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What is a FinTech Startup? (And Why Should CRE Care?)

Ten years ago, the industry barely existed. Today it is a multibillion industry in the U.S., raising nearly $20 billion over the last three years. Although the majority of the top financial technology or “FinTech” startups are small business and individual lenders,...

Will Airports be the Next Big Retail Win?

Last year, we reported on a trend happening in Asia that is finding its way to the U.S. and that is the shipping container building movement. Now as retail looks for ways to get back into brick-and-mortar and for a reprieve from struggling malls, could U.S. airports...

4 Not-So-Obvious Reasons Why Warehouses are Hot Investments Right Now

Vacancy rates are at all time lows. Absorption rates are at their highest and the “industrial sector has outperformed all other property types with double-digit total returns” according to the Integra Realty Resources 25th annual Viewpoint report covering the...

7 Retail Shipping Trends We’re Keeping an Eye On

A lot has been made about the in-store shopping trends we are seeing in retail. What has largely been overlooked are the shipping trends shaping the retail landscape this year. Consumers continue to expect faster deliveries for free which is putting enormous stress on...

The Push to the Suburbs: Is Public Transit Keeping Up?

Fallout from the housing collapse a decade ago resulted in a surge in the renter population–outpacing homeownership for the first time in history. It also marked a return to cities where more walkability with access to public transportation offered a much more...

Innovating in the Hotel Space: What’s on Tap for 2018

Of all of the innovations sweeping through CRE this year, perhaps no sector is expecting to see a bigger wave of change than the hotel space. Like all other sectors of the CRE industry, technology is at the heart of these changes. In hospitality, innovation is geared...

10 Amenities the 2018 Office Tenant Will be Watching For

As uncertainty about where to invest in office space (suburbs versus cities) continues to plague the office sector, one thing is certain – the better the amenities, the more attractive the office space to younger talented workers. In 2018 office tenants will be...

7 Tips for a Successful Mindset in 2018

Attitude is everything and your mindset determines your attitude. Some of the most successful people in the world say that having a positive mindset and a go-getter attitude is their secret to success, so why not do the same? If you want to start 2018 aimed at...

3 Ways CRE is Embracing Smart Technology in the Digital Age

Historically, commercial real estate has been a field that’s a little slower to change. It’s a field that requires industry professionals to build connections and hold negotiations. But in today’s market, smart technology has become more than helpful – it’s become an...

Should Amazon be the New Benchmark for CRE?

By now, everyone has had a chance to digest the impact of Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and the introduction of their AmazonGo and AmazonFresh grocery innovations. Yet Amazon’s effect on CRE goes beyond these changes. The company is using technology to change the...

6 Tips for Fueling Your CRE Pipeline in the New Year

This year is almost in the books. As a CRE agent, that just means that it’s time to take a look at your CRE pipeline. Are you ready for 2018? Will you be stuck priming the same pumps as you did this year or do you want to refresh your strategy to build a pipeline of...

8 of Our Favorite Blogs from 2017

As the year comes to a close, we thought it would be fun to revisit some of our most popular blog posts from 2017. Here’s a look of 8 of our favorites: #1: How Amazon is taking Over the Grocery Industry Over the last year, Amazon has made a lot of waves in the grocery...

Are You Adapting to Commercial Real Estate Technology Quickly Enough?

This is a statement that has been asked so many times over the past few years. You are told to get tech, be tech or perish. But for some reason, that statement when put within the context of commercial real estate goes unheeded. Why is there still so much resistance?...

China Leads International Investment in US CRE: Here’s Why

In a recently released report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), one fifth of agents that participated in the survey dealt with a commercial transaction where one side was internationally based. Of these transactions, the most international...

The Big Shift in Retail Sentiment: 3 Things to Know

Retail sentiment is shifting in a big way. Many analysts point to the decline of nearly 10% in brick-and-mortar retail since last year as a signal that retail sentiment is down. However, the numbers say consumers are spending and optimistic, while industrial took the...

Construction Worker Shortage and Its Impact on CRE

Across the country there is a shortage of construction labor, which has been increasing over the past several years. While certain markets are feeling the effects more greatly than others, it can still be felt throughout the county. Most notably, it is having major...

4 Tips for Agents Ready to do Content Marketing Right

We recently covered some tips for utilizing social media as a CRE agent and one of those tips was to have a focused message. While it may be easy to come up with your message, it may be difficult to figure out how to consistently convey that message without repeatedly...

Why Traditional Retailers Are Hopping on the Wellness Bandwagon

It’s no surprise that traditional brick-and-mortar retail has had to make significant changes in recent years to keep up with ever-evolving consumer demand. With the increasing prevalence of online shopping and its related perks—free shipping, deep discounts, endless...

What Drone Delivery Means for CRE: Keep an Eye on This

Drone technology was once exclusively used by the military but has entered the consumer market and grown quickly in popularity. Utilizing drone technology for film and photography purposes has added a new tool to many industries, including real estate, and has also...

Watch for these 6 CRE International Business Trends

Recently, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their report on the commercial real estate trends for the international side of the business. It is no secret to those involved in the commercial real estate sector that international investment in the...

Retailers Face Competition in Grocery and Retail – Here’s Why

With the market changing over time, retailers in the grocery and apparel sectors are having to constantly rejigger their techniques in order to stay relevant. Let’s break down the facts so that you have a better chance of coming out on top when the competition gets...

Will a Shipping Container be Your Next Office?

Everything old is new again. This even pertains to shipping containers, some of the older of which are being transformed into homes as part of what’s known as the container home trend. This trend is also spreading to multifamily and even office space, with trendy...

5 Tips for Commercial Real Estate Agents Using Social Media

While the real estate industry wasn’t the first to jump on the technology bandwagon – and this extends to social media – real estate professionals have come to realize the value of these resources. However, one wonders how best to use social media to maximize its...

Companies Focused on Cities with Skilled Workers

With cities and urban areas attracting more people and an increasing population not only in primary cities but also in secondary cities, the population in these areas is also creating a highly skilled employee pool for potential employers. Due to this some companies...

4 Findings About the Generational Divide

Recently, Coldwell Banker Commercial teamed up with National Real Estate Investor, also known as NREI, to survey both young workers and older workers to find out their views on technology in commercial real estate how it affects them both currently and in the future....

3 Things CRE Can Learn from Uber

Uber has exploded and become a ubiquitous transportation service in almost every metro as well as throughout the country. It has been incredibly disruptive particularly to the taxi industry. The company utilizes what is known as the sharing economy by allowing any...

3 Trends in Green Building We’re Paying Attention To

Going green is more than just a trend now but what options there are to go green has seen incredible changes throughout the last few years. While small changes can help your lifestyle to be greener there are large changes as well that can be made not only by...

Warehouses Go Vertical: 5 Reasons This Makes Sense

Typically, warehouses are expansive one level buildings surrounded by other warehouses, however, things are starting to change when it comes to warehouses. With different factors having an impact on the logistics industry, one interesting thing to look at from a...

7 Coldwell Banker Commercial Bloggers to Bookmark

Recently, we shared some of our affiliates to follow on Twitter and we were happy to do so as they are all putting out some great information and knowledge in every 140 characters they tweet. Some of our affiliates are also saying more than just 140 characters so we...

3 Big Retail Sector Trends From 2016

The retail sector has seen some dramatic shifts in the past years as technology and the presence of online shopping continues to evolve and grow. Technology and online shopping has even driven some strictly brick and mortar retailers like Borders to go out of...

Is the Open Office Concept a Goner?

Open offices were a big deal and are much-hyped thanks to tech companies such as Google and other startups looking for something different  —a more collaborative environment. However, it seems the verdict is in and open concept offices are not being so well received...

8 Must-Download Real Estate Apps for 2017

Whether you’re a brand new real estate agent or a seasoned professional, it never hurts to keep an eye on new technologies that can make the business of doing business easier. The real estate technology space is ever-evolving and there have been some great strides...

6 Tips to Improve Your CRE Business Plans for 2017

In just a few months, 2017 will be here! Boy does time fly. Now is when you need to start thinking about your game plan for the coming year to help increase your chances of having your most successful year ever. Here are some tips to set you up for a successful year:...

4 Ways Retailers are Acquiring Mobile Customers

If you can attract customers to your store through their mobile devices, you are reaching an audience that looks at their phones all day long and carries them everywhere they go. When they’re bored, while they’re taking the train to work, they are checking their...

Holiday Shopping: Online vs. In Store

By all estimates, the back-to-school season will have pulled in more than $75 billion dollars. It is second only to holiday shopping in the highest grossing retail season. With more consumers shopping via mobile than ever before, where can retailers expect to see the...

There’s a Growing Problem with Reverse Supply Chain: Here’s Why

There’s a Growing Problem with Reverse Supply Chain: Here’s Why If you ordered a pair of shoes on Amazon, you are probably pretty confident that if they don’t fit you can return them fairly easily. You just put a return label on the box your shoes came in and you...