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
Are More Offers in Store for Family Dollar? 
Dollar Tree executives must be quite certain the deal will make financial sense, as the retailer has taken out a whopping $9.5 billion in debt to complete the acquisition, according to Bloomberg.
Study Finds Physical Stores Paramount in Driving Retail Sales Across All Channels 
After being threatened constantly with the growth of online sales and the dangers of showrooming, landlords can breathe a sigh of relief—a new study by A.T. Kearney found that consumers appreciate the presence of physical stores regardless of where they make their purchases.
10 Disrupters: Branching Out 
Having too narrow of a focus can be risky in real estate, according to Richard (Ric) Clark, CEO of Brookfield Property Partners, the real estate investment arm of Brookfield Asset Management. That was part of the thinking that spurred Brookfield, which has traditionally been an office landlord, to start entering new property sectors in the past few years, including industrial, hotel and multifamily.
10 Disrupters: Looking Up 
Deutsche Bank’s commercial real estate group had a busy few years. The firm was the leading CMBS issuer in 2011 through 2013, accounting for about 20 percent of the industry’s overall market share. It had a robust start to 2014, taking up 32 percent of the market share with $32.1 billion in issuance.
10 Disrupters: Flexible Approach 
Having spent the past 15 years at Regus, one of the world’s largest providers of flexible office space with 2,000 global locations, Michael F. Berretta, the company’s vice president of business development for the Americas, has seen the evolution of the flexible office model firsthand.
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.
Institutional Investors Try Their Hand at Running Single-Family Homes 
Overall, institutional investors bought approximately 368,000 single-family homes since 2011, according to housing data and analytics firm RealtyTrac. As recently as the beginning of 2012, no firm owned more than 1,000 single-family homes.
Everyone Offers Crumbs of Wisdom as Cupcake Shop Closes Doors 
It’s certainly not the biggest or most important retailer around. It’s never served as a shopping center anchor. But for one reason or another, news that Crumbs Bake Shop is closing all of its stores has struck a nerve with both the U.S. consumer and the retail industry (not to mention the media).
10 Disrupters: John Bucksbaum Starts Anew, Leaving the Malls Behind  1
One of the great things about American business culture is that it allows people a chance at reinvention. White-collar workers unhappy in their careers often go back to school and change professions. Entrepreneurs that bet on risky ventures and lose are encouraged to try again, having learned from their mistakes. Ousted corporate executives can bid their companies adieu, then go on to be successful elsewhere, or even come back to their original firms having earned greater respect. It’s possible to start anew, as John Bucksbaum, former CEO of mall REIT General Growth Properties (GGP), learned in the past four years.
Store Opening Plans Increase Slightly Year-to-Date  1
U.S. chain retailers continue to benefit from improving consumer confidence and lower savings rates, according to the June 2014 National Retailer Demand Monthly report from RBC Capital Markets.
8 Alternative Property Types for Today’s Real Estate Investor
Which alternative property sectors should you bet on in today's complex world?
Family Dollar Needs a Turnaround. But Does It Need Carl Icahn? 
It wasn’t that long ago that another activist investor, Bill Ackman, of Pershing Square Management, threw in the towel on trying to turn around retail chains after disastrous experiences with J.C. Penney and Borders. The question is whether Icahn’s efforts to improve Family Dollar’s performance will end up the same way.
An Ikea Museum to Open in Sweden 
The museum will be located on the site of the retailer's first store in Almhult.
Is Sears Real Estate Really Losing its Value? 
Former Sears Holdings’ exec Steven Dennis caused a stir earlier this month when he suggested in his blog that every day Sears chooses not to liquidate the company loses a bit of value on its real estate, arguably one of its most prized assets.
Retail Market is Back in Business as RECon 2014 Wraps Up 
By the end of the day Tuesday it was clear that the industry’s expectations for the 2014 RECon show had been fulfilled—the retail real estate market is once again vibrant. But challenges remain.
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