Elaine Misonzhnik

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. 

Articles
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.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 5, 2014) 
Goddard Investment Group and MetLife consider buying Dallas’ largest office tower, according to the Dallas Morning News. Spear Street Capital agrees to pay $278 million for BlackBerry’s Canadian properties, reports Reuters. The Sacramento Bee details a proposal to use $600 million in veterans bonds to build multifamily housing. These are all among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Catching Up 
Retail assets, which have lagged the multifamily and office sectors in recovering from the downturn, have gradually gained favor with investors and retail REITs are taking advantage of the timing by either putting non-core centers on the market or snapping up value-add opportunities.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 2, 2014)  1
Credit Suisse completed a bond deal backed by U.S. home loans. CNBC published a list of cities that are becoming hot real estate markets. And Ares Management, the private equity firm that owns Neiman Marcus, revealed plans to go public, according to The New York Times. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 1, 2014) 
Savills tries to buy Studley Inc. for $260 million. Bloomberg reports that developer Garrett Kelleher is trying to save plans for the Chicago tower that would become tallest building in the United States. Financial Advisors reports that Pimco head Bill Gross doesn’t believe real estate is overpriced. These are all among today’s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 30, 2014) 
The Senate failed to reach consensus on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reform. The Wall Street Journal reported that Tishman Speyer bought a development site on the West Side of Manhattan for a new office tower. GameStop announced plans to close up to 130 stores and replace them with new tech stores, according to Chain Store Age. These are all among today’s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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.
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