“Lots of Reasons” for Optimism About REITs in 2017

In the latest edition of Fundamentally Speaking, Calvin Schnure, NAREIT’s senior vice president for research and economic analysis, offered his opinions on the major trends facing the U.S. economy and real estate industry at the start of 2017.

Schnure dismissed worries about an economic slowdown as “overblown.”


Industrial REITs Selective About Development, Green Street Analyst Says

Eric Frankel, analyst at Green Street Advisors, joined REIT.com for a video interview at REITWorld 2016: NAREIT’s Annual Convention for All Things REIT at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge.

Frankel noted that the two primary components of industrial warehouse demand – trade and consumption – have held steady during the last several years. However, the method in which goods are consumed has changed, largely due to e-commerce.


BPF Continues Efforts to Educate Policymakers About REITs

The British Property Federation (BPF) is the membership organization for the UK real estate industry, representing all those involved in real estate ownership and investment.

BPF Chief Executive Melanie Leech previously served as the director general of the Food & Beverage Federation for nine years.

Do you think investors in your region/country have accepted REITs as a viable way to invest in real estate?


WP Glimcher CEO Excited About REIT’s Future

Michael Glimcher, vice chairman and CEO of WP Glimcher (NYSE: GRT), joined REIT.com for a CEO Spotlight video interview during REITWeek 2015: NAREIT’s Investor Forum, held in New York.

Glimcher helped oversee the merger between Glimcher Realty Trust and Washington Prime in 2014 that led to the formation of WP Glimcher in January. Glimcher said the newly formed company is building across all retail sectors.

Michael Glimcher


Net Lease REITs Upbeat About Expansion Opportunities

Net lease REITs see continued opportunities to expand their operations going forward in both foreign and domestic markets, according to executives speaking at REITWeek 2015: NAREIT’s Investor Forum.

Christopher Volk, president and CEO of STORE Capital Corp. (NYSE: STOR), said he expects acquisition volumes to be higher in the net lease sector in 2016. STORE Capital invested $ 1.1 billion in 2014.

“The (net lease) space itself is embryonic,” he said.


Investment Strategist Remains Optimistic About Lodging, Suburban Office Real Estate

Tim Pire, managing director with Heitman, joined REIT.com for a video interview at NAREIT’s 2015 Washington Leadership Forum.

Pire said he remains optimistic with regard to prospects in the lodging and suburban office markets. The lodging sector is benefitting from continuing improvement in the economy and limited supply, Pire said. Corporate earnings reports and forecasts for 2015 have also been positive, he noted. Suburban office, meanwhile, has benefitted from the expansion in employment, Pire said.


Survey Finds Commercial Real Estate Executives Overwhelmingly Optimistic About Next Year

Commercial real estate executives are overwhelmingly bullish on the outlook for their industry through the next 12 months, according to a survey conducted by international law firm DLA Piper.

DLA Piper’s survey, which was conducted in August, showed 89 percent of executives are upbeat for the coming year, compared with 85 percent a year ago and 30 percent in 2011. The survey was completed by 158 respondents, including CEOs, COOs, CFOs and other senior executives and real estate professionals.