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 23, 2014)
Houston and Austin have displaced San Francisco as the most attractive markets for real estate investment, reports Bloomberg. Asian buyers are picking up U.S. multifamily properties at a record-breaking pace, according to World Property Channel. Larry Silverstein plans to sell $1.6 in tax-exempt bonds to finance the construction of 3 World Trade Center, reveals The Real Deal. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 22, 2014)
Epoch Times discusses current investment trends with Growth Equity Group co-founder Brett Immel. FDIC to require lenders to keep stakes in CLO products, reports Bloomberg. The Street looks at how property IPOs mimic traditional REITs. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 21, 2014)
A shareholder is pressuring PREIT to put itself up for sale, according to Bloomberg. Bensinga looks at the recent performance of private equity firms by zeroing in on the Blackstone Group. New York City Mayor rejects the call for $1 billion in tax incentives for JPMorgan’s new headquarters, reports Crain’s New York Business. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
Pricing on Best Retail Assets Now Near Previous Cycle Peak
Prices on top retail assets are now near and, in some cases, past the peak of the previous cycle, according to recent Commercial Property Price Indices from industry research firms. While the retail sector as a whole has trailed behind multifamily and office sectors in price recovery, class-A retail centers have bounced back to previous highs.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 3, 2014) 
The U.S. apartment sector registered an increase in vacancies for the first time in five years, according to Bloomberg. World Property Channel published a list of the top 10 U.S. markets for investment in residential rentals, courtesy of RealtyTrac. Switzerland-based Partners Group broke the record for the largest fund dedicated to real estate secondaries, reports Commercial Property Executive. These are among the must reads for the commercial real estate industry today.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 2, 2014) 
The Durst Organization is investing $1.5 billion in a development at Hallets Point in New York City, reports Commercial Property Executive. Lone Star Funds is raising $1 billion to buy bonds backed by loans to borrowers with troubled credit histories and first-time homebuyers with high student debt, according to Bloomberg. U.K. REITs are shopping for U.S. malls, reports The Independent. These are among the must reads for the commercial real estate industry today.
Attractive Yields Continue to Pull Investors to the Retail Sector 
Sales of retail properties continue to accelerate, with most investor groups now on the lookout for attractive retail assets, according to the most recent report from Real Capital Analytics (RCA), a New York City-based research firm.
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.
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