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15 Places to Find once-in-a-Lifetime Clients

Commercial real estate brokers spend a lot of time on small but dependable deals—do enough of those consistently well, and you’ve earned yourself a healthy living. But every once in a while, a lucky broker lands a huge client: one that has an appetite for snapping up...

3 Ways Blockchain Is Impacting CRE

It has been said that it is only a matter of time before blockchain, the proprietary technology that supports cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, will begin to infiltrate industries all around the world. And, believe it or not, even historically traditional industries...

4 Reasons Senior Housing is Interesting to Investors

While senior housing has always been a profitable industry, it has really been able to stand on its own two feet recently as a viable and significant class of real estate – with more and more outside investors jumping on board and adding senior housing to their...

3 Stats on Transit-Oriented Developments You Might Not Know

Last year, transit-oriented developments were all the talk. What many developers and investors found was that making these types of developments work with local government entities is not always easy – despite TOD being a win-win-win for cities, residents, and...

5 Reasons to Consider Student Housing as an Investment

When unemployment rates go up as high as they did during the recession, newly unemployed folks rush to enroll in higher education. Either to improve their marketability and skills for an increasingly educated job market or to have access to money while looking for...

What Do Tenants Want? 7 Trends in Multifamily

A full 90% of new multifamily construction today is rentals according to one study. For the last several years, demand in multifamily has outpaced new construction, causing some places to see huge spikes in rent prices. Still demand has not slowed while prices have...

Changing the Game: Why Big Companies Are Moving Headquarters

Lost in the headlines about Amazon acquiring hundreds of Whole Foods stores last year was the company’s announcement of a big search for a new second headquarters – although everyone in CRE was paying attention. Unusual but not atypical for a company as known for...

These 4 Restaurant Space Trends are Keeping CRE on Their Toes

According to industry insider Tasting Tables, the industrial fad is fading. Instead of steel beams and concrete slabs, a big restaurant trend taking over the market is the move to more cozy interior designs. That’s just one trend that is reversing or changing....

3 Tech Cities to Watch

Silicon Valley has dominated the tech scene from the beginning but now, there are cities outside of Silicon that are fast becoming tech cities in their own right. These are cities with low costs of living, commercial space for a fraction of the costs in traditional...

5 Industries Interested in Industrial Flex Space Right Now

Continuing on last year’s success, the industrial market is still facing ever-tightening space on the coasts and in city hubs all across the country. Mainly spurred by the logistical challenges created by e-commerce, the market continues to shrink. In response, there...

5 Trends in Sustainable Development

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is behind an initiative to promote sustainable development in every member state of the U.N. Its stated goals also include initiatives to significantly increase sustainable industrialization in lesser...

Where Will Infrastructure Spending Have the Most Impact?

Last month, President Trump gave his first State of the Union Address. In it, he renewed his talk of a massive infrastructure bill to improve the nation’s roads and bridges. Using a strategy of private-public partnerships, if this bill comes to fruition, it could have...

Why Grocery Stores are the New “Mall” of our Era

For decades, large department stores served as the anchor store for malls and shopping centers. The anchor is the main attraction while all of the other retail shops inside of the mall pay the majority of the lease. Without the anchor, the mall dies. With so many big...

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...