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10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry (February 15, 2019)

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will pay the U.S. Treasury $4.7 billion in dividends, reports Reuters. Economists have cut down GDP growth forecasts for the fourth quarter, according to CNBC. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.

CRE Investors Start Putting Money Behind Defensive Strategies

As the real estate cycle gets super-long, investors start thinking about preparing for an eventual downturn.

Norwegian Air adds new Athens, Barcelona routes; fares from $159

With the new Athens and Barcelona service, Norwegian will offer nearly 60 combined nonstop routes to Europe from 17 different U.S. airports.

How to avoid falling for a dealer's 'yo-yo' financing scam when shopping for a car

If you buy a new or used car, and a few days later the dealer tells you there’s been a problem with your financing, alarm bells should go off.

Could vacant department stores be converted into open office space? It's working for Danone

The conversion of a retail space into offices is good news for retail real estate owners as major retailers, have been forced to close stores.

Long Island City Brokers Despair Over Amazon's Abrupt Reversal

New York real estate brokers are not happy about Amazon abandoning its HQ2 plan

Seaport Shrinkage: GE to Reduce Boston HQ and Reimburse State $87M

General Electric has stepped back from its plan to build a 12-story office building for its headquarters on the Boston waterfront.

10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 14, 2019)

CNBC analyzed Google’s announced intentions of spending $13 billion on its corporate real estate strategies in 2019. Bloomberg explored why so many new apartment buildings across the country have the exact same aesthetic. And the San Francisco Chronicle reported on a proposal in the city to tax landlords for keeping storefronts empty for too long. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.

JLL, Gordon Brothers Executives Talk About Their New Partnership to Help Struggling Retailers

Is this a sign of the times for the challenging retail sector?

CRE Investor Sentiment Remains Optimistic, But We Are No Longer in the “Boom” Phase, New Survey Finds

Commercial real estate investors still see opportunities in the sector, according to a Real Capital Markets survey.