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    Posted: October 4, 2017, 12:51 pm

    Study Finds REIT Board Governance Practices Strong; More Diversity Needed

    REITs outperform other publicly traded companies in key facets of board governance and best practices, according to a new report, although there is room for improvement in the industry in terms of board diversity.

    The report released by Ferguson Partners, Ltd., a global professional services firm, and Board Governance Research, an independent research company, compared 151 REITs included in th...

    Posted: October 2, 2017, 7:02 pm

    FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index Down 0.6% in September

    REITs moved modestly lower in September as broad concerns about the economy, the direction of interest rates and the length of the current real estate cycle combined to keep the sector in a holding pattern, observers said.

    The total returns of the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index dropped 0.6 percent in September, while the S&P 500 posted a total return of 2.1 percent. For the first nine months of 2...

    Posted: September 29, 2017, 5:46 pm

    REITs Aiding Recovery, Assessing Damage in Puerto Rico

    More than one week after Hurricane Maria swept across the island, Puerto Rico remains without electricity. Meanwhile, roads are impassable due to extensive flooding, and essential supplies are running low.

    For REITs that operate in the storm-devastated territory, the process of contacting employees, providing assistance and assessing damage is only just starting.

    Posted: September 26, 2017, 4:37 pm

    Multifamily REIT UDR CEO Takes On Urban Development Challenges

    Tom Toomey

    Tom Toomey, president and CEO of multifamily REIT UDR, Inc. (NYSE: UDR), is the first CEO of a public firm to serve as global chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). His two-year term began in June. In an interview with REIT.com, Toomey spoke about the forces shaping real estate project development today, the impact of severe weather events and prospects for the multifamily sector.

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    Posted: September 25, 2017, 2:25 pm

    U.S. REITs Outperform in 2017 GRESB Assessment

    U.S. REITs Outperform in 2017 GRESB Assessment

    Participating U.S. listed REITs outperformed their global peers overall in environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance in 2017, according to the latest edition of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Real Estate Assessment.

    The GRESB Real Estate Assessment provides an investor-centric ESG benchmark and reporting framework for listed real estate companies, property...

    Posted: September 1, 2017, 2:22 pm

    FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index Up 0.6% in August

    FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index Up 0.6% in August

    REIT returns were flat in August, as investors adopted a hesitant stance amid broader macroeconomic uncertainty, according to market observers. 

    “August was a desultory month for investors in listed U.S. REITs and most other assets,” said Brad Case, NAREIT senior vice president for research and industry information.  

    Posted: August 14, 2017, 4:46 pm

    MFA Financial Co-CEO William Gorin Dies at Age 59

    MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE: MFA) board member and co-CEO William Gorin has died at the age of 59, the company announced Aug. 11.

    Gorin joined MFA in 1997 and was named CEO in January 2014. Before becoming CEO, Gorin served as president from 2008 to 2013. From 1997 to 2008, Gorin was executive vice president, and from 2001 to September 2010 he served as CFO. In addition, Gorin was treasurer and ...

    Posted: August 10, 2017, 7:07 pm

    Single-Family Rental REITs Invitation Homes, Starwood Waypoint to Merge

    Single-Family Rental REITs Invitation Homes, Starwood Waypoint to Merge

    Invitation Homes (NYSE: INVH) said Aug. 10 that it will combine with Starwood Waypoint Homes (NYSE: SFR) in an all-stock deal described by the two single-family rental housing REITs as a “merger of equals.”

    Posted: August 1, 2017, 7:58 pm

    REIT Returns Modestly Higher in July

    REIT Returns Modestly Higher in July

    REIT returns were modestly higher in July, although certain property segments continue to post outsized gains.

    The total returns of the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index rose 1.2 percent in July, while the S&P 500 posted a total return of 2.1 percent. For the first seven months of 2017, total returns of the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index gained 6.7 percent, while the S&P 500 returned 11.6 percent.

    Posted: July 19, 2017, 3:39 pm

    888 Boylston Takes Sustainability to New Level for Boston Properties

    In a city renowned for its landmarks, Boston Properties, Inc. (NYSE: BXP) has added the wind turbines atop its 888 Boylston Street building in Boston’s Back Bay to a diverse list of sights.

    Bryan Koop, Boston Properties’ executive vice president for the Boston region, says the wind turbines have become a “real design feature” of the city and epitomize the bold goals set out for the building.

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