Susan Piperato

Susan
Piperato
Managing Editor, NREI and Waste360; Editor, Green Real Estate Strategies

Susan Piperato has been covering commercial real estate for the past seven years, having spent five years with ScheinMedia before joining NREI in 2011. Previously, she was a book and magazine editor and freelance writer in New York City, New York's Hudson Valley and Melbourne, Australia. She has written for a wide variety of publications about sustainability, design, culture and the arts. She specializes in all aspects of green building and design and green investment. 

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10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 6, 2015)
Shares of Macerich Co. rose the most in three months after Simon buyout talk emerged, reports Bloomberg. Nasdaq reveals CBRE is in talks to buy the real estate division of Johnson Controls Inc. AEG made plans for a $500-million, 755-room hotel expansion at its L.A. Live complex, according to Los Angeles Times. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Cities With Highest Office Rents

As gateway cities' downtowns revive and thrive, office rents are rising. So we asked Colliers International which commercial business districts across the country have the highest average class-A office rents.

10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 5, 2015)
Glenn Rufrano appears to be the leading candidate to become chief executive of American Realty Capital Properties Inc., according to Wall Street Journal. More than half of Forest City's top executives and development team members are women, reveals Capital New York. And Bain Capital and Golden Gate are both vying to acquire Ann Taylor's parent company, Ann Inc., reports Chain Store Age. These are among today's must reads for around the commercial real estate industry.
7 of the Largest Retail Centers in Mixed-Use Development
While some experts bemoan the decline of bricks-and-mortar retail, the asset class is thriving when it comes to mixed-use development. Here are seven of the largest mixed-use developments featuring major new shopping centers that are set to open throughout 2015 and 2016.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 4, 2015)
Chicago’s Willis Tower is up for sale, reports Bloomberg. The Wall Street Journal looks at Silicon Valley’s property buying binge. Lowes Hotels & Resorts opens a new 400-room hotel in downtown Chicago, notes Commercial Property Executive. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 3, 2015)
Westfield Corp. has entered into a $925 million joint venture with O’Connor Capital Partners on three regional shopping centers, reports The Desert Sun. "Real estate is doomed," claims Smarter Analyst. And crowdfunding for real estate is likely to jump to $2.57 billion worldwide this year, according to Bloomberg. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 2, 2015)
Blackstone plans to raise $15 billion for its new, global real estate fund, reports Bloomberg. Starwood Capital Group secured a $500 million loan to refinance 85 extended-stay hotels across the nation, according to The Real Deal. Over the past year, the increases in construction costs have outpaced inflation, noted Commercial Property Executive. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 27, 2015)
The MetLife Building has secured a $1.4 billion loan from Bank of America and Wells Fargo, reports Bloomberg. Barnes & Noble will split itself into two firms, including one that will focus on education and college books, according to Fox Business. Sears plans to split 300 of its best properties into a REIT by late spring, reveals Dow Jones Newswires. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 26, 2015)
Sears Holdings Corp. said that its plan to sell and lease back some stores may raise more than $2 billion, reports Bloomberg. Forest City Enterprises aims to sell or shed a handful of properties—including most of its Cleveland buildings—to prepare to become a REIT, according to Cleveland.com. Private equity firms like Blackstone are taking a more sedate approach with big clients, signifying that the industry is moving away from its former free-wheeling spirit, notes the New York Times. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 25, 2015)
Cushman & Wakefield is going up for sale, reports the Wall Street Journal. Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay will form two real estate joint ventures in the U.S. and Canada, according to Reuters. Hines and Novak Bros. are developing The Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center in Georgetown, Texas, reports Commercial Property Executive. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 24, 2015)
Inman looks at challenges facing real estate crowdfunding. Pacific Business News reports that Japanese investors have been the top buyers of Hawaiian properties in 2014. An activist shareholder is urging TravelCenters of America to spin off its real estate, according to Bloomberg. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
How Secure Are American Malls in the Wake of al-Shabaab’s Threat?
Security has been heightened at the Mall of America in the wake of a video posted by Somalia-based Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab last Saturday, asking Western Muslims to “answer the call” of jihad by attacking “American- and Jewish-owned” shopping malls.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 23, 2015)
Terrorist group Al-Shabaab has called for attacks on Western malls, including the Mall of America, according to CNN. New Residential Investment Corp. agreed to pay $1.3 billion for Home Loan Servicing Solutions Ltd., reports Bloomberg. The Four Seasons Hotel in Boston’s Back Bay has secured $680 million in funding, notes Commercial Property Executive. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 20, 2015)
The Lightstone Group is committing $2 billion to buying and developing hotel projects, reports Bloomberg. High apartment rents are spreading to smaller cities, according to CNBC. Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund is buying the new Edition hotel at 5 Madison Avenue, reveals The Real Deal. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Colliers' Post-Split Plan: Get Bigger to Get Better
We spoke with Colliers International Global President and CEO Doug Frye to find out more about Colliers’ plans for the future.
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