Robert Carr

Robert
Carr
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Seniors Housing REITs Jostle for Top Spot 
Large seniors housing REITs are increasingly finding themselves in a pressure cooker of investor demand and limited supply, bouncing into each other with so much stress that deals are forming and dissolving on a weekly basis.
War for Talent Driving Office Leasing Decisions 
According to a recently released Cushman & Wakefield report, “Human Capital: The War for Talent and its Effect on Real Estate,” current demographics trends will dramatically affect all segments of real estate during the next two decades.
Chicago’s Suburbs Suffer from Companies’ Flight to CBD 
Suburban Chicago’s 155-million-sq.-ft. office market, which now has approximately a 23 percent vacancy rate, shows a continued struggle for relevancy.
Green Retail Takes a Leap Forward With Regency Bonds 
Regency Centers Corp., an owner, operator and developer of 332 shopping centers, recently launched the latest sustainability salvo in the retail world by completing a $250 million sale of bonds solely dedicated to build or buy LEED properties.
Is Target On the Right Track? Or Is It Losing Its Way? 
Target, usually one of analysts’ retail favorites, is reeling after a disappointing first quarter, lawsuits and damages from its massive data breach and what may have been a huge misstep in its Canada entry last year. The missteps are cause for concern, according to retail experts, but the company will likely pull out of the funk if it goes back to what made it successful in the first place.
Manufacturing Sector Benefits from High-Tech Efficiency 
Manufacturing is coming back to the U.S., both in terms of jobs and demand for industrial facilities. But the physical size and the number of workers the plants employ won’t likely match the massive factory floors of the past century.
Health Care Systems Seek Ways to Monetize MOBs 
Hospitals and other health care providers, already dealing with changes brought by the new Affordable Care Act (ACA), are selling their assets to third party owners to reap the benefits of escalating property prices.
Experts Warn of Overbuilding Doom for Seniors Housing 
As the economy surges and capital is flows more freely, the seniors housing industry has held its breath to see how developers react to easier money: Basically, will overbuilding take hold?
Baby Boomers Prefer Urban, Affordable Seniors Housing 
Two important demographic trends are converging in the seniors housing market: (1) The baby boomers are hitting their retirement age. (2) The general population, able to market their homes for more favorable prices, are looking to move into an urban lifestyle.
Energy Rush Spikes Investor Interest in Secondary Markets 
The current energy boom, created by the exploratory horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (commonly called “fracking”) of sand and shale formations, has dramatically dropped vacancies and raised rents in all property sectors throughout states like Colorado, Pennsylvania, Texas and Ohio.
Tech Firms Lease Up Large Blocks of San Francisco Office Space, Lifting Rents  3
Office leasing activity in San Francisco shot up by 25 percent in the first quarter, with six leases signed for more than 100,000 sq. ft., according to a report by commercial real estate services firm JLL. Five of those leases were by prominent technology firms.
Strong Employment Numbers Lead to Hope for More Office Leases 
The office sector has been patiently waiting for good news since the end of the recession, McCarthy says. However, expansions and new office leases have been slow to materialize as business executives exercised caution.
Logistics Growth Fueled by Newfound Consumer Confidence 
According to a recent Prologis Inc. white paper, “The Growth of Logistics Real Estate,” global net absorption this past year reached 350 million sq. ft., the highest level since the beginning of the global financial crisis, and activity continues to look good this year.
More Metrics Needed for Medical Office Buildings Sector 
Medical office buildings (MOBs) are starting to overtake hospitals as the preferred new property type for health care systems, but real estate market statistics for MOBs are still lumped into the broader health care category, making data and trends hard to obtain.
Seniors Housing Property Edges Closer to 90% in First Quarter 
The average occupancy rate for seniors housing properties edged closer to 90 percent in the first quarter, as the industry’s property types gained absorption due to slow construction and increasing demand.
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