Next week we’ll be taking a spring break from our weekly roundup of CRE news articles, so we made sure to deliver an extra dose of informative articles. This week we found U.S. CRE prices dropping, why Atlanta is the Southeast city to watch, So-Fi exploring REITS, how millennials are shaping trends in commercial real estate, and a lot more. See the 15 CRE news articles below to get a better all around view of the industry:

1.U.S. Commercial Property Prices Drop for First Time in Six YearsVolatility in financial markets may be hurting real estate demand. Rates of return are falling and it’s “very difficult” to bundle and sell real estate loans, hindering debt financing for transactions, Jon Gray, head of real estate for Blackstone Group LP, said at a conference last week. (BloombergBusiness)

2. China’s Leaders are Putting The Economy on ‘Bubble Watch’Most of China’s growth over the past two decades has come from state-led investment and debt, leading to concerns about a credit build-up as the economy has slowed, the Wall Street Journal reports. (Bisnow)

3. HHHunt Expands its Apartment Division The Blacksburg, Va.-based company has built apartments since 1966 and currently operates 15 communities and 7,100 units in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In 2016, it will have five additional projects under construction (three already are being built) as it aims to expand its foothold in the Mid-Atlantic market. (Multifamily Executive)

4. Why You Need To Keep A Close Eye On Atlanta – Two factors have led Atlanta to transition from the Southeast’s city to watch into a city on the minds of national and international decision makers. (

5. Will Technology Replace Commercial Real Estate Brokerage? – It has become a verb, where “Uber-ization” now refers to disruptive innovation that replaces conventional technology or gives rise to an entirely new industry. And the hit Broadway play for the collaborative generation will be called “Death of a Middleman.” But wait! We’re brokers. OMG! We’re middlemen! (Colliers Knowledge Leader)

6. Moinian hit with $100M lawsuit over Atelier amenity access“The amenity package that unit owners paid for as part of their unit contracts is part of a lifestyle they sought out and contracted for,” the legal complaint reads. “As such, its deprivation cannot be adequately measured or safely compensated with money damages.” (The Real Deal)

7. America’s abandoned factories in hot demandMany U.S. companies, which had moved their operations overseas to keep costs down, are coming back home to be closer to their customers. On the flip side, foreign companies are also shifting some production to the U.S. to be more competitive and grow their U.S. market. (CNN Money)

8. Why J.C. Penney’s CEO Isn’t Closing More Stores – A big part of what the data told him is that Penney’s future hinges on stores and e-commerce interacting to spur companywide sales. By the time back-to-school rolls around, all Penney stores will be equipped to let shoppers pick up online orders the same day, helping the retailer catch up to a service Macy’s and Kohl’s already offer. (Fortune)

9. Student Lender SoFi Said to Explore Mortgage REIT FormationSocial Finance Inc. is sketching out plans to start a real estate investment trust that would buy the mortgages the startup lender makes, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. (BloombergBusiness)

10. Jacksonville retail real estate market’s strong 2016 – Despite positive indicators, there have been several worrying announcements — Sports Authority, Macey’s Hancock Fabric closing stores, said Carrie Smith, regional managing partner for Franklin Street. The more positive movement has been the aggressive activity by major grocers in the area. (Franklin Street)

11. Houston, We Have A Problem: How Dwindling Oil Prices Hurt Houston’s Commercial Real Estate Market – The plunge has led office vacancies in the so-called Energy Capital of the World to more than double from the final quarter of 2014 to the end of last year, leaving some 8 million square feet of space available as office-leasing activity declined more than 50%, according to Colliers. Most of that space had previously been leased to energy companies. (Forbes)

12. Part 4: The Wal-Mart EffectRecent data suggests that the Walmart Neighborhood Market chain is driving down cap rates on net-leased big-box stores. Of course, Walmart stores were not the only engine that powered net lease agreements in the fourth quarter and drove cap rates down. (NREI)

13. Green Building Trends in 2016 – Green building technologies continue to advance. 2016 will bring new levels of environmental technology to the construction field, allowing you to occupy buildings that potentially generate energy, improve overall air quality and even help you and your workers to live longer. (REoptimizier)

14. Millennial Values and Spending Habits Shape New Trends in Real Estate – Well-known for their work hard, play hard mentality, Generation Y individuals lead a lifestyle centered on meaningful experiences, practicality, and convenience. Such a drastic shift in preferences and spending habits among the generation’s up-and-coming age group is causing widespread changes throughout the commercial real estate sector. (Trepp Talk)

15. Investors Name DFW a Top Target for 2016 That’s the word from CBRE, which whose Americas Investor Intentions Survey names Dallas-Fort Worth the country’s No. 3 target market this year, behind Los Angeles (No. 1) and New York City (No. 2). (D Real Estate Daily)

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