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10 Must Reads for CRE Investors Today (Feb. 2, 2023)

Kushner Cos. says it is still interested in buying Veris Residential, who it accused of misleading the public, reports Bisnow. Nareit issued a rundown of REIT secondary debt and equity offerings. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.

  1. Kushner Says It Still Wants To Buy Veris After REIT Accused It Of Ending Talks “Kushner Cos. has accused the board of Veris Residential, its takeover target, of operating without transparency and misleading the public regarding Kushner's push to buy the multifamily operator.” (Bisnow)
  2. REIT Capital Market Update: December 2022 “U.S. REITs raised $2.5 billion from secondary debt and equity offerings in the fourth quarter of 2022, down from $8.6 billion raised in Q3. $760 million came from secondary common equity, $200 million from secondary preferred equity, and $1.5 billion came from secondary debt offerings.” (Nareit)
  3. How CRE Boosts the Economy: NAIOP “The latest report from the NAIOP Research Foundation shows the impact of new commercial real estate development on the U.S. economy continues to grow, with the industrial sector’s new construction spending surging by more than 140 percent from 2021 to 2022.” (Commercial Property Executive)
  4. Rents Continue to Decline; "Apartment Market Loosens" “The rental market has changed rapidly. This index from the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) has been an excellent leading indicator for rents and vacancy rates, and this suggests higher vacancy rates and falling asking rents in the coming months.” (Calculated Risk)
  5. $1 billion real estate deal helps investors grab Bay Area apartments “Carmel Partners gained ownership of residential complexes with a combined total of roughly 3,000 apartments through a half-dozen property purchase transactions, according to the website and the county public documents.” (
  6. J.P. Morgan Asset Management Adds $500 Million of Southern Timberland “The wealth manager said its Campbell Global unit, which invests on behalf of pension funds, foundations and other institutional investors, will manage the commercial forests in Mississippi, Oklahoma and Arkansas for wood production as well as carbon capture.” (The Wall Street Journal)
  7. When a Company With the ‘Coolest Office in NYC’ Suddenly Goes Remote-First “Ceros leadership told employees that they could live anywhere they wished — they wouldn’t be required to be close to the New York City office. Almost immediately, employees started relocating to other states. In this trend, the company saw opportunity.” (Commercial Observer)
  8. Bjarke Ingels-designed production studio coming to Red Hook “A Bjarke Ingels-designed production studio is coming to Red Hook as demand for soundstages heats up across the city. Brooklyn-based Samson Stages is seeking to convert a warehouse at 744 Clinton Street into a 330,000-square-foot studio and soundstage complex, The Real Deal has learned. The $400 million waterfront project will also include a public park.” (The Real Deal)
  9. Cannabis companies seeking real estate face limited choices and premium prices “The green tax applies to real estate, too. Marijuana businesses regularly pay premiums for properties, whether they are retail storefronts, land or warehouses for cultivation and manufacturing.” (MJ Biz Daily)
  10. Trio of Indiana Cities Tops WSJ/ Housing Index “Lafayette, Ind., a metro area of about 225,000 people, was the top-ranked emerging housing market in the quarter, followed by Fort Wayne, Ind.; Elkhart, Ind.; Topeka, Kan., and Johnson City, Tenn.” (The Wall Street Journal)
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