May 8, 2013

The Wednesday Wrap: May 8, 2013

Each Wednesday, The Wrap
presents a compilation of recent noteworthy commercial real estate stories from
a variety of publications. Below are five stories that caught our eyes in
recent days.

Owners Shun Nursing Homes”
by A.D. Pruitt of The Wall Street Journal.

Some of the largest owners of healthcare facilities are scaling
back their investments in nursing homes because of their growing concerns that
the homes will be less profitable in the face of steep Medicare and Medicaid
cuts, Pruitt reports.

Ventas Inc. has said it will won’t make any major new
acquisitions until the effects of the cuts become clear, while others, like
Health Care REIT Inc., say they might exit the sector altogether, Pruitt

A number of states are reducing Medicaid reimbursement
payments to nursing homes, and the federal government cut Medicare rates by 2
percent on April 1 as part of the sequestration, Pruitt notes.

Other firms say they aren’t concerned about possible
sequester-induced cuts and that the market risk is overstated, Pruitt reports.

Demand Still Catching Up With Job, Business Growth”
by Randyl Drummer of

Modest job growth has prevented a dramatic increase in
demand for U.S. office space, and therefore rents have remained at relatively
low levels, Drummer reports.

Average office employment is growing at a rate of just more
than 2 percent, while demand for space is growing at just half that rate,
according to CoStar Group’s First-Quarter 2013 Office Review and Outlook.

In the first quarter, the national office vacancy rate
declined 10 basis points to 12.2 percent. The post-recession high was 13.5
percent, according to Drummer.

Opening 1,400 Mini-Shops inside Best Buy Stores across U.S.”
by Salvador
Rodriquez of The Los Angeles Times. 

Samsung is planning to open hundreds of mini-shops across
the country inside Best Buy big-box locations, Rodriquez reports.

The electronics giant already has opened a couple of the
shops and hopes to have 900 of them up and running by the end of May and 500
more shortly after, according to Rodriquez. 

Samsung considered opening its own retail locations, but
found that partnering with Best Buy would allow it to open the stores more
quickly, Ketrina Dunagan, Samsung’s vice president of retail and channel
marketing, told Rodriquez. 

Condo Market Rebounds, Stoking a Building Boom”
by Terry Pristin of The New
York Times.

Because of the demand of Latin American investors, only
about 600 of the 22,000 condos created in downtown Miami during the
pre-recession era are still on the market, Pristin reports. Now, developers are
building more units, he adds. 

In February, home values rose by 10.4 percent in Miami
versus a year ago, while national home prices jumped 9.3 percent, Pristin

Miami officials are encouraging condo developers to provide easy
access to public transportation, street-level retail and underground parking,
Pristin reports.

“Quick Study: REITs Beat Market in April”
by Allen Kenney of

this clip
, NAREIT Editorial Director Allen Kenney and Senior Vice President
of Research and Industry Information Brad Case discuss the REIT market’s
performance in April.

The two discuss how the REIT market performed in relation to
the rest of the stock market and which sectors stood out for their performances.

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