New Developments

  • Casino Companies Separate Real Estate and Gambling Operations

    August 3, 2015 Many gambling stocks are losing value and weighed down by debt, with limited options for new financing. To date, one gaming company has formed a REIT that is growing through acquisitions, and several others are considering similar moves to unlock value and boost their stock prices. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.
  • Manufactured Housing Leads 2015 REIT Sector Performance

    July 27, 2015 Aging baby boomers and strong demand for inexpensive housing have helped boost the small manufactured housing real estate investment trust (REIT) sector. The sector’s market capitalization totals just $8 billion, but its total year-to-date return of 13.13 percent far exceeds the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REIT average of –1.07 percent. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.
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New Developments

  • Casino Companies Separate Real Estate and Gambling Operations

    August 3, 2015 Many gambling stocks are losing value and weighed down by debt, with limited options for new financing. To date, one gaming company has formed a REIT that is growing through acquisitions, and several others are considering similar moves to unlock value and boost their stock prices. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.
  • Manufactured Housing Leads 2015 REIT Sector Performance

    July 27, 2015 Aging baby boomers and strong demand for inexpensive housing have helped boost the small manufactured housing real estate investment trust (REIT) sector. The sector’s market capitalization totals just $8 billion, but its total year-to-date return of 13.13 percent far exceeds the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REIT average of –1.07 percent. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.
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    ULX: 10 New Projects by High-Profile Designers

    The following ten projects by internationally known architecture firms—all completed during the past five years—include buildings that create and shape public open space, fit inventively into neighborhoods and historic contexts without dominating them.

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    Overcoming the Resistance to More Density

    Speaking at ULI Europe’s Real Estate Trends Conference, ULI senior fellow Greg Clark drew attention to the “long memory” for failed density projects across the globe. “If Europe is to retain economic strength, it is necessary to unlock these issues,” he warned.

Recent Articles

  • Casino Companies Separate Real Estate and Gambling Operations

    August 3, 2015

    Many gambling stocks are losing value and weighed down by debt, with limited options for new financing. To date, one gaming company has formed a REIT that is growing through acquisitions, and several others are considering similar moves to unlock value and boost their stock prices. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • Frankfurt and Offenbach: A Future Model for Regional Cooperation

    August 3, 2015

    Frankfurt and Offenbach make up the center of the Rhine-Main region along the River Main in southwestern Germany. Frankfurt’s global reputation, strong transport links, and burgeoning financial center provide a stark contrast to its quirky, isolated, and less affluent neighbor. But according to a ULI Advisory Services panel, the future of both cities depends on their ability and willingness to work together.

  • Industry Outlook for Sustainable Design

    August 3, 2015

    Members of ULI’s Sustainable Development Council discuss ideas for redesigning the urban realm in ways that consume fewer resources and reduce or reverse environmental impacts. New technologies include driverless vehicles, decentralized water systems, landscapes that filter water, and buildings that reduce urban air pollution.

  • Expanding Housing Opportunity through Cost Containment and New Financing Tools

    August 3, 2015

    For over a decade, the supply of affordable rental housing in the United States has been woefully insufficient to keep up with demand. The ULI Housing Opportunity 2015 Conference took a hard look at this multifaceted problem, particularly as it relates to rental housing.

  • Innovative Capital Needed to Fund More Mixed-Income Communities

    August 3, 2015

    At a panel discussion on mixed-income housing at the recent ULI Housing Opportunity 2015 conference, ULI trustee Colleen Carey shared a recent experience of trying to raise capital for a mixed-income multifamily project that her firm, the Cornerstone Group, hopes to build as part of Lyndale Gardens, a new town center in Richfield, Minnesota.

  • Net Zero Becoming a Reality for New and Refurbished Housing

    August 3, 2015

    Buildings’ energy use is a major contributor to climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions. The inefficiencies that contribute to those emissions have their own financial cost. Experts at ULI’s recent Housing Opportunity 2015 conference in Minneapolis, however, say that today’s buildings are moving ever closer to net zero becoming a practical reality.

  • Premium Pricing for Healthier Amenities

    August 3, 2015

    A focus on health and sustainability is a market differentiator, developers and financiers said at a recent ULI webinar during which they discussed their success with such an approach.

  • Improving Educational Opportunities for Cities and Suburbs

    July 27, 2015

    Affordable housing projects are often ground zero for the achievement gap that exists in the United States said panelists at the ULI Housing Opportunity conference. Nearly one in four American children (22 percent as of 2013) live in poverty, with half of those children living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty.

  • Manufactured Housing Leads 2015 REIT Sector Performance

    July 27, 2015

    Aging baby boomers and strong demand for inexpensive housing have helped boost the small manufactured housing real estate investment trust (REIT) sector. The sector’s market capitalization totals just $8 billion, but its total year-to-date return of 13.13 percent far exceeds the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REIT average of –1.07 percent. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • Not Just Retail—It’s a Whole New Bloc

    July 27, 2015

    An unloved, enclosed downtown shopping mall is being opened up to create a “Rockefeller Center” for Los Angeles. The centerpiece of the project is an upscale 400,000-square-foot (37,000 sq m) outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment district.

  • Emerging Best Practices for More Resilient Communities

    July 27, 2015

    “The hard truth is that we really have to rebuild and build new with the expectation of likely extreme weather in the future,” said Harriet Tregoning, principal deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, speaking on a ULI panel.

  • In Print: Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Actions for Long-term Change

    July 24, 2015

    This is a much-anticipated book, and the basic message is an important one: small-scale actions play an essential role in ensuring that cities—and especially the street frontage or building blocks within them—are responsive to genuine but unmet needs

  • Building Up Community, One School at a Time

    July 23, 2015

    It requires strong partnerships among school districts, the community, and developers to place improved schools at the heart of a new development.

  • Four Themes of ULI’s Butcher Forum on Multifamily Housing

    July 23, 2015

    More than 30 of the nation’s leading multifamily developers, owners, and capital providers gathered in May to discuss issues facing the industry at the 2nd annual ULI/Carolyn and Preston Butcher Forum on Multifamily Housing in Houston, Texas, with four key themes emerging.

  • Views on the Passive House Standard from Two Continents

    July 23, 2015

    The Passive House standard created by Passivhaus Institut of Germany is the latest, toughest standard in sustainable design. Owners and developers around the world have certified Passive House buildings, including U.K. property giant Grosvenor. In the United States, developers are now building hundreds of new units of housing to meet the Passive House standards in states like New York and Pennsylvania.

  • U.S. Retail Environment Weighs on REITs

    July 20, 2015

    Mixed economic news is weighing on retail markets, pushing real estate investment trust (REIT) performance down. Within the retail REIT sector, regional malls, prized for stability as a core property type, have posted the best year to date returns (–1.92 percent), while shopping centers posted a return of –2.94 percent. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • Developing Resilient Waterfront Blocks

    July 20, 2015

    Boston architects propose an elevated, connected network of buildings and services that would allow the land beneath to flood without destroying the community.

  • From Clicks to Bricks: L.L.Bean’s Embrace of Omnichannel Retail

    July 20, 2015

    Not long ago, it seemed as if e-commerce would make brick-and-mortar retail as obsolete as rotary telephones. Instead, catalog and web retailer L.L.Bean is leading a wave of businesses that are building physical storefronts to drive their online trade.

  • The Twin Cities’ Affordable Appeal Is Increasingly at Risk

    July 20, 2015

    Population growth and a market playing catch-up to meet pent-up demand threaten the region’s affordability, according to a panel of mayors from the Twin Cities that kicked off the 2015 ULI Housing Opportunity Conference in Minneapolis.

  • Designing for Dignity: Viewing Design as a Social Tool

    July 20, 2015

    Designing more human-centered communities requires “moving beyond intentions of what we hope to create to finding ways to actually engage with people [in order] to get there,” said designer and architect Liz Ogbu, speaking at ULI’s Housing Opportunity Conference in Minneapolis last week.

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