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1. Blackstone bets big on commercial real estate

Real Estate Investment SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2015

General Electric's sale of $14 billion in real estate assets to Blackstone underscores the extent of the private equity company's considerable real estate portfolio. Blackstone oversees $272 billion in assets. Of that amount, $81 billion is real estate related, followed by private equity, high-yielding debt and hedge funds. In the past two years, Blackstone has seen half of its core profits come from real estate transactions. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (04/12)

2. Raleigh, N.C., is strongest office market, says Morgan Stanley

Real Estate Investment SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

Raleigh, N.C.; San Jose, Calif.; San Francisco; Seattle and Nashville, Tenn., are the strongest office markets at the moment, according to a ranking compiled by Morgan Stanley. It found that Hudson Pacific Properties, Highwoods Properties and SL Green Realty had the most exposure to the strongest markets. Barron's (subscription required) (04/14)

3. Quantitative models drive single-family home investing

Real Estate Investment SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Single-family rental-home investors such as Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust, Blackstone and Silver Bay Realty Trust are using quantitative models to move quickly on acquisitions now that the supply of available homes is dwindling. Companies rank homes, sight unseen, based on factors such as anticipated renovation costs, values, schools and crime rates. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/13)

4. Sears to shift 10 properties to JV with Simon

Real Estate Investment SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2015

Sears Holdings has formed a joint venture with Simon Property Group, following a similar deal the department store inked with General Growth Properties this month. In its Simon JV, Sears is contributing 10 properties valued at $228 million in a sale-leaseback transaction. Simon has contributed $114 million in cash to the partnership. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/13) Bloomberg (04/13)

5. Why apartment rents will continue rising

Real Estate Investment SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Apartment rents are up 14% over the past five years, and analysts say the increases will continue this year despite new supply. A stronger job market is prompting more young adults to move out of their parents' homes and into apartments. Meanwhile, much of the new supply is aimed at luxury tenants, adding pressure to prices for average renters. Investor's Business Daily (04/14)

6. M&As will continue to define the REIT industry, experts say

Real Estate Investment SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Mergers and acquisitions will continue to characterize the REIT industry, according to speakers at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate's annual REIT symposium. Factors driving the trend include the rise of activist investors and a surge in investor interest in commercial real estate. With new entrants to the industry, however, the overall number of REITs could stay largely the same, said Michael Kirby, chairman of research firm Green Street Advisors. Bloomberg (04/15) (04/16)

7. Fed official sees liquidity troubles in Treasury market

Real Estate Investment SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Simon Potter, head of markets group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, said the collapse of Treasury yields before rebounding in October raises questions "about the nature of liquidity in the Treasury market today." Sharp intraday price swings could become more common, Potter said at a meeting of banks and securities firms that trade U.S. government debt. MarketWatch (04/13) Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (04/14)

8. Vornado Realty Trust eyes sale of street retail, D.C. holdings

Real Estate Investment SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2015

Vornado Realty Trust is considering selling its street retail assets and its properties in the Washington, D.C., area, according to CEO Steven Roth's annual letter to shareholders. "Everything is on the table," he wrote, adding that "there can be no assurance that any transaction will occur here." (04/13)

9. Commercial property bond investors complain of ratings-shopping

Real Estate Investment SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

At least nine major investors in commercial property bonds have asked regulators to investigate the practice of underwriters shopping their offerings to rating agencies that will be more lenient in their structures, according to sources. The Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York attorney general's office are investigating, the sources say. Bloomberg (04/15)

10. Industrial land prices rise as demand increases

Real Estate Investment SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2015

Midsize industrial buildings are in high demand among e-commerce fulfillment tenants, as well as companies seeking new manufacturing facilities. Industrial land prices are rising as a result, reaching $2.23 per square foot in the first quarter of this year, compared with $1.78 per square foot last year, according to Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. National Real Estate Investor online (04/10)

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