There remain ongoing debates in the office market on whether the pandemic-driven shift to work-from-home strategies will drive long-term structural changes. Will office tenants require more or less space? Will there be an outmigration from urban centers? How much will the glut of sublease space affect rents?
Even with vaccinations now taking place and a "new normal" potentially only months away, many agree that it is too soon to tell. That uncertainty is manifesting in many tenants opting for shorter-term lease commitments, which is creating underwriting challenges for both investors and lenders.
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The back half of this year promises chances for private equity to make opportunistic real estate plays, but it won’t be as straightforward as the recovery from the global financial crisis.
Two running themes in the real estate market in the early portion of this year are likely being monitored by private equity investors looking for a post-pandemic windfall: the anticipated wave of distressed-asset sales and the persistent discounts at which some public real estate investment trusts are trading relative to their net asset values.
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Opportunity zone investors woke up to great news on Wednesday that had nothing to do with a presidential inauguration.
The IRS has extended several deadlines relating to opportunity zone investments due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the department announced in a public notice posted Tuesday night. Some deadlines had previously been assumed to have passed on Dec. 31 until the reversal, which extended them until March 31.
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(Bloomberg) -- After a year in which people spent months cooped up at home getting very little exercise, New Year’s resolutions have taken on a little more weight in 2021.
The fitness industry can attest. Despite the coronavirus restricting gym capacity while shuttering some entirely, the traditional January spike in memberships has matched—and in some ways exceeded—those of years past. Part of that can be tied to the predictable explosion of online classes, and a move toward maintaining mental as well as physical health.
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With land growing scarce in the leading data center markets, expect to see data centers grow taller, denser and more sophisticated.
2020 was a record year for data center development, and industry players expect the growth to continue even in the event of a prolonged economic recession. According to a recent survey by Turner & Townsend, 85% of data center professionals predict that construction demand in 2021 will be even higher than it was last year, and a majority don’t see a recession slowing down demand.
Northern Virginia, the world’s largest data center market, may serve as a bellwether for development trends.
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Sheldon Adelson, whose far-flung casino empire included properties in the United States and East Asia and whose fortune of nearly $35B made him the 38th-richest person in the world, according to Forbes, has died at the age of 87.
Adelson was chairman and CEO of the casino company Las Vegas Sands Corp., owner of The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, The Sands Expo and Convention Center, and The Palazzo, all in Las Vegas. The company's holdings in the Chinese special administrative region of Macao include Sands Macao, The Venetian Macao and Sands Cotai Central. The Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is also a Las Vegas Sands property.
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The results of the 2021 Intentions Survey of institutional investors conducted by the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), European Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles (INREV) and Asian Association of Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles (ANREV) are in and commercial real estate continues to be very much in favor. However, there have been some notable changes in institutional investors’ preferences for their real estate allocations looking forward.
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Nestled in a 5,593-page federal spending bill approved last month were several provisions that could tighten energy standards for data centers.
The $2.3 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act, which included $900B in coronavirus relief measures, was signed into law on Dec. 27. As part of a section on energy policy, the sweeping bill establishes a “data center energy practitioner program,” which would certify experts in data center efficiency, among other provisions.
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CubeSmart has finalized the $16.8 million acquisition of StorageOne, a 47,481-square-foot facility in Las Vegas. A private investor sold the property, according to Clark County records. The new owner has renamed the property, which will now operate under the CubeSmart brand.
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The previous, tumultuous year concluded with a sense of optimism, especially for the commercial real estate sector. Distribution of coronavirus vaccines, developed and approved in record time, reached a public elated for anything that can help them return to some semblance of a normal routine.
“People in the real estate industry very badly want people to start coming back to the office, and vaccinations are the single best ways to get there,” Kastle Systems Chairman Mark Ein said. “Hopefully a year from now, virtually everyone is back. The question is how do we manage through the transition until then.”
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