Tag Archive for General Growth Properties

It’s All About Where You Are

The commercial real estate market, like most other markets, seems very confusing at times. As we track industry activity, whether through large business journals or industry-specific news sources like CoStar, it’s easy to come across a great deal of conflicting…

Slightly Smaller Giants

Here’s the logic behind REITs, as far as I understand them: while conforming to the government’s regulations for pass-through entities, investors pool massive amounts of capital to acquire and profit from large amounts of real estate, controlling portfolios well beyond…

Commercial Real Estate Week in Review

Week in Review for March 31 – April 6: – J.P. Morgan Chase (JPM) announces it will sell $132 million in distressed CMBS. According to analysts, if investors show interest in these underperforming assets, it would be a strong sign…

Landmark Retail

Downtown shopping centers and malls enjoy a significant advantage over their suburban counterparts: tourism. While outlying retail centers draw only those who are interested in shopping, major cities’ retail centers are visited by thousands of people each year who are…

Commercial Real Estate Week in Review

Week in Review for February 25 – March 2: – Morningstar analysts are ambivalent about multifamily REITs’ long-term outlook, despite current favorable conditions in the apartment sector. – General Growth Properties (GGP) buys 11 Sears locations from Sears Holdings (SHLD), including…

Reviving Retail in Philadelphia

What do kids do for fun today? Certainly not “hang out at the local mall,” based on my recent experience at the Granite Run Mall in suburban Philadelphia. The place was a ghost town. The declining popularity of shopping malls is not…

Commercial Real Estate Week in Review

Week in Review for December 17 – 23: – 2011 was a big year for senior housing and care investments, with most financing going to existing rather than new facilities – REITs performed well during 2011, thanks to their access…

Burgeoning CMBS Market

The CMBS market is most likely not going to recover to the 2007 level of $234 billion, but is the market continuing to grow?  With only $3.4B sales in 2009, the market clearly has a long way to go to…