Our expert contributors provide insights on current commercial real estate and key economic trends.
Commercial Real Estate Cycle: What Happens When the Music Stops?
The West Coast commercial real estate markets are among the best-performing in the country, a condition fueled by the current cycle's sustained economic growth. That isn't expected to change anytime soon. That's because the U.S. economic recovery remains on solid footing, supported by historically low unemployment (4.1%,) job growth and consumer spending.Read more
How to choose the right industrial space for your growing business
If your business has been growing exponentially and your current facility is hindering your company’s growth, it’s probably time to consider a new space. When searching for your next business location, there’s always more to consider than meets the eye.Read more
Office Forecast Remains Positive throughout 2018
The national and regional outlook for office properties remains favorable. After a strong 2017, where office development increased 53.7 percent year over year, both Commerical Property Executive (CPE) and the National Real Estate Investors (NREI) gave positive outlooks for this year. First quarter results have not disappointed. Generally, West Coast markets ranked high in terms of cap rates, vacancy, absorption, and new development. Breaking down the metropolitan area outlooks across the West Coast, we see upward trends in leasing and demand.Read more
Making CRE Sense of Tax Reform & Rising Interest Rates
Considerable attention and uncertainty surrounds the sweeping tax reform and recent actions to raise interest rates by the Federal Reserve. Yet, the most intriguing question being asked by those in the commercial real estate business is will the changes knock the current cycle off kilter?Read more
Experience a Retail Rising: Creating Experiential Retail Environments on the West Coast
Shifts in consumer preferences to a shopping environment that features experience over pure buying has forced shopping malls and retailers to rethink how they’ve traditionally operated.Read more
The CRE Disruptors We’re Talking About in 2018
Our industry is experiencing a period of great change. We recognize the ability to anticipate new innovations and adapt is essential for providing optimal service to our clients. Over the next year, the commercial real estate industry will see disruption in four key areas.Read more
Amazon HQ2: CRE Lessons Learned from Seattle’s Amazon Experience
Now that Amazon has narrowed down the nearly 240 potential sites bidding to host its second corporate headquarters, it will be a closely-watched competition for the 20 locations across North America that have been short-listed. The stakes are high for cities, counties, and states wooing the giant e-commerce retailer.Read more
Senior Housing Market Poised for Growth
As baby boomers age, the need for affordable senior housing facilities will continue to rise. Investors and developers are taking notice with new construction projects. Strong market fundamentals and the aging population means more growth for all types of senior housing facilities.Read more
Who’s Winning the Recruiting War?
Attracting and retaining the best and brightest talent has become an increasingly challenging prospect for companies across the country. That’s being exacerbated by a strong economy, fueled by a recovery nearly a decade in the making, and an unemployment rate that’s holding steady at 4.1 percent, a 17-year low.Read more
Industrial is Booming on the West Coast
Changes in consumer shopping demands are pushing retailers to strategically place their goods closer to urban centers as a method of reducing logistics costs and delivering products timely. The increasing demand for urban warehousing is impacting the industrial real estate market along the West Coast.Read more
Crane Watch: West Coast Construction Boom Continues
The West Coast undeniably features some of the hottest commercial real estate markets. A near perfect series of economic and technology storms have driven record growth, increased investment and strong market fundamentals.Read more
Is Industrial Space Going Vertical?
Demand for domestic goods has grown exponentially in recent years, yet the available land for manufacturing and storage of those goods is dwindling. With multi-story warehousing, companies can strategically place goods closer to the consumer, and increase the usable square footage of a warehouse without expanding their footprint.Read more
4 Things to Know about the West Coast Office Market
The West Coast office market has seen a lot of highs and lows in past years, but recent trends and statistics suggest that the coming year will be fruitful for the sector -particularly in some of the region's biggest metros.Read more
Distressed Properties, Vacancy Shortfall, and Entrepreneurial Incentive
Let’s consider the values of two identical office towers: one fully leased by multiple tenants at market rents, and another completely vacant. Assuming all else is equal, the fully leased office tower will always sell for more than its vacant twin property.Read more
Generation Z Prefers In-Store Shopping –
Could This be True?
Shoppers belonging to Generation Z (whose oldest members were born in the middle 1990s) prefer to get their goods through the internet – right? Not necessarily, according to a new survey by IBM and the National Retail Foundation, in addition to data from Kidder Mathews.Read more
4 Trends Impacting the Multifamily Market Across the West Coast
The multifamily industry has experienced a lot of changes on a national scale over the past year. Catapulted by growth in the tech industry, jobs markets have been popping up across the country in places like Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, and Seattle.Read more