Saturday, May 3, 2008

Weekend Roundup

Zell Sees Commercial Real Estate Investment Resurging. Sam Zell thinks institutional investors are starting to return to the CMBS market. ("Bloomberg")

Commercial real estate likely to avoid housing’s collapse. ("Finance and Commerce")

Commercial Real Estate Still in Fairly Good Shape. ("Seeking Alpha")

Calpers Takes Hit on Land Deal. Nation's largest pension fund may lose its investment in a land venture valued at $1.8 billion as of the end of February. ("WSJ")

St. Joe's New Game Plan. Florida's largest private land owner St. Joe's riches lie in the 700,000 acres of prime Florida property that the developer bought decades ago for a song. ("Barron's")

TIAA-CREF focuseson energy efficiency. TIAA-CREF's real estate portfolio managers are focusing on bringing the average energy savings to 10% of its $25 billion real estate portfolio by 2010. ("Pensions & Investments")

RREEF Commits to Commercial Real Estate Sustainability Initiative Enters into the BOMA 7-Point Challenge, Underscoring Deutsche Bank's Commitment to Green Development. ("CNBC")

Credit crunch turns sales of sour loans into sweet stuff. ("Financial Week")

Market Opportunities for those with Patience, Expertise and Capital. Hoping to continue to take advantage of the tight lending patterns of traditional capital outlets, a host of funds have raised billions more to invest in value added and distressed real estate. ("Costar")

Lobbying for Change. Hotels around the world are rushing to refashion their sterile, stereotypical arrivals halls. ("")

Remembering The King of Canopies. ("The Slatin Report")

Cities: The Least Bad Part of US Real Estate. ("Market Movers")

In real estate, foreign holdings show strength. ("GlobeandMail"")

Real estate investors look outside the U.S. ("Investment News")

Norm LeZotte: A Bifurcated Seniors Housing Investment Market Takes Hold. Lenders have embraced Class-A independent living and assisted living properties largely to the exclusion of Class-B and C assets. ("NREI")

REIT dividend yields lure investors ("Investment News")

REITs: Still Some Bargains Out There. ("Seeking Alpha")

Infrastructure 2008: A Competitive Advantage Says 2008 Marks Critical Juncture In U.S. Infrastructure Investment, Development. ("ULI")



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