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REITs’ Long-Term Leases Provide Some Stability During a Period of Market Turmoil

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In the latest edition of the Nareit REIT Report podcast, Nareit senior economist Calvin Schnure highlighted the latest developments surrounding the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy and REITs. Schnure emphasized that this is first and foremost a public health crisis, but also one which is impacting the economic and financial livelihood of tens of thousands of people.

Investment Strategist Says About 60% of REIT Market Today is Non-Traditional

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Scott Crowe, chief investment strategist at CenterSquare Investment Management, recently joined Nareit at its Washington, D.C. headquarters to discuss the commercial real estate and REIT markets. Crowe said that fundamentals for listed real estate are steady at the moment, but are influenced broadly by structural shifts, including changes in demographics, preferences, and technology.

REIT Internalizations Becoming Increasingly Popular, Lawyer Says

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Rosemarie Thurston, a partner at Alston & Bird LLP, recently joined Nareit at its Washington, D.C. headquarters to discuss issues related to the public non-listed REIT (PNLR) market. Thurston discussed REIT internalizations—the process of switching from an external to an internal management team—which is usually considered to be more cost-effective when a REIT gains scale. “The research has really shown that externally-managed REITs trade at a fairly significant discount to their peers and as a result they’re even subject to more activist campaigns,” Thurston said.

REIT Property Count Continues to Rise

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Nareit’s vice president for research, Nicole Funari, joined the latest edition of the REIT Report podcast to discuss some of the findings from Nareit’s latest REITs Across America data, including the contribution that REITs make to the U.S. economy, their geographic footprint, and their shareholder base.