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 (May 14, 2015)
Management schools are building up their real estate portfolios, reports Business Because. A study by the NRDC finds that energy efficiency measures in multifamily can create benefits of up to $3.50 per $1 invested for renters, landlords, utilities and regulators, notes Blue Green Alliance. Chicago has approved a proposed landmark district in the Fulton-Randolph area of the West Loop, despite strong opposition from many property owners in the neighborhood, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 13, 2015)
Foreign investors continue to pour money into U.S. commercial assets, notes Bloomberg. Commercial Property Executive looks at the potential impact of the Cushman/DTZ merger on the brokerage industry. Ceiling height becomes a major selling point for warehouse developers, reports the Wall Street Journal. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 12, 2015)
New York-based private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts is looking to move to Hudson Yards, according to Commercial Observer. Start-up companies are appearing in mutual funds portfolios, and may be in bubble territory, reveals the New York Times. President Obama officially announced that the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum will be built on Chicago’s South Side, reports Crain’s Chicago Business. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Hotels near Pre-Recession Price Peak
Investors looking to make money on hotel acquisitions may want to hurry up—in March, hotel prices in the U.S. were just one percentage point short of their pre-recession peak, according to Moody’s/RCA Commercial Property Price Indices (CPPI) report, indicating that values can’t go much further.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 11, 2015)
Cushman & Wakefield to merge with DTZ in a $2 billion buyout, reports Bloomberg. Blackstone prepares to sell 103.5 million shares of Hilton Worldwide, according to MarketWatch. Prudential Real Estate Investors closed its fifth fund dedicated to seniors housing, notes The Wall Street Journal. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 8, 2015)
Whole Foods negotiating leases for a new concept focused on millennials, reveals the New York Post. A Chinese developer plans to build a $500 million mixed-use complex in Anaheim, Calif., reports the Los Angeles Times. RXR Realty took out a $785 million acquisition loan with AIG to finance its purchase of the Helmsley Building, notes Commercial Observer. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads from the CRE Industry Today (May 7, 2015)
Jared Kushner is turning a Williamsburg rental building, formerly a Wild Turkey distributor, into a $414 million condominium complex, reports The Real Deal. The U.S. mortgage delinquency rate has fallen to the lowest in almost eight years, according to Bloomberg. Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th is preparing to enter the Canadian marketplace next year, and has announced its first three store locations there, reveals Chain Store Age. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Commercial Mortgage Originations, Including CMBS, Rising to Meet Refinancing Demand
As the industry waits for an upcoming avalanche of commercial mortgage maturities later this year, real estate lenders are stepping up their game.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 6, 2015)
RXR Realty bought the Helmsley Building in New York City for $1.2 billion, reports Bloomberg. Host Hotels & Resorts is challenged by a portfolio of older properties, according to the Wall Street Journal. Commercial Observer looks at how guarantors in developments deals gone wrong hide cash in foreign properties. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 5, 2015)
Regional mall REIT Macerich will add two independent directors and end a stockholder rights’ plan, according to Bloomberg. Macy’s plans to launch a smaller, off-price concept, reports Fortune. Lennar Corp. has bought a 111-acre site in Fremont, Calif. for a mixed-use development, reveals the Wall Street Journal. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
U.S. Chains Continue to Up Store Opening Plans
U.S. chain retailers have upped their store opening plans ever-so-slightly in April, confirming a positive outlook for the retail real estate sector going forward, according to the National Retailer Demand Monthly report from RBC Capital Markets.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 4, 2015)
New York’s 11 Madison Avenue is up for sale, according to Crain’s New York Business. Pinnacle Entertainment confirmed it’s negotiating to sell its real estate assets to Gaming and Leisure, reports the Wall Street Journal. Seeking Alpha takes an in-depth look at managing commercial real estate investment. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 1, 2015)
General Motors will invest up to $5.4 billion to improve its U.S. factories, reports The Associated Press. Apple Hospitality REIT will go public, reveals Richmond BizSense. Sears has formed another joint venture, this time with Macerich Co., 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 (April 30, 2015)
China has topped the U.S. in investing in Australian real estate, according to Bloomberg. New York developer Jared Kushner says he's "very bullish" on Jersey City real estate, reports NJ.com. Hines acquired 75 acres in southwest Houston to develop a class-A, master-planned industrial business park, notes Commercial Property Executive. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 29, 2015)
Starwood Hotels & Resorts hired Lazard to explore strategic alternatives, reports the Wall Street Journal. Simon Property Group, Swire Properties and Whitman Family Development will develop a 500,000-sq.-ft. retail component at Miami’s Brickell City Centre, notes Commercial Property Executive. Colony Capital’s Thomas Barack Jr. talks to Bloomberg about the global real estate market. These are today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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