Essential Must-Reads for the Week Ahead (Sep 9)

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Health Systems Driving Leasing ActivityAmong the many trends in the healthcare real estate industry, one of the more significant ones is the growing number of U.S. doctors who are leaving private practice for hospital employment. Colliers International

No risk of real estate bubble, 'in a very good place.’ Commercial real estate prices in some parts of the U.S. are surpassing records set before the financial crisis of the last decade. But one of the leading figures in the property markets sees little reason to worry. Yahoo Finance

Investing in Commercial Real-Estate Deals Is Getting Easier Investing in commercial real-estate deals may become more accessible to many more people as the field gets a technology makeover and drops one of its rules. The Street

Where is the Demand for Office? The national office vacancy rate remained unchanged from the first to the second quarter, mired at 16.6 percent and moving down just 30 basis points over the past 12 months. National Real Estate Investor

Washington State fines a crowd funding project for sticking backers That's a hefty payout when the entire project raised just $25,146, only a small amount of which ($668) came from Washington-based contributors. Clearly, the state is as much interested in sending a message as compensating those who were left high and dry.

Note: When it comes to crowd funding, there are key pointers to always be aware of.  My friend Joseph Sierchio was interviewed by Huffington Post for this October 2014 article on some of the pitfalls.