Category: Article of Interest

Brick and Mortar Retail Is Not Dead: Don’t Believe the Critics

June 9, 2017

Online stores are evolving, but they won’t be taking over the classic brick and mortar system anytime soon. Online only retailers are trying to use every advantage they have to compete with the classic form of retail; however, overcoming years of logistic and merchandising experience is no easy feat. Online shopping does not relieve the […]

Modular Building Is Helping the Construction Industry Combat Labor Shortages

June 7, 2017

High-tech automation plants are building homes faster than ever before and experts say they could help the construction industry deal with chronic labor shortages. Developers, such as Marriott, are paying workers 30% higher wages due to labor shortages and using high-tech automation plants to meet rising demands. One high- tech plant near Baltimore is using […]

The Trend in Office Real Estate That’s ‘About To Explode’

June 5, 2017

Third- party non-core real estate providers are offering temporary meeting space and rentable conference rooms. The goal is to offer space on a need-by-need basis and give office occupiers flexibility to pursue saving initiatives. “This new segment of conference and meeting events being outsourced is a whole new facet within flexible workspace that’s about to […]

Takeaways from ICSC RECon 2017

June 2, 2017

According to attendees of ICSC’s RECon 2017 show in Las Vegas, many factors are changing the retail real estate industry. Consumer behavior, boredom and lack of a unique experience are all reasons malls and retail stores are struggling across the country. Retail stores need to be highly concerned about offering their target markets a satisfying […]

San Antonio commercial property values increase by double digits

June 1, 2017

Compared to this time last year, commercial property value has increased nearly 11% across throughout the city of San Antonio according to the Bexar County Appraisal District. Commercial property in Bexar County has increased to $36.6B up from $33.1B just last year in 2016. Multifamily properties have seen value increases from $12.8B to $15.1B year-over […]

Texas Legislative Session Round-Up

May 31, 2017

The latest session of Texas legislation is coming to a close and within the contention are several proposed bills that could have a profound effect on commercial real estate if passed. One such bill concerns the state budget and the debate is whether funds would be better allocated to support under resourced social services or […]

Mall REITs Pursue Multiple Strategies in Dealing with Tenant Troubles

May 26, 2017

Although uncertainty looms over the retail sector as owners, managers, and vendors alike scramble to adapt to the shifting landscape, some retail REITS are already seeing positive results from newly formulated strategies to counter the explosive growth e-commerce has been experiencing. Philadelphia-based PREIT for example has sold underperforming assets and is reinforcing the remaining properties […]

Here’s what could happen to America’s hundreds of dead malls

May 25, 2017

Nothgate Mall, designed by John Graham Jr, defined the classic mall look. Graham’s design for the mall spread across the country and has become the standard among many large mall shopping centers. However, Northgate is now struggling to hold onto its former glory days. In the 21st century, hundreds of malls have closed their stores […]

ULI Forecast Predicts More Room To Run For CRE

May 24, 2017

A group of more than 50 ULI analysts and economists believe that the current real estate cycle will continue through 2019. Vacancy rates, and availability for all the real estate sectors are expected to continually improve in 2017 and remain flat in 2018. Commercial property rents are expected to rise through 2019, albeit at a […]

Corporate Tax Cut as Growth Elixir? Foreign Experience Suggests Caution

May 23, 2017

President Trump seeks to lower corporate tax rates to 15% from its current rate of 35% in hopes of eventually pushing U.S. long-term growth rate up to 3% from 2%. In comparison to other countries, the United States has the highest coporate tax rate within the 35-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Other countries […]

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