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New Chapter Begins for Barnes & Noble

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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By HFF Public Relations Coordinator Kimberly Steele Barnes & Noble (B&N) might be closing the book on the format that made them the nation’s largest retail bookstore by changing the game (again). The company is in the process of rolling out a new kind of bookstore that combines a technology-enhanced shopping experience with their new restaurant concept, Barnes & Noble Kitchen, which is currently being tested in several markets with more to come. Where the Barnes & Noble café is designed for the grab-and-go costumer, Barnes... [Read More]


HFF Analysis of the December 2016 BLS Employment Report

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
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HFF is pleased to report on the latest employment expansion statistics from December 2016. Our research team analyzes trends and data to give readers a better view into the current state of the economy and how employment is being affected. Employment Expansion U.S. job growth slowed down in December as nonfarm payrolls rose by 156,000. In 2016, the U.S. labor market added 2.16 million jobs, putting job gains at about two million for the sixth year in a row. Wages rose 2.9 percent, the best annual gain in more... [Read More]


Floating Warehouses: A New Meaning of “Dock High"

Monday, January 09, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators from Director Marty Busekrus in HFF's Miami office It was announced recently that the U.S. Patent Office awarded Amazon patent approval of an “AIRBORNE FULFILLMENT CENTER UTILIZING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES FOR ITEM DELIVERY.” This is essentially a warehouse in the sky designed to air-drop packages directly to consumers. At first, I thought Amazon had finally gone too far with the last mile but, after reading the full patent, it started to become clear the implications may be less science fiction than at... [Read More]


Hotels Near Medical Centers: Comfortable, Convenient & a Respite During Trying Times

Thursday, January 05, 2017
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Real estate indicators from HFF Director Alan Suzuki in HFF’s Boston office Let’s face it: No one likes to go to the hospital, and, for the rarest and most serious medical conditions, it is becoming commonplace for families to travel great lengths for the best medical care. Unlike a lot of hotel guests, they are not traveling for vacation; they are traveling because they need the specialized help that only the best hospitals can provide. In times like these, the last thought crossing a person’s mind is where they... [Read More]


Making Your First Investment in Commercial Real Estate as a Private Investor

Wednesday, January 04, 2017
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Real estate indicators by Managing Director Jules Sherwood of HFF's Denver office This article is written to frame the benefits and risks of a private individual or wealthy family investing in commercial real estate (CRE). Understand that we are not attorneys or accountants, and this should not be taken as legal or tax advice, so please consult your appropriate professional advisors before making any investments. We assume for this discussion that, since you are reading this, you are an educated investor with a high income and/or net worth, do not... [Read More]


MSA Employment Report For the Year Ending November 2016

Tuesday, January 03, 2017
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HFF is pleased to report on MSA Employment for the year ending November 2016. Our research team analyzes trends and data to give readers a better view into the current state of the economy and how employment is being affected. Growth Rankings New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles are the only markets that created more than 100,000 jobs. Only the top seven MSAs were able to create more than 60,000 jobs. Employment in HFF markets grew by 1.8 percent in the 12 months ending November 2016 and, having added 1.03... [Read More]


New Jersey Multifamily Sales Strong in 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators by HFF Senior Managing Director Jose Cruz in HFF's New Jersey office In a year where most predicted a slowdown in multifamily investment in the state of New Jersey, we are seeing very strong activity and record pricing being achieved for both core and core plus assets. We are also observing both aggressive cap rates being paid and per unit pricing north of $600,000 per door for Hoboken and Jersey City. In addition, Class B assets in the suburban markets are trading at... [Read More]


HFF Chicago Honored with NAIOP Broker Transaction of the Year Award

Thursday, December 22, 2016
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NAIOP Chicago recently honored five HFF Chicago investment sales professionals as the winners of the Broker Transaction of the Year – Office Investment award at the 29th Annual NAIOP Chicago Awards for Excellence. HFF Senior Managing Directors Jeff Bramson, Jaime Fink, Mark Katz and Associate Directors Bryan Rosenberg and Patrick Shields were recognized for their work on the Old Main Post Office transaction, which had a total transaction value of $125 million. The HFF team represented the buyer, New York-based investment group 601W ... [Read More]


Amazon Goes After Grocery Business

Thursday, December 08, 2016
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By HFF Public Relations Coordinator Kimberly Steele “What would shopping look like if you could walk into a store, grab what you want, and just go?” That’s what Amazon asked itself four years ago, according to the introduction video for the e-commerce juggernaut’s brick-and-mortar grocery shopping concept, Amazon Go. In early 2017, Seattle residents will be able to enter the 1,200-square-foot Amazon Go location at 2131 7th Avenue; open their Amazon Go app; choose from a selection of ready-to-eat and bakery items, grocery staples and meal kits; and then…exit. The app tracks items through a web of sensors and artificial intelligence and then checks the shopper out automatically with a tap on turnstile-like structures at the entrances and exits. Amazon refers to their technology as “Just Walk Out” technology. Though Amazon did not release specific details,... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for December 7, 2016: Blood in the Water

Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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Weekly insights on current research in the commercial real estate industry from HFF Managing Director of Research Jimmy Hinton. View Daily Rates on the HFF website. In October 1956, the people of Hungary revolted against a puppet government Soviet Russia had installed in Budapest. A small student demonstration escalated quickly into a broad and passionate uprising. Within two weeks, the Soviets had invaded Hungary with tank divisions, conducted targeted air strikes and shelled the city with heavy artillery bombardments. Such was the dramatic backdrop for... [Read More]




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