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Going the Distance: How one REIT makes investment decisions in a challenging environment

December 5, 2023 38 Minute Listen


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Kimco Realty’s (NYSE: KIM) President and Chief Investment Officer Ross Cooper says that retail and mixed-use property owners and tenants have become partners. In a wide ranging discussion he talks about the challenges facing real estate investors today, the evolution of the shopping experience and the possibilities for mixed-use properties.

Going the Distance: How one REIT makes investment decisions in a challengin...

December 5, 2023 38 Minute Listen

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Key Takeaways:

  1. Taking on equity partners through joint ventures can offset high capital costs and support diversification efforts.
  2. For e-commerce companies, a physical retail presence can often complement digital platforms.
  3. Now is the time to explore investment opportunities outside conventional real estate, such as infrastructure projects or green bonds targeted at energy-efficient construction.


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Ross Cooper

President & Chief Investment Officer, Kimco Realty

Ross Cooper is President and Chief Investment Officer of Kimco Realty Corporation, a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) owning 90 million sq. ft. of retail space across the country. Ross works closely with Kimco’s Investment Committee, risk team, and regional leadership in overseeing the development and implementation of Kimco’s acquisition and disposition strategy. He is also a voting member of the Company’s Investment Committee which approves all new investments, development projects and property dispositions.


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Spencer Levy

Global Client Strategist & Senior Economic Advisor, CBRE

Spencer Levy is Global Client Strategist and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services firm in the world. In this role, he focuses on client engagement and public-facing activities, including thought leadership work performed in conjunction with CBRE Research. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Research Committee.


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