Robert Carr

New Construction Poses Threat to Office Sector Fundamentals  1
For a while, it looked like the U.S. office market had once again become the landlords’ playground, at least in core cities. But overbuilding could upset this trend, giving more negotiating power back to office tenants, warn researchers.
Investors Love Industrial as Returns on Office Buys Fall 
Office and industrial properties achieved full recovery nationwide by the second half of 2014, with cap rates compressing and prices skyrocketing. This is pushing investors to either reposition existing gems in their portfolios or pick up trophy properties in secondary markets.
D.C. Office Occupancy Drops, but Investor Demand Still High 
Vacancy has increased in one of the top U.S. office markets, Washington, D.C., but at least one expert says the drop is just a minor blip that signifies investors should seize on properties while they can.
Lenders Hold Back Seniors Housing Overbuilding Threat 
With the cork finally having been pulled from capital for new construction, seniors housing occupancy inched slowly upward in the second quarter. While talk of overbuilding—not yet really even a threat—has begun, many experts think lenders have learned their lesson and will keep holding their purse strings tight, though more ways to finance are emerging for the sector.
Memory Care Branches Into Every Seniors Housing Sector 
There will be about 1 billion people who need some form of memory care worldwide by 2050, according to a recent survey of 6,000 people across 12 countries, conducted by the Chicago–based Alzheimer’s Association. As seniors property construction picks up speed in many U.S. markets, building projects for dementia patients is proving to be a gold mine—if a company has the expertise to do it.
U.S. Surveys Show More Buildings, But Less Energy Consumption 
The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released preliminary results from its 2012 Commercial Buildings Survey, which measures the size of the current U.S. building stock. The study will then be combined with another yardstick, the Energy Supplier Survey, which is now underway by the EIA.
Overbuilding Concerns Touch Texas Office Markets 
Demand for office space rebounded in the second quarter, but overbuilding now threatens a few major markets.
U.S. Records Fastest Office Occupancy Cost Growth in the World 
While major U.S. office markets still haven’t made the list for the world’s top 10 most expensive rents, the country leads in having the fastest-growing occupancy costs.
Northeast Sees an Influx of New Medical Office Building Construction 
The Northeast is witnessing a peak of medical office building (MOB) construction, with 43 active projects valued at $2.9 billion, according to a new study released by Revista, an Annapolis, Md.-based consulting firm.
Incentives Dwindle as Affordable Seniors Housing Gap Widens 
According to a recent housing survey from the MacArthur Foundation, more than 60 percent of respondents believe it will be very challenging for seniors to find affordable, quality housing when they need it.
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.
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