Growing Together

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I grew up 20 minutes from the Mexican border.  My dad and three of my siblings still live in Sierra Vista, AZ.  I know firsthand the good and bad of living next to an international border and all the issues surrounding both sides.    Given the recent political turbulence surrounding globalization, NAFTA, and the United […]

Underlying Organizational Costs

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The biggest waste we consistently see is clients underutilizing their office space.  Planning for growth that never occurs, thinking you “need” the space for visiting people, and making work areas and offices too big — there are multiple ways that companies waste money. Office space, and even more important facilities, can significantly reduce costs through […]

Businesses are Relocating to AZ

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It’s always warm in Phoenix.  In the summer, we go above 110 degrees on a regular basis. On the other hand, the Phoenix office market continues to move along at a steady pace…like it’s 70 degrees.   BUT, all is not lost.  Many companies are beginning to realize the true cost of having all their […]

10 Issues Affecting Commercial Real Estate 2017

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One thing I constantly stress to my team is that to be successful in this industry, you have to be willing to learn and adapt to the times, or quickly become obsolete and watch your business disappear. As a 20+ year Counselor of Real Estate (CRE), I love our annual top ten issues affecting commercial […]

1-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Update: Q3 2017

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The Metro Phoenix office market continued on its eight-year positive course, albeit at a slower pace, for the 3rd quarter of 2017. As any athlete will tell you, a win is a win and all the [market] players will take it.  The 216,037 SF of office space absorbed fell short of expectations, however, some large leases were […]

Spending Trends in America

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One of my favorite movie quotes is from Jerry Maguire – “Show me the money!” And that’s exactly what the below chart does. This very informative chart shows spending trends over the past 75 years in America. Some key points for me:   – Education spending is trending up. Not sure if this is Americans valuing education […]

US Apartment Rents are CRAZY

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Remember what you paid as rent for your first apartment? That first rent payment probably felt like a real dent in your paycheck. But I guarantee you it’s not anything like today’s rents.  Apartments have been on fire for a LONG time this cycle. While I think there is still room for this market niche to […]

2-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Update: Q2 2017

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The second quarter was not quite as busy as the first, but there is still good news as our market slowly (painfully slow) continues to improve.  Vacancy held steady at 18.8% despite new construction, and we continued our streak of continuous positive net absorption (job growth).  We haven’t had negative net absorption since 2009. The pace of […]

5 Frequently Asked CRE Questions

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The basics of commercial real estate are simple. A tenant needs office space. An owner needs to lease their space to a tenant. But once you get into the details of the transaction, things become complicated really fast.  A good amount of my time working with clients is spent answering their questions. I even wrote […]

4 in the Top 20!

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The good news keeps coming. Metro Phoenix just landed 4 cities in the top 20 best US cities for finding a job in 2017.  Arizona is open for business.  If you are looking to relocate, or know someone who is, there is no better area than the Valley of the Sun.   Here are a […]