Inflation or Deflation: What Will We See in the Post-COVID World?

March 24, 2021

Many analysts believe we will enter an inflationary period, but some predict the inverse A return to normalcy is drawing closer with news that the United States could distribute up to 500 million vaccine doses by the end of June. This number would mean there's enough product on the market to vaccinate the country's entire

What Can We Expect From Retail in 2021?

March 17, 2021

Retail had a turbulent and uneven ride during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a broad recovery should follow once most Americans receive a vaccination. It goes without saying that 2020 was an incredibly challenging year for many brick-and-mortar retailers as pandemic-related restrictions made turning a profit an uphill battle. Although recovery likely won't be linear, and

Is the Open Office Concept a Thing of the Past?

February 3, 2021

The need for social distancing is sure to amplify many pre-pandemic questions about the efficiency of open offices. The open-concept office is widespread in corporate America, though it has taken some hits in recent years. The movement first gained traction in the 1970s and remains a go-to setup for many businesses around the country. The

Is the COVID-19 Move to the Suburbs a Durable Trend?

January 6, 2021

Many Millennials no longer want to live and work in urban centers—but how much of the shift is driven by the pandemic or whether it’s a lasting trend is unclear. As Millennials start having children and wanting different things out of life, many find suburban living more appealing. This trend started before the global pandemic

Commercial Real Estate’s Winners and Losers in the COVID-19 Economy

December 23, 2020

Although the pandemic is creating economic challenges worldwide, some industries are faring better than others and thriving because of the shift in consumer behavior. COVID-19 has done a number on the American economy, with unemployment rates reaching 14.4% in April. By November, that number had dropped to 6.7%, but we're still seeing fallout because consumers

When To Use —and Not Use—Leverage In CRE

December 9, 2020

Positives, negatives, and the COVID effect When people get involved in commercial real estate investments, their goal is to increase the property's value, diversify portfolio holdings, avoid volatility while hedging against inflation, and gain some tax benefits. In short, it’s about making money. One of the available tools to achieve that goal is leverage. Also

Outdoor Space as a Solution to Maximize Building Use During COVID

November 25, 2020

Taking advantage of available outdoor spaces can make businesses safer for customers and employees while navigating the global pandemic. We're learning more every day about the novel coronavirus that's wreaking havoc on our society, giving us additional insight on how to protect ourselves.  For example, it's now common knowledge that the virus spreads person-to-person through

Technology is Changing Commercial Real Estate—But a Human Advisor Remains Critical

November 4, 2020

Despite new platforms that aim to shift commercial real estate into a self-serve proposition, true due diligence requires human insight Technology makes many aspects of residential real estate more accessible, as anyone can go online, select a property, and begin researching. From there, interested parties can schedule tours, check market comps, or even make offers

CRE Opportunities and Pitfalls in a K-Shaped COVID Recovery

September 23, 2020

Solid investments are out there. Finding them depends on assessing the changing demand. In the rush to predict how an economy crippled by COVID will look, many experts have tossed around the shapes of letters to illustrate how an economic recovery will look. There is the gradual but steady upturn of a U, a V's

What is Going to Happen with Rent Payments?

September 9, 2020

Commercial real estate landlords are understandably nervous about the future  The economic impacts of COVID-19 won’t be fully measured for quite some time, but one thing is clear:  many commercial real estate owners aren’t receiving rental payments from tenants.  Even as communities reopen, numerous restaurants, personal-service providers, and retailers don't do enough business to pay

CRE and Surviving The COVID Recession

August 26, 2020

Taking steps to evaluate the current situation and weather the storm When it comes to hurricane season, Floridians know the drill: stock up on canned goods and water, fire up the generator for a test run, keep cash on hand, and ensure the storm shutters are in working order. It’s usually the same idea when