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Commercial Property Price Indices Approach New Highs, by National Real Estate Investor

According to leading price indices, “commercial property prices are approaching the levels seen during the last boom,” reports a National Real Estate Investor article. “As prices rise,” the article notes, “investors seem torn between pouring more money into the most expensive assets and investing in properties that may have more potential for future appreciation."

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Investors Bullish About Canadian CRE, by CBRE

Investment volume in Canadian commercial real estate reached a new first quarter record this year, largely due to pension fund activity, according to CBRE’s “Canada Investment MarketView.” Investors purchased $6.8 billion of Canadian CRE in the first quarter of 2014, up 12.2 percent from $6.1 billion in the first quarter of 2013.

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REITs Coming to India? by Gulf News

Private equity in Indian real estate is on the rise, according to a recent Gulf News article. “An optimistic economic scenario and a booming property sector have investors queuing up for a slice of the market,” the article reports. It goes on to predict that real estate investment trusts (REITs) will be introduced in India by mid-2014.

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Sovereign Wealth Funds Shake Up European CRE Market, by Institutional Investor

Asian investors, led by sovereign wealth funds, are “snapping up properties, driving down yields and forcing traditional institutional buyers to look further afield for deals,” according to a recent Institutional Investor article. The strong demand also is pushing up prices for prime commercial real estate in London, Cologne and other European cities.

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U.S. Industrial Investment Market Thriving in Q1 2014, by Cushman & Wakefield

The U.S. industrial market remains strong, continuing to fare better than the European, Asian and Canadian markets, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s “Industrial Investor Outlook and Trends” report for the first quarter of this year. The report notes that the market’s early 2014 progress is reflected in positive absorption, declining vacancies and rising rents.

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CRE Benefits From Crowdfunding, by Crowdnetic

Since the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lifted its decades-long ban on general solicitation last September, fundamentally changing the way companies are allowed to raise money, the real estate development industry has benefited more than any other, raising almost $17.5 million from investors through crowdfunding efforts, according to a new report by Crowdnetic.

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The Canadian Quartet, by JLL

A new report by JLL identifies four Canadian cities — Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver — as having the strongest potential and most opportunities for global real estate investors. JLL expects each member of this “Canadian Quartet” to firmly secure a place on the world stage during the next decade and to present new opportunities for foreign investment.

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Asia Pacific Investment Booming, by CBRE

A significant majority of investors expect to commit more capital to the Asia Pacific real estate market in 2014 compared to 2013, according to CBRE’s Asia Pacific Investor Intentions Survey 2014, which gauges the outlook and appetite of real estate investors in the region for the remainder of the year.

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Canadian CRE Delivers-Double Digit Returns, by REALpac/IPD

Canadian commercial real estate continues to deliver double-digit performance, according to the latest Real Property Association of Canada and Investment Property Databank Ltd. (REALpac/IPD) “Canada Property Index,” released at the REALpac/IPD Canada Real Estate Investment Forum in Toronto.

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CMBS Delinquency Rate Still Sinking, by Trepp LLC

Last month marked the eighth straight month of improvement in the delinquency rate for commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS)

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The Curious Shape of Investment Activity in Europe, by CBRE

"Commercial real estate activity in Europe finished the year on a high,” reports a recent issue of CBRE Econometric Advisors’ “About Real Estate” newsletter. "Rather oddly, however,” it continues, “the strongest growth in investment activity is coming at the two extremes of the market."

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The Economy and What It Means to Commercial Real Estate in General – and to Your Business in Particular

The overall economic recovery has been underway for three years, but the averages don't apply very well to any one region in the United States. What markets are recovered and primed for growth? How does this play out differently in office markets versus industrial?

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Capital Markets Is Credit Loose or Too Tight Development 2013

Coming out of the recession, the capital markets have undergone significant change. In late 2009, finding capital was the challenge. Borrowers are now challenged with matching available capital with structure requirements and return expectations. Our capital market panel will help you understand the current market and what to expect in the future.

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Single-Tenant Cap Rates Increase, by the Boulder Group

Office and retail properties leased to single tenants posted moderate cap rate increases for the first time in nearly two years in the third quarter of 2013, according to latest edition of “The Net Lease Market Report,” published by the Boulder Group.

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What Drives Variations in Liquidity in Euro CRE Investment Markets? by CBRE

Overall trends in European CRE market liquidity before and after the financial crisis reflect the effects of two key drivers: the availability of debt and the responses of investors to economic uncertainty and risk, according to Peter Damessick, chairman, EMEA Research, CBRE, writing in the latest issue of About Real Estate.

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CRE Investors Revise Expected Return Upward

Commercial real estate equity investors now expect a 9.1 percent return for the year, a 50 basis point increase over last quarter's annualized expectation, reported the Pension Real Estate Association, Hartford, Connecticut in its Second Quarter survey results. The same basic pattern of forecast returns holds across the individual property types as well, with the exception of office.

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Top developers compete for equity capital from institutional investors searching for the best industrial development deals from around the country.

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How CIOs View the Current Investment Climate

How CIOs from the leading industrial owners view the current investment climate and where they see potential opportunities.

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Money into Property: Liquidity Is Next Differentiator, by DTZ

Property market sentiment remained mixed, despite the improving macro outlook, according to DTZ’s 39th annual Money into Property report. Lenders were found to be more cautious than investors, while investors see buying opportunities and an improvement in the availability of debt financing.

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European Investors Still Favor the Continent for RE Purchases, by CBRE

Over 360 investors took part in the CBRE 2013 online survey of European Investor Intentions, drawn from across the property investment community. Overall, Europe was the most favored region for investment purchases among the 2013 survey respondents, according to Dr. Peter Damesick, chairman, EMEA Research.

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Global Property Investment Markets Could Jump by 14% in 2013, Notes Cushman & Wakefield Report

Cushman & Wakefield's International Investment Atlas found that the global property investment market had a modest six percent rise in activity during 2012 with volumes reaching $929 billion. In what was a difficult year in most markets, investment volumes rallied in the fourth quarter of 2012 signaling the beginning of real momentum and a return of confidence in the market.

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Black Cloud of Distressed Commercial RE Loans May Have Silver Lining, by IDI

The number of distressed properties in commercial real estate has opened a flood of opportunities for higher risk tolerant investors to acquire loans at significant discounts to par, according to Jennifer Widener vice president, director of acquisitions, Industrial Development International. She explained that investment strategies in this market typically play out in one of two scenarios that she discusses in the article.

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Real Estate Investor Sentiment Hits New Peak in 1st Quarter 2013, by NREI/Marcus & Millichap

The NREI/Marcus & Millichap Investor Sentiment Index rose to another record high in the first quarter of 2013 — up three points to 174 - indicating that investor confidence in commercial real estate continues to climb to new heights, according to a new report. “The great news,” noted Hessam Nadji, a senior vice president and managing director at Marcus & Millichap “is that investors continue to be optimistic about commercial real estate.”

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Advantages of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing for Municipalities and Landlords, by Johnson Controls

Many reports have demonstrated that energy efficiency pays for itself and that there is a significant investment opportunity in the building efficiency market. A collaborative study by the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency, PACENow, and the Urban Land Institute outline the advantages of PACE financing structures over other financing options.

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Energy Production Boom Enhances Office Investment Opportunities, by CBRE

The increase in domestic energy exploration and production will spur office investment opportunities in U.S. markets like Dallas, Pittsburgh and Oklahoma City, says the CBRE 13 Trends for 2013 report.

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Investment Capital Seeks Global Opportunity in 2013, by Ernst & Young

Large amounts of institutional capital are pouring into gateway cities, like London, New York, San Francisco, Paris and Shanghai. Interest from sovereign wealth funds in setting up either joint ventures or separate accounts with global fund managers is a developing trend expected to increase in 2013, says Ernst & Young.

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Canada: Positioning for 2014 and Beyond, by Avison Young

Focus on building capital positions in 2013, perhaps selling non-strategic assets to fund a war chest; arrange for access to additional debt and equity as 2014 appears bright, says the Avison Young 2013 Forecast report.

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How Does CRE Fit Into the Rest of the Capital World?

This session explores how U.S. commercial real estate is viewed as an asset class by investors and what are the fundamentals required to attract more capital to our industry.

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Attracting Capital Outside of the Major Markets

Once we step outside the ring of gateway markets and trophy assets, capital availability falls off dramatically. This panel utilizes personal case studies from current projects to explore joint venture equity, construction and bridge financing.

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Net Lease Investing

The net lease sector remains one of the most actively traded markets in real estate. In this session, you'll gain insights from two of the industry's most prominent organizations into valuation metrics as well as an outlook for the market in the year ahead.

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Abundance of Capital Continues to Reward Stabilized Properties, Gateway Markets

This article gives an overview of the 2012 ICSC/NAIOP Real Estate Capital MarketPlace Conference held on September 13, 2012 in New York City.

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Breaking the Gridlock: Strategies for Managing Distressed Real Estate Issues

With more than $1.4 trillion in CRE loans set to mature over the next several years, many borrowers have little hope of refinancing due to the collapse of CRE prices following the worldwide economic crisis. This Solutions Series program discusses creative and effective strategies that are being employed to resolve distressed credits.

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Navigating the Treacherous CMBS Landscape

Explore the scenery of the CMBS land from maturing loans to defaults to new originations. Ann Hambly, a leading expert in CMBS, offers insights into the opportunities and pitfalls this treacherous landscape has to offer.

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Is an UPREIT Right for You?

As markets start to improve and the better-performing assets reach a break-even point, an UPREIT structure could provide a nice "out" for owners. This Solutions Series program explains what the UPREIT process entails, the pros and cons and more.

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Attracting Foreign Capital and Creating Jobs through the EB-5 Program

The EB-5 Foreign Investor Green Card Program, created by Congress in 1990, is designed to attract foreign investment, benefit the U.S. economy and create at least 10 full-time jobs per project. Local developer George Livingston is participating in these ventures through a Regional Center, which provides the structure to match foreign investors with relevant development projects.

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Rules of Thumb for Successful Portfolio Management

Portfolio management, especially in today's challenging financial environment, is a dizzyingly complex, high-stakes poker game. Larry Lance shares some rules of thumb that can help you create and execute successful property-level strategies for the assets under your charge.

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Unblocking the Liquidity Logjam

Could you take a pool of risk-willing fresh capital, target commercial loans and REOs in the $10-100 million range, and quickly return above-market yields to your investors? That's the proposition that SilverLeaf Financial makes. And then listen as Deanna Polizzo, NorthMarq Capital, probes to find out how successful the approach has been, and where the company will look for future opportunities.

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FDIC's Structured Transactions Program - Sales of Interests in Distressed Loan Portfolios

In 2009, the FDIC began marketing efforts for the sale of interests in three substantial distressed loan portfolios (+$5B). Significant opportunities are available for investors and service providers to the real estate industry. After this program, you will be better informed about the FDIC's Structured Transactions Program and pending large loan portfolio transactions.