Podcast: Daniel Mense, Ness Holdings

Daniel Mense, director with Ness Holdings, Inc., discussed some of the latest trends in Los Angeles real estate, including international investment in the market, in the latest edition of the NAREIT Podcast.

Mense has written that he is observing growth in the number of smaller and mid-size real estate deals being made in L.A. by larger instiutional investors. Mense said that is especially true in the multifamily and industrial sectors.


Fundamentally Speaking: Encouraging Signs in Apartment, Office Sectors

In the latest edition of Fundamentally Speaking, Calvin Schnure, NAREIT’s vice president of research and industry information, discussed some encouraging trends in the office and apartment sectors during the first quarter of 2014.

Schnure noted that the apartment sector witnessed another decline in vacancy rates in the first quarter, reaching a new low for the cycle. The office sector also saw some improvement in vacancy rates, although rates are still several percentage points above what would be considered “normal” in a healthy market, he said.


Quick Study: April a Strong Month for REITs

In the latest edition of Quick Study, Brad Case, NAREIT’s senior vice president for research and industry information, offered an analysis of how the REIT market performed in April and what has driven REIT performance so far in 2014.

Quick Study with Brad Case


REITs Up Nearly 3 Percent in April, Beating Broader Market

REITs showed renewed vigor in April as the FTSE NAREIT All REIT Index posted total returns of 2.9 percent and outpaced the 0.7 percent return for the S&P 500 Index. April’s advances were an improvement on the 0.3 percent return that REITs had in March.

REIT advances in April followed a solid showing in the first quarter of 2014, when gains for the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index stood at 8.6 percent.