REAL ESTATE

Jones Lang LaSalle: Measured recovery of global real estate markets to continue

BY Staff Writer

Chicago — A recent report from Jones Lang LaSalle showed that the current state of real estate markets suggests a temporary deceleration in the on-going global real estate market recovery.

According to JLL’s latest Global Market Perspective report, sentiment is, however, recovering and full-year 2012 commercial real estate volumes are expected to match the robust levels seen in 2011.

Total global investment and leasing volumes fell by around 20% in first quarter 2012, compared with first quarter 2011. This slip can be attributed to a lagged response to heightened investor and corporate occupier caution during the latter part of 2011. A lack of available investment product, shortages of high quality space for lease, combined with an absence of large transactions have also suppressed volumes, according to JLL.

“Despite the apparent volatility in recorded investment volumes, a strong deals pipeline persists,” said Arthur de Haast, head of the International Capital Group at Jones Lang LaSalle. “The weight of capital dedicated to real estate is solid, with further inflows expected from other asset classes.”

Haast added that confidence among real estate investors is returning and, while investors remain somewhat cautious, most are still executing their strategies, albeit with longer transaction times. “On this basis, we are optimistic that full year global real estate investment volumes will remain at similar levels to 2011 at around $400 billion,” Haast said. “The greatest uplift is expected in the Americas, where volumes could be 10-15% higher than in 2011.”

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Big Lots to honor military members with discounts on Armed Forces Day

BY CSA STAFF

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Big Lots is recognizing Armed Forces Day by offering a special discount for armed forces personnel and their families. On Saturday, May 19, all active, reserve, and retired service members will receive a 10% discount on their qualifying in-store purchases by presenting military identification. The discount can also be applied to sale and clearance items.

"We recognize the effort and sacrifice of all those who serve and protect," said CEO Steve Fishman, himself a former U.S. Army Reservist. "We hope many members of the military will take advantage of this offer and enjoy a special day of shopping in their honor."

Military identification includes the following: military ID card, military dog tags, Veteran ID card, Veterans organization card (e.g. American Legion, VFW), military discharge/separation document, VA benefits card, or other military designations.

The discount will be available at all Big Lots stores nationwide.

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Red Mango to open new New Jersey outlet

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Hoboken, N.J. — Metro Commercial Real Estate said that it has negotiated a 1,350-sq.-ft. lease in downtown Hoboken, N.J., for frozen yogurt purveyor Red Mango.

The urban storefront, located in a former pizza space, is slated to open this summer.

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