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Mid-Year 2017 Industrial Capital Markets Review

Thursday, July 27, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators from Senior Managing Director Jose Cruz in HFF's New Jersey office. From an equity markets perspective, demand for industrial product continues to be strong with institutions and private funds that are underweight in northeast industrial properties. The reason we are not seeing more activity is because there has been – and continues to be – a lack of quality offerings in the most sought after markets from the Meadowlands down along the Interstate 95/Turnpike Corridor to Exits 8A/7A. As owners who are hesitant to part ways with... [Read More]


The Coworking Revolution: What It Means for Today’s CRE Investor

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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The concept of coworking is no longer a new phenomenon. Now, more than ever, the evolution of communal office space represents a significant part of the office investment conversation. With a valuation currently exceeding $21 billion, WeWork has become one of the world’s fastest and most innovative companies, captivating private and institutional investors alike. In addition to several other coworking providers now entering the space, the industry is faced with a tidal shift in the manner tenants, landlords and investors each approach office space. HFF... [Read More]


Industrial on the Up and Up

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators from Associate Alec Haley of HFF's San Francisco office. With the national vacancy rate dropping to 5.3 percent in the first quarter of 2017, despite more than 220 million square feet of space delivered last year, industrial remains one of the tightest commercial real estate sectors in the country. Across the board, vacancy rates fell in nearly three quarters of all U.S. markets, as the national rate achieved an all-time cyclical low. Los Angeles, Orange County and the San Francisco East Bay areas are the ... [Read More]


Flying Cars: The Future or Fantasy?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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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
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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
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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]


Chinese Investment in U.S. Hotels Continues to Grow

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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Daniel C. Peek, HFF senior managing director and head of HFF’s hotel group, will be speaking at the 2017 Beijing Global Private Equities Forum, which is being held May 19 and 20 in Beijing, China. The purpose of the event is to bring together Chinese wealth managers, family offices and institutional investors as well as developers, fund managers and professionals from global real estate markets. Mr. Peek will participate on the panel on "Chinese Hotel Investments in the U.S. and Europe: Understanding Tourism and Business Trends” along... [Read More]


Retail Recon: Exploring Today's Retail Landscape

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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What are the most important things affecting retail right now? The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) annual RECon convention aims to provide that answer and more to its 37,000 attendees who represent approximately 58 countries when it convenes May 21 through 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada. RECon is the world’s largest retail real estate convention and where real estate professionals gather for power deal making, endless networking and innovative education. Five HFF producers who specialize in retail property transactions and who are... [Read More]


When Coworking Meets Retail

Tuesday, May 09, 2017
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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]


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

Thursday, April 27, 2017
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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]




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