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. 

Articles
9 Things to Know About the Real Confidence Portfolio Challenge
What do the commercial real estate industry, 15 U.S. universities and a hypothetical $15 billion have in common? The 2015 Real Confidence University Portfolio Challenge, launched on July 6, will spend a year tracking 90 college students, representing 15 colleges, to discover what the next generation of commercial real estate investors is thinking. Charles “Chuck” DiRocco, CRE, CCIM, FRICs, director of research, valuation and advisory with Altus Group, a Jersey City, N.J.-based commercial real estate consulting and advisory services firm, explains how the competition works and why it came to be.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (Aug. 3, 2015)
Canada’s RioCan REIT may be looking to sell its U.S. assets, reports Bloomberg. Fresh & Easy will close 14 stores, according to Supermarket News. Crain’s New York Business looks at which company leases the most office space in Manhattan. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 31, 2015)
Shadow lenders are betting on riskier real estate deals, reports The Seattle Times. Wealthmanagement.com identifies the healthiest housing market in the country. Intercontinental denies it’s having merger discussions with Starwood, 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 (July 30, 2015)
The Whole Foods overcharging scandal is impacting its sales, the Los Angeles Times reports. A poll by Bankrate.com found real estate as the top place for long-term investment dollars, Bisnow notes. Forbes reveals the best cities for future job growth. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Is the Pacific Northwest Ready for the Cascadia Mega-Quake?
Not only is the next Cascadia earthquake overdue, but the buildings and infrastructures of the cities it will hit along the coastline—including Portland and Seattle—are nowhere near ready for it.
Are These 11 Seattle Tall Buildings Made to Withstand the Coming Mega-Quake?
San Francisco-based seismic engineer Peter Yanev, writing in an op-ed in the New York Times in response to the 2010 earthquake in Chile, says there is, essentially, no such thing as an earthquake-proof building. So, how does Seattle look, in light of such information?
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 29, 2015)
Supervalu might spin off Save-A-Lot into a separate company, reports Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A Forbes contributor argues that REITs are a bad idea for department store real estate. Troubles in the Chinese stock market are leading Chinese investors to put their money into Texas properties, notes CNBC. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
6 Things You Need to Know about CBRE’s Newest Fund
“We describe this style of investing as low-risk, value-added. It combines a very nice income return for our investors, typically in the 8 percent range, with solid appreciation that comes from our ability to operate the real estate and add value through repositioning and leasing,” says Maddocks.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 28, 2015)
Nouriel Roubini reveals to Market Watch how he beats the stock market. Seeking Alpha speculates as to whether a hike in interest rates would be threatening or an opportunity. Business Insider tries to pinpoint exactly when the next recession will begin. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (Jul. 27, 2015)
The housing rebound hasn’t fueled new condo construction, reports the Wall Street Journal. American Apparel is in dire financial straits and may be looking at bankruptcy, according to the New York Post. Miami Herald looks at the city’s commercial real estate market in the 21st century. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 24, 2105)
MetLife provided $505 million in refinancing for an Orlando hotel portfolio, reports Bloomberg. Hudson’s Bay chairman Richard Baker recommends other retail chain follow Hudson’s real estate strategy, notes the Wall Street Journal. New York City REIT buys Troy’s Bank of America building, according to Crain’s Detroit Business. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 23, 2015)
The economy of Orange County, Calif., is in rapid expansion, according to the Los Angeles Times. Hedge fund Bridgewater has done an about-face on China, on which it has been consistently bullish, reports the Wall Street Journal. The New York Times reveals new views of the design for 2 World Trade Center, the final building overlooking the site of the Twin Towers. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 22, 2015)
Gaming & Leisure strikes deal to buy Pinnacle Entertainment’s real estate for $4.75 billion in an all-share deal, reports Bloomberg. CNBC looks at how data center REITs are gaining ground. Investors are willing to pay top dollar for Los Angeles apartment buildings, according to the Wall Street Journal. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 21, 2015)
In New Jersey, the demand for industrial space is rising, according to NJ.com. Stop & Shop is looking to buy 11 of bankrupt A&P’s stores in New York City for $146 million, reports Crain’s New York Business. Baby boomers and Millennials are in tough competition for rental apartments, Bloomberg reveals. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
KeyBank Takes Affordable Housing Lending National
KeyBank is banking on affordable housing as a major future revenue driver. In May, Robert Likes was appointed as national manager of KeyBank’s Community Development Lending and Investment (CDL) platform. His mission is to take the company’s CDL platform national.
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