New Developments

  • From the Slots to the Stables: Specialty REITs Outperforming

    July 18, 2016 What do billboards, prisons, casinos, schools, farmland, and document storage have in common? Real estate investment trusts (REITs) in these disparate businesses comprise NAREIT’s specialty REIT category, one of the best-performing sectors this year. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.
  • Highlighting the Growth, Economic Opportunity in Walkable Urban Places

    July 15, 2016 New research shows that not only are walkable urban places (WalkUPs) in metropolitan areas ranging from New York City to Knoxville, Tennessee, on the rise nationally, but also the growing demand to locate in those areas is translating into significantly higher real estate rents.

New Developments

  • From the Slots to the Stables: Specialty REITs Outperforming

    July 18, 2016 What do billboards, prisons, casinos, schools, farmland, and document storage have in common? Real estate investment trusts (REITs) in these disparate businesses comprise NAREIT’s specialty REIT category, one of the best-performing sectors this year. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.
  • Highlighting the Growth, Economic Opportunity in Walkable Urban Places

    July 15, 2016 New research shows that not only are walkable urban places (WalkUPs) in metropolitan areas ranging from New York City to Knoxville, Tennessee, on the rise nationally, but also the growing demand to locate in those areas is translating into significantly higher real estate rents.
  • LOOP_graphic_x619 Market Trends

    Why Commercial Real Estate Still Lags in Adopting New Technology

    Joseph Stecher is a member of ULI and has invested in real estate globally as a principal investor at General Motors Pension Fund, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley. Today he has his own capital placement agency, Candlewood Investors, and is also a senior adviser to RealConnex, a real estate technology startup. In this opinion piece, he shares how leaders of real estate firms can develop best practices to blend technology into current business practices

  • (Ronald Tilleman) Sustainability

    The Edge: Setting a New Standard for Smart and Sustainable Offices in Amsterdam

    Located in the Amsterdam financial and business district Zuidas, the Edge has been awarded the highest rating ever by the Building Research Establishment, the global assessor of sustainable buildings. With a combination of existing and new innovative technologies, it has set a standard for future office development that will completely change the way people work.

Recent Articles

  • Solving Two Problems: Converting Unused Office Space to Residential

    July 22, 2016

    A resurgence of office-to-residential conversions is happening in markets around the world. What conditions are necessary to make it work?

  • What Urbanizing Cities across the Globe Can Learn from Foshan

    July 20, 2016

    The city of Foshan lies at the heart of one of China’s most fertile deltas, across the Pearl River from the Guangdong provincial capital of Guangzhou. With 7.3 million people and a gross domestic product topping US$100 billion, Foshan serves as an exemplar of both the achievements of and challenges faced by China’s emerging metropolitan areas. Yet, with all its success, Foshan faces the same challenges as most cities around the world—attracting and retaining talent.

  • Commercial Real Estate’s Slow-Motion Slowdown: E-Commerce and Other Disruptors of the Seven-Year Boom

    July 18, 2016

    Fueled by cheap money, low levels of new construction (except for apartments), and modestly improving demand, commercial real estate values have more than doubled from their financial-crisis lows of 2009. Nevertheless, prices are leveling off as investors have become concerned that the period of extraordinarily low interest rates may soon be coming to an end.

  • From the Slots to the Stables: Specialty REITs Outperforming

    July 18, 2016

    What do billboards, prisons, casinos, schools, farmland, and document storage have in common? Real estate investment trusts (REITs) in these disparate businesses comprise NAREIT’s specialty REIT category, one of the best-performing sectors this year. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Video: The Hills at New York City’s Governors Island

    July 15, 2016

    This month, Governors Island, the 172-acre (70 ha) island in the heart of New York Harbor, will open to the public for the first time its newest addition to the park, The Hills, with Fast Company calling it “an engineering marvel built for resiliency and recreation.”

  • Highlighting the Growth, Economic Opportunity in Walkable Urban Places

    July 15, 2016

    New research shows that not only are walkable urban places (WalkUPs) in metropolitan areas ranging from New York City to Knoxville, Tennessee, on the rise nationally, but also the growing demand to locate in those areas is translating into significantly higher real estate rents.

  • Before It Runs Off

    July 14, 2016

    With water becoming an increasingly valuable resource, more emphasis is being placed on capturing and retaining rainwater and graywater.

  • Buy the Seaside

    July 14, 2016

    Developers across the world are enhancing their resorts with artificial water features, from rivers to ski slopes. But coming up with unique attractions is an increasing challenge.

  • Radiating Resourcefulness

    July 11, 2016

    A small Portland developer marshals a variety of resources to redevelop a city block with three creative office buildings fronting a city park.

  • Industry Outlook for Resilience

    July 11, 2016

    How can we prepare for disasters and adverse events in ways that protect communities and enhance the built environment? Experts in resilience discuss efforts to protect communities from disaster, enhance recovery efforts, increase awareness about the value of incorporating resilience, and implement resilience projects that provide additional benefits to the community.

  • Freestanding Retail REITs Bring Stable Returns in Uncertain Times

    July 11, 2016

    Strong returns and limited risk have been key factors in the success of freestanding retail REITs during 2016, with a 37.29 percent total return year to date. But as these REITs reach 52-week highs, is it time to buy, hold, or sell? Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • 26 Finalists for 2016 ULI Global Awards for Excellence Named

    July 8, 2016

    Twenty-six extraordinary developments from around the globe have been selected as finalists in ULI’s 2016 Global Awards for Excellence. This year’s finalists include two in Asia, six in Europe, and 18 in North America.

  • MIT Group Imagines Sophisticated Solutions for High-Performing, Livable Cities

    July 7, 2016

    One of two dozen research groups housed at MIT’s Media Lab, the Changing Places group is focused on developing new, more efficient, and creative mobility systems and ways of living and working in cities at a time when urban populations are growing, while the resources to sustain them are shrinking. Kent Larson leads the group and shared several of Changing Places’ projects during the closing keynote speech at the recent ULI Florida Summit in Miami.

  • The Power of Nice: Negotiating So That Everyone Wins

    July 7, 2016

    Negotiators come out ahead by creating win-win deals that help build lasting relationships, said Ron Shapiro, speaking at this year’s ULI Washington Real Estate Trends Conference. Shapiro has previously worked as a top sports agent, lawyer, and businessman.

  • Ranking the Most Transparent Markets for Global Real Estate Investors

    July 6, 2016

    Transparency in the global real estate sector has improved markedly, according to a recent report produced by JLL and LaSalle Investment Management, with the ten most transparent countries taking 75 percent of global investment volumes.

  • REITs Outperforming Broader Markets in 2016

    July 5, 2016

    The total FTSE NAREIT All REIT Index return gained 6.68 percent in June, bringing the total return for the first half of 2016 to 13.65 percent. Freestanding retail, single-family home, data center, manufactured home, and infrastructure REITs posted double-digit gains during the month while timber lagged. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Four Concepts Reimagining the Future of Modern Memorials

    June 30, 2016

    The competition was intended to “reimagine how we think about, feel, and experience memorials,” eliciting entries that both aim to fill in topics and themes that have not been commemorated and to anticipate those that might merit future attention.

  • Harvard Study Finds U.S. Rental Affordability in Crisis Despite Housing Recovery

    June 29, 2016

    While the U.S. rental market has continued to expand, the markets for single-family houses and condominiums is still recovering. Affordability is an acute problem in both, according to the findings of the latest State of the Nation’s Housing report, issued by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

  • U.S. Hotel Industry Bracing for a Slower Year

    June 29, 2016

    After years of steady growth, the hotel industry is bracing for a tough year. “Growth and revenue are slowing down,” Bruce Baltin, managing director of CBRE Hotels, told executives and experts gathered for ULI’s “Hotel and Resort Development: Next Wave of Innovation” conference in La Costa, California, held in June. “It’s hit a peak. We think we’re at a plateau.”

  • What’s Working and What’s Not as Generational Shift Hits Hospitality Sector

    June 29, 2016

    The long-predicted generational shift in the hotel industry is starting to happen, according to speakers at ULI’s recent “Hotel and Resort Development: Next Wave of Innovation” conference in La Costa, California. Baby boomers are growing older and millennials are developing as a buying group, forcing developers and operators to rethink developments. Everyone is racing to determine what works—and what doesn’t—as projects look to adjust to the latest trends, speakers said.

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