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What You Need to Know About Amazon’s Proposed Second Headquarters

Monday, September 11, 2017
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  Copyright (C) 2008 Robert Scoble Amazon has issued an RFP for “HQ2,” a second headquarters in the United States apart from its expansive campus in Seattle, Washington. The idea of a second headquarters location – one on equal footing with their Seattle presence – is highly unusual, if not slightly suspect, due to recent tension brewing between Amazon and Seattle’s legislators. Nonetheless, city, county and state governments across the broad American landscape immediately took up the ... [Read More]


Financing Creative Office Conversions

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Real estate indicators from HFF Director Jordan Angel in HFF's San Francisco office and HFF Director Jeff Sause in HFF's Los Angeles office. As the creative office phenomena continues to spread throughout markets across the West Coast, we evaluate the lending trends developers are subject to when converting older buildings to creative office. Although creative office has been around for decades in various forms, the inventory has been increasing dramatically since the Great Recession. Starting with technology companies and spreading into more traditional... [Read More]


Crowdfunding eREITs: Predictions and Conversations with Top CRE Crowdfunding Platforms

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from Thomas Foley, HFF San Francisco capital markets and investment sales team member and founder of two previous crowdfunding platforms, and Kevin Freels, HFF Houston debt placement team member. Much has been written about the commercial real estate crowdfunding space and how it could disrupt the industry. The concept that non-accredited, accredited and institutional investors will be much more active participants sound significant, but the world is still waiting for this to happen on a noticeable scale. The Challenges of Real Estate Crowdfunding When... [Read More]


Where in the Real Estate Cycle is the Bay Area? (Q3 2016)

Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from Thomas Foley, HFF San Francisco capital markets and investment sales team member. VCs and PEs and M&A. Oh my! Both the U.S. and San Francisco Bay Area commercial real estate markets have been growing strongly for quite some time, continuing to break through high price-per-pounds and low capitalization rates, largely driven by strong market rents and a historically-low interest-rate environment. A majority of this appreciation was felt strongest in major established and developing cities, where job growth fueled office expansion... [Read More]


The VC Bubble Just Popped, So What’s Next for Bay Area Commercial Real Estate?

Wednesday, June 01, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from Thomas Foley, HFF San Francisco capital markets and investment sales team member. The party is over in startup land. Over the past three years, we have seen one of the most robust venture capital (VC) investment booms in history. Starting a company has never been easier or less expensive. Incubator and co-working space has popped up in more and more places and investors who have never before participated in this market began investing large amounts of capital. SOURCE: PWC MONEYTREE Since 1995, the Bay Area has... [Read More]




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