Robert Carr

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.
Top Seniors Housing Lenders Plan for Newcomer Competition 
The top seniors housing lenders see competition gaining in the rear-view mirror, but are making changes in packages to keep up with the new lending options offered for today’s investor.
Detroit Industrial Market Shows Strong Improvement 
Detroit, with about 365 million sq. ft. of industrial space, tied with Atlanta in recording an 80 basis points drop in availability in the first quarter, according to a report by commercial real estate services firm CBRE.
Office Market Continues to Gain Momentum 
About 70 percent of U.S. office markets reported occupancy gains during the first quarter, according to commercial real estate services firm Cassidy Turley. The markets absorbed 12 million sq. ft. collectively from January through March 2014.
Airport Industrial Sub-Markets Command Higher Rents, but Demand May Remain Flat 
Air cargo volume at U.S.’s 12 major airports increased by only 0.3 percent in 2013, and growth projections for 2014 are at zero, according to a new JLL report.
Surveys Say Demand for Industrial Space is High 
Two recently released surveys show that real estate executives believe the industrial market needs new life and flexibility to meet the demands of e-commerce and technology.
Brookdale/Emeritus Merger: Efficient or Too Big? 
How big is too big? That’s the question regarding the mega-merger deal of Brookdale Senior Living’s $2.8 billion purchase of Emeritus Corp.—a deal that will result in a firm spread out over 1,161 properties in 46 states.
Finding the Elusive Middle-Income Seniors Housing Option 
The middle-income seniors population, which has grown during the recession and will continue to increase as the baby boomers age, may have a difficult time finding appropriate long-term-care facilities, as the seniors housing industry typically builds only affordable properties for the indigent or luxury housing for the affluent.
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