going forward. Produced by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the event was held Nov. 13-15 at the newly renovated Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta. Justin Amick, president of Painted …

Technology is Top-of-Mind for Multifamily Renters, Says NMHC Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More and more renters are looking for apartments that feature high levels of technology, according to the 2020 Apartment Resident Preferences Report released by the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and research firm Kingsley Associates. The NMHC is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization serving the multifamily industry. The report was compiled through survey responses from nearly 373,000 renters living in 5,336 different apartment communities …

Apple Commits $2.5B to Combat Affordable Housing Shortage in California

CUPERTINO, CALIF. — Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has announced a $2.5 billion plan to address the housing availability and affordability crisis in California. Much like Facebook’s recent announcement to commit $1 billion and build 20,000 affordable housing units in the Golden State, Apple cited the major discrepancy between the paces of population growth and affordable housing development as the key catalyst behind its plan. Earlier this year, Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc., the parent …

New Senior Agrees to Sell Entire Assisted Living Portfolio for $385M, Focus Solely on Independent Living

NEW YORK CITY — New Senior Investment Group Inc. (NYSE: SNR), a New York-based seniors housing REIT, has agreed to sell its entire assisted living and memory care portfolio for $385 million. The portfolio comprises 28 properties across 14 states totaling 2,840 units. The deal will leave the company with 102 independent living properties and one continuing care retirement community. …

Kolter Group Buys Development Site in St. Petersburg for 35-Story Residential Tower

ST PETERSBURG, FLA. — Real estate developer The Kolter Group has acquired the 1.7-acre parking lot of the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel, with plans to construct a 35-story residential tower on the site. …

New Rent Control Law to Take Effect in California on Jan. 1, 2020

SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a statewide rent control bill into law that aims to protect renters against price gouging and provide eviction protections. More specifically, Assembly Bill 1482 bars landlords from raising rents more than 5 percent plus the local inflation rate in one year. The annual inflation rate varies by region, but averages about 2.5 percent across the state. …

American Campus Communities Starts Construction of Mixed-Use Development on University of California Riverside Campus

RIVERSIDE, CALIF. — The University of California, Riverside (UCR) and American Campus Communities (NYSE: ACC) have broken ground on North District, a mixed-use community anchored by new student housing buildings. The project will be situated on the university’s campus in Riverside, a city located in the Inland Empire about 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Upon full build-out, the project will feature up to 6,000 new student housing beds, new dining facilities, an NCAA Division I competition …

Despite Healthy Economy, Office Vacancy Rates Still Stuck in the Mud in Several Markets

NEW YORK CITY — The national office vacancy rate held steady at 16.8 percent in the third quarter compared with the prior quarter, and was up 10 basis points from the same period a year ago, according to Reis, which tracks commercial properties in 79 metropolitan markets. Net absorption was a healthy 4.5 million square feet in the quarter, partially a result of historically low unemployment (3.5 percent in September, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). However, a robust …

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