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Retail Bankruptcies Take Toll on CMBS Lenders, Says Trepp

In 2017 alone, over $35 billion in CMBS loans were exposed to risk of default by retailers declaring bankruptcy, according to New York City-based Trepp LLC, which monitors the performance of securitized commercial mortgages. The loans were largely backed by mall properties that had leased space to retailers, many of which are now closing stores. “In the first 11 months of 2017 alone, more than 30 U.S. retailers filed for bankruptcy protection. That news certainly made those in structured..

January 18, 2018

M&M: New Tax Law ‘Holds Favorable Prospects’ for Commercial Real Estate

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — signed into law by President Trump at the end of 2017 — should be a net positive for the commercial real estate industry, according to a special report by Marcus & Millichap. By adding business-friendly provisions and reducing uncertainty, the new law “holds favorable prospects for commercial real estate,” the report states, with “potential to boost space demand and capital flows.” Among the business-positive results are minimal changes to the..

January 16, 2018

Reis: Apartment Market Continues to Face Pressure From Added Supply

NEW YORK — Over the course of 2017, asking rents for the national apartment market increased 3.9 percent while effective rents grew by 3.3 percent, according to a fourth-quarter preliminary trends release from Reis Inc. Although still representing rent growth, these rates reflect a deceleration in apartment market fundamentals compared to recent years. This deceleration is due in part to the large amount of new supply coming online. A total of 43,769 units were completed in the fourth..

January 11, 2018

Aided by Tax Credits, Adaptive Reuse Pays Off for Developers

Transforming older, historic buildings into apartment rental units opens myriad opportunities for developers beyond simply saving a neighborhood building. The process enables them to create unique floor plans and hip spaces that resonate with many of today’s renters and lease up quickly. These adaptive reuse projects are often costlier than new construction and fraught with challenges, but the consensus among developers is that the reward is worth the risk. “It’s economic..

January 9, 2018

What Are the Prospects for an Amazon Merger With Target? Analysts Weigh In

When Gene Munster, managing partner of Minneapolis-based venture capital firm Loup Ventures, predicted that e-commerce giant Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) would buy department store chain Target (NYSE: TGT) this year, he knew such a declaration would make waves. In a New Year’s Day post on the Loup Ventures website titled “8 Tech Predictions for 2018,” Munster admitted it was his “boldest prediction.” “Seeing the value of the combination is easy. Amazon believes the future of retail is a..

January 4, 2018

Retail Landlords Struggle With the Logistics of Backfilling Vacated Space with Entertainment Concepts

As 2018 gets underway, retail real estate finds itself at an odd juncture. According to CNN, more than 6,700 stores either closed or announced plans to close in 2017, leading many to consider last year to be the beginning of the end for brick-and-mortar shopping. Yet a new report from Tennessee-based retail advisory firm IHL Consulting Group notes that for every company that closed stores in 2017, there were nearly three companies opening new stores to offset it. Whether you believe..

January 2, 2018

Report: Compressing Cap Rates Don’t Slow Investor Appetite for 7-Eleven, Circle K Stores

CHICAGO — In an era wherein investors are generally bearish on the performance of retail properties, single-tenant, small-footprint assets leased to convenience stores may be an exception to the rule, according to a recent report from Chicago-based Quantum Real Estate Advisors Inc. The average capitalization rates for convenience stores flying under two brands — 7-Eleven and Alimentation Couche-Tard, which owns Circle K and Kangaroo Express — decreased from 2016 to 2017, according to..

December 21, 2017

Skilled Nursing Occupancy Hits Five-Year Low, According to NIC Data

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Occupancy for skilled nursing facilities throughout the United States hit a five year low in the third quarter of 2017, falling to 81.6 percent, according to data released today by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). NIC is a nonprofit data analytics organization exclusively serving the seniors housing sector. NIC collects the data using a sample population collected each month from more than 1,400 skilled nursing properties..

December 19, 2017

Marcus & Millichap: Proposed Tax Legislation Holds Modest Change for Investment Real Estate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the much anticipated tax reform legislation makes it way through Congress, commercial real estate investors may be wondering what reverberations they will feel if the proposed changes are signed into law by President Trump. According to a special report by Marcus & Millichap, the two final versions of the law from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate appear relatively benign for real estate investors. Both versions of the legislation, which have yet to..

December 14, 2017

Multifamily Firms Targeting Charlotte, Raleigh Suburbs, Says InterFace Carolinas Panel

ATLANTA — Executives from some of the most active multifamily firms in the Southeast are honing in on the suburbs of Charlotte and Raleigh as they map out their long-term investment and development strategies. During the Carolinas panel at the eighth annual InterFace Multifamily Southeast conference, the panelists stated they’re preparing for a suburban shift as a large swath of the millennial renting cohort and downsizing baby boomers will be priced out of core submarkets. “There’s..

December 14, 2017