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Fitch Ratings: Liquidity Concerns Remain for REITs
Fitch Ratings: Liquidity Concerns Remain for REITs
Even though a number of REITs have taken steps this year to address potential liquidity issues, concerns about the industry's access to capital remain as debt maturities begin to approach, according to Fitch Ratings.
Gale Taking Over J.E. Robert Companies
Gale Taking Over J.E. Robert Companies

Commercial real estate investment group J.E. Robert Companies has tapped industry veteran Barden Gale as its new CEO, the firm announced June 29.

REITs Could be Added to Government Retirement Plan
REITs Could be Added to Government Retirement Plan

New legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 23 authorizes the administrators of the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), the federal government's defined contribution retirement program, to expand participants' investment options, potentially including distinct REIT funds.

LEED Certification to Require Periodic Reporting
LEED Certification to Require Periodic Reporting

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced June 25 that it will require recurring performance reports for buildings to receive LEED certification, a benchmark for sustainability in the commercial real estate industry.

Clark, Simon Make List of Top CEOs
Clark, Simon Make List of Top CEOs

A survey of investment professionals ranked REIT CEOs Richard Clark and David Simon among the top chief executives in the United States.

CPPI Data Show Largest Drop Ever In April
CPPI Data Show Largest Drop Ever In April

New data from the Moodys/REAL Commercial Property Price Indices (CPPI) indicate that commercial real estate prices experienced their largest drop ever in April, falling nearly 9 percent for the month.

Private Equity Fundraising Hits 5-Year Low
Private Equity Fundraising Hits 5-Year Low

In the first quarter of 2009, worldwide private equity fundraising for real estate ventures reached its lowest point since 2004, according to new data from alternative asset research firm Preqin.

Obama Unveils Regulatory Proposals For CMBS
Obama Unveils Regulatory Proposals For CMBS
Among his proposals for wide-ranging changes to financial regulation, President Barack Obama is calling for new approaches to the origination and sale of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS).
Investor Enthusiasm For Global REITs Still Strong, Panelists Say
Investor Enthusiasm For Global REITs Still Strong, Panelists Say

Despite the losses sustained by REIT portfolios during the worldwide economic slowdown, investors remain bullish on global REITs for the long term, according to speakers at REITWeek 2009: NAREIT's Investor Forum.

CRE Mortgage Default Rate To Double By 2010
CRE Mortgage Default Rate To Double By 2010

Commercial real estate mortgage defaults are at a 15-year high and will more than double by the end of 2010, according to a new report from research firm Real Estate Econometrics.

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