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Which Job Is Growing
The Office Sector
More Than Any Other?


Mimi Nguyen

You probably guessed immediately, and most likely guessed correctly (so congratulations in advance). Technology-related jobs, particularly in computer and mathematics-oriented occupations, is the current champion of office leasing. The report comes from Rebecca Rockey, Cushman & Wakefield’s economist and head of forecasting for the Americas. She is the lead author of a new Occupier Insights … Read More

The Pros and Cons of Pet-Friendly Offices


Stephen Close

If you like having Millennials as part of your work force, you had better like having pets in the office too. The trend is already well established in the workplaces of major-league Millennial favorites: Google, Amazon, Ben & Jerry’s and Etsy. In fact, one study reveals that 17 percent of employers have pet-friendly workplace policies … Read More

Top 10 Markets Still Holding Strong


With 2018 coming to an end, all eyes are now on how the end of the year will close out and which markets will hold the greatest potential in 2019. Earlier this year, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the Urban Land Institute released the Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report, which analyzes leading North American markets, including … Read More

Is Worker Mobility Driving Change
in the Office Sector — Yet?


Ken Robertson

The office is not the only environment experiencing a digital-age revolution. Now your commute is going to go all 21st century (sorry, no flying cars — yet). Because of the increasing trend of employees working from home — as well as in coffee shops, airports, hotels and other locations — many corporate home bases are … Read More

The Tech Effect


Carol Shumway

The tech effect is hitting the commercial real estate (CRE) industry—and hitting it hard. Over the past couple of years, demand and implementation of new technology has been at a fever pitch, reinventing how professionals interact with real estate. From how a lease deal is transacted to managing building systems, every tenant, investor, broker, owner/operator, … Read More

Portlandia


by Dara Holland

KBS Catches the Fever by Inhabiting History and Facilitating a Tech-y New High Portlandia was a thing long before the TV show that lampoons its quirky residents. Also known as The City of Roses, Little Beirut, Bridgetown, Beervana and more, Portland is much more than a cool coastal halfway point between San Francisco and Seattle. … Read More

The Mixed-Use Opportunity


Marc DeLuca

The live, work and play lifestyle movement is growing by massive proportions and is especially prevalent in suburban mixed-use communities. Single-use developments have their place within the market, but mixed-use projects offer a completely different experience. And keep in mind, mixed-use doesn’t necessarily mean a multi-acre development—it can be as simple as a purposeful multi-use … Read More

Windy City Density:
Chicago’s Affluent Population Boom


Dan Park

Developers and investors are increasingly interested in Chicago; its feverish construction activity continues to increase the population density of this toddlin’ town. According to The New York Times, between 2010 and 2016, the city’s density has increased by 1.2 percent. Most of that population growth is taking place in the city center, with the arrival … Read More

Nashville Is Open For Business
And Job Seekers Are Responding


Stephen Close

Originally left for dead after the Great Recession of 2008, Nashville is now a major destination for job seekers and corporations. NerdWallet has ranked Nashville as the No. 3 city in the nation for job-seekers in 2017. Factors in the ranking: the local unemployment rate is a low 2.9%; population growth between 2010 and 2015 … Read More

On-site Dining
Boosts Tenant Experience


David Jenkins

To attract the best tenants, office buildings must have a well-designed amenity package. In the past, operators allocated a mere 3% of space to amenities. Today, that number has increased to more than 10%–and should actually be even more. The reason? Because tenants want an experience. According to Fooda, on-site dining ranks 4th on the … Read More