THE KBS INSIDER
Blog Archive



The Bay Area/Silicon Valley
State of the Market 2018


Brent Carroll

San Francisco’s housing shortage, along with its high cost of living, is spurring a migration away from the city. Those who are choosing to stay are looking for roommates: as of March 2018, San Francisco rents averaged $3,558, according to data from Rent Jungle. Home prices reached a high of $1.6 million during the first … Read More

Austin Is Moving Beyond “Weird”


Gio Cordoves

“Keep Austin Weird” is the slogan used by the Austin Independent Business Alliance to help promote small businesses in Austin, Texas. The “weird” refers to the city’s young, creative, hip, performing-arts vibe. However, there seems to be nothing weird about Austin’s phenomenal commercial real estate growth. The city is one of the top markets for … Read More

Insights: Investing in Technology


Brett Merz

KBS’s 37.5 million-square-foot-property portfolio is characterized by buildings that are of exceptional quality, high-connectivity, and are technologically adept. I had the opportunity to discuss with Bisnow the importance of technology in the workplace. You can read the full article here. Tenants have many options, which is why Wired Certification is an essential component to our tenant relationships. … Read More

The Country’s #1 Market
for Corporate Relocation: Atlanta


Allen Aldridge

Atlanta offers a lot to relocate to: a city friendly to business, the most visited airport in the country, a burgeoning movie industry, and some of the nation’s top companies, including Coca Cola, General Electric, NCR, Mercedes-Benz, and Delta. In 2016 alone, more than 90,000 people moved to Atlanta; over half of the city’s population … Read More

Trendy vs. the Basics:
What Tenants Really Want in Amenities


Stephen Close

An office building’s amenity package can be a market game-changer—separating the ordinary from the extraordinary—the difference between robust occupancies and discounted rents to lure tenants. It’s a competitive factor that cannot be neglected. According to an HqO report, 72% of tenants are unsatisfied with their current amenities, which is a pretty significant disconnect between landlords … Read More

Durham: The Best Place
For Millennials on the “Move”


Allen Aldrige

Millennials put a high value on travel, according to a study by Airbnb and marketing research firm Gfk. In fact, they often rank travel higher on their priority list than paying off debt. Travel is one thing, but as far as moving, this generation is doing less of that, according to a Pew research report. The finding is that … Read More

CRE Goes Mobile:
Property Management on the Go


Kristen Sarubbe

Connectivity is good for business. Period. There are more than 5 million apps in the Google Play and App stores, combined, for personal and professional purposes. In CRE, property management is a 24/7 operation.  Apps have made it possible for management teams to track from their mobile devices and tablets dozens of property functions, such as security, … Read More

You May Never Guess
America’s Second-Hippest City


Ron Sklar

The second-most hipster-friendly city in America? Brooklyn? Austin? Nope. Salt Lake City (It’s also a top-rated city for Millennials). Movehub, a relocation-expert service, ranked cities based on its number of  trendy venues (think microbreweries, tatt parlors and vegan restaurants) per 100,000 residents. According to its website, the company studied 446 cities across 20 countries: That’s 2,834 record stores, … Read More

2018: The Year Flexible Workspaces
Are Officially Considered Mainstream


David Jenkins

The flexible office workspace — with its human approach to design and its encouragement of natural light, plant life, flat screens, healthy snacks, and even office dogs — was once considered a fad, but no more. As of this year, it’s an official, thriving industry that’s here to stay. The younger workforce is helping to mainstream … Read More

Light Rail Is Moving Charlotte
and Millennials Ahead


Marc DeLuca

The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) recently opened an extension to its highly successful 9.3 mile Lynx Blue Line light rail, Railway Age reports. The extension runs northeast from 7th Street station in the city center through to the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus. That includes 11 stations, with four of them offering park-and-ride facilities … Read More