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The CoStar Watch List Newsletter for April 18-24

This Week’s Top Stories

Sign of the Times: Office REIT Accelerates Move Into Multifamily
Mack-Cali’s dividend cut reflects it

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This Week’s Top Stories

Sign of the Times: Office REIT Accelerates Move Into Multifamily
Mack-Cali’s dividend cut reflects its view that suburban office properties in its markets don’t hold as much potential as multifamily properties in the same markets. But according to one analyst it also reflects a flawed residential expansion strategy.

Private Equity Real Estate Fundraising at Lowest Level Since 2003
Twenty closed-end private real estate funds held final closes in the first quarter, raising an aggregate $5.2 billion, a 79% decrease on the $25 billion raised in the fourth quarter of last year and the lowest level in 11 years. What gives?

High Net Worth Investors Returning to the CRE Arena?
Firms catering to investors desiring the tax deferral benefits of 1031 exchanges coupled with the advantages of fractional ownership have quadrupled their offerings of co-ownership opportunities and luring more wealthy investors back to real estate.

New Fund Looks To Bring Liquidity to Non-Traded REIT Investors
A new closed-end investment fund is offering a unique opportunity to provide liquidity for investors in non-traded REITs.

Facility Closures & Downsizings: Branch Network Size Remains a Key Cost Focus for U.S. Banks
A sharpened focus on cost reduction by U.S. banks will continue to drive a decline in the number of bank branches as well as a rethinking of branch operations in coming years. Also this week, the latest property availability leads.

This Week’s Headlines

Housing Recovery: Here We Go Again!
Housing Market Recovery Will Also Give CRE a Lift
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Momentum in Housing Market Recovery Sparks New Capital Raisings
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