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5 at 5: Your Daily Digest for Real Estate Investing, 1/27/21

Jan 27, 2021 by Marc Rapport
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Home purchasing interest continues apace, top-tier malls in value decline, six CRE assets to buy this year, Biden's executive orders, and skyscraper business looking up.

In Today's News

COVID-19 Continues to Impact Home Purchasing Plans

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans are interested in purchasing homes, according to the National Association of Home Buyers (NAHB).

Why it matters: The NAHB's report released today says that 15% of American adults plan to buy a home within 12 months. That's a lot of prospective buyers who can keep a hot market cooking.

Top-Tier Mall Values Have Dropped 45% Since 2016

Real estate analytics firm Green Street estimates the values of so-called A-rated malls have tumbled about 45% from 2016 levels.

Why it matters: CNBC notes in this report that A-rated malls are an important bellwether to monitor in the retail real estate industry because they account for the majority of mall value in the U.S., even though they represent only about a quarter of the nation's roughly 1,000 shopping malls.

Six CRE Assets to Buy This Year

From acquiring distress loans to providing capital as a shadow lender, here are seven CRE asset types that will pay off this year.

Why it matters: This [subscription required] list from a CRE advisor lays out some specific strategies and approaches for taking advantage of what could be extraordinary investment opportunities right now.

Today on Millionacres

How Biden's Orders on Affordable Housing, Private Prisons Could Impact Investors

Two of the new president's first executive orders end new federal contracts for privately run prisons and direct HUD to see what needs to be done to undo Trump administration policies that may have undermined fair housing policies and laws.

Why it matters: Millionacres' Maurie Backman provides a high-line look at what these two orders could mean and notes that this may be just the beginning.

Moving on Up: 2021 Looks Like a Good Year for Skyscrapers

After a relative lull in 2020, global completions of tall towers are expected to pick up again this year. Eighteen of the 30 buildings of more than 200 meters (656 feet) to be completed this year are in China.

Why it matters: The two tallest completed in 2020 were in New York City, and the sixth-tallest was in Chicago. Office, residential, and hotel space are all included in these projects, and investor confidence in them could be rewarded in a pandemic recovery.

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