Robert Carr

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.
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.
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