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  • Citicorp, JPMorgan, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS reach deals with U.S. and European investigators

  • Fed policymakers cited the economy's recent sluggish performance.

  • Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky’s proposal, aimed at tackling one the country’s worst foreclosure backlogs, would include streamlining the process for abandoned or vacant properties.

  • About 7 in 10 who've gotten a credit card fraud alert say at least one was false alarm.

  • CIM is cashing in with a deal this week to sell a 29-story office tower in Manhattan for $2.6 billion, the second-highest sale price ever for a U.S. office building.

  • New York-based GTIS is now the largest hotel owner in Brazil, following a $400 million takeover of Brazil Hospitality Group. The U.S. investor plans to upgrade properties and expand the hotel operator’s reach.

  • Online payments firm enrolled customers for a credit program without their permission

  • As self-storage facilities, motels and extended stay hotels continue to attract the attention of investors, the growing use of these types of assets as temporary laboratories for methamphetamine production is creating a new wave of litigation that investors must be prepared to address.

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  • Malls still matter, according to a JLL survey published in Chain Store Age. Forbes lists five reasons why the commercial real estate market should remain buoyant. McDonalds is marketing 2 billion in euro bonds, reports Bloomberg. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.

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  • Big institutions bought about half as many single-family houses in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the year before, according to the latest numbers from data firm RealtyTrac Inc., even though the investors overall are more active than ever in buying single-family houses.

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  • A round-up of commercial real-estate news in the Greater New York region.

  • With a new Chelsea condominium that’s 80% sold, Scott Resnick shows he’s up to the challenge of developing residential projects on his own.

  • The affluent New Jersey community, population 10,600, is about 25 miles from Manhattan. Residents are drawn by its well-regarded public schools, relatively low property taxes and bucolic atmosphere.

  • A slew of innovative app-based services help New Yorkers instantly book short stints at the smallest of city spaces—a bathroom, a living room, an office. Need a pit stop? Try Airpnp.

  • Prologis and other firms are going bigger in building to tap into the e-commerce boom, which is changing the way industrial properties like warehouses and fulfillment centers are built.

  • Kushner Cos. has agreed to buy the retail condominium at the former New York Times building, reports Commercial Property Executive. Nordstrom and Amazon have strikingly similar strategies, reveals Fortune. Apple undertakes a green initiative, setting an example for other large companies, notes the Los Angeles Times.

  • Office tenants who became believers in energy conservation in the heyday of the building sustainability movement about two decades ago only to watch building owners take all the credit have cheered a recent new law that will support, track and promote their efforts at being green.

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  • In advance of ICSC’s upcoming RECon show in Las Vegas, Mike Longmore, director of retail business development with commercial real estate services firm JLL, put together a list of markets worth a second look.

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  • If you are heading to Vegas at the end of this week, expect a busy show, as ICSC reports that registrations this year are already up by about 1,000 compared to 2014, with approximately 33,500 people, and possibly more, attending the annual retail real estate convention.

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  • Street retail is becoming so much a part of some REITs’ investment strategy that it’s now getting spotlight analyst coverage.

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  • Overall, 62 percent of respondents expect national occupancy rates to increase. Some 26 percent expect no change. Only 12 percent expect a decrease.

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  • Overall, 48 percent of respondents expect cap rates to increase nationally in the next 12 months. Additionally, 26 percent see no change and only 25 percent expect further declines in cap rates. On average, respondents expect cap rates to rise about 10 basis points in the next 12 months.

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  • Respondents were asked to rate the relative strengths of the retail sector in each region on a scale of 1 to 10. The results were: West 7.5, East 7.4, South: 7.3, Midwest 6.7. Experts we surveyed agreed with those assessments.

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  • This spring, NREI conducted its first research survey measuring industry pros’ sentiments on the sector. What we found is that conditions are healthy and there is sentiment for continued improvement. But it’s also difficult to form a cohesive outlook for the sector at large. There are variances by region, asset type and asset quality.

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  • Management schools are building up their real estate portfolios, reports Business Because. A study by the NRDC finds that energy efficiency measures in multifamily can create benefits of up to $3.50 per $1 invested for renters, landlords, utilities and regulators, notes Blue Green Alliance. Chicago has approved a proposed landmark district in the Fulton-Randolph area of the West Loop, despite strong opposition from many property owners in the neighborhood, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

  • Following its tepid pace over the past few years, retail development is on the verge of taking a giant leap forward as the pipeline of proposed projects continues to expand.

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  • Foreign investors continue to pour money into U.S. commercial assets, notes Bloomberg. Commercial Property Executive looks at the potential impact of the Cushman/DTZ merger on the brokerage industry. Ceiling height becomes a major selling point for warehouse developers, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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