Retail property is under stress, with empty stores, little growth and customers who prefer to shop online. Find out current trends, forecasts, and what is happening in retail leasing and investing.


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Retail Pr​operty Trends

The Transformation of Retail Spaces to Keep Businesses Going (REALTOR® Magazine, Oct. 29, 2020)

Anchors, Away: How Department Stores Are Ditching Malls (Retail Dive, Nov. 12, 2020)

Real Estate Trends to Watch For In 2021 (Mortgage Professional America, Nov. 11, 2020)

It Would Be Ludicrous to Launch a Retail Real Estate Venture Now, Right? Maybe Not. (REjournals, Oct. 29, 2020)

Adaptive Reuse is the Future of Commercial Real Estate (Commercial Observer, Oct. 19, 2020)

Social Distancing Accelerates Retail Trends, Space-Use Models (Commercial Property Executive, Oct. 9, 2020)

18 Takeaways from Day Two of the ICSC Retail in the Age of COVID-19 Conference (National Real Estate Investor, Oct. 1, 2020)

New Retail Brokerage Positioning Itself in Tailwinds of Shopping Transformation (Real Estate Weekly, Sep. 22, 2020)

Retail Sector Must Repurpose and Reinvent to Survive (Mortgage Professional America, Sep. 21, 2020)

Leasing Tips & Trends

Can Ground Leases Provide Equity Relief for Operators Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic? (NREI Online, Nov. 18, 2020)

Rockefeller Center Intros Six-Month Lease Deals for Retailers (Chain Store Age, Nov. 11, 2020)

Expect To See Co-Tenancy Leases Applied Beyond Retail Shopping Centers (Rockland County Business Journal, Nov. 12, 2020)

Update On Lease Disputes & Covid-19: Is Covid-19 A Get Out Of Jail Card For Tenants? (JDSupra, Oct. 26, 2020)

Turning Over a New Lease: Uncertainty Looms Over Listed Retail Landlords' Income (S&P Global Market Intelligence, Oct. 8, 2020)

Coronavirus Guidance: Commercial Real Estate (National Association of REALTORS®, May 14, 2020)

Commercial Investment ​Tips & Trends

Commercial Real Estate's Coronavirus Reckoning (Investopedia, Nov. 16, 2020)

Exclusive Research: A World of Pain (National Real Estate Investor, Nov. 10, 2020)

The New Reality of Retail Real Estate (The Real Estate Guys, Oct. 27, 2020)

Retail Property Markets and REITs are Recovering (Nareit, Oct. 15, 2020)

COVID-19 Driving Wider Price Disconnect Between Commercial Property Buyers and Sellers in U.S. (World Property Journal, Oct. 14, 2020)

Industrial Investors Eager to Pounce on Faltering Retail Properties (Capital Analytics Associates, Aug. 26, 2020)

Retail REITs (Nareit, Aug. 3, 2020)

Commercial Real Estate Industry Coronavirus Resource Center (National Real Estate Investor, Apr. 1, 2020)


Retail Industry Leaders Association—The Retail Industry Leaders Association is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation.

CCIM Institute—A Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) is a recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate.

International Council of Shopping Centers—Global trade association representing the shopping center industry. The groups' membership is over 65,000 in about 80 countries.

IREM—The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®, is an association of property and asset managers who have met the strict criteria in the areas of education, experience, and ethics.

National Retail Federation—The National Retail Federation is the world's largest retail trade association, with membership compromising all retail formats and channels of distribution.

eBooks &​ Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Big Box Reuse (Kindle, eBook)

Commercial Real Estate Investment (eBook)

The Complete Guide to Financing Real Estate Developments (Kindle, eBook)

The Dynamics of Property Location (eBook)

Gen BuY: How Tweens, Teens and Twenty-Somethings are Revolutionizing Retail! (Kindle, eBook)

Real Estate Development and Investment (Kindle, eBook)

Sustainable Property Development (Kindle, eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through the NAR Library & Archives. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Retail Development (Urban Land Institute, 2008) HF 5430 Ur1

Green Retail: Selected Readings (Urban Land Institute, 2007) NA 6230 Ur1g

Retail 1-2-3: A Workbook for Local Officials (Metropolitan Planning Council, 2007) HF 5429 El7

The Lease Manual: A Practical Guide to Negotiating Office, Retail, and Industrial Leases (American Bar Association, 2006) KF593.C6 D55

Developing Retail Entertainment Destinations (Urban Land Institute, 2001) NAC 1800 Ur1dr

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