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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

Dallas/Fort Worth
May Be Upgrading To A Primary Market


Ken Robertson

Dallas/Fort-Worth (DFW) “is rapidly approaching the level where it is considered as a core primary market,” according to the ULI/PwC Emerging Trends in Real Estate. Generally considered a secondary market up until now, this puts DFW near the top of list for best markets for investment. The ULI/PwC report has placed Dallas in the top … Read More

Denver: A Tech Startup’s Best Friend


Clint Copulos

Denver is making a serious commitment to welcoming startups, entrepreneurs and tech companies to the Mile-High City. This is a good thing, because they’re arriving in droves. Denver has already emerged as an official tech hub; in fact, three Colorado cities — Denver, Fort Collins, and Boulder — now have the largest number of registered … Read More

Mass Transit Drives
Rent Growth in Major US Metros


The national average rent in transit-accessible office buildings was 65% higher than the average market rent in early 2018, according to a report by Transwestern. And examination of 15 major metros shows average rent in Central Business Districts was $43.48-per-square-foot NNN for transit-accessible buildings versus $26.01-per-square-foot NNN for car-dependent buildings. Transwestern researchers also found transit-accessible … Read More

Palm Beach Is Getting Crowded
And That’s Good For Business


Allen Aldridge

Palm Beach is making room for more residents and businesses. The U.S. Census Bureau revealed that the county was home to 1.44 million people as of mid-2016; The University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research says that the population will reach 1.5 million sometime after 2020. Some forecasts are even more aggressive. The … Read More