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

CBRE Forecast: US Retail Real Estate to See More Evolution, Gains in 2018 (CBRE, Jan. 25, 2018)

Retail Real Estate Trends 2017, Part 1: Retail Sentiment Takes a Turn (National Real Estate Investor, Aug. 18, 2017)

Retail Real Estate Trends 2017, Part 2: Buyers Retreat (National Real Estate Investor, Aug. 18, 2017)

Take a Look at First Quarter Stats for Retail Real Estate (National Real Estate Investor, Apr. 9, 2017)

These 8 Retailers are Actually Opening Stores (The Motley Fool, Apr. 3, 2017)

Six Trends Driving Changes in U.S. Retail (Urban Land, Feb. 24, 2017)

The Case for the American Mall (Racked, Aug. 2, 2016)

The Future of the Shopping Center Industry, (International Council of Shopping Centers)

Big spenders, (Shopping Centers Today, Apr. 1, 2016) E

Leasing Tips & Trends

In a Sign of How Malls are Evolving, Incubator 1776 is Coming to the Cherry Hill Mall (Philadelphia Inquirer, Jul. 24, 2018)

Pop-up Shops Were Once a Sign of Desperation.  Now They’re Part of the Business Plan (Los Angeles Times, Nov. 24, 2016)

As Anchor Stores Close, Co-tenancy Clauses Can Still Cause More Problems (National Real Estate Investor, Sept. 20, 2016)

Commercial Investment ​Tips & Trends

10 Things To Consider Before Investing In Commercial Real Estate (Forbes, Jan. 29, 2018)

Investors Still Willing to Bet Big on Mall Turnarounds, Even Those Still Hit by Triple Anchor Closures (CoStar, Mar. 30, 2017)

How to Save a Dying Mall (Bloomberg, Feb. 22, 2017)

Why Lenders Must Account for Mall Trends (Commercial Property Executive, Sept. 7, 2016)

U.S. Shopping Malls Beset by Debt are Facing an Accounting (Investor’s Business Daily, July 2, 2016)

U.S. Retail Investment Forecast (Marcus & Millichap, Feb. 8, 2016)


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:

Commercial Real Estate Investment (eBook)

The Complete Guide to Financing Real Estate Developments (eBook)

The Dynamics of Property Location (eBook)

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

Local and Community Driven Development (eBook)

Real Estate Development and Investment (eBook)

Sustainable Property Development (eBook)


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