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Perspectives on the Commercial Office Market
and Managing Risk for Investors


Premier Office Magazine speaks with Chuck Schreiber, CEO of KBS about demand drivers in the commercial office market and the importance of managing risk for investors. POM: 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 … Read More

No Slowdown for Office Demand


Chuck Schreiber

The flow of young talent into the job market continues to be a boon to the office leasing business.  This is especially true for owners who have elected to buy in vibrant urban areas and markets near major universities and the talent pool that comes with them. Live/work/play environments are still in heavy demand, and … Read More

Commercial Real Estate Prepares for 5G


There is a lot of talk about the 5G network—dubbed the next commercial real estate (CRE) utility—and how it will radically change the way we operate and do business. It’s going to be big. Really big. The eminent need for the 5G network is there is simply too much data and not enough bandwidth.  Think … Read More

KBS’ Chuck Schreiber on Managing Risk


Connect Media sat down with KBS CEO Chuck Schreiber to gather insights on the market, managing risk and real estate investment. Schreiber had a great deal to say, and therefore we’re presenting the conversation in two parts. An edited transcript of the discussion follows below. Q: There are a number of headlines today suggesting that … Read More

Offices Eye TAMIs For Opportunities


Brett Merz

TAMI—Technology, Advertising, Media, and Information businesses—represent a very powerful tenant group within the commercial real estate space, one that is reshaping workplace expectations. Considered the leaders of today’s modern and innovative office, the sheer size and growth momentum of this group is what makes them a high tenant priority. According to Nelson, TAMI companies are … Read More

Spec Suites and Vanilla Ice Cream


Spec Suites and Vanilla Ice Cream   “Would you like to see one of our spec suites?” For employers seeking the perfect office space for a growing business, that question doesn’t exactly set off fireworks. What is a spec suite? For most, it’s a generic term for a generic space—fresh and ready to move in … Read More

Growing Office Returns in Growing Cities


Chuck Schreiber

Providing stable, long-term returns for investors depends on a number of factors, two being investing in growth markets and controlling costs. If rents are rising because the market is thriving, and if costs are lower than similar investments, the asset has potential to perform at or above expectations. But what makes a growth market? And … Read More

Increasingly, There’s No Substitute
For The Experiential Workplace


Marc DeLuca

We learn by doing, and the technical term for this is experience. This happens when we engage in interaction, participation and analysis. We’ve all been hearing lately how Millennials prefer experience to old-fashioned conspicuous consumption. For them, a mall with a climbing wall would matter more to them than walking away with a new pair of … Read More

KBS Sees Growth in Value
Across its Real Estate Portfolios


KBS, one of the largest commercial office owners globally, announced today the net asset value of its portfolio increased 6.15% in 2018. KBS’ real estate portfolio consists of 118 properties located in prime urban markets throughout the United States valued in excess of $11 billion as of December 31, 2018. The assets are held through five … Read More

Should You Invest in
Opportunity Zones?


Mimi Nguyen

Looking for your next investment opportunity? You may have to first get into the zone. Opportunity Zones have been created for investors to defer capital gains for a period of time while pouring much needed investment into economically deprived areas. The end goal is that everybody wins. Investors can sell any property or security and … Read More