Can Congress Be Convinced to allow States to Collect Tax on Internet Sales?

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In order to get this legislation passed, the members of Congress must be convinced that their electorate favors passage. The electorate are the people who vote our representatives in and out of office. A few letters from real estate brokers and the owners of shopping centers, isn't enough. Haven't we already learned that lesson? What is required is a concerted and combined effort by our trade organizations and their lobbyists to, not only to reach out to Congress, but reach out to the people who vote. Let our legislators know, from every corner of their life, that there are people who do favor this legislation. Read more

Mixed Use or Unconventional Mixing of Uses Within a Shopping Center

Mixed Use or Unconventional Mixing of Uses Within a Shopping Center

John Crossman spends some time with me at the ICSC Recon convention in Las Vegas, Nevada this year. John, like most other people in the industry, is seeing retail real estate come back from the depths that we had been seeing in 2008 - 2012. What he is seeing though is a change in the tenant mix in shopping centers, or what he calls, "mixed use". Read more

The Top Reasons for Dynamic Changes in Retail Real Estate: An Interview with Anthony Buono

The Top Reasons for Dynamic Changes in Retail Real Estate: An Interview with Anthony Buono

I catch up with Anthony Buono, Executive Managing Director, Retail Services, the Americas, CBRE, at RECON at which time he describes to me the dynamic changes that retail real estate is going through. With the addition of multi-channel distribution models through the internet, brick & mortar as well as outlet centers, retail is revolutionizing they way that we have been doing business. Read more

Faith Hope Consolo on Luxury Retail Real Estate & the Importance of CREW Networks

Faith Hope Consolo on Luxury Retail Real Estate & the Importance of CREW Networks

Faith is committed and tirelessly supports CREW Networks, ("CREW"), the largest commercial real estate organization in the world, dedicated to the advancement of women in commercial real estate. According to Faith, CREW is a "business integrated" organization. Every discipline is represented in CREW, including, legal, banking, brokerage. CREW is not just networking, although that is an important element, it helps promote business among its members and to support each other in an otherwise male dominated business. Faith also gives us an update on luxury retail real estate in New York City and the United States. Read more

The Most Current Retail Market Trends with Mathew Winn

The Most Current Retail Market Trends with Mathew Winn

Matt Winn spends some time with me at ICSC Recon 2014 and gives me the "low down" on the retail market trends using an analogy of a barbell; that is the Barbell of Prosperity. Now that the economy is starting to see some traction, we are starting to see some growth rate in retail property and rents. Read more

Is it a Good Time to Invest in Real Estate in India? (Video)

Is it a Good Time to Invest in Real Estate in India?

It may now be a great time to invest in India, finally. Previously, there had been significant hurdles for foreign investors in India. However, according to Anuj Puri, Country Chairman and Head of JLL India, the election of a new government, the first in 30 years, bodes very well for foreign investing, particularly in commercial real estate. Read more