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10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 28, 2015)

10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 28, 2015)


  1. $4B LaGuardia Plan Unveiled: ‘Tear It Down and Rebuild It’LaGuardia Airport is about to go from a state of disrepair to state-of-the-art.” (New York Post)
  2. Triangle Ranked 2nd Best Life Sciences Real Estate Market in US “A new report by real estate firm JLL ranks the Triangle as the second best real estate market in the U.S. for the life sciences industry, behind only Boston.” (News Observer)
  3. Minneapolis Downtown Real Estate Market: Maybe NOT That Cheap. “Minneapolis is the star of a very bullish new report by the real estate giant CBRE that confirmed the conclusions of a recent column on how the smart location choice for employers is downtown.” (Star Tribune)
  4. Toys ‘R’ Us Insurers Said to Cut Back Policies for SuppliersInsurance companies are cutting back on their coverage of Toys “R” Us Inc. suppliers, bringing another headache to a retailer that has suffered more than two years of losses, people familiar with the matter said.” (Bloomberg)
  5. Here's When the Next Recession Might Start “I have previously shown that based on the past five business cycles, the next recession might not start until March 2019. I examined the Index of Coincident Economic Indicators (CEI) for some historical guidance on the longevity of economic expansions. Let’s update our analysis.” (Business Insider)
  6. Despite China Stock Market Volatility, Outbound Property “While China's stock market has been experiencing record drops and whipsaw volatility in 2015, China driven outbound capital flows to commercial real estate in last four years experienced a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 72% to reach over $10 billion for the year 2014. This is according to CBRE's recently published report, The Expanding Role of Chinese Capital in Global Real Estate Markets.” (World Property Journal)
  7. Rising Rates: Threat Or Opportunity? “The ultralow yield environment of recent years has been challenging for many income investors—and it's about to get more challenging. With the U.S. economy gradually improving and interest rates poised to rise, many traditional bond investments are vulnerable to potentially significant price declines going forward (perhaps most notably, those that are shorter-duration in nature). As a result, many investors may need to rethink their approach to income investing.” (Seeking Alpha)
  8. Opinion: Nouriel Roubini’s Secret for Beating the MarketEven in normal times, individual and institutional investors alike have a hard time figuring out where to invest and in what. Should one invest more in advanced or emerging economies? And which ones? How does one decide when, and in what way, to rebalance one’s portfolio?” (Market Watch)
  9. LinkedIn Expands at World’s Most Famous Office Building “LinkedIn Corp. will expand its New York City headquarters, thanks to a 130,000-square-foot lease it signed with Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., bringing the company’s total occupancy to 280,000 square feet on seven floors in the historic Empire State Building.” (Commercial Property Executive)
  10. Towns Fight for Limits on Rowdy Student NeighborsDisorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, underage drinking, public urination, Animal House behavior. Those are perennial complaints in neighborhoods where college students live, local officials say. And with the start of the fall semester just a few weeks away, that's why they aggressively oppose a bill that would remove their restraints on student housing.” (
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