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Commercial RE


March 25, 2011

The Commercial Real Estate Finance Council says the Dodd-Frank rule lacks leeway in its requirements that issuers of asset-backed securities retain 5% of the risk on their books. Asserting that the risk-requirement rule hinders the quota of commercial real estate loans, the New York-based group is looking for elasticity in the law passed last summer. […]

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40 Year Lows

February 15, 2011

SCT Weekly reported that, "The U.S. shopping center industry grew at its slowest pace in 40 years last year, as the global crunch continues to hinder construction and retail sales alike. To be sure, growth was visible in both the number of shopping centers and overall gross leasable area, but the increase was a meager […]

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Dillards News

February 10, 2011

Dillard’s says it will form a wholly owned REIT to hold some of its 46.4 million square feet of real estate. The department store chain says this will make it easier to tap the capital markets for financing. Dillard’s will then triple-net-lease those properties from the REIT. The chain’s real estate assets comprise 315 anchor […]

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Play With Your Toys

February 9, 2011

Some unexpected but GOOD news, Toy stores are doing well.   The mega giant toy store "Toys R Us" posted a 2.2 percent year-on-year same-store sales increase for the nine-week holiday period. Online sales strength helped fuel that, the chain says. Department stores declined 11 percent, while discounters slipped 2 percent, year on year. “Looking forward […]

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50's Fashionistas Helping Retail?

February 9, 2011

It is no secret that Mad Men's fashion inspirations have created renewed buzz in the fashion world.  The clothing from the 40's, 50's, and 60's are typically tailored to flatter, even accentuate, the female form – unheard of in the fashion world.  We (ladies) are all suppose to look like prepubessent boys so it is a […]

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Hot Yoga

January 24, 2011

Who doesn't like to sweat when they work out!!!  There is a new yoga studio, Yoga Bliss, opening in Feb in Fairlawn, 3045 Smith Road to be exact. What will separate YB from the 600 others is the following; Hot Yoga! A Vegan Deli Child Care while you are in Class Boutique featuring mats, clothing, and […]

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Noodles Canoodles

December 15, 2010

I love all the noodle stores that have popped up all over the country.  My fav of all is "The Noodle Company" – I LOVE IT!   You have a choice of noodles done with Chinese, Italian, or American flair.  There is something for everyone's palette – its quick, easy, and relatively healthy. Per an […]

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November 30, 2010

While some of us love retail real estate most of us love retail in general, so it was good to hear the demaind for retail space is UP! Retail demand for space will be positive in 2011 for the first time in four years, according to projections by CBRE Econometric Advisors. Vacancy rates are expected to drop to […]

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Tenant for Your Strip Center

October 12, 2010

Doctors Express is promoting its health-clinic franchises to shopping centers across the country as a convenient and affordable alternative to traditional providers. Typically, an ER visit will cost about $575, versus a visit to an urgent-care center, which will run about $125. “We hope that within the next two to three years, we will be […]

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How was Sept?

October 11, 2010

Same-store sales rose 2.6 percent year on year in September, according to ICSC’s index. This performance was in line with ICSC’s expectation of between 2.5 and 3 percent, the same range the organization is predicting for October. Luxury department stores were strongest, with a 6.6 percent sales increase, followed by the teen segment, which posted […]

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