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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



Pulling together: The right local partner is crucial for both foreign and domestic investors

Author: Sheila Hopkins

Capital flows in and out of regions; countries and continents are growing at an ever-increasing pace. While some foreign investors prefer to acquire assets outright and avoid the potentially complex process of acquiring a property in parallel with structuring a joint-venture agreement, most seem to prefer the security of working with someone who knows the local market. You do not have to be an international investor, however, to feel the need for a partner with local knowledge. 

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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



The money talks: Industry professionals gather to discuss the state of the commercial real estate markets

Author: Loretta Clodfelter

For the past couple of decades, Institutional Real Estate, Inc., has been gathering the brightest minds in the institutional real estate investment community and providing a forum to discuss what is keeping them up at night. 

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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



Making the grade: Real estate goes to school, and investors are coming along for the ride

Author: Michael Lester

In the past 10 years, student housing in America has changed dramatically. As the student housing sector has ascended in amenities and investor acceptance, rewards and returns for owners and operators also have trended upward. 

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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



The hybrid office: A major shift is under way in the U.S. office market

Author: Melissa Reagen and Brandi Lundberg

Hybrid office space incorporates elements of both traditional space and the “creative” office space. Office occupiers from all types of industries are driving this secular shift by demanding the “right” mix of collaborative versus private space, natural light, and amenities such as juice and coffee bars in their offices. Traditional office buildings that cannot accommodate these needs are becoming increasingly less desirable and outdated, challenging their long-term performance within a real estate portfolio. 

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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



Millennial mirage: The markets most affected when millennial housing patterns mirror those of previous generations

Author: Stanley Iezman and Christopher Macke

Millennials are on every real estate investor’s wish list, especially apartment investors, and for good reason. Although this outsized demand is a boon today, long-term apartment investors would be wise to examine the sustainability of the factors creating it. 

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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



High and dry: The impact of California's remarkable water policy on institutional real estate, part one

Author: Randall Zisler and Matthew Zisler

Like Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ancient mariner, California finds its ship listless in the doldrums of a misguided and moribund political process, bordered by vast saltwater and lacking a tailwind. While the drought is a given, misguided public policy regarding the rationing and pricing of water is the headwind. 

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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



Going shopping: Strong first quarter for institutional real estate led by retail sector

Author: Jeffrey Fisher and Sara Rutledge

The NCREIF Property Index, or NPI, started 2015 with a 3.57 percent quarterly return. This is the highest quarterly return since second quarter 2011. This strong performance was led by retail properties, which returned just below 5 percent for the quarter. 

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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



The sweet spot: Across sectors and markets, performance is at or above expectations

Author: Geoffrey Dohrmann

The common theme underscoring all of these meetings these days is how well everything truly appears to be going for just about everyone engaged in investing or investment management. Virtually every property sector in virtually every market appears to be performing in the sweet spot. 

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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



Real estate companies head to the altar

Author: Loretta Clodfelter

A wave of consolidation has struck the commercial real estate industry, as big-ticket mergers and acquisitions take the fore.

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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



Investors check in to the European hotel sector

Author: Andrea Waitrovich

European hotels are a growing commercial property asset class, driven by a number of factors including great investor appetite for consumer-driven real estate in a time of low inflation and rising consumer spending.

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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



Real estate acquisitions could increase in 2015

Author: Loretta Clodfelter

A majority of investors and investment managers plan to increase their acquisitions of commercial real estate this year, according to a new survey of global real estate investors by CBRE. 

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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



Office market expected to grow in near future

Author: Andrea Waitrovich

The U.S. office market ended 2014 on a good note and should continue this upward trend through 2017, according to 2015–2017 United States Office Overview & Forecast by Cushman & Wakefield. 

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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



Investing in 'winning cities': skip office in favor of retail, residential

Author: Zoe Wolff

Aberdeen Asset Management recently published a report breaking down these cities into seven categories that reveal where the strongest investment opportunities lie. 

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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



Real estate hits the sweet spot

Author: Larry Gray

The U.S. real estate market is entering a sweet spot in its current cycle that could last for the next several years, and risk levels remain generally low, according to a recent report from MetLife Real Estate Investors. 

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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



Transaction Analysis: Foreign investors behind biggest U.S. deals in Q1

Author: Andrea Waitrovich

During first quarter 2015, U.S. property sales were up nearly 50 percent year-over-year on volume of $114.7 billion, according to Real Capital Analytics, for transactions of $10 million or more. 

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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



Data Bank: Debt funds increasingly focus on Europe

Author: Loretta Clodfelter

The amount of capital raised for debt investments nearly doubled from 2013 (21 funds, $11.3 billion) to 2014 (22 funds, $22.4 billion), according to data from IREI’s FundTracker database. 

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June 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 6



Take Five: A brief intermission with Elliot Faulkner

Author: Elliot Faulkner

Elliot Faulkner is head of real estate investments, Farmers Insurance Group.

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