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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

Three Trends Shaping Retail’s Great Transformation (Urban Land, Sep. 3, 2019)

Retail Trade Challenges and Opportunities in 2019 (Economists’ Outlook Blog, Mar. 21, 2019)

Retail Trends to Watch in 2019 (CB Insights, Mar. 11, 2019)

Green Street's 2019 Sector Outlooks: Industrial and Retail Trends Beyond Ecommerce (Green Street Advisors, Feb. 13, 2019)

Retail Trends 2019 (KPMG, Feb. 2019)

Retail Trends & the Rise of Pop-Up Stores in 2019 (Storefront Magazine, Feb. 2019)

10 Retail Trends to Watch in 2019 (Retail Dive, Jan. 7, 2019)

Leasing Tips & Trends

New York Rents Are Down from 2014 Highs. But Barneys Shows Massive Rent Hikes Still Happen (CNBC, Aug. 8, 2019)

Trends in Leasing Arrangements (Chain Store Age, May 22, 2019)

Big Boxes Becoming a Big Headache for Shopping Center Landlords (Crain’s Chicago Business, Apr. 30, 2019)

Net Leasing Trends in Commercial Real Estate (SIOR Pulse, Sep. 11, 2018)

Commercial Investment ​Tips & Trends

International Investors Take a Small Step Back from US Commercial Real Estate, as Yield is Less Attractive (CNBC, Aug. 30, 2019)

Emerging Retail Trends and How Your Real Estate Investments Can Benefit (, May 13, 2019)

Real Estate Investors Shouldn't Give Up On Retail (U.S. News & World Report, Mar. 15, 2019)

Investor Sentiments and Trends in Retail Real Estate (JLL, Feb. 11, 2019)

CRE Investors Can Still Profit from Retail Real Estate—If They Stick with Service-Oriented Tenants (National Real Estate Investor, Jan. 23, 2019)


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)

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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