How is Virtual Reality REALLY Going to Impact CRE

Virtual reality (“VR”) will create opportunities for everyone. In an excellent article on the topic by The Counselors of Real Estate (read it here), they explain how the use of virtual reality could change every aspect of deal making. “One of the main uses of VR for real estate is marketing. While the cost of a virtual model may seem high to some, the cost can be offset through the reduction of other marketing spend, […]

Will Small Format Retail Be the Next Big Thing?

Small format stores may not be the next “big thing,” as much as they are a natural step in retail’s revolution, given you understand the role physical retail will play in the future. Mega-retailers like Macy’s, WalMart, Whole Foods, Best Buy, Nordstrom, Kohl’s and Target are among the few making headlines for their downsizing efforts. A lot of these smaller format retailers are downsized by over half the size of their traditional store formats, and […]

These International Retailers Are Looking to the U.S.

International retailers are drooling over the opportunity in American retail. We’ve seen many fast-casual chains and grocery stores make headlines for making their way across the pond, and now retailers are following suit. Here are three retailers we’re betting are bound for disruption.   KidZania Self-described as an “experimental learning center” the retailer is “capitalizing on the global trend of educational entertainment, KidZania will establish new ventures in Dallas and Chicago, building on an existing […]

Industrial Properties See New Light

The Industrial Revolution truly revolutionized the United States, completely changing the face of the nation. With it, came large scale industrial buildings and warehouses — many of which would eventually become empty, vacated properties. Fast forward a couple hundred years, and whole the processes in those buildings have certainly changed, the buildings themselves are still pretty similar. Industrial spaces are still big and expansive, often making them difficult or nearly impossible for another business to […]

Staying Relevant: How Retail is Keeping Brick and Mortar in the Game

It’s hard to turn on the news or read an article without seeing a headline about how grim things are for the retail industry right now. Thanks to online shopping and eCommerce giants, such as Amazon, retail sales are down and terms like “retail apocalypse” are being thrown about. But is the future of brick and mortar retail doomed? Are shopping malls really a thing of the past? We don’t think so — at least […]

Are Bots Taking Over CRE?

There have been plenty of stories circulating about how AI chatbots, or bots, are taking over businesses and possibly even entire industries. But, until now, no one has really thought about how bot technology could impact and transform CRE. Robots, in some form or fashion, have already replaced humans in some jobs, from flipping burgers to assembling cars. But bots have no place in CRE, where human interaction is crucial and necessary… right? Think again. […]

The Cloud Comes to CRE: How it’s Helping Agents Streamline Their Business

It’s official: just like so many other industries today, commercial real estate is going digital. The expansive capabilities of technology are continuously evolving and growing, and CRE is starting to innovate along the same lines. CRE professionals throughout the industry are turning to the cloud to both solve problems and to help increase their efficiency. Let’s take a closer look at 3 ways agents are using cloud based technologies to help streamline their business:   […]

How to Help Office Clients Rebrand their Asset

With the shift in today’s population, Millennials are quickly becoming THE working generation, or the 30-somethings who tend to work full time, make significant purchases, and act as the driving force behind the national economy. One of the biggest misconceptions about Millennials is how “different” they are; and, while this is categorically untrue in some areas, in others, it may hold some weight. Take, for instance, the way Millennials work. Millennials are pros at working […]

Sustainability and CRE: 4 Things to Keep Your Eye On

When asked about sustainability, most people immediately think of energy consumption and savings. However, energy is just one small component of sustainability. Sustainability is an overarching spectrum — and while it’s true that focusing on the regulation of energy is a necessary piece of the puzzle, as it impacts the overall operating cost on a daily basis, it’s important to remember to pay attention to the other pieces, as well. Let’s take a closer look […]

4 Ways to Attract the Tech Industry to Your Office Space

2017 was certainly a year that was no stranger to technology. In fact, technology is becoming more and more intertwined with everything that we, as consumers, do in our daily lives. Think about it. Amazon now has a way to let their delivery drivers let themselves into your house. Let’s not even get started on the fact that there is now a way to unlock your phone simply by using your face. And, by all […]