REITWorld 2015: Investors Taking a Harder Look at Real Estate Sustainability


As environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues become increasingly important for real estate investors, companies that fall short in these areas are likely to be left behind, according to a panel of sustainability professionals at REITWorld 2015: NAREIT’s Annual Convention for All Things REIT.

Nils Kok, CEO of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), moderated the panel.


REITWorld 2014: Capital Flows into REIT Sector Remain Robust, Panelists Says

Capital flows into the REIT sector from domestic and international investors remain robust, according to a panel of industry figures at REITWorld 2014: NAREIT’s Annual Convention for All Things REIT.

The panelists also said the limited supply of real estate assets is pushing valuations higher.

“Capital is chasing a relatively few number of assets,” said Louis Taylor, senior vice president at Paulson & Co., Inc. “Prices are fair to pretty full.”


REITWorld 2014: High Barriers to Entry Benefitting Cell Tower, Data Center, Outdoor Advertising Companies

High barriers to entry and limited supply are boosting long-term growth prospects for REITs in the cell tower, data center and outdoor advertising sectors, according to a panel at REITWorld 2014: NAREIT’s Annual Convention for All Things REIT.

“Technology is changing the traditional model” of real estate, said panel moderator Jim Sullivan, managing director with Green Street Advisors.


REITWorld 2014 Panelists See More Growth in Retail, Office and Hotel Sectors

(L to R): NAREIT Chair David Neithercut, General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani, Boston Properties CEO Owen Thomas and Host Hotels & Resorts CEO Ed Walter

CEO panelists at REITWorld 2014: NAREIT’s Annual Convention for All Things REIT said they expect growth to continue in the mall, office and hospitality sectors against a backdrop of changing consumer and tenant preferences.

NAREIT 2015 Chair David Neithercut, the president and CEO of Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR), introduced the panel of REIT executives by observing that “our industry has a very strong story to tell.”