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2019 Midyear Outlook Special Edition  “Insights from more than 50 firms on every aspect of the commercial real estate industry.”

Net Lease Forum: Momentum Heads Into Overdrive  “As more buyers enter the field, the appetite for income-producing net lease assets is rising faster than ever.”

Where Should Companies Plant Their Stakes?  “New York remains the most attractive city in the world for doing business, but San Francisco is on track to surpass it in the future: Global Cities Report.”

REITs and the Rise of High-tech Real Estate  “Real estate houses the economy, and REITs today are providing support for some of the fastest growing parts of the high-tech sector. A generation ago, most commercial real estate consisted of a building and four walls that provided space and services for tenants. Today, however, a growing share of real estate supports the high-tech sector.”

Fed Interest Rate Plan Fuels NNN Acquisitions  “Fed’s decision to stall interest rate increases this year has allowed investors to secure accretive financing for net lease buys, according to NKF’s newest net lease leader.”

Foreign Investors Pump $14.4 billion into U.S. Industrial Real Estate  “Foreign investors made $14.4 billion worth of U.S. industrial real estate acquisitions in 2018, up a whopping 152% year-over-year due to several large entity-level deals and 29% above the average volume since 2015, according to CBRE Research and Real Capital Analytics.”

Despite National Uncertainty, Net Lease Stays Hot  “Even though commercial real estate may be at or past the peak of this real estate cycle doesn’t mean the market will slow down anytime soon, says Ben Prater.”

Industrial CRE Yield Compression Continues Globally  “In a new study of 63 markets around the world, CBRE finds that 47 of them experienced a year-over-year decline in logistics real estate yields in 2018.”

Foreign Investors Will Likely Continue U.S. Buying Spree in 2019  “U.S. real estate continues to look attractive to foreign investors from around the world. Mega-deals helped spur foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate to a near record level in 2018, and many are watching to see if that momentum can carry over into 2019.”

The Untrained Broker: What Can and Cannot Be Taught  “Are successful commercial real estate brokers made or born? The answer may be “a little bit of both,” but one of the keys to successfully training inexperienced brokers is recognizing the difference and knowing what can and cannot be taught.”

Investor Appetite Strong for Net-Lease Assets   “Strong investor demand for U.S. net-lease assets last year led to the second-highest annual transaction volume for this product type since 2001.”

Global Investors Still Favor North America   “North America continues to represent the prime destination for real estate investors globally, according to reports from Cushman & Wakefield and CBRE. Cushman & Wakefield said Wednesday that the amount of new capital available for investments this year stood at US4435 billion, while CBRE’s Global Investor Intentions Survey 2017 cites US$1.7 trillion in dry powder.”

Southeastern U.S. Experiencing a Growth Spurt   “Due to rapid growth, the Southeast is emerging as an economic powerhouse with a diversifying base. With two international gateway markets in Atlanta and Miami—together accounting for more than 50 percent of the region’s international commercial real estate investment—and strong growth and educated workforces in smaller cities such as Charlotte, Tampa and Nashville, the Southeast region would form the sixth largest country in the world with a growth rate that would exceed any in the top five.”

Life Companies, Banks Like Industrial Assets’ Safe Growth   “Life companies, banks and CMBS lenders are prepared to expand offerings for office and industrial properties, due to both sectors’ impressive growth during the past 12 quarters, according to attendees at the recent Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Commercial Real Estate Finance convention. As capital is ready to leap off the sidelines, lenders are also mindful of the many loan maturities expected during the next three years. However, the flood of capital is also being held in check.”

CRE Sector Adjusts to Rising Interest Rate Environment   “Citing a strengthening labor market, moderate economic growth and increasing inflation, the Federal Reserve raised the target range for the benchmark federal funds rate from 0.75 percent to 1.0 percent on Wednesday. In doing so, the Fed took the first steps toward fulfilling its long-promised three rate hikes per year.”

The Bull Shifts Directions   “It is sometimes said that history can travel nowhere for decades and then advance decades in a matter of months. Some will view 2016 as a year when time leapt forward while others think it took a major step backward. But nobody could say it stood still.”

Big Box Sector Setting Records In Chicago  “As reported in, the demand for class A distribution buildings that provide more than 300,000 square feet of space has soared in many US markets, and experts believe developers will continue to build at a robust pace at least through the end of 2017. This is especially true in the Chicago region, which, even more than other core markets, has seen e-commerce drive demand for new product.”

Top 10 Markets for Mega-Warehouse Construction  “Over the past five years, the industrial sector started seeing million-sq.-ft. warehouses being built by e-commerce giants in their quest to reach more consumers. Now, numbers are emerging to quantify the e-commerce logistics boom.  Since 2010, approximately 141.2 million sq. ft. in mega-warehouses have been built across the United States, according to a recent report from commercial real estate services firm CBRE. The CBRE study also looked into the top 10 markets for mega-warehouse construction in 2017.”

Growth in E-commerce Drives Strong Industrial Market Performance  “Industrial vacancy is at an all-time low, declining by 70 basis points from a year ago to an aggregate nationwide vacancy of 5.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the year-end industrial market report from real estate services firm JLL. JLL researcher Aaron Ahlburn says that the former record low vacancy was in 2000, when the rate dipped to a 7.0-8.0 percent range as a result of market expansion coming out of the bubble.”