Rules for Capital

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When writing my LIFEies (my weekly blog on personal development) I get to share very complex ideas that are made simple by lots of people. Like Albert Einstein said, “The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.” For this narrative, however, I focus on more complex Commercial Real Estate developments. But every […]

The Highest Taxed Buildings in America

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In many ways, I am jaded after being in the CRE brokerage business for so long.  Representing office tenants means you get to see just about everything. But I also live in an Arizona bubble most of the time. So I was SHOCKED at the amount of property taxes that the highest-taxed buildings in America […]

Meet Your New Landlord At Home

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I have a great friend, Trish, who has been a mentor to me for the past 30 years.  She is in the residential ownership and management business, and has been a great insight into the changes happening in that sector. Which is why I’m not surprised by the below article, and the size of the […]

1-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Update: Q1 2018

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The long and stubbornly slow recovery continues.  Q1 2018 numbers are out and the Metro Phoenix office market absorbed 686,469 square feet of net positive space, lowering overall vacancy to 19.39%.  We are now into the 8th straight year of positive absorption in office jobs.  Vacancy varies throughout the Greater Phoenix area with a high of 30.5% in the Sky Harbor […]

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 […]