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. 

10 Challenges Facing the Commercial Real Estate Industry Today
Having survived through the financial crisis and the Great Recession, today’s commercial real estate professionals may feel like the worst is finally behind them, but there are plenty of new challenges springing up in our industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 29, 2014) 
American Realty and NorthStar Realty deny they are in merger talks, contrary to media reports. Starbucks’ CEO wants to open more Starbucks stateside, according to CBS. A real estate Ponzi Scheme in Kansas City robs retirees of their money, reports 41 KSHB Kansas City. These are among today’s 10 must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 28, 2014) 
Starwood Capital head Barry Sternlicht champions investment in single family rental units. Greenberg Traurig real estate fund lawyer Sandy Presant discusses proposed tax changes with Reit.com. A Business Insider article warns against overbuilding rental units for Millennials in hot urban neighborhoods. These are all among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate sector.
Vornado, CBL Take Advantage of Investors’ Appetite for Retail to Get Rid of Lesser Assets 
The timing fits nicely with the rising appetite for retail properties among investors priced out of multifamily and class-A office sectors.
Is NIMBY Going Away, to be Replaced by YIMBY? 
At a point in the real estate cycle when new development is beginning to make a comeback, it should be comforting for the industry to know it may see a reversal of the long-term trend of opposition to new projects commonly known as NIMBY (Not in My Backyard).
10 Troubled Retailers
We’ve compiled a list of the 10 retail chains most likely to leave your center in 2014, in ascending order, based on same-store sales results, debt loads and plain old common sense.
Fairway Needs to Backtrack on Expansion to Save Itself, Consultants Say 
Fairway needs to pull back on opening new stores and may want to look into finding a buyer willing to let it recover from its IPO.
Wealthy Families See Attractive Opportunities in Commercial Real Estate 
Institutional capital has been pouring into the commercial real estate sector recently, helping push investment sales volumes up each year since the downturn. But it’s another pool of capital—funds from high net worth individuals and family offices—that may drive the next wave of investment.
Destiny USA Expansion Project Takes LEED in Retail to New Height 
While many U.S. retail center owners are still figuring out ways to institute environmentally sustainable design and property management practices, some have become pioneers in the field. One such firm is the Pyramid Cos., which has achieved LEED Core and Shell certification for the 1.3-million-sq.-ft. expansion project at its Destiny USA center in Syracuse, N.Y.
Investment Sales Volume Up, Cap Rates Reach New Lows in Retail Sector in Early 2014 
In January, the most recent month for which data is available, year-over-years sales volume in the retail sector jumped up 27 percent.
Top 5 Fastest Growing Office Space Occupiers
The profile of white collar workers who are gobbling up office space is changing, from the lawyers and brokers of yesteryear to computer information analysts, marketing specialists and financial services advisors today.
Enclosed Regional Malls One of the Best Investments on Offer  2
While it’s true that class-C and class-D malls are likely to eventually disappear from the scene, or be redeveloped into something else, good quality regional malls currently represent one of the most attractive investments in the commercial property market.
Cerberus Most Likely Buyer for Safeway Grocery Chain 
Safeway simply isn’t appealing enough to a grocery operator, industry experts say.
Real Estate Hits, Part II 
Just two months after the kidnapping and murder of Williamsburg real estate player Menachem Stark, a Long Island-based hotel owner has been shot in the face.
Top 7 Markets for Medical Office Space 2
Our rankings were based on a number of metrics, including average vacancy rates for medical office properties, rents per sq. ft., building sales volumes, prices per sq. ft. and volume of recent space completions.
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