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  • Combining two condos to make one large unit adds coveted square footage. But the combo-condo boosts property values as well.

  • A surprise interest-rate drop in January spurred a record number of homeowners to refinance. What you should know when rates fall again.

  • Beth Burnham Mace

    Like most commercial real estate values, seniors housing property values have been increasing. Favorable market fundamentals, a compelling investment thesis, an improving economy and obtainable credit at attractive rates all have powered values ever higher.

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  • Gross domestic product grew more slowly than initially estimated

  • Walmart's recent raise is the big talk among retailers - as many report their results

  • As part of our plan to develop a stronger connection with our readers, NREI will run a number of surveys this year asking for your opinion on investment, development, property management, the industry’s health and other topics.read more

  • In a bid to leapfrog competitors in the online apartment-listing business, CoStar Group Inc. is spending heavily to make Apartments.com the go-to website for renters seeking new digs.

  • The roughly 15,000-square-foot unit is on the 41st and 42nd floors of the Lumina, a two-tower project that is generating sales from the tech industry

  • The MetLife Building has secured a $1.4 billion loan from Bank of America and Wells Fargo, reports Bloomberg. Barnes & Noble will split itself into two firms, including one that will focus on education and college books, according to Fox Business. Sears plans to split 300 of its best properties into a REIT by late spring, reveals Dow Jones Newswires.

  • Like many cities, New York doesn't have enough units to house its residents -- especially those at lower income levels. Here's how the city is working to solve the problem.

  • The continued emergence of the small-to-midsize private commercial real estate investors clearly has had an impact on commercial real estate. No longer an afterthought, the industry is taking this segment of the market seriously and has adapted to their demands, particularly when it comes to lending.

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  • Office building owners know it’s almost impossible to measure the success of adding sustainable features, as most tenants don’t make their leasing decisions solely on the basis of water or electricity savings.

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  • RealtyTrac, a provider of housing data and analytics, has created a list of top 10 markets that combine low risk (based on low unemployment rates) with the potential for double-digit gross annual yields.

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  • Retailer posts loss in fourth quarter.

  • Many support staff employees say they've overheard people complaining about the boss and colleagues.

  • As health care becomes more patient-focused, many providers have moved into retail space to become more accessible and convenient. But property owners who expect to backfill empty massive big boxes with health care tenants will probably be disappointed, experts warn.

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  • Until recently, there was scant data to help owners understand whether shoppers even noticed the green features of retail buildings and, if so, whether those initiatives impacted their loyalty towards certain retail projects.

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  • Sears Holdings Corp. said that its plan to sell and lease back some stores may raise more than $2 billion, reports Bloomberg. Forest City Enterprises aims to sell or shed a handful of properties—including most of its Cleveland buildings—to prepare to become a REIT, according to Cleveland.com. Private equity firms like Blackstone are taking a more sedate approach with big clients, signifying that the industry is moving away from its former free-wheeling spirit, notes the New York Times.

  • Cushman & Wakefield is going up for sale, reports the Wall Street Journal. Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay will form two real estate joint ventures in the U.S. and Canada, according to Reuters. Hines and Novak Bros. are developing The Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center in Georgetown, Texas, reports Commercial Property Executive.

  • Nadim Ashi plans to build a Four Seasons hotel and condos behind the legendary Surf Club in Miami Beach, part of a new vanguard of developers entering untapped markets for the luxury brand.

  • Not surprisingly, the decline in the price of oil will have a negative impact on energy-oriented economies around the country. However, this will only slow growth in major metro areas, not drive them into recession.

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  • Pension funds are exhibiting a bigger appetite for real estate, but they remain cautious when it comes to moving beyond core assets and gateway markets.

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  • The Italian family that controls Cushman & Wakefield, one of the world’s largest real-estate services firms, is putting the company up for sale as rising property prices push up the value of rivals.

  • Revel Casino Hotel has struck a new deal to sell the beleaguered Atlantic City. N.J., resort to Florida-based developer Glenn Straub.

  • Inman looks at challenges facing real estate crowdfunding. Pacific Business News reports that Japanese investors have been the top buyers of Hawaiian properties in 2014. An activist shareholder is urging TravelCenters of America to spin off its real estate, according to Bloomberg.

  • Security has been heightened at the Mall of America in the wake of a video posted by Somalia-based Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab last Saturday, asking Western Muslims to “answer the call” of jihad by attacking “American- and Jewish-owned” shopping malls.

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  • CMBS lenders now offer higher and higher levels of leverage to make deals—especially as prices for apartment properties rise compared to rents.

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  • As with so many other issues of national importance, property managers are very much on the front lines of the changes reshaping the American cultural fabric.

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  • A Brooklyn nonprofit group is cashing in on the borough’s hot real-estate market by cutting a deal with a developer to convert its headquarters to new office space and apartments.

  • Sales of previously owned homes slowed in January, a reflection of the rising prices and tight supplies that could constrain the housing market this year.

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