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Prices Explode for Materials, Affecting Multifamily Development

Apartment developers suffer headaches that keep getting worse as they try to guess where construction costs might go in the economic chaos caused by the spread of the coronavirus. Overall, prices…
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Nine Must Reads for CRE Investors on Oct. 1, 2020

The Fed confronts how to balance very low interest rates with the risk of asset bubbles, according to the Wall Street Journal. There’s a homelessness crisis…
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KSA Arbah Capital invests in U.S. with industrial portfolio

JLL Capital Markets has announced that it has arranged a Shariah-compliant joint venture equity partnership and $22.9 million in debt financing for the acquisition of a five-property industrial…
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Swedish Mall to Become Virtual Power Plant

(Bloomberg)—One of Sweden’s biggest shopping malls could become a key player in the energy market in northern Europe. Vala, which houses more than 200 shops and dates back four decades, is…
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12 Takeaways from ICSC Retail in the Age of COVID-19 Conference

The first day of the ICSC Retail in the Age of COVID-19 virtual conference streamed online as speakers discussed the current state of the industry and how much permanent damage there might be following…
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Sustainability’s New Normal in a Post-Pandemic World

There’s an odd dynamic that accompanies crises. While they may cause chaos and confusion, they also ultimately reveal themselves to be times of great opportunity. Such is the case with the ongoing,…
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13 Must Read Items for CRE Investors on Sept. 30, 2020

U.S. retail bankruptcies and store closures have set a record in the first have of the year, reports the Wall Street Journal. CBL Properties reached an agreement…
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Chains expand pandemic-fueled menu trims, tweaks and discounting

Pizza Hut, Outback Steakhouse and IHOP join a growing list of restaurant chains engaging in pandemic-fueled trims, tweaks and discounting of their menus.   On Monday, Pizza Hut said it is offering…
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Hot-Desking May Not Be a Good Substitute for Offices

(Bloomberg Opinion)—Corporate bean counters must be tempted to slash office space as work-from-home advice resumes where Covid cases are surging. But succumbing will mean consequences for recruitment.…
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Nine Busiest U.S. Ports in 2020

Cancelled ocean vessel routes became a frequent phenomenon earlier this year as consumer demand for many discretionary products dropped off during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the recent U.S. Seaports Outlook Report from…