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Commercial Real Estate News

Commercial Real Estate News from the Wall Street Journal

  1. New Jersey Office Market Slump Worsens
    New Jersey office leasing for the first quarter hit a multiyear low, as tenants avoid dated corporate campuses and demand proximity to transit and urban amenities.
  2. Israel's Gazit-Globe Sets Sights on New York
    Global retail landlord Gazit-Globe is planning to open a private U.S. subsidiary to invest in real estate in New York and other major metropolitan areas, the company said.
  3. Office Market Swings in Tenants' Favor
    The seven-year expansion in the U.S. office market slowed in many big cities in the first quarter.
  4. Malls Deploy Technology to Lure---and Keep---Shoppers
    Mall landlords faced with declining sales and disappearing stores are deploying smartphones, social media and other technology to lure customers—and then keep them spending.
  5. New Shopping Centers, More Than the Web, Kill Old Malls
    Internet retailing is eating into mall revenue, but competition from newer shopping centers was the most common cause of death for malls over the past decade, according to a recent study.
  6. Nashville Mall Turns to Madame Tussauds to Draw Crowds
    Simon Property Group is hosting the nation’s first Madame Tussauds in a shopping mall, part of the retail landlord’s push to offer customers new experiences that go well beyond shopping.
  7. The New Manhattan Office Trend: Penthouses
    The addition of glass-walled office spaces atop older buildings is an investment a number of owners are making in hopes of boosting income and competing with newer office buildings in Manhattan.
  8. One Kings Lane to Open Physical Store in Southampton
    Online home décor and furniture retailer One Kings Lane will open its first brick-and-mortar store in Southampton this Memorial Day weekend, as the company repositions itself from a flash-sale e-commerce site to a home furnishings brand.
  9. Two More Retail Tenants Sign Onto Fort Lee's Hudson Lights Complex
    Developers of a mixed-use project at the base of the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey have added two retailers to the roster of tenants, filling more than 80% of its shopping complex
  10. Value of Trump's Golf Clubs Lags Behind Investment Surge
    President Donald Trump’s golf courses are in the spotlight, but the value of the properties hasn’t kept pace with the amount of money he has invested to make upgrades.

Commercial Property News from the Financial Times

  1. Lafarge chief’s departure leaves vacuum at top
    Eric Olsen’s exit after controversy in Syria could hit performance, warn analysts
  2. Panasonic ups PanaHome offer after activist anger
    Bid to own all of housebuilder seen as test of Japan’s corporate governance reforms
  3. LafargeHolcim chief to step down over Syria probe
    Departure comes after probe into ‘unacceptable’ operations at Jalabiya plant
  4. Shareholders urged to oppose Persimmon pay deal
    Glass Lewis attacks long-term plan while Pirc calls on investors to abstain
  5. Hinkley Point nuclear project powers ahead
    Britain’s first new reactor since the 1990s takes shape in Somerset
  6. Building materials groups face rising import costs
    Weak consumer confidence and fierce competition also weigh on companies
  7. Wessels family to net €800m from VolkerWessels IPO
    Dutch construction group eyes €2bn market cap with listing in Amsterdam
  8. Geoff Drabble, Ashtead CEO, on riding Trump’s infrastructure pledge
    The equipment-hire company has one of the world’s biggest fleets of diggers and dumpers
  9. Property slowdown hits demand for McCarthy & Stone
    Lower forward orders push retirement housebuilder’s profits down 25%
  10. Bovis Homes: a fixer upper
    New boss must boost margins while putting customers ‘at the centre’ of what it does

Commercial Property News from Property Week

  1. Ex-JLL bigwigs launch new boutique firm
    Two former JLL senior directors have officially launched a new niche advisory firm focused on the central London investment market.
  2. Snap general election could see investors switching focus to second half of 2017
    The next two months of the year could see less than normal activity in the UK investment market, followed by heightened volumes in the second half, as investors hold out making decisions until after June’s general election, according to data analysis from Savills.
  3. Chris Lacey sets up 'bespoke' resi capital markets business
    CBRE’s former executive director of residential and head of capital markets Chris Lacey has launched his own advisory firm dedicated to residential capital markets.
  4. UK banks regain market share after retreat
    UK banks and building societies regained market share in 2016 after several years of retreat, according to the 2016 year-end De Montfort UK Commercial Property Lending Report.
  5. SDL rebrands and eyes new sites for national expansion
    Regional group SDL has rebranded its auction department and revealed its next round of target locations as it steps up its bid to become a national network.
  6. Middle Eastern investor closes in on £400m South Bank scheme
    Al Gurg Group is in exclusive talks to buy 2&3 Bankside from M&G Real Estate for just under £400m.
  7. Clarion to pour £1bn into Merton estate regen
    The UK’s largest housing association, Clarion Housing Group will invest £1bn in the regeneration of three estates in the London Borough of Merton, Property Week can reveal.
  8. WELPUT exchanges on 3 St James’s Square sale
    WELPUT has exchanged contracts to sell 3 St James’s Square to a consortium of investors in Joint Treasure International for £135m.
  9. KFIM’s Long Income Fund secures £500m of committed equity
    Knight Frank Investment Management’s Long Income Property Unit Trust (KFIM LIPUT) has raised nearly £200m of new equity at second close in addition to the £307m raised at launch in February 2016.
  10. U+I says focus is on office accommodation
    U+I, formerly known as Development Securities, said its focus is on office accommodation in suburban London, after the company suffered losses in its serviced office business and also exited two centres due to operating losses in the past year.