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Amazon to Acquire Souq.com, Gaining Middle East Footprint

April 11, 2017

Amazon has just extended its international presence by acquiring Souq.com for an estimated $700 million. Dubai-based Souq.com was described by Amazon as the largest online retail platform in the Middle East with more than 8.4 million products for sale, and a reported 45 million visits per month. Of all Souq.com visitors and users, approximately 45% […]

Will a Border Adjustment Tax Cause Foreign Chains to Close U.S. Stores

April 10, 2017

Fast Retailing USA operates Uniqlo stores in 51 locations throughout the United States, in locations such as Santa Monica Place, CA, Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus, N.J, and the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. Fast Retailing USA President and Chairman, Tadashi Yanai made headlines when he was quoted voicing his willingness to withdraw from the U.S […]

The Raub Report- April 2017

I’m sorry but every time I hear a pundit on T.V. or radio go on about the “uncertainty” we face, I have to laugh a little. Isn’t there an old saying, ‘There is nothing more certain than change?’ Ah, that was Heraclitis in 535 B.C. Or circa 1840, Jean-Batiste Karr, “The more things change, the […]

The Millennial Opportunity

April 7, 2017

It’s no secret that Millennials are changing the way business is done and reshaping companies across the US. They have even taken the lead and replaced the baby boomers as the nation’s largest generation in U.S. history. However, today’s business leaders are still primarily made up of baby boomers and gen Xers, but that is […]

Want That Apartment? You Might Have to Bid

April 5, 2017

Competitive apartment bidding is gaining momentum in the United States. Popular startups, such as Rentberry and Zumper, are allowing tenants to bid on the rent, security deposit, and other negotiables for rental property.  Rentberry currently produces profits by charging a one-time $25 fee for every completed transaction, but it eventually plans to charge 25% of […]

6 Markets Where Millennials Overwhelmingly Live With Their Parents

April 4, 2017

The recent generation of Millennials are choosing to live with their parents instead of moving out of their childhood homes. According to U.S. census data, 34.1% of Millennials between 18 and 34 are still living with their parents, more than any other generation in the last 130 years. A recent report by Abodo concludes the […]

Interest Rate Hikes May Have More Impact on Deal Volume Than Cap Rates in 2017

April 3, 2017

Due to a promising amount of liquidity in mortgage markets both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac expect to fund 55 Billion and 60 Billion USD respectively in 2017, out of those amounts 36.5 Billion USD are expected to go towards conventional multifamily loans. Due to current cap rates, loans in major markets are only providing […]

Fiesta Texas president says ‘unprecedented’ additions planned for Six Flags

March 31, 2017

Six Flags Fiesta Texas is bringing some exciting new changes to its San Antonio park. Jeffrey Siebert, Fiesta Texas President, said new rides, shows and technology will debut over the next few years and park guests will be amazed at what the future holds. This coming season, Fiesta Texas will see a new Mardi Gras […]

A Rush to Meet Rising Demand, and Expectations, for Student Housing

March 30, 2017

Chief executive and founder of American Campus Communities, a publicly traded REIT with a focus on student communities, Bill Bayless describes the demand for student housing by using a baseball analogy describing the demand curve as being in the bottom of the third inning or the top of the fourth. Developers have been on a […]

Happier Employees Point to Happier Bottom Lines

March 29, 2017

A UBS Evidence Lab study consisting of a group of 150,000 employees suggests that there is a correlation between employee compensation and customer service which in turn affect a company’s bottom line. Despite wage increases over the past couple of years, retail employees are among the lowest paid workers according to the U.S Bureau of […]

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