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. 

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.
10 More Highlights from RECon
As RECon 2014 rolls on, here are more sights from the Leasing Mall and cocktail party circuit.
Capital is Plentiful for Retail Acquisitions, but Sky High Valuations Are Pushing Some Investors Out of the Game 
For those who view the volume of investment sales as a barometer of the health of the retail real estate market, there’s good news and there’s bad news.
10 Highlights from RECon
RECon 2014 got underway on Sunday. This year's format included the Leasing Mall opening a day earlier than usual. Here are some highlights from the show.
2014: Year of the Landlord? 
Owners and managers of malls and shopping centers say they are getting meeting requests from tenants with aggressive expansion plans.
Expectations Run High for RECon 2014, Focus Switches to Global Marketplace 
Leasing and investment sales professionals expect to see record performance and a renewed interest in retail properties from both tenants and investors. The shadow of the recession that has hung over the conference since 2009 will finally be cast aside.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 15, 2014) 
Fortress Investment Group is getting ready to make a $4.7 billion bid for Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, according to Bloomberg. There may be too much new seniors housing being built, says a report from Green Street Advisors. Dr. Doom, Nouriel Roubini, discusses the current state of the global economy. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Top 10 Excuses for Being Late to a RECon Meeting 1
With the biggest retail real estate convention of the year just a week away, industry executives should prepare themselves for the madness ahead.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 12, 2014) 
Pensions & Investments reports that the U.S. real estate sector produced 7.9 percent in annual returns for investors since 2009. MarketWatch explores three possible scenarios if China’s housing market goes bust. Hilton reveals plans to launch new brands. These are among today’s top stories from around the commercial real estate industry.
Is Whole Foods Still the Darling of the Grocery Industry?  1
Can Wal-Mart & Co. take down Whole Foods or is this all much ado about nothing?
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 6, 2014) 
American Homes 4 Rent will start offering bonds backed by its rental home properties, reports Bloomberg. Bill Ackman expects 10-fold returns from investing in Fannie Mae. Office Depot announces plans to close 400 stores domestically, according to Reuters. These are all among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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