Robert Carr

Global CRE Firms Embrace Sustainability Data Tracking
The amount of sustainability data collection at many large global property firms has quadrupled. According to the recently released 2014 GRESB survey, almost 80 percent of the participant firms measure energy use. The survey participants also reported that both carbon emissions and water consumption are down at the firms.
Seaports to Compete for Business from Panama Canal Expansion
Though the completion of the Panama Canal expansion has been delayed again until mid-2016, East Coast seaports, expected to benefit the most from the $5.2 project, have begun to win over more shipping traffic from the West Coast.
Fulfillment Centers Dominate Industrial Market 
Retailers are trying to keep up with each other by “omnichanneling”—setting up various points of purchase, both online and in stores—for their consumers. Manufacturers are working to shorten supply chains. Feeding this distribution beast requires new buildings in large population areas—smart centers that serve as the straight-to-consumer location rather than as a hub of multiple stopping points.
Urban Locations Are Most Desirable for New HQs 
Developers are trying two distinct approaches to attracting new office tenants in a market that is rapidly seeing cheap, big-block space dry up: the tried-and-true new class-A headquarters building and repositioning a dated property.
EB-5 Funding Boosts Seniors Capital Stacks 
Despite getting a "black eye" in the press this summer for its perceived lack of supervision, the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program, more commonly known as EB-5, has become an increasingly popular way to boost investment in seniors housing development.
Freddie Mac’s New Tax-Exempt Loan Benefits Seniors Housing 
A new Freddie Mac loan program for affordable multifamily redevelopment this month received its first test trial with a seniors housing property. The Direct Purchase of Tax-Exempt Loans initiative is designed as a speedier way to finance affordable family properties.
Southeast to See $2B in New MOB Construction over a Two-Year Period 
There’s more than $2 billion in new health care projects set for completion in the Southeast in the next two years, according to data provided by Revista, an Annapolis, Md.-based health care consulting firm. Atlanta and Miami will receive the bulk of the new construction.
Industrial Sales Volume Hits $23B at Mid-Year 
Investor spending on U.S. industrial properties rose more than 50 percent since mid-year 2012, with buying competition so frenzied many of the new purchases this year have been in secondary markets.
Warehouse Rents Stay Low Despite High Demand for Space  1
Rents in the significantly improved warehouse/distribution sector have somehow not gone up along with rising demand for space.
As Self-Storage Cash Flows Rise, Competition for Assets Compresses Rates  2
Both occupancy and rents continue to rise at self-storage properties, particularly as construction is only meeting a fraction of demand, according to market experts.
Are Seniors Being Priced Out of Big Cities? 
Seniors are now more likely to want to retire in a big city, but less likely to be able to afford it.
Seniors Property Enters Crowdfunding Age  1
Online investing has grown so successful that it’s starting to hit the seniors housing market, with the first seniors housing project breaking ground this year in Bloomington, Ind., thanks to crowdfunding assistance.
Denver Office Markets Outperform Rest of Nation 
The Mile-High City has enjoyed a revival this year in its 106 million sq. ft. office market. Energy and tech companies are driving demand for CBD office space and rents are increasing at a quick clip.
Measuring Green and Productivity in Offices 
A green office doesn’t always equal a productive, efficient office and vice-versa, research shows.
Demand for Industrial Space Gaining Momentum 
The industrial property sector is posting continuous gains, joining in on the commercial real estate recovery with low vacancy rates and rising rents.
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