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. 

Articles
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 16, 2015)
United Health Group subsidiary Optum has purchased U.S. retail clinic company MedExpress, reports Yahoo! Finance News. Baby boomer investors are exchanging multifamily ownership for net lease retail, according to CoStar News. REIT mergers are expected to accelerate as activism increases, notes Bloomberg. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 15, 2015)
Dick’s Sporting Goods plans to open up to 150 stores in the next three years, according to Chain Store Age. Gaming and Leisure Properties raised its bid for Pinnacle Entertainment, reports the Wall Street Journal. Aldi is a growing threat to U.S. grocery chains, notes Forbes. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Sovereign Wealth Funds Increase CRE Allocations, Falling Oil Prices or Not
The proportion of sovereign wealth funds investing in real estate assets has grown to 59 percent in 2014, from 54 percent the year before.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 14, 2015)
Canada's Ivanhoé Cambridge has partnered with Blackstone Property Partners Asia to make its first direct-investment in Australia with a 25 percent share in a Sydney office building, reports Reuters. Zacks names three "impressive" mutual funds to consider adding to your portfolio. Washington, D.C.'s Union Station reveals a grand development plan, according to the New York Times. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 13, 2015)
Bloomberg looks at how commercial real estate prices have risen. Urban Land Institute expects good growth for the real estate industry in 2015 and 2016, reports National Mortgage News. The Walton family is selling $15.6 billion’s worth of Wal-Mart shares, according to Reuters. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Business as Usual: Blackstone Buys $25 Billion in Real Estate Assets in One Day
The Blackstone Group continues to gobble up real estate assets as though they were candy, with the firm’s latest deals carrying a swoon-worthy price tag of $25 billion.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 10, 2015)
General Electric is selling most of its real estate to the Blackstone Group and Wells Fargo in a $23 billion deal, reports Reuters. Walgreens plans to close 200 stores, reveals Chicago Tribune. Fannie Mae disclosed the details on its non-performing mortgage sale, according to the Wall Street Journal. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Store Closing Announcements Signal Omni-Channel Future is Here
The future seems to be here when it comes to retailers moving to smaller bricks-and-mortar presence, as both Walgreens Boots Alliance and Pier 1 Imports announced yesterday they will be closing hundreds of stores.
CMBS Delinquency Rate Stopped Falling in March
The improvement in the CBMS market faced a small roadblock in March, as the delinquency rate for CMBS loans stopped falling after four consecutive months of decreases.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 9, 2015)
The owners of a big Chicago office tower are trying a new approach: splitting it in two, selling the land beneath the building separately from the building itself, Crain's Chicago Business reports. Fortune predicts that there won't be an interest hike until after this coming summer. Manhattan office leasing is down as more companies are priced out of the city, according to Bloomberg. These are among the must reads from around the commercial real estate industry today.
End of the Road or New Beginnings for Simon and Macerich?
Simon Property Group and Macerich never even got together, yet in the aftermath of Macerich rejecting Simon’s $16.8 billion takeover offer, everyone is asking “what’s next?” for the two firms the way one would if they were going through a tough break-up.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 8, 2015)
Chinese life insurers China Life and Ping An are making their first equity investment in U.S. real estate with a stake in a Boston Seaport District project, reports Bloomberg. Commercial property values have risen 14 percent above their previous cycle peak, notes the Wall Street Journal. U.S. office space rents rose at the fastest pace in a decade in the first quarter, according to Reuters. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Sears Will Still Need to Close Hundreds of Stores, REIT Notwithstanding, Analysts Say
Sears Holdings’ plan to spin off a REIT containing 254 of its properties may have gotten a lot of attention, but the question is whether the attention signaled approval.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 7, 2015)
An increasing number of foreign investors are investigating Africa for real estate development, reports AFK Insider. Marcus & Millichap has doubled its office space in New York City with a 10-year deal for its new headquarters at the Sapir Organization’s 260 Madison Avenue, according to The Real Deal. Cuba's next "revolution" will be in real estate development, notes World Property Journal. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 6, 2015)
Ventas agreed to buy Arden Medical Services for $1.75 billion, with plans for a new REIT spin-off, reports Bloomberg. Private equity firm Harrison Street Real Estate Capital is beginning to develop on-campus mixed-use projects, notes the Wall Street Journal. Retailer Party City is planning an IPO, according to Reuters. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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