Archive for April, 2013

Dwindling inventory slows sales of existing homes

A tightening supply of existing homes in the U.S. largely was responsible for a 0.6% decline in sales between February and March, analysts say. The National Association of Realtors says existing-home sales eased to an annual rate of 4.92 million. The number of potential buyers increased 25% last month compared with March 2012, but the inventory of houses for sale decreased 17%. » Click here for full story Read more

MHI Hospitality rebrands as SoTHERLY Hotels

MHI Hospitality Corp. has changed its name to SoTHERLY Hotels Inc. The REIT changed the name to better reflect the shifts in its portfolio and approach to the market. » Click here for full story Read more

Vornado nets $156M in proceeds as it strives to focus on core holdings

Vornado Realty Trust is aiming to simplify its portfolio holdings to focus on core properties. It has sold a few properties in recent weeks to that end, netting proceeds of $156 million. » Click here for full story Read more

CMBS expected to see continued smooth sailing

Financing for commercial mortgage-backed securities is not as likely to plunge now as the economic recovery gains momentum. There could easily be temporary spikes in spreads, but that is typical of the market. » Click here for full story Read more

Program to finance energy-efficient upgrades launches

A new financing program, Property Assessed Clean Energy, has launched to support energy-efficient upgrades. Lack of funding has been a top barrier to retrofits, says Katrina Managan, program manager with the Institute for Building Efficiency at Johnson Controls. » Click here for full story Read more

CSO Insights: 2013 Sales Performance Optimization Study Results

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CommonWealth REIT adopts provisions to fend off takeover attempts

CommonWealth REIT has adopted board rules that will help it thwart unsolicited takeover attempts. The REIT recently turned down a $2.9 billion buyout offer from two shareholders. » Click here for full story Read more

Bachia: Brookfield pushes deeper into sustainability

Brookfield Office Properties has focused on sustainability in its portfolio for several years, says Richard Bachia, senior vice president of operations technology. More recently, it began reporting to the Carbon Disclosure Project, an international, not-for-profit organization, and using its Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark for its sustainability reporting. » Click here for full story Read more

REIT institutional rankings led by Vanguard, BlackRock

The number of REIT positions held by U.S. institutional investors at year-end 2012 posted an average 8.5% year-over-year increase, according to SNL. Vanguard and BlackRock were at the top of the institutional owners of REIT rankings. » Click here for full story Read more

Chinese cities resist efforts to cool real estate market

China's central government says it is committed to slowing down the rise in home prices, but local governments aren't cooperating because bringing down property prices will hurt them financially. Money from land sales accounts for about 25% of local governments' fiscal income. » Click here for full story Read more

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Regulators prepare recommendations on rate-setting process

Martin Wheatley, CEO of the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, and Gary Gensler, chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, are leading a panel of regulators in preparing recommendations for setting benchmark interest rates. The regulators are striving to eliminate conflicts and other issues that have resulted in manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate and possibly other benchmark rates. Click here for full story Read more

CRE Liquidity: Too Much, Too Little or Just Right?

Morgan Stanley and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch are going to market in the coming days with a CMBS offering that has a kind of scary deja vu feeling to it for investors. The loans in the offering (MSBAM 2013-C9) have a 98.8% loan-to-value (LTV) ratio, according to Kroll Bond Rating Agency. That is above the high end of the range of the last 11 CMBS conduits Kroll has rated since September 2012. In addition, there are 29 loans packaged as part ... Read more

PPR Economists Featured In Latest ULI Real Estate Investment Survey

Real estate economists Hans Nordby, Shaw Lupton and Suzanne Mulvee of CoStar's Property and Portfolio Research (PPR) analytic... » Click here for full story Read more

Sternlicht and Barrack Tapping Capital Markets To Fund Additional Single-Family Acquisitions

Colony Capital and Starwood Capital Group, two of the giants of global real estate investments who also happen to be among the... » Click here for full story Read more

Ivanhoé Cambridge Buys Into $1.5B Apartment Portfolio Transaction

Continuing a series of high-profile acquisitions in the U.S., deep-pocketed Canadian institutional real estate manager and investor... » Click here for full story Read more