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10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (December 23, 2015)

10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (December 23, 2015)


  1. Crowdfunding Will Continue to Be a Hot Real Estate Trend in 2016 “Crowdfunding caught fire in 2015 and it will continue to be a hot real estate investing trend in the coming year, said David Tobin, principal at Mission Capital. Tobin said legal and liquidity concerns will remain for crowdfunded real estate investors because the practice is still so new to the market. He said questions will endure as to the exact legal structure of crowdfunded deals and whether or not they should be subject to oversight by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.” (The Street)
  2. Real Estate: If You Don’t Love It, You Better List It “I wish I could say that all the reports you’ve seen lately are proof that the real estate market has turned around again and home prices are set to rise for the next 18 years. Unfortunately, I can’t, which is why I remain out of the real estate market. You see, bubbles always go back down to where they started – and often a bit lower. I have chart after chart (after chart) that shows this happening time and again throughout history. It’s so reliable you could bet on it and win.” (InvestorPlace)
  3. 10 Real Estate Trends to Look Out for in 2016 “The Fiscal Times staffer Beth Braverman provides her insight on the top 10 real estate trends coming in 2016, including a moderate rise in home prices and more buyers looking to buy smart and green homes. Next year, not only will home prices rise, but there will be a slight increase in interest rates, she writes. There should also be a lack of first time home buyers, because of the housing recovery. However, she adds, it will be smarter to buy a home than rent because of the rising rental rates.” (Builder)
  4. Iron Hound Secures $185M in Two NYC Debt Deals for Chetrit Group “So far December has been a fruitful month for Joseph Chetrit and his family and friends. In the past week, the Chetrit Group and its various joint venture partners closed $185 million in debt across two projects, Commercial Observer has learned. Iron Hound Management Company brokered both transactions, which include a $115 million loan from Fortress Investment Group for a development in downtown Brooklyn and a $70 million loan from SL Green Realty Corp. on a row of empty retail shops on West 34th Street.” (Commercial Observer)
  5. A Compelling Long Case for Macy’s, Backed by Starboard and Real Estate “According to Mr. Smith, the market valuation of Macy's real estate might top $21 billion. Most of this is comprised out of 400 retail locations as the prominent Herald Square store alone could be worth $4 billion. Other prime locations in Chicago and San Francisco could fetch over a billion as well. By monetizing these real estate assets, Macy's and its investors could see a huge windfall, certainly as one takes into account the huge decline in the stock price.” (Seeking Alpha)
  6. Kroger Unveiling New Store Concept in Seattle “A new retail brand called Main & Vine is entering Kroger’s extensive store portfolio soon and it could spell more trouble for Whole Foods Market and other competitors. A website for the new concept is filled with beautiful photos of fresh products and bills the store as a place, “where eating is healthy, affordable and fun!” The site does not offer an indication of when the store will open other than soon.” (Chain Store Age)
  7. How This Investment Fund is Using Sharia Law to Reach Big Investors “The success of Ethika Investments’ initial Ethika Diversified Opportunity Fund I, which is expected to deliver a net ROI of 22.3% and a 2.1x net equity multiple to investors, has led to another offering, Ethika Diversified Opportunity Fund II. Bisnow caught up with Ethika Investments/Laurus Corp chief investment officer Austin Khan to learn more about the fund investors and types of properties it will target.” (Bisnow)
  8. The Brand New High Alpha REIT Portfolio “For REITs, determining the presence and size of the margin of safety involves a variety of metrics, not limited to dividend yield, payout ratios, P/FFO (price to funds from operations), and NAV (net asset value). It also includes diversification and that's a concept that I frequently stress since it takes only a few large losses to decimate overall investment performance.” (Seeking Alpha)
  9. The 10 Biggest Real Estate Finance Deals of 2015 “New York’s investment sales market continued to soar in 2015, bolstered by an enthusiastic lending environment. While many of the biggest loans made were for trophy acquisitions, it was also a year for refinancings, with many property owners taking advantage of the wide availability of debt and the rising market to cash out. As the year draws to a close, The Real Deal, with data from analytics firm CrediFi, took a look at the 10 biggest real estate financing deals in New York’s market, which together represented more than $11 billion in debt.” (The Real Deal)
  10. Bed, Bath & Beyond Issues Worrisome Warning “The holiday season got off to a horrible start at Bed Bath & Beyond and things went downhill from there, judging from the industry leader’s uncharacteristic and concerning profit warning. The company badly missed its third quarter sales and profit forecast for a period that included most of Thanksgiving weekend, and said its same-store sales for the fourth quarter were likely to increase 1%.” (Chain Store Age)
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