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 (December 18, 2014)
Darden Restaurants is exploring options for capitalizing on its real estate, reports Orlando Business Journal. Moody’s downgraded the stock of American Realty Capital Properties to junk status, according to Commercial Property Executive. MarketWatch reports multifamily rents rose at the fastest pace in six years this November. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
American Apparel: Sticky Changeover?
Yesterday, American Apparel officially terminated its CEO and founder Dov Charney and replaced him with veteran fashion executive Paula Schneider. But that may not be the end of the beleaguered Los Angeles–based company’s woes.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (December 17, 2014)
The U.S. Senate failed to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which will expire at the end of December, reports The Real Deal. Manulife Asset Management and Allianz struck an agreement to co-invest up to $1 billion in U.S. real estate assets, according to Commercial Property Executive. The commercial real estate industry is ripe for disruption in 2015, claims an article in Forbes. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (December 16, 2014)
Bloomberg reports that InterContinental Hotels will pay $430 million for Kimton Hotels & Restaurants. Kimco has acquired the remaining interest in a 39-property retail portfolio it owned in a joint venture with a Blackstone subsidiary, according to Commercial Property Executive. Multifamily building sales in New York City reached more than $1 billion in volume in October, claims The Real Deal. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
10 Holiday Shopping Films
Tired of holiday shopping? Whether you've been busy buying online or on foot, settle down with one of these classic films about Christmastime retail.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (December 15, 2014)
In what will be the biggest private equity buyout of the year, PetSmart agreed to sell itself to BC Partners for $8.7 billion, reports The New York Times. Bloomberg reveals that Nicholas Schorsch has resigned as chairman of American Realty Capital, along with the company’s CEO and president. Cushman & Wakefield will pay $100 million to buy boutique New York brokerage firm Massey Knakal, 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 (December 11, 2014)
Global Logistics Properties confirmed it agreed to a 55 percent stake in GIC’s $8.1 billion purchase of Blackstone’s industrial portfolio, according to Commercial Property Executive. Reuters ran an exclusive on Atlantic City slashing its bond sale by 71 percent. Wal-Mart is now concentrating on opening stores in small Texas towns, reports the Dallas Morning News. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Real Estate at the Movies: 10 Recent Office Films
American work habits are changing, and therefore, so are office buildings—which is, in turn, can be seen at the movies. These 10 recent films, released between 2006 and 2013, capture office buildings and their inhabitants as we transition from soldiering on alone in our cubicles to working on teams in open spaces, pods and even far away from actual office buildings—and see our lives change in the process.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (December 10, 2014)
Hudson Pacific Properties will pay $3.5 billion for Blackstone’s office portfolio, according to Commercial Property Executive. U.S. News & World Report forecasts real estate trends for 2015. Bloomberg reports that the Carlyle Group hasn’t been as successful as rival Blackstone in its property investments. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
Top 10 Companies Leading the Industrial Real Estate Recovery
Since the recession began, speculative construction has been rare, except when it comes to industrial real estate, which is leading the U.S. commercial real estate recovery. By mid-2014, vacancy rates and speculative construction had returned to pre-recession levels, and the sector has also been seeing strong occupancy gains and rising rental rates in the face of diminishing big-box supply. Here are 10 companies making headlines with new and expanded industrial manufacturing, warehouse and distribution facilities.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (December 1, 2014)
Sam Zell confirmed his interest in buying 140 former Albertsons stores from Cerberus Capital Management, reports Bloomberg. U.S. News & World Report talks about the 10 markets real estate investors should keep their eyes on. Forest City may sell Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Anschultz Entertainment Group, according to the New York Post. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (November 20, 2014)
Homebuilders upped the number of building permits by 4.8 percent since September, but they are concentrating on rental housing, reports TheStreet.com. Bloomberg reveals that regional mall REIT Simon Property Group has been buying up shares of smaller rival Macerich. American Realty Capital New York City REIT closed on the purchase of 570 Seven Avenue in New York City, according to Commercial Observer. These are among today’s top stories from around the commercial real estate industry.
Real Estate in the Movies: 10 Office Classics
Movie plots have long found rich settings in offices, and a look at these 10 classics, ranging from 1956 to 1999, also provides an interesting view of the evolution of office design, along with the styles of office workers.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (November 4, 2014)
Quatar’s sovereign wealth fund and China’s Citic Group signed a preliminary agreement for a $10 billion joint investment in European real estate, reports Bloomberg. A study by the Sovereign Wealth Center found that these types of funds are finding real estate less attractive because of a frothy market, claims The Wall Street Journal. The New York State Teachers Retirement System has approved real estate commitments totaling $140 million, according to IP Real Estate. These are among the 10 must reads from the world of commercial real estate today.
13 Haunted Industrial Venues
The industrial sector may be making a comeback, but according to several ghost-hunter websites, so are many deceased folks who occupied these factories and warehouses when they were living. Haunted industrial sites can be found across the country, some of which are closed but many of which are still in operation. Here are, arguably, 13 of the most frightening.
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