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

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)

Can Multifamily Breathe New Life into Retail? (Multi-Housing News, Sep. 14, 2020)

Designers Work with Retail Owners to Create Properties That will Draw Consumers, Make Them Feel Safe (Shopping Center Business, Sep. 9, 2020)

What's in a Flagship? (Retail Dive, Sep. 8, 2020)

In Coming Wave of Pandemic-Induced Vacancies, Some See Opportunity (The New York Times, Sep. 1, 2020)

Retail Trends That Will Remodel the Industry in 2020 and Beyond (Commercial Property Executive, Aug. 24, 2020)

Leasing Tips & Trends

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

Retailers Have Started Paying Rent Again but Are Still Fighting with Their Landlords (CNBC, Sep. 24, 2020)

Deferred Rent is No Solution to the Crisis in Retail, Cautions A&G Executive (PRNewswire, Sep. 3, 2020)

Pandemic Clauses Give Retail Landlords, Tenants a New Lease on Life (Mortgage Professional America, Aug. 31, 2020)

Retail Real Estate Floats New Business Models (Pymnts.com, Aug. 6, 2020)

Of Virus and Rents: Can Commercial Lease Renegotiation Help Float Tenants and Owners? (North Bay Business Journal, Jul. 27, 2020)

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

Commercial Investment ​Tips & Trends

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 Investment Sales Fell Drastically in the Second Quarter (National Real Estate Investor, Aug. 19, 2020)

Retail REITs (Nareit, Aug. 3, 2020)

Investing in REITs in a Recession (U.S. News & World Report, Jul. 28, 2020)

How to Invest in Shopping Centers through a Private Equity Real Estate Firm (First National Realty Partners, Jul. 15, 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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