Beth Mattson-Teig

Sales Surge on European NPLs 
Forget Wimbledon and tourist attractions such as the Roman Coliseum, U.S. investors are flocking to Europe to pursue lucrative opportunities in the non-performing loan (NPL) market.
Crowdfunding Firms Chase Bigger Fish  3
Although minimum buy-in amounts of $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000 are common, some investors can access crowdfunding deals for as little as $100. Now some crowdfunding firms are aiming higher.
Appetite for M&A in Global CRE Sector Continues 
Mergers and acquisitions activity has been gaining momentum across the broader commercial real estate industry as firms refocus efforts on expansion in the recovering economy.
Buyers Chase Shrinking Pool of Distressed Assets 
The diminishing supply of non-performing loans is fueling competition for the few remaining deals among a crowded field of opportunistic investors.
Co-working Centers Continue to Carve Out Bigger Niche 
There continues to be healthy growth in all sectors of the “workspace on demand” niche, ranging from business centers and executive suites to incubators and even hotels that are now offering drop-in space on a permanent or temporary basis.
Capital Crunch Stymies Affordable Housing Developers 
There is no question that the shrinking supply of affordable housing is at odds against what continues to be overwhelming demand. Industry estimates show an affordable housing market that is significantly under-supplied by 10 million to 20 million units nationally.
Private Equity Funds Battle for Capital 
A proliferation of funds is creating stiff competition for the available money and making it difficult for some to meet fundraising goals.
Cranking Out Returns 
The seniors housing market remains on a bull run with further rises in values and compressions in cap rates to come.
Investors Try to Leap Barriers in Canada 
Canada is stepping out of the shadow of its larger neighbor to the south. Although the Canadian market is a fraction the size of the U.S. market—about 10 percent—the country is increasingly popping up on the radar screen for international investors.
Private Equity Funds Capture More Capital 
Not only is money pouring back into private equity funds, but fund managers are anticipating even more demand in the coming months as institutions continue to raise target allocations for 2014.
Gensler Pushes Hacking to Retrofit Buildings 
In an age of identity theft and cyber fraud, hacking does not exactly conjure up positive images. But hacking is exactly what a national architecture firm is pitching as a sustainable solution to transforming aging office buildings into more viable destinations for tomorrow’s workers.
Lenders Follow Investors to Smaller Markets 
Debt and equity financing available for deals in tertiary markets is far from free flowing. Yet there is a growing pool of lenders willing to do those deals.
Plateau Ahead for Net Lease?  4
One of the biggest hurdles to achieving higher sales in the net lease market is limited supply of acquisition opportunities.
JLL Name Change Keeps it Simple 
Globalization, pronunciation and digitization were all factors the company cited as key drivers behind the name change.
Blackstone Faces Speed Bump on Invitation Homes RMBS 
The industry has been keeping close tabs on early performance indicators for the nearly $500 million Invitation Homes securitization.

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