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  • Nareit Developments blog

    REITs Raising Investment in Sustainability, Growing Returns

    REITs' investments in sustainability keep rising, as do their returns on those investments, according to research on NAREIT's Leader in the Light (LITL) program. A study of data from LITL found that participating companies increased their total investment in energy efficient projects by roughly 30 percent over their three-year moving average from 2011 to 2013. The study, which was conducted by RealFoundations, also determined that savings in 2014 from sustainability projects nearly doubled the previous three-year moving average. A similar comparison found that return on investment for those projects was up approximately 40 percent -- a 54 percent increase when compared with the ROI of 26 percent for projects between 2011 and 2013.
  • Nareit Developments blog

    Marketplace Fairness Act Reintroduced in Senate

    Last week, Sens. Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act, S. 698, a bill designed to require online retailers to collect states' sales and use taxes from consumers. The bill is nearly identical to a proposal that passed the Senate in 2013 by a vote of 69-27. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bob Corker (R-TN), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Angus King (I-ME) joined Enzi and Durbin in sponsoring the bill.
  • Nareit Developments blog

    Amended Bill to Examine Effect of REITs in Hawaii Approved by Hawaii Legislative Committees

    NAREIT submitted testimony in April 2015 to the Hawaii House of Representatives' Committees on Consumer Protection and Commerce and Judiciary in conjunction with a joint hearing on a proposal related to the dividends paid deduction (DPD). The bill that was the subject of the hearing (S.B. 118, S.D. 1) originally proposed to eliminate the DPD for all real estate investment trusts in the state. It was changed to provide for a study on the impact of REITs operating in Hawaii.
  • Nareit Developments blog

    NAREIT Welcomes New Corporate Member

    NAREIT welcomes new corporate member Buckingham Net Leased Properties Group Inc. Buckingham is a private Equity REIT that focuses on net-leased office and industrial buildings with tenants under long-term leases in the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest.
  • Market Commentary Blog

    Signs of Life in the Housing Market

     Maybe the end of winter weather will bring with it a thaw in the housing market. The latest news gives some hope, at least with respect to home sales and house prices. New home sales increased 7.8 percent in February, to an annual rate of 539,000, the strongest sales pace since February 2008. The housing market appears to have worked off most of the excesses from the boom. Inventories of new homes for sale remain low, and the months’ supply of new homes dipped below 5 months.
  • Nareit Developments blog

    NAREIT’s Annual Report Now Available

    The continued growth and development of the REIT industry has provided NAREIT with an even stronger story to tell the world. The March 2015 edition of REITWay: NAREIT’s Annual Report summarizes our work on behalf of our industry over the past year and into the future. 
  • Nareit Developments blog

    Message from the President

    More than 1,200 attendees head to Phoenix this week for REITWise 2015: NAREIT’s Law, Accounting and Finance Conference.  REITWise, which will be held this year from March 31 to April 2 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, is a “hands-on” conference. Attendees at this year’s three-day event should get a clear picture of current developments affecting legal, financial, tax and accounting operations within REITs and throughout the world of real estate investment.