Robert Carr

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.
Rents for Trophy Office Space Pass Records, Spur New Construction 
A lack of development since the start of the recession, along with exploding demand in both traditional primary markets and those led by energy and technology booms, have pushed demand for class-A space through the roof.
Self-Storage Supply Tightens 
This year developers will add only 1.7 million sq. ft. to the market, totaling 21 new self-storage facilities, according to a first quarter report from real estate services firm Marcus & Millichap.
Retailers Seek New Distribution Channels for Same-Day Deliveries 
New logistics models are springing up to grab the same-day delivery market share, ranging from mega-distribution centers totaling 1.5 million sq. ft. to tiny delivery posts in urban areas that compete with the struggling local connections.
Construction of Medical Office Buildings Grows in the Suburbs 
Development of new medical offices has slowed considerably in recent years, with only 1.8 million sq. ft. of new space under construction in 2013, compared to 4.2 million sq. ft. in 2012.
Regional Players Absorb the Last of Seniors Distress 
High-profile distressed companies were cleaned up last year through large acquisitions by big-player ventures.
California Becomes Battleground for Regulatory Reform 
Advocates for reform are now pitted against state systems dealing with bare-bones licensing divisions due to budget cutbacks.
Life Companies, Banks Like Industrial Assets’ Safe Growth 
Life companies, banks and CMBS lenders are prepared to expand offerings for office and industrial properties, due to both sectors’ impressive growth during the past 12 quarters.
U.S. Firms Lead in Green for Global 100 Index 
Eighteen U.S. firms were recently named to the Global 100, a stock index that ranks companies based on sustainable practices, a list that includes industrial powerhouse Prologis Inc. and other firms that use green concepts in their offices and manufacturing plants.
Austin Becomes First-Tier City for Office Demand 
Just about every fourth quarter office research report listed Austin as one of the top cities of the year.
Lower Natural Gas Costs Help Boost Demand for Industrial Space 
According to the Perspectives on Energy white paper put out this month by JLL, the industrial market’s adoption of natural gas, a cheaper alternative to gasoline fuel, should save enough capital to boost demand for manufacturing jobs and new distribution hubs throughout the country.
Seniors Seek Multifamily Units in Warm Climates 
As the U.S. housing market improves, senior citizens have been looking to sell homes they’ve been holding onto since the recession.
Greystone First to Offer Freddie Mac Revolving Credit Facility for Seniors Housing Sector 
Recent changes made to Freddie Mac’s Revolving Credit Facility guidelines could open a new financing avenue to seniors housing owners.
DivcoWest Fund Adds Tech-Heavy Complex for $395M 
San Francisco-based DivcoWest, through its DivcoWest Fund IV, has purchased the 670,000-sq.-ft. One Kendall Square in Cambridge, Mass. for a reported $395 million to beef up its technology-based office holdings.
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