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Smart Buildings Pose Steep Learning Curve
Ductwork has enabled many movie heroes to infiltrate locked offices. But those looking to penetrate 1 Victory Place a 17-story office tower being built
New Orleans Blues
Insurance costs are a painful burden for HRI Properties, a New Orleans-based firm that owns and manages apartments. Before Hurricane Katrina hit in August
Will the Hotel Industry Overbuild?
In January, Ashford Hospitality Trust, a Dallas-based REIT, announced the $2.4 billion acquisition of 51 hotels that had been part of CNL Hotels and Resorts.
Philanthropy Flourishes
After years of strong commercial property markets, many entrepreneurs are turning attention to giving away their fortunes. Companies that once made ad hoc donations have developed foundations and systematic giving programs.
Self-Storage REITs Feeling the Pinch
In self-storage markets, scattered signs hint of a slowdown. In cities such as Columbus, Ohio, customers can get the first month's rent for $1. Shares of the average self-storage REIT lost 3.4% in the first four months of 2007, according to the FTSE NAREIT Equity index. With housing sales falling, some investors worry that fewer homeowners will be storing lawnmowers and computers.
Hotel Doctors On Call
With tourists pouring into the casinos of Biloxi, Miss., a local mid-price hotel faced a strange problem. Competitors in the market enjoyed 65% occupancy compared with 40% for the troubled property.
Retail Buying Spree
When Centro Properties Group, a publicly traded Australian company, acquired New Plan Excel Realty Trust for $6.2 billion in February, it sent a message to the real estate investment world that REITs with weak growth prospects are vulnerable.
REITs Storm Asian Shores
In their rush to modernize, Asian countries have borrowed many Western inventions. One of the latest ideas to arrive is the real estate investment trust.
Wooing Hotel Customers Online
Like consumers of all kinds, guests of Hilton Hotels Corp. are getting in the habit of shopping on the Web. More than 20% of the hotel company's bookings come online.
REIT Launch in UK Takes Center Stage
After decades of opposing industry efforts to establish real estate investment trusts in the United Kingdom, the British government will permit the investment vehicle beginning this month.
An Aging Recovery
After three years of surging demand, the industrial sector is expected to encounter some turbulence in 2007.
Retailers Rush to Wall Street
Since Audrey Hepburn frolicked in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, the upscale jeweler has had only one Manhattan location. That is about to change.
Targeting Limited-Service
Private equity is pouring into hotels, and RLJ Development has joined the flood. Controlled by Robert L. Johnson, the Bethesda, Md.-based real estate company last month closed its RLJ Lodging Fund II at $743 million.
Housing for Seniors Has Hollywood Flair
To attract active retirees, plenty of rental developments offer spiffy clubhouses or classes in conversational Italian. But a new California project goes one step further, focusing on a single theme — the arts.
Crossing the Hudson
The office market in Midtown Manhattan is blazing hot, with asking rents at prime buildings topping $100 per sq. ft. That has sent some tenants heading for Northern New Jersey where it is possible to find rents in Class-A buildings for less than $35 per sq. ft.
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