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
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 11, 2015)
Hilton Worldwide has struck a $1.76 billion deal for five hotels in Florida and San Francisco, reports Bloomberg. A Chinese real estate firm bought a development site in San Francisco for $296 million, according to Commercial Property Executive. Target’s Canadian landlords wants the chain to enter full bankruptcy there, reveals Chain Store Age. These are today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 10, 2015)
Starwood Hotels and Resorts plans to spin off a time-share REIT, reports The New York Times. Investor Corvex Management wants American Realty Capital Properties to dismiss its board of directors, according to Bloomberg. Real estate fund managers claim an interest rate hike will be only a short-term challenge for REITs, notes The Wall Street Journal. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Commercial Construction Activity Rising in 2015, Says AIA 3
According to the latest American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Consensus Construction Forecast, conducted in December, the national building activity level for non-residential real estate is climbing. We spoke with AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker to find out what’s behind the AIA’s prognosis.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 9, 2015)
U.S. REIT stocks fell hard after the new jobs report increased belief the Fed will raise interest rates by the summer, reports Bloomberg. The CMBS market may be facing some challenges, according to the Commercial Observer. Business Insider lists the more than 1,700 RadioShack stores that will close by March 31. These are today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 6, 2015)
An activist investor is urging Brookdale Senior Living to spin off a REIT, reports Bloomberg. Norway’s Norges Bank has purchased a minority stake in 11 Times Square, according to The Real Deal. A joint venture of Princeton Holdings and the Bluestone Group has bought a four-building office portfolio for $250 million, notes Commercial Property Executive. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Top 5 Predictions for CRE Crowdfunding in 2015
Crowdfunding continues on a roll, capturing an increasing share of the capital stack. This shouldn’t be a surprise as the sector is rapidly maturing and attracting an expanded set of investors to the asset class, say RealCrowd co-founders Adam Hooper and Roman Rosario.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 5, 2015)
The Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in the first half of the year, predicts CNBC. Commercial Observer looks at TIAA-CREF’s entry into the real estate market. Dallas ranks among the top commercial real estate markets in the U.S., reports Dallas Business Journal. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
U.S. Hotel Sector Set for Stellar Performance in 2015
Despite some unknowns when it comes to travel—including currency exchange rates and political troubles abroad—the hotel industry’s comeback should continue throughout 2015, says Jan D. Freitag, senior vice president of STR, a global provider of research to the hotel industry based in Hendersonville, Tenn.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 4, 2015)
Staples agreed to a plan to buy Office Depot in a $6.3 billion deal, reports Bloomberg. President Obama’s administration is aggressively cutting government spending on office and warehouse space, reveals Federal Times. S&P will pay $1.5 billion in settlements to government agencies and CalPERS for its role in the housing crisis, according to Forbes. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 3, 2015)
RadioShack discussing selling half its stores to Sprint, closing the remainder, reports Bloomberg. Staples and Office Depot are negotiating a merger, reveals The Wall Street Journal. Apple plans to spend $2 billion to open a data center in Mesa, Ariz., according to The Associated Press. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
The Shakeout between Winners and Losers in Retail Real Estate Will Continue
The retail real estate sector should continue to recover this year, says industry veteran Matthew B. Winn. The e-commerce model will grow more complementary to bricks-and-mortar stores, rather than serving as an adversarial channel, he maintains.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 2, 2015)
REITs might be ready for a fall, warns Bloomberg. Real estate ETFs could suffer if the Fed raises interest rates, notes Reuters. RadioShack is discussing a bankruptcy auction with hedge fund Standard General, according to 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 (January 30, 2015)
Institutional investors hit returns of 11.82 percent on commercial real estate holdings in 2014, reports The Wall Street Journal. Starwood struck a $1.12 billion deal to buy a portfolio of suburban office properties from Duke Realty, according to Bloomberg. The Street reviews the imminent IPO of a first-ever utility REIT. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
Will Crowdfunding Attract Private Investors to 3 WTC?
Any member of the general public can own a piece of 3 World Trade Center, an 80-story, 2.5 million-sq.-ft. office tower designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Rogers, for as little as $5,000 per increment, according to the New York Daily News.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (January 29, 2015)
Ivanhoe Cambridge bought a multifamily portfolio in San Francisco, reports IP Real Estate. Blackstone reported declines in its real estate business in the fourth quarter, according to The New York Times. H&M plans to open 400 stores in 2015, mostly in the U.S. and China, notes Chain Store Age. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
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