Narrative

The Shrinking Middle Class

  There has been a lot of talk about the middle class getting squeezed and the numbers below bear this out.  Take a look at the graphs.  What does this mean to the average worker?   Rent, medical costs and tuition have increased more than income, shrinking savings. The median hourly wage in the U.S. … Continue reading The Shrinking Middle Class

The National Office Market continues to roll on

  I keep telling my team:  right now is what the top of the market feels like.  In the United States, one out of every seven people moving out of state moves to Arizona.  The economy is hot. How long can it continue?  Who knows, but NAIOP is forecasting another great year for the rest of … Continue reading The National Office Market continues to roll on

Being A Successful Real Estate Investor

  When I wrote How to Win in Commercial Real Estate Investing, I spent all my words on the process of investing.  Not the psychology of the business.  Below is a great (and short) article on the 4 P’s of being a successful investor. I would recommend that everyone think about these words before they jump … Continue reading Being A Successful Real Estate Investor

Vertical Warehousing

  The entire world is being disrupted.  Readers of this narrative know this.  Here is the latest disruption: vertical warehouses with four stories. Why are these taking off?    –Consumer demand for instantaneous delivery has caused the industry to take a hard look at the “last mile” and seek new ways to speed up delivery. … Continue reading Vertical Warehousing

Analyzing Business Opportunities

  We all know we have to do our homework when analyzing any business opportunity.  Doing due diligence  from every side and perspective will help protect your interests (and money).  Below are some reminders and a priority list for conducting your due diligence to limit your risks and hopefully ensure your ROI:   – Financials first, … Continue reading Analyzing Business Opportunities

1-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Market Update: Q1 2019

  The Metro Phoenix Office market continued its trend of positive net absorption this quarter in a BIG way.   Fresh off a year of posting 2.8 million SF of net absorption (job growth) in all of 2018, Metro Phoenix hit 1.1 million SF in just the first quarter 2019, sending vacancy down to 16.9% from … Continue reading 1-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Market Update: Q1 2019

Building Collaborative Areas vs. Coworking Space

  For those who have followed my narrative for a while now, you might recall that WeWork and the overall rise of Coworking office space has been on my radar for the past few years (Click here to read “Rise of Collaborative Workspace” and here to read “WeWork now a $5 billion co-working startup”).   The market … Continue reading Building Collaborative Areas vs. Coworking Space

Affordability

  One of the most daunting tasks our national clients face is to quantify the key metrics for making decisions for their office locations.  I review no less than 30 different reports a year on this topic and the items people track are, well…daunting. Demographics, traffic patterns, access to amenities, cost of labor, office space costs, … Continue reading Affordability

Chinese Company Headquarters WAY different than U.S.

  Chinese company, Tencent, just finished its global headquarters.  In previous narratives, I have discussed US-based tech companies’ cool new headquarters (Click here to read my narrative on Apple’s HQ). This week, I have included two different articles about the same building. What is different? Technology.  In China, the government allows some technology that is not … Continue reading Chinese Company Headquarters WAY different than U.S.

The Commercial Real Estate Appraisal Process

  We are constantly asked by owners and prospective owners to value buildings. As brokers, we can prepare BOV’S (Broker Opinion of Values).  This is our opinion of a specific property’s market value if put on the market for sale.  Full valuation for Lenders and partners to benefit all parties is called an Appraisal.  Below … Continue reading The Commercial Real Estate Appraisal Process

Relationships- Deep and Meaningful

  This narrative typically talks about office space leases, trends and all things commercial real estate.  Today, I wanted to talk about how we have thrived over 35 years in an incredibly tough business.  It’s pretty simple — we build deep meaningful relationships with our clients. How do we do this?    We have a … Continue reading Relationships- Deep and Meaningful

1-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Market Update: Q4 2018

It’s time for us to look back at the Metro Phoenix Office Market for 2018. Readers of this narrative know that I am an office broker who works every day representing tenants and landlords as they navigate real estate nuances and opportunities. I (along with my incredible team) am based in Phoenix but work around the country … Continue reading 1-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Market Update: Q4 2018

What do Baseball and Commercial Real Estate Have in Common?

Some of you may know that I was drafted out of college and played professional baseball for the Minnesota Twins organization before I got into Commercial Real Estate.  If you play baseball, you learn statistics. As sportswriter Arthur Daley said:  “A baseball fan has the digestive apparatus of a billy goat. He can, and does, devour any set of … Continue reading What do Baseball and Commercial Real Estate Have in Common?

Piling On

I’m adding to my narrative two weeks ago (click here to read) on the effects of open office plans.  Today is not about the science but rather the complaining and emotional impact on employees after moving to open office space.  I’m not taking a side, rather just piling on more information from two weeks ago.    Workers … Continue reading Piling On

Open Plans Kill Productivity

In my ongoing effort to explore both sides of the open office vs. traditional office debate, here are some thoughts based on science.  The Journal of Environmental Psychology jumped into the fray and came out with a huge study (40k+ workers and over 300 companies).  What did they find out?   — Closed offices outperformed open … Continue reading Open Plans Kill Productivity

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