August 17, 2016


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

Atlanta is one of the healthiest office markets in the world, based on the rate of rental growth in the past year, according to a study released today by JLL, JLL Blog

Key Excerpt:

“Office rents jumped 13 percent, placing Atlanta at No. 8 in JLL’s Global Top 10 market for office growth.”

5 Times Atlanta Breathed New Life Into Old CRE, Real Massive

Key Excerpt:

“In Atlanta, developers have breathed new life into outdated and unused space in a wide variety of ways, using their awareness of market trends and community demographics to turn the drab into the fab for millions of Atlanta residents.”

Who’s Afraid of Super Regional Malls? Not TIAA, By Mark Heschmeyer, CoStar

Key Excerpt:

“’Super-regional malls have proven to be a distinctly strong and stable performer throughout multiple cycles. They have demonstrated high NOI growth, low volatility compared to other property sectors, and a history of out-performing the NCREIF Property Index1,’ said Suzan Amato, managing director at TIAA Global Asset Management.”

Apartment REITs Return to Buying Properties, By Bendix Anderson, NREIOnline

Key Excerpt:

“REITs bought far fewer apartment properties over the first half of this year compared to earlier in the cycle. That is changing with deals like the Mid-America acquisition—partly because REITs’ stock prices have recovered and their cost of capital has improved, experts say. However, REITs are unlikely to fully return to the buying activity they showed earlier in the cycle, when occupancy rates for apartments were rising and prices for apartment properties were still relatively low.”

Here’s How Banks’ Commercial Real Estate Exposure Stacks Up, By Teresa Rivas, Barron’s

Key Excerpt:

“[S]ome investors themselves are worried that the market could be approaching bubble territory, writes FBR & Co.’s Bob Ramsey, who takes a look at what banks have the most (and least) CRE exposure Tuesday.”

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