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. 

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.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (August 26, 2014) 
J.C. Penney's shares trade higher following an analyst's prediction that its stores will close, reports Dallas Morning News. Burger King's stock jumps unexpectedly following the news of Tim Hortons' acquisition, according to TheStreet.com. And ReJournals.com reports that Harrison Street sells a $283 million multi-state medical office building portfolio. These are among today's must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
Top 10 Markets for Student Housing
As the Millenial kids grow up and head for college, investment in and development of student housing properties to cater to them can be an attractive proposition.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (August 25, 2014) 
Gym operator Life Time Fitness is exploring a REIT conversion, reports Bloomberg. Burger King is in talks to buy Canadian doughnut chain Tim Hortons in a tax inversion deal, according to The Wall Street Journal. Shareholder Engine Capital wants Ann Inc. to put Ann Taylor Stores up for sale, reports New York Times. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
Will Congress Slam the Brakes on the Proliferation of Non-Traditional REITs? 
In spite of lawmakers’ efforts to stem the tide of corporations seeking REIT status for niche properties, the non-traditional REIT party may go on for some time.
Can Family Dollar Merger End Wal-Mart’s Supremacy? 
With its two main rivals putting in bids for the retailer and speculation over whether or not Wal-Mart Stores will join the bidding war, Family Dollar has become a hot commodity and a potential straw that may break Wal-Mart’s back.
Outlet Stores: Not the Magic Bullet Retailers Thought They’d Be?  3
When outlet center popularity began to gain momentum a few years back, a lot of retailers jumped on the bandwagon with a healthy dose of enthusiasm. In post-recession U.S., middle-class consumers may have been reluctant to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on luxury apparel and accessories, but outlet stores would help upscale retailers cope by driving shopper traffic with more affordable options. Coach was among those who joined the outlet craze, along with brands ranging from Dolce & Gabbana and Carolina Herrera to Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Investors Show Preference for Retail Over Other Property Types, “Best Environment for Dispositions” Since 2008 
Investment sales of retail properties showed remarkable momentum in the first half of the year, with volume rising 57 percent compared to the first half of 2013, to $36.9 billion, according to Real Capital Analytics (RCA), a New York City–based research firm.
The World's 10 Largest Hotels
Of the 10 largest hotels in the world by room count, it turns out eight are located in Las Vegas, according to research from STR and STR Global, which provide data and benchmarking studies on the hotel industry.
Phillips Edison—ARC Looking at Strategic Options for its Highly Coveted Portfolio  1
Non-traded REIT Phillips Edison – ARC Shopping Center REIT Inc. revealed last week that it’s looking at “strategic alternatives”—and it’s likely the Cincinnati, Ohio–based company will attract plenty of suitors.
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.
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