David Bodamer

David
Bodamer
Executive Director, Content & User Engagement

David Bodamer is Executive Director of Content & User Engagement for Waste360 and NREI. Bodamer joined Waste360 in January 2014. He has been with NREI since September 2011 and has been covering the commercial real estate sector since 1999 for Retail Traffic, Commercial Property News and Shopping Centers Today. He also previously worked for Civil Engineering magazine. His writings on real estate have also appeared in REP.and the Wall Street Journal’s online real estate news site. He has won multiple awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and is a past finalist for a Jesse H. Neal Award.

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10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 22, 2014) 
Facebook is testing a ‘Buy’ button that would allow users to make on-site purchases. Target’s struggles in Canada may serve as a cautionary tale for other retailers attempting to crack the market. CBRE Group has acquired PKF Consulting. Greystone launched a seniors housing real estate sales and investment advisory group with its acquisition of ARA National Seniors Housing Group. These are among today’s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 21, 2014) 
Restaurant rents have been rising in the past year and a half, and are beginning to put pressure on the industry’s bottom line. CBRE Group is profiting from consolidation among office space firms. The U.S. Senate by a 93-4 vote approved legislation to reauthorize for seven years the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. Juan Valdez, the coffee brand backed by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, is opening franchised cafes in Florida in a fresh attempt to challenge Starbucks Corp. These are among today’s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
10 Disrupters: A Transformed Giant 
GE Capital Real Estate was one of the entities that got hit hardest by the Great Recession. At its peak in 2008, GE Capital Real Estate had $91 billion in assets, of which 56 percent was in equity and 44 percent was in debt. What has transpired since has been a rapid repositioning. After taking time to slim down, absorb losses and reconfigure its portfolio, the firm is once again a major force. Today the firm has global assets of $38 billion, with 63 percent in debt and 37 percent in equity.
10 Disrupters: Leading in a Crowded Field 
The firm that’s arguably at the head of the class is Realty Mogul, headed by CEO and founder Jilliene Helman. Realty Mogul itself raised $9 million in venture capital. And since its launch it’s been sourcing deals and building its team. “Many of the crowdfunding entities have done one or two deals,” Helman says. “We’ve done 70.”
10 Disrupters: Striving for Balance 
Unlike many smaller platforms, Atalanta’s principals have both asset and property level management experience. Secondly, the firm is seeking to capitalize on the underserved Asian demographic and looking at markets, namely Hawaii, that are often overlooked by other players. Last but not least, three of the firm’s four founding principals are women and the lone male is Asian-American, making the company stand out in an industry that is heavily dominated by white men.
10 Disrupters: Individuals Who are Charting the Future of Commercial Real Estate 1
When people talk about commercial real estate, they often think of it as a steady business dominated by the “five major food groups”: multifamily, office, retail, industrial and hospitality. It’s supposedly a simple, straightforward sector. It’s an asset class that delivers income and some appreciation in property values. And it’s an overall safe investment. Yet beneath the surface, the industry is transforming in many ways. Players rise and fall. New tactics emerge. The use of technology can affect funding and financing. In other words, there are always disruptions taking place. Here we profile 10 disrupters (actually 11, since one profile is of the two principals of one firm).hese disrupters include some familiar names and some new ones. They underscore key trends—urbanization of retail, crowdfunding, microapartments and the reemergence of CMBS, to name a few.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 17, 2014) 
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has offered to give broker-dealers more time to comply with its proposed update to rules around nontraded REITs. The Empire State Realty Trust has completed the acquisition of ground and operating leases on two buildings in New York for a combined $734 million. The Real Estate Roundtable and real estate trade groups in the Commercial Properties Coalition last week filed the latest in a series of comment letters relating to efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate purported lead paint hazards. These are among today’s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 16, 2014)  1
LaSalle Investment Management has raised $1 billion this year to invest in real-estate assets in Asia. A closer inspection of the $700 million purchase of 24,700 square feet of retail space plus air rights at the St. Regis Hotel and a neighboring townhouse reveals hidden value. Ross Glickman and Ken Lombard Capri Capital Partners LLC, a Chicago-based real estate firm, said it launched a retail investment business and hired the ousted leader of Urban Retail Properties LLC to run it. Staples Inc. said it will end a pilot program with the U.S. Postal Service to set up mini-post offices in the company’s stores. These are among today’s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 15, 2014) 
Seattle shopping center Pacific Place was sold Monday for $271 million, or more than $774 a square foot. With new legislation shifting the rules for real estate investment trusts in Mexico, Morgan Stanley recommends being overweight three of them. The Chicago area's retail vacancy rate fell for the first time in more than a year in the second quarter, dropping to 10.1 percent, down from 10.4 percent in the first quarter, according to CBRE Inc. These are among today’s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 14, 2014) 
Regency Centers Corp. went public with its offer to acquire AmREIT Inc. for $22 per share. European banks and asset management agencies have a gross exposure of €584 billion ($795 billion USD) to non-core real estate which is subject to disposal or work-out strategies. Love Culture Inc., a women’s-wear retailer with more than 80 stores, is preparing to file for bankruptcy in a New Jersey court. These are among today’s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 10, 2014) 
The Wanda Group will invest $900 million in Chicago, to build the city’s third tallest building. Vornado Realty Trust is leading a partnership to buy the retail portion of the St. Regis Hotel on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue for about $700 million. A report from World Property Channel shows vertical communities are moving ever higher as a new generation of high-rise buildings concentrated mainly in China, the Middle East and South East Asia show developers competing to build to record heights. These are among the 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate space.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 8, 2014) 
Office buildings in top U.S. markets are getting so expensive that landlords are choosing to build rather than buy, spurring the most development by real estate investment trusts in at least a decade. Crumbs Bake Shop Inc. notified employees Monday that it would be closing all of its stores at the end of the business day. The Empire State Building’s managers asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit over claims they deprived thousands of early investors of as much as $410 million in profit when they took the New York skyscraper public. These are among the 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 7, 2014) 
Google has spent hundreds of millions amassing a commercial real estate empire in Mountain View, Calif., reports San Jose Mercury News. Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management is looking to outsource the management of $47.6 billion in real estate assets to BNY Mellon, according to Financial Times. Dubai will become home to the world’s largest mall, reports World Property Channel. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 3, 2014) 
Office landlord Paramount Group is looking into a possible $15 billion IPO, reports Reuters. Target is asking customers to leave their guns at home before visiting the retailer, according to Bloomberg. Kroger agrees to acquire online vitamin and supplement seller Vitacost, reports Supermarket News. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 2, 2014) 
Borrowers are making a dent in the mountain of expiring bubble-era loans coming due in the next few years. New York state bank regulators are preparing an investigation into commercial real estate mortgage loan servicers. Kite Realty Group Trust completes its $2.1 billion merger with Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust. San Francisco residents are putting up roadblocks to future development in the city. These are among today’s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate sector.
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