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REIT Settles Investor Case for $73M

While this sounds like a fairly conventional shareholder securities, case, what sets it apart is is that the defendant is a real estate investment trust. Such trusts, while occasionally traded publicly, are often not considered targets of shareholder suits. As is represented in this case, this belief is short sighted. There are no exemptions in the federal or state securities law for real estate trusts.

Tag(s): Management Liability;

Market Conditions - Real Estate

The environment for interest rates is all but confirmed for increases, and yet the cycle continues. Its durability doesn’t seem threatened by either a ready supply of equity or debt or even the possibility of oversupply. We have been noticing of late that ‘sectors’ are getting a deeper review by the insurance underwriters. Whereas in the past, the good results for insurance companies professional real estate risk was more uniform overall classes, we have seen that change more in the last 12 months. The ‘Amazon’ effect has put malls and strip shopping centers into a much greater focus and multifamily is also perceived to on its way to an oversupply issue. These two classes are seeing a higher level of scrutiny from the underwriting community.

Tag(s): Management Liability; Real Estate; Newsletter;

Market Conditions 2017 - Real Estate

As 2017 begins, the global environment for ‘change’ seems to be everywhere on a geo-political basis, the likes of which we have not witnessed in quite some time. With this uncertainty, hard assets tend to be viewed as a safe haven and certainly the real estate market has benefitted from the current environment.