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 […]

Gratitude

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In addition to this narrative, I also write a weekly blog called LIFEies, based on the 18 rules from my book The Fantastic Life. This week’s LIFEies discusses the many reasons to give thanks, and how cultivating a thankful heart is one of the biggest advantages we can have in life. You can read that blog here. I’m thankful for each of you […]

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 […]

Third Space First

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You heard it here first (hopefully).  There is a new type of space for companies called third spaces.  Third spaces are places for local people to gather and eat, with areas for creative, cultural, and community activities. This is where ideas and startups are born. If this concept takes off, the next wave of development will need […]

Autonomous Vehicles

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If you’ve been following this narrative for a while, you know that one of my favorite topics is how technology is disrupting the world around us. Of all the technology I’ve covered, by far the most exciting development is autonomous vehicles. Almost every major tech company is involved in this technology, from Uber, to Alphabet […]

Traditional Retail is Dead

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By next year, 36 million square feet of retail space could be vacated and returned to the market. It’s official – the global landscape of retail is changing and changing rapidly. These changes are driven by a combination of growing e-commerce use and a demographical shift in consumer behavior, which prioritizes experience over tangible goods. […]

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 […]

Is the Pendulum Swinging Back?

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As technology has advanced over the past decade, the number of freelance and remote office professionals has increased dramatically. With only an internet connection, employees can work virtually anywhere, and many companies are embracing the perceived benefits (including less money spent on office space) of allowing employees to work remote.However, among this trend, IBM announced a […]

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 […]