The Future of Healthy Buildings and Features After COVID?

February 9, 2022

Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter has some novel features that may become more popular as the demand for ‘healthy’ buildings grows Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter, a 55-story building with 310 residences, 219 hotel rooms, and 10 floors of medical facilities, broke ground in summer 2021. In doing so, it became the first new construction

Which Big Industries are Driving Florida’s GDP Growth?

February 2, 2022

The state’s economy relies heavily on six industries to keep it thriving With a GDP of nearly $1.1 trillion in 2020, Florida had the fourth-largest state economy in the United States, trailing only California, Texas, and New York. It also had the 15th-largest economy globally, putting it ahead of wealthy countries like Switzerland, Sweden, The

How to See Through the CRE Headline Risk to Find Real Value

January 26, 2022

CRE investors should understand “headline risk” — and avoid falling prey to ‘headline panic’ Key takeaways: Headline risk is when media coverage creates negative effects on businesses or industries. During the pandemic, headlines speculated on the demise of some commercial real estate sectors, such as office space and brick-and-mortar retail.  The pandemic has certainly changed

Is Fort Lauderdale Ready to Step Out of Miami’s Shadow?

January 19, 2022

The city is already growing fast and primed for significant expansion over the next decade. Miami has long been South Florida's focal point, as it receives most of the media attention and is where many big corporations and startups alike look for office space in the area. In contrast, Fort Lauderdale has long been stereotyped

Why and When Commercial Real Estate Can Be a Good Hedge Against Inflation

January 12, 2022

As inflation increases, many investors look to income-generating CRE to serve as a barrier against devalued dollars In December 2021, headlines announced a 7% inflation rate, marking the highest US price growth since 1982. Many analysts expect inflation to continue rising in 2022, and these increases, coupled with supply-chain disruptions and COVID variants, threaten to

A Look at the Viability of 3D-Printed Commercial Buildings

December 29, 2021

The future of construction could be arriving in South Florida sooner than you think. Although it still sounds futuristic to many people, 3D printing is rapidly becoming mainstream as the devices and materials become more affordable. You can now pick up an at-home 3D printer for about $200, grab some thermoplastic for $40 a pound,

Examining Taco Bell Defy and Its Implications For the Fast Food Industry

November 17, 2021

“Taco Bell Defy” could change the way fast-food restaurants are built and how quickly customers receive their food. Naturally, the fast-food industry relies on getting menu items into customers' hands quickly, and a new concept from Taco Bell aims to speed the process even further.  Taco Bell Defy should open its first restaurant in Brooklyn

The Present and Future of the Touchless Office

October 6, 2021

While many offices have included touchless features for years, the focus on health may spur the adoption of more no-touch components in the workplace Much like the “paperless office,” the touchless office concept has been in the works for some time, as voice-activated devices like Siri and Alexa make the technology more accessible. The complete

Cold Storage Facilities Are Facing a Shortage as Demand for Fresh Food Strains Resources

September 22, 2021

Fresh, cold food is a hot commodity, increasing the need for cold storage facilities that make supply chains possible Dining out at restaurants took a significant hit during the pandemic. But while the industry isn’t out of the woods yet, restaurants have started to recover strongly. Meanwhile, “online grocery sales, subscription meal services, [and] consumer

How to Separate Real Value from Smoke and Mirrors in Commercial Real Estate

July 7, 2021

Believing current trends will hold up forever is an avoidable mistake when investing in commercial real estate It's easy to fool yourself into believing the hype surrounding today's commercial real estate market in South Florida.  After all, values are increasing overall, especially in specific “hot” property classes. So, as an investor, all you have to

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