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. 

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 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.
13 Haunted Office Buildings
You may think your job's a nightmare, but however bad it may be, it's nothing compared to the experience of people who work in haunted office buildings. Upset by renovations or even too much or not enough employee turnover, ghosts have been reported at office buildings throughout the country. Just in time for Halloween, here are 13 of them.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 27, 2014)
Tourism is expected to generate 25 percent of One World Trade Center's revenues, The Real Deal reports. Corporate America has begun to spend again for the first time since the recession, The Financial Times reveals. As the holiday retail season approaches, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are suffering delays, according to Bloomberg. And a joint venture of American Real Estate Partners and Investcorp has acquired Canal Center, a four-building, 540,000-sq.-ft. Class-A office complex in the D.C. metro area for $176 million, Commercial Property Executive reveals. These stories are among today's must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
Green from Green: Public Parks Increase CRE Value
Open spaces in urban areas not only improve communities but can add billions of dollars to adjacent commercial real estate properties, agreed panelists at the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Fall Meeting, being held this week at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Two recent examples are New York’s Bryant Park and Dallas’s Klyde Warren Park.
Foreign Investment in U.S. Market to Top 2013 Levels, Reaching $50B, Predicts JLL 2
Foreign institutional investors are spending heavily on U.S. assets this year, revealed JLL’s global capital markets experts at the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) fall meeting, currently underway at New York’s Javits Center. In fact, the inflow of foreign capital is so strong that JLL is raising its predictions on foreign investment into the United States for 2014, and is now forecasting nearly $50 billion, up from $38.7 billion in 2013.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 21, 2014)
A shareholder is pressuring PREIT to put itself up for sale, according to Bloomberg. Bensinga looks at the recent performance of private equity firms by zeroing in on the Blackstone Group. New York City Mayor rejects the call for $1 billion in tax incentives for JPMorgan’s new headquarters, reports Crain’s New York Business. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
13 Haunted Retail Venues
If you thought ghosts only haunt old houses, think again. Plenty of them make for some pretty spooky shopping, and not only in October.
World's 10 Fastest Growing Cities
There are more than 25 cities in the world today with populations of over 10 million, according to a recent study by the United Nations Population Division, World Economic Forum. Here, we present the top 10, ranked according to total population predicted for 2025 rather than by percentage of growth.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 3, 2014) 
The U.S. apartment sector registered an increase in vacancies for the first time in five years, according to Bloomberg. World Property Channel published a list of the top 10 U.S. markets for investment in residential rentals, courtesy of RealtyTrac. Switzerland-based Partners Group broke the record for the largest fund dedicated to real estate secondaries, reports Commercial Property Executive. These are among the must reads for the commercial real estate industry today.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 2, 2014) 
The Durst Organization is investing $1.5 billion in a development at Hallets Point in New York City, reports Commercial Property Executive. Lone Star Funds is raising $1 billion to buy bonds backed by loans to borrowers with troubled credit histories and first-time homebuyers with high student debt, according to Bloomberg. U.K. REITs are shopping for U.S. malls, reports The Independent. These are among the must reads for the commercial real estate industry today.

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