ULI Greenprint Center Building Performance Report Shows Reductions in Energy and Carbon Emissions

Over the past year, global real estate firms have reduced energy consumption in buildings by the equivalent of almost 280,000 barrels of oil and cut carbon emissions by the equivalent of removing 25,000 cars from the road, according to a new report, Greenprint Performance Report: Volume 6, released by the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance.

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Papal Visit Drives Lodging Demand for Recovering New York City Market

With the United Nations General Assembly, Pope Francis, and President Obama converging on New York City, booking a hotel room there has become next to impossible. Room prices have spiked—at least temporarily—throughout much of the city. Yet, it is at odds with a real estate investment trust (REIT) sector where total returns are down 16.41 percent year-to-date in 2015. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

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Federal Reserve Delays Interest Rate Hike

Last week, the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee opted to not raise its benchmark interest rate, which has been near zero since late 2008. The lack of an interest rate increase was positive news for real estate and real estate investment trusts, which gained 1.10 percent for the day. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

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Retailers Broaden Product Offerings to Attract Shoppers

Macy’s and Best Buy have announced plans to open 300-square-foot (28 sq m) consumer electronics departments in ten Macy’s stores in early November. The announcement seems innocuous, since the store-within-a-store concept is not new, but it is important to these retailers, both of which have struggled as consumers increasingly shop online and at discount retailers.

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  • REITs Stumble along with Broader Markets in August

    September 8, 2015

    As of August 18, the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REIT average monthly total return was up 2.38 percent; but by month’s end, it had lost its gains and more. The FTSE NAREIT All Equity REIT average declined 5.82 percent during August. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • REITs Down on China-Related Concerns

    August 31, 2015

    U.S. stock markets turned dramatically lower during much of the past week, but markets ended the six-day downturn by surging ahead on Wednesday and posting additional gains on Thursday. Positive economic news on U.S. second-quarter gross domestic product, consumer confidence, and home sales indicated that the domestic economy should be able to withstand the slowdown in China. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Video: Explaining the Benefits of a “Road Diet”

    Jeff Speck, planning expert and author of Walkable City and coauthor of Suburban Nation , has created a series of videos that illustrate how cities are reducing on-street parking and better utilizing their existing roads to create calmer traffic patterns, wider sidewalks, and dedicated bike lanes.

  • Outdoor Advertising Industry Growing Despite Challenges

    August 24, 2015

    Two of the four major outdoor advertising companies converted to real estate investment trusts in 2014, prompting a look at outdoor advertising trends and REIT performance. The movement toward highly flexible digital billboards is driving outdoor advertising revenue growth. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • Condoleezza Rice, Gov. Jerry Brown Speakers at ULI Fall Meeting

    August 10, 2015

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Airbnb chief executive officer and cofounder Brian Chesky, Wells Fargo chairman and president John Stumpf, and California Governor Jerry Brown headline the list of innovators and thought leaders scheduled to speak at ULI’s 2015 Fall Meeting, set for October 5–8 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

  • REITs’ Current Dichotomy: Earnings versus Interest Rates

    Real estate investment trusts rallied during July, recovering from a weak first half of 2015. Despite reporting mostly strong second-quarter earnings, concerns about higher interest rates continue to weigh on the sector. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

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