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Flying Cars: The Future or Fantasy?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

While some companies are focusing on autonomous cars, other innovators are embracing an even more futuristic vision and are working on developing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) air vehicles, or flying cars. Companies like Uber, also a self-driving vehicle pioneer; Airbus; startups and more are racing to be the first to get through the myriad of design and regulatory hurdles to take the pain out of big-city commuting. The term “flying car” is a misnomer; these commercial personal aircrafts, depending on the developer, are more analogous... [Read More]

A Carolinas Market Q and A: Retail Reinvented

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Retail real estate experts Ted Hill and Tom Kolarczyk are co-leads of the dedicated retail investment sales team in HFF's Carolinas office, and they have one message they want the retail world to know: Despite the national headlines, retail in the Carolinas – specifically in the Charlotte, Raleigh and Charleston markets – is not going anywhere. Mr. Hill and Mr. Kolarczyk, who have a combined 18 years of experience, discuss what is happening in Carolinas retail today, present their predictions for what is to come and... [Read More]

Rethinking Retail: Adding Entertainment for a Competitive Advantage

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Mark Twain once famously quipped “reports of my death were greatly exaggerated,” and the same can be said for brick-and-mortar retail according to the most recent U.S. Census data, which reports that only 8.3 percent of retail business is transacted online. And while that number is expected to rise and e-commerce will continue to compete with brick-and-mortar retail, the most frequent cause of the decline of some shopping malls is attributed to none other than competition from other, newer malls according to The Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal... [Read More]

Pittsburgh Retail Market: Location Is Key

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Real Estate Indicators by HFF Managing Director Claudia Steeb. Pittsburgh retail can be summed up in three words: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! The original definition of great real estate has never been more pronounced than it is today in the Pittsburgh retail markets. According to some publications, retail and retailers appear to be struggling almost everywhere for many different reasons, including online sales, too many stores, market conditions and oversaturation of product. However, as of year-end 2016, CoStar indicated that the overall Pittsburgh retail market, including all... [Read More]

Generation Z: The New Renters

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Millennials have dominated the minds of marketers for more than a decade, but a new generation is right behind them vying for the “prime generation” spot. Generation Z members turn 22 this year and, as they become college graduates and more of them enter the workforce, their needs and desires will become more and more important to businesses, including apartment property developers, owners and managers. Who is Generation Z? Though the start date is debated among demographers and marketers, Generation Z includes those born as early as... [Read More]

When Coworking Meets Retail

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Telecommuting is gaining popularity with both businesses and employees, and, often times, remote workers turn to shared office space, or coworking space, for its office amenities and sense of community.  According to The New York Times, the number of employed workers in the U.S. who spent at least some time working remotely has increased four percent between 2012 and 2016 to now make up 43 percent. As a result of a growing virtual workforce, coworking is undergoing explosive growth. Coworking companies are turning to non-traditional working spaces in... [Read More]

HFF Analysis of the April 2017 BLS Employment Report

Friday, May 05, 2017

HFF is pleased to report on the latest employment expansion statistics from April 2017. 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 picked up again in April as nonfarm payrolls rose 211,000 and wages rose 2.5 percent. The unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent, the lowest level in nearly a decade, providing reassurance the economy is strengthening. Payroll creation has averaged 200,000 since October 2010, marking... [Read More]

MSA Employment Report for the Year Ending March 2017

Monday, May 01, 2017

HFF is pleased to report on MSA Employment for the year ending March 2017. 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 and Dallas were the only two MSAs able to create more than 100,000 jobs. Only the top six MSAs were able to create more than 60,000 jobs. Employment in HFF markets grew by 1.95 percent in the 12 months ending March 2017 and, having added 1,100,800 jobs on the... [Read More]

The (R)Evolution of Transit Hubs: From Purpose-Built Structures to Mixed-Use Destinations

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles and Real Estate Analyst Sam Campbell  in HFF's Boston office. Throughout the course of American history, transportation and commerce have been inextricably linked. The early American settlements of Jamestown, Virginia, and Plymouth, Massachusetts, were in fact the “ports” where the ships from Europe landed. The industrial revolution saw the proliferation of railroads, which linked cities to other cities and provided outlying rural areas with access to the urban core. Rail was so important to the health of the economy that grand monuments were built in the heart of major metropolitan areas to house trains and accommodate passengers and freight alike. The rise of the automobile provided an alternative to rail and these stations suddenly had substantial excess capacity. As cities have continued to grow in terms of their... [Read More]

Equity Market: Abundant Capital, Selective Investors

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Equity market update from HFF Senior Managing Director Jon Mikula. After a year of price discovery, increased target allocations and a commitment to real estate investing strategies by institutional investors speak to the health of the market. New Jersey has remained at the forefront of the investment scene, attracting a healthy mix of investment from private investors, listed REITs, institutions and foreign capital sources seeking better risk-adjusted returns. In an environment where policy uncertainty looms, transaction volume has been slow to gain momentum across the U.S. during the first quarter ... [Read More]

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