Amendments to FIRPTA through H.R. 2870 (also known as the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 2013) are being proposed in Congress and if approved by the President should increase foreign capital invested in U.S. Reits.  H.R.2870 will permit the foreign ownership threshold of REITs subject to FIRPTA to increase from 5% to 10%. 

Jones Lang LaSalle seems to think so.  We hope that they are right.  As reported by Bloomberg JLL is forecasting a 25% increase in hotel/hospitality industry activity in the 2011.  The drivers are REIT money and foreign investors looking for investments which can still be acquired at reasonable discounts while the U.S. economy recovers

In October, 2009 Morgan Stanley published its Mall and Lifestyle Center Handbook.  (Special thanks to Stephen Baumgarten, Senior Vice President Wealth Advisor Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Beachwood, Ohio for sharing the handbook with us).  The handbook is a must read for all retail developers, lenders, investors and retailers to understand the market forces impacting shopping