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

How Retail Owners Can Take Advantage of New Trends (Real Estate Weekly, Jan. 21, 2021)

Sprawling Churches, Indoor Ski Ranges and Water Parks: This Is What The Future Holds for Dying Malls (REjournals, Jan.7, 2021)

Experts Round-Up: Top Retail Trends to Expect in 2021 (The Iacono Team, Dec. 22, 2020)

2021 U.S. Real Estate Market Outlook: Retail (CBRE, Dec. 16, 2020)

Retail Revolution: The New Rules of Retail Call for Small Business Empowerment (Brookings Institution, Dec. 16, 2020)

5Qs for Michael Wiener on the Pandemic’s Effect on Real Estate Values (Chain Store Age, Dec. 9, 2020)

2021 Commercial Real Estate Outlook (Deloitte, Dec. 3, 2020)

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)

Leasing Tips & Trends

COVID-19, Commercial Leases, and The Coming Tsunami of Litigation (Haute Lawyer, Jan. 19, 2021)

Some Retail Tenants Receive Rent Cuts Amid Pandemic (Connected Real Estate Magazine, Jan. 14, 2021)

Retail Property Landlords Must Pause on Rent Relief, Take Longer-Term View on Lease Negotiations and Renewals in 2021, Predicts The Lamy Group (PRWeb, Jan. 6, 2021)

The New Retailer-Landlord Relationship (Retail Dive, Jan. 6, 2021)

The Fight Over JCPenney’s Real Estate Foreshadows the Fate of Malls (Commercial Observer, Dec. 29, 2020)

Retail Real Estate and the Rise of Service Businesses in 2021 (The Business Journal, Dec. 23, 2020)

How the Retail Real Estate Sector Must Change to Survive (JD Supra, Dec. 16, 2020)

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

Commercial Investment ​Tips & Trends

What Opportunities Are Out There in The Bleak Retail and Hotel Sectors? (Mortgage Professional America, Jan. 21, 2021)

Vaccine to Trigger Q3 CRE Recovery: Report (Commercial Property Executive, Jan. 11, 2021)

Why Investors Are Scooping Up Stock in Hard-Hit Real Estate Sectors (Mortgage Professional America, Dec. 16, 2020)

A Changed Retail Environment Yields New Investor Opportunities (National Real Estate Investor, Dec. 14, 2020)

Can Current Uncertainty Yield Opportunities for Real Estate Investors? (Commercial Observer, Dec. 14, 2020)

Commercial Real Estate Predictions for 2021 (Millionacres, Dec. 2, 2020)

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

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