How REITs are addressing the co-working trend | BlackRock to buy eFront for $1.3B | Beauty niche stands out in struggling retail sector
March 22, 2019
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How REITs are addressing the co-working trend
Many REITs have embraced the co-working model and are disclosing the benefits and risks associated with contracting space to such tenants, writes Fitch Ratings senior director Stephen Boyd. Some REITs, such as Boston Properties and SL Green Realty, see co-working tenants as "a critical net absorber of space," while others, such as Empire State Realty Trust, think the model "disrupts the relationships between tenants, landlords and brokers with outsized risk from weak equity-dependent business models," Boyd writes.
Commercial Property Executive (3/20) 
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Mobile Device Usage is a Threat to Data Security
74% of global IT leaders reported a data breach due to a mobile security issue. Discover how cybersecurity is shifting to meet the needs of a mobile world, and why it's critical to not fall behind. Learn how to protect your organization from mobile threats in The Convergence of InfoSec & Mobile.
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BlackRock to buy eFront for $1.3B
BlackRock will acquire French software company eFront for $1.3 billion. The company provides deal management tracking and reporting for private equity and alternative investments, and its acquisition would help BlackRock diversify from stocks and bonds.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/22) 
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Real Estate Marketplace
Beauty niche stands out in struggling retail sector
The beauty industry niche within the retail sector, typified by such stores as Ulta Beauty and Sephora, is growing rapidly even as other types of retailers are scaling back their physical presence. Their growth is due to factors such as the decline of the department store, the use of social media to interact with customers and little overlap with e-commerce offerings.
National Real Estate Investor online (3/21) 
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Investors shun nursing homes for senior living with multiple uses
Relatively little new supply is entering the nursing home pipeline in terms of freestanding facilities, says Bill Kauffman of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care. "Investors and consumers want property that has several tiers of senior living, including memory care, assisted living, and nursing homes," he said.
National Real Estate Investor online (3/21) 
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JBG Smith was bullish about Northern Va. before Amazon's interest
JBG Smith has big plans for Northern Virginia's National Landing, which includes Crystal City, the eastern portion of Pentagon City and the northern part of Potomac Yard. "We had already started looking at opportunities in that submarket three or four years ago," before Amazon opted to establish its second headquarters there, said Kai Reynolds, the REIT's chief development officer.
REIT magazine (3/2019) 
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Amazon not expected to drive up rental rates in National Landing
National Landing in Northern Virginia is gearing up for the 25,000 people who will be employed at Amazon's second headquarters, with about 5,300 residential units planned or under construction in developments that will include pedestrian space and many amenities. A sudden spike in rental rates isn't expected, because Amazon will enter the area in stages.
Washingtonian online (3/21) 
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National Retail Properties marks 29th year of dividend increases
National Retail Properties' results for 2018 were solid, President and CEO Jay Whitehurst said, with core funds from operations, or FFO, per share growing 5.2% and the REIT increasing its dividend for the 29th consecutive year. "We're one of only three REITs and less than 90 public companies that have that enviable track record of annual dividend increases," he said.
Nareit (3/13) 
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Policy & the Economy
Brickman to take position as Freddie Mac CEO
Freddie Mac President David Brickman will take over as chief executive after CEO Donald Layton retires July 1. Brickman will be Freddie Mac's fourth CEO since a federal takeover a decade ago.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/21) 
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SEC simplifies disclosure by public firms, money managers
The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved amendments to Regulation S-K aimed at simplifying and modernizing disclosure by public companies, consultants and money managers. The amendments are required under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015.
Pensions & Investments (free access for SmartBrief readers) (3/21) 
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What's ahead for cap rates and interest rates?
One of the most critical issues for real estate investors in the year ahead is the outlook for cap rates and property prices, especially with Federal Reserve policy in the spotlights. In addition to the future path for their target for short-term interest rates, Fed officials have also been discussing policy options concerning their securities holdings. Learn more.
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