Elaine Misonzhnik

Elaine
Misonzhnik
Senior Associate Editor

Elaine Misonzhnik has been writing about commercial real estate for the past 14 years. She started her career as a reporter with New York City-based newspaper Real Estate Weekly, and went on to work for Retail Traffic magazine and NREI. Her areas of expertise include retail real estate, office real estate, the CMBS market and REITs. 

Articles
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 1, 2014) 
American Realty Capital Properties agreed to sell Cole Capital to RCS Capital Corp. for approximately $700 million, reports Bloomberg. U.S. REITs reported their worst quarterly results in a year, due to expectations of rising interest rates, according to The Wall Street Journal. Sabra Health Care REIT bought a 21-property portfolio of independent living facilities, reports Commercial Property Executive. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 30, 2014) 
In spite of risk, mortgage REITs offer higher than average yields in the current market, argues The Street. Forbes looks into best markets for real estate investment in 2015. Private equity firms may find it harder to swallow publicly traded companies going forward, according to The Australian. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
Washington/Glimcher Deal Raises Questions about Further Industry Consolidation  1
Larger players swallowing smaller competitors may become a theme over the next year as mall REITs fight for growth on home soil.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 12, 2014) 
Changing interest rates will have a limited impact on real estate valuations in the future, predicts Property Management Insider. Bloomberg Businessweek looks into what made Blackstone’s purchase of Hilton Hotels the best leveraged buyout in history. Nicholas Schorsch launches a crowdfunding site, reports FinancialPlanning.com. These are among the 10 must reads for the commercial real estate industry today.
Top 10 Retail Markets
Turns out in retail real estate, you get what you pay for.
Staples/Office Depot Merger Would Be a Short-Term Fix 
A merger would not solve Staples’ main challenge, according to retail consultants and analysts—falling same-store sales. To fix that, Staples would have to continue shrinking its real estate holdings and concentrate on the most profitable part of its operations—online sales.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (August 28, 2014) 
Office building owner Paramount Group filed papers for a public offering, in what could be the biggest REIT IPO of the year, according to Reuters. U.S. investors have drastically increased their acquisitions of European commercial real estate properties, reports World Property Channel. Dollar General still wants to buy Family Dollar, claims an article in Fortune. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (August 27, 2014) 
The North American Securities Administrators Association wants to limit how much money high net worth investors pour into any single non-traded REIT, reports The Wall Street Journal. Regulators also want credit ratings agencies to become more transparent about how they rate CMBS bonds, according to Bloomberg. And investors in casino operators Pinnacle Entertainment and Boyd Gaming Corp. are urging them to spin off their real estate into REITs, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (August 26, 2014) 
J.C. Penney's shares trade higher following an analyst's prediction that its stores will close, reports Dallas Morning News. Burger King's stock jumps unexpectedly following the news of Tim Hortons' acquisition, according to TheStreet.com. And ReJournals.com reports that Harrison Street sells a $283 million multi-state medical office building portfolio. These are among today's must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
Top 10 Markets for Student Housing
As the Millenial kids grow up and head for college, investment in and development of student housing properties to cater to them can be an attractive proposition.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (August 25, 2014) 
Gym operator Life Time Fitness is exploring a REIT conversion, reports Bloomberg. Burger King is in talks to buy Canadian doughnut chain Tim Hortons in a tax inversion deal, according to The Wall Street Journal. Shareholder Engine Capital wants Ann Inc. to put Ann Taylor Stores up for sale, reports New York Times. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
Will Congress Slam the Brakes on the Proliferation of Non-Traditional REITs? 
In spite of lawmakers’ efforts to stem the tide of corporations seeking REIT status for niche properties, the non-traditional REIT party may go on for some time.
Can Family Dollar Merger End Wal-Mart’s Supremacy? 
With its two main rivals putting in bids for the retailer and speculation over whether or not Wal-Mart Stores will join the bidding war, Family Dollar has become a hot commodity and a potential straw that may break Wal-Mart’s back.
Outlet Stores: Not the Magic Bullet Retailers Thought They’d Be?  3
When outlet center popularity began to gain momentum a few years back, a lot of retailers jumped on the bandwagon with a healthy dose of enthusiasm. In post-recession U.S., middle-class consumers may have been reluctant to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on luxury apparel and accessories, but outlet stores would help upscale retailers cope by driving shopper traffic with more affordable options. Coach was among those who joined the outlet craze, along with brands ranging from Dolce & Gabbana and Carolina Herrera to Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Investors Show Preference for Retail Over Other Property Types, “Best Environment for Dispositions” Since 2008 
Investment sales of retail properties showed remarkable momentum in the first half of the year, with volume rising 57 percent compared to the first half of 2013, to $36.9 billion, according to Real Capital Analytics (RCA), a New York City–based research firm.
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