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Cities with The Best Bike Scores? Head West


Clint Copulos

Like to bike to the office? The most bikeable markets for 2019 according to Walk Score: Minneapolis — Bike Score 81.9 A biker’s paradise, surrounded by many lakes and the banks of the Mississippi River. Its “Nice Ride” bike program offers more than 60 kiosks dedicated to bicycle sharing. The Chain of Lakes is connected by 34 miles … Read More

Can You Name the Ten Most
Walkable Cities in the United States?


Shannon Hill

How walkable is your city? Can you get to work without driving a car? Walkscore.com has done the math on this and figured out the best way to get around by walking. Walk Score has become a go-to source for its methodology; it relies on an algorithm to determine what cities offer the best non-dependent … Read More

Building Certifications Add New Dimension
to Property Values


There are a lot of certifications or distinctions that building owners are ascribing to these days, such as LEED, Wired Certification, Walk Score and BOMA. As the demand for sustainable, high-tech and overall better quality buildings increase, these certifications are proving to be more than just a marketing strategy. Many industry execs believe they can … Read More

Perspectives on the Commercial Office Market
and Managing Risk for Investors


Chuck Schreiber

KBS CEO, Chuck Schreiber talks about demand drivers in the commercial office market and the importance of managing risk for investors.   QUESTION: What are some of the key trends that are affecting the leasing of urban-centered office space? SCHREIBER: We really saw in 2012 a change in the focus and the demand for quality … Read More

What Gen Z Wants in an Office


Generation Z — born between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s — is the generation born after the Millennials; many of the 72.8 million of them have started looking for jobs as of 2015, with increasing numbers every year. They’re the most diverse, best-educated generation in American history — even more so than the Millennials … Read More

We Have A New #1 State for Business


Marc DeLuca

We have a new national leader when it comes to doing business: Virginia! According to CNBC’s just-released 2019 report, Virginia topped the long-time leader, Texas, as the nation’s top state for business. From our perspective, KBS has long recognized Virginia’s potential for strong office assets. With six select Virginia office properties in our portfolio (see details on … Read More

Is the Office Market Heading for a Downturn?


Chuck Schreiber

Solid job growth — as well as consumer spending and business expansion — should keep the office sector in great demand.   Usually it plays like this: recession first, downturn follows. We’re hearing lots of talk in the media about a possible recession in late 2019 or 2020 — it may be a false alarm, … Read More

KBS is Making Great Buildings Better


The following feature story appeared in the August 2019 issue of Green Building & Design magazine KBS is transforming buildings to make next-generation spaces people can’t wait to work and play in. Commercial tenants demand a lot. And they should, considering competition for the best employees is steep. Today’s top companies have shown they are … Read More

KBS Proud to Sponsor 4th Annual
Real Estate Luncheon to
Benefit OC Veterans


On April 18, KBS was again proud to co-sponsor the fourth annual Orange County Real Estate Luncheon to raise money for designated charities that are providing the most help for Orange County veterans and their families.    Virtually every major real estate firm in Orange County as well as several large lending institutions were present to … Read More

How Coworking Continues to Evolve


Dan Park

Now that coworking is no longer considered a fad, it’s quickly moving beyond the quaint notion that it’s meant only for entrepreneurs and startups. As of 2019, coworking spaces makes up 5 percent of U.S. office space and it’s expected to consume at least 30 percent of space within the next 11 years, according to … Read More