Elaine Misonzhnik

Elaine
Misonzhnik
Executive 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. 

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10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 31, 2015)
A new study shows that the American mall may not be dead after all, Fortune reveals. CBRE Group Inc. agreed to buy Johnson Controls Inc.'s Global WorkPlace Solutions unit. for $1.475 billion in cash to enhance its corporate services business, Bloomberg reports. According to Wall Street Journal, Airbnb is being criticized for driving up apartment rents. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 30, 2015)
Janet Yellen warns that interest rates may be rising later this year, reports CNBC. Casino workers union is trying to block Gaming & Leisure Properties’ purchase of Pinnacle Entertainment, notes Bloomberg. Chain Store Age looks at retailers in the expansion mode. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
PREA Forecast: Industrial, Office to Deliver Highest Returns for Institutional Investors
The Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) recently released the results of its first quarter 2015 Consensus Forecast survey and it looks like its members expect total annual returns on their commercial real estate investments over the next four years to be in the high single digits
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 27, 2015)
Student housing properties are becoming more popular with investors, reports The Wall Street Journal. The strong dollar is leading U.S. buyers to look for commercial real estate assets in Europe, notes Bloomberg. Crain’s New York Business looks at Brookfield’s new malls at the World Financial Center. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 26, 2015)
Pacific Investment Management Co. is increasing its stake in U.S. single-family rental homes, Bloomberg reports. According to a New York Building Congress report released today, the city's multifamily building permits has steadily risen over the last five years, Commercial Observer reveals. Standard General LP's bid to save RadioShack from bankruptcy is being challenged, Wall Street Journal notes. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 25, 2015)
Non-traded REITs are having an image problem, reports The Wall Street Journal. Standard General won the bid for RadioShack assets, according to Bloomberg. TD Bank is expanding its commercial real estate lending in Florida, notes the Sun Sentinel. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Is a McDonald’s REIT a Foolish Idea? 2
McDonald’s Corp. is once again facing pressure to spin off its real estate holdings, as shareholder and hedge fund manager Larry Robbins claims the move could unlock $20 billion in value. But will McDonald’s management actually listen to the suggestion?
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 24, 2015)
Business Insider reveals the property asset class that's performed best so far during President Obama's six years in office. The Kushner brothers, Jared and Joshua, are teaming up to start a company that combines their expertises in commercial real estate and technology, reports the New York Times. And, according to Bloomberg, McDonald’s Corp. shares rose after hedge-fund manager Larry Robbins advised that the fast-food chain should convert to a REIT. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 23, 2015)
Freddie Mac put $1 billion in non-performing home loans on the market, reports Bloomberg. Starbucks will open 3,500 new stores across the Americas, according to Chain Store Age. Crain’s Chicago Business looks into General Growth Properties’ strategy. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
8 Most Common Mistakes Real Estate Investors Make
To help our readers identify which pitfalls they should look out for, we asked a few brokers and consultants to talk about the most common mistakes they see.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 20, 2015)
SL Green Realty Corp. and JPMorgan Chase are exploring a joint venture deal to finance one of New York City's most expensive residential development sites ever, reports Crain's New York Business. Commercial Observer reveals that Savills Studley will acquire management consulting firm KLG Advisors. And Simon Property Group Inc. raised its unsolicited takeover bid for rival mall owner Macerich Co. to about $16.8 billion, according to Bloomberg. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 19, 2015)
Marc Faber predicts the Fed won’t raise interest rates at all this year, reports CNBC. The owners of Houston’s Galleria mall prepaid $821 million in CMBS debt, according to Commercial Observer. Comcast has agreed to occupy the office tower at The Braves’ mixed-use complex in Cobb County, reveals The Wall Street Journal. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Fed Meeting Indicates Rates Could Rise, But Maybe Not in June
Counting on further improvement in the job market and rising inflation, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee indicated it was moving closer to raising interest rates this year, though the changes likely won’t come for a few months.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 18, 2015)
Macerich rejected Simon’s buyout bid, and took measures to protect itself from a hostile takeover, reports The Wall Street Journal. Seeking Alpha performed a March Madness countdown for shopping center REITs. Toys ‘R’ Us is leaving its flagship, 110,000-sq.-ft. location in Times Square, according to Commercial Observer. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 17, 2015)
Amazon.com Inc. is moving into one of Toronto’s newest skyscrapers, according to Bloomberg. The McKinsey Global Institute holds a conference in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss affordable housing issues in the age of urbanization, reports MGI Insights. And one Brooklyn neighborhood, unlike the rest of the borough, is seeking development featuring tall buildings, notes Crain's New York. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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