REIT Industry Veteran Ralph Block Dies

Ralph Block, a leading authority on REITs and an active participant in the industry for several decades, died on Sept. 6.

Block was the author of the book “Investing in REITs,” now in its fourth edition. He also authored The Essential REIT, a newsletter dedicated to REITs and REIT investing. In addition, Block was a regular contributor to REIT magazine, and he wrote weekly blog posts on REIT investing for SNL Financial.


Veteran REIT Observer Sees Continued Growth for Industry

Ken Campbell, co-founder of CBRE Clarion Securities, joined for a video interview at REITWeek 2016: NAREIT’s Investor Forum at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

Campbell, a long-time REIT industry observer, founded the first REIT-dedicated publication, Realty Trust Review, in 1970.

According to Campbell, the REIT industry still has plenty of room to grow.


Challenges in Housing Finance Industry, Consultant Says

Anne Canfield, president of Canfield & Associates, Inc., joined for a video interview at REITWise 2016: NAREIT’s Law, Accounting and Finance Conference at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.

Canfield & Associates is a government relations, consulting and research firm that represents clients in the financial services, health care, housing and public finance industries.

Canfield discussed the climate in the housing finance industry, in light of increased regulation and scrutiny within the primary market.