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  • 05-26-15

    As Housing Markets Advance, What Is Next for Single-Family Residential REITs?

    Several years into a growth economy, most housing markets are moving forward. The four publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) that were formed to acquire and rent distressed single-family homes are currently reporting short-term successes, with improved earnings and property values. However, each of the single-family residential REITs reported a net loss for the first quarter of the year.

  • 05-26-15

    Future of Transportation: Cities with Choices—and Less Parking

    The one-size-fits-all, car-centric city is becoming a thing of the past, as evidenced by changes in Houston, Oklahoma City, and Charlotte, North Carolina, said panelists at the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston. More and more, transportation leaders treat transportation infrastructure as a real estate asset.

  • 05-22-15

    Modern Workplaces Evolving Away From Industrial Roots

    At ULI’s Spring Meeting in Houston, AECOM global practice lead Andrew Laing traced the evolution of white-collar work spaces over more than a century in patterns driven primarily by technology.

  • 05-22-15

    Placemaking Can Keep Suburban Office Competitive

    Downtown urban office and mixed-use markets are “hot,” but so are some suburban markets—including the iconic Silicon Valley. At the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston, a panel moderated by AECOM senior vice president Stephen Engblom explored regional responses to market demands outside traditional downtown markets.

  • 05-22-15

    ULI’s Three-Year Forecast Bodes Well for U.S. Real Estate

    The U.S. real estate industry is on a steady course to sustain growth through 2017, according to ULI’s latest three-year forecast. At the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston, the consensus forecast was discussed in a session moderated by William J. Maher, director of North American strategy for LaSalle investment Management.

  • 05-22-15

    Creating Long-Term Value through Resiliency

    Preparing for more frequent and intense storms, wildfires, or droughts as well as for incremental rises in sea levels and water temperatures can no longer be ignored in favor of cost cutting and short-term returns, according to a panel of sustainability experts at the 2015 Spring Meeting in Houston.

  • 05-22-15

    Growth of E-Commerce Sparking Interest in Hybrid Property Types

    With e-commerce activity increasing, the real estate market is scrambling to keep up with a new type of building demand that combines distribution centers with fulfillment centers, said experts speaking at the ULI Spring Meeting.

  • 05-22-15

    Health Care and Life Sciences as Catalysts for Community Development

    Health care and life sciences continue to yield strong returns for real estate investors. These sectors can also create economic value through their physical footprints, anchoring mixed-used developments that attract a diverse workforce while spurring further development, according to an expert panel at the 2015 ULI Spring Meeting in Houston.

  • 05-22-15

    Repositioning Existing Office Towers

    With an estimated 500 million square feet (46.5 million sq m) of underperforming commercial property existing in the market and an influx of real estate capital on the horizon, the repositioning of urban office towers is poised to become a major market-mover in the commercial real estate industry.

  • 05-21-15

    Houston as a Vision for the Future of American Cities

    Welcoming attendees to the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston, Mayor Anisse Parker said that the lessons learned by her city have resonance across the United States. “One of the things that I very quickly discovered when I became mayor,” she said, “is that Houston was better known across the borders of the United States than it was across the state lines.”