Passive Investors are Causing Concern in REIT Markets

Passive Investors are Causing Concern in REIT Markets: Passive equity investment vehicles such as stock market index funds have exploded in popularity over the last decade. In fact, as of this year there are now more index funds than there are actual public equities, a remarkable shift that has shown no sign of losing momentum (Bloomberg… Continue Reading Passive Investors are Causing Concern in REIT Markets

36TH ANNUAL CORNELL REAL ESTATE CONFERENCE – PANEL WRAP UP – WALL STREET AND THE CAPITAL MARKETS

On October 19, 2018, the Cornell Real Estate Council (CREC) was pleased to welcome leaders in real estate finance and capital markets to the 36th annual Cornell Real Estate Conference. Our esteemed panel of Wall Street and capital markets professionals represent some of the largest and most influential real estate investment firms in the world.… Continue Reading 36TH ANNUAL CORNELL REAL ESTATE CONFERENCE – PANEL WRAP UP – WALL STREET AND THE CAPITAL MARKETS

EB-5 Financing Once Again Faces an Uncertain Future

Photo Credit:  Neil Moralee via Compfight Governmental sources of funding are often contentious or controversial in real estate projects, but perhaps none is more politically charged than EB-5 financing. Named after the United States Customs and Immigration program which provides, “employment based”  pathways for foreign citizens to gain green cards and, eventually, full citizenship, the… Continue Reading EB-5 Financing Once Again Faces an Uncertain Future

2018 Summer Internships: Dustin Dunham, Mercer Street Partners (4 Min)

Summer Internship Recap Who: Dustin Dunham – Baker Program Class of 2019 Where: Mercer Street Partners, New York, NY Position: Summer Associate – Acquisitions and Asset Management My 10-week summer internship at Mercer Street Partners was a transformative experience that accelerated my career growth. Mercer Street Partners (MSP) is a quickly growing value-add private equity… Continue Reading 2018 Summer Internships: Dustin Dunham, Mercer Street Partners (4 Min)

DSS Wrap-up: Spencer Levy (IRL ’92), Americas Head of Research at CBRE (3 Mins)

  On Thursday, August 30th, 2018, the Baker Program’s Distinguished Speaker Series was honored to host its first speaker of the new school year, senior member of CBRE’s global research team and Americas Head of Research, Spencer Levy (ILR ’92).  In his position at CBRE, Spencer serves as the principal external spokesperson on real estate… Continue Reading DSS Wrap-up: Spencer Levy (IRL ’92), Americas Head of Research at CBRE (3 Mins)

DSS Wrap-up: Richard Baker (SHA ’88) Governor and Executive Chairman of the Hudson’s Bay Company

  Last week the Baker Program was honored to have entrepreneur, philanthropist and the namesake benefactor of the program, Richard Baker, on campus to meet with students in the Distinguished Speaker Series. As the final speaker for the class of 2018, Richard shared his remarkable entrepreneurial story and offered parting wisdom to the to the… Continue Reading DSS Wrap-up: Richard Baker (SHA ’88) Governor and Executive Chairman of the Hudson’s Bay Company

Biometrics and A.I. are Changing How We Experience Buildings (4 min)

Biometrics and A.I. are Changing How We Experience Buildings When Amazon Go launched earlier this year in Seattle, some customers reported an awkward feeling as they were leaving the store. This new shopping experience was so unfamiliar that it made some customers feel like they had just shoplifted or gotten their groceries for free but… Continue Reading Biometrics and A.I. are Changing How We Experience Buildings (4 min)

How Vulnerable is Commercial Real Estate to a Cyber Attack? (4 mins)

Issues around cyber security are nothing new for companies in the digital age but considering the recent headlines around the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the Equifax Credit Reporting hack, a new emphasis on how we in commercial real estate think about data protection might be warranted. Data breaches commonly involve the taking of consumer data,… Continue Reading How Vulnerable is Commercial Real Estate to a Cyber Attack? (4 mins)

Innovations in “Big Data” Are Impacting Real Estate Investment (4 mins)

  Big data analysis and data science techniques applied to public and private datasets is nothing new, but recent growth in the quality of information and its use in commercial real estate is. Commercial real estate is a $12 trillion industry and the ability to make better data-driven decisions can save time and money for… Continue Reading Innovations in “Big Data” Are Impacting Real Estate Investment (4 mins)

DSS Wrap-up: Dennis Kessler, Co-Founder of Kessler Restaurants (4 mins)

  Last week the Baker Program was honored to have entrepreneur, philanthropist and restaurateur, Dennis Kessler, on campus to meet with students in the Distinguished Speaker Series. Dennis co-founded Kessler Restaurants LLC in 1975 with his brother and is a passionate philanthropist and business leader the greater Rochester community. Over the last 30 years, Kessler… Continue Reading DSS Wrap-up: Dennis Kessler, Co-Founder of Kessler Restaurants (4 mins)