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The Age of the WELL Building

Monday, September 26, 2016
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By HFF Public Relations Coordinator Kimberly Steele Meditation rooms, cushioned floors, anti-glare lighting and healthy food and beverage options on-site are just some of the features found in buildings specifically constructed and designed with the health of its occupants in mind. Welcome to the age of the WELL building. What is a WELL Building? Americans spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors, and most of that 90 percent is spent in the work place. The WELL Building Standard™, or WELL, speaks to issues that affect the... [Read More]


How HVCRE Will Impact Commercial Real Estate Construction Lending

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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Real estate indicators from HFF Director Jennifer Keller and Senior Real Estate Analyst Martha Nay in HFF's Boston office. Any borrower seeking a construction loan in the last 12 months has likely encountered a five-letter abbreviation that has the potential to present new and considerable challenges on the path to the closing table: HVCRE. HVCRE (Highly Volatile Commercial Real Estate) is a classification that today’s construction loan borrower must be aware of, as its impact could be very costly. Before we can understand the impact to... [Read More]


Walkability: Why it is important to your CRE property value

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
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Real estate indicators from HFF Houston's Associate Director of Research Justin Boyar. Walkable areas are some of the most desired urban locations for residents and employees seeking convenience, unique experiences and access to amenities, making them highly desirable to commercial real estate investors. With mounting evidence of a strong correlation between walkability and commercial real estate economics, the walkability trend is here to stay. What Does Walkability Mean for Commercial Real Estate Research shows that improved walkability, including proximity to public transit, has a positive effect on a... [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]


WiredScore: What you Need to Know and Why

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles of HFF's Boston office. “We’re measuring how connected our city’s buildings are and sharing that information, so that entrepreneurs are empowered to make the best decisions about where to open a business” -Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City Connectivity is not everything; it's the only thing. Whether you’re on-the-go, at home or sitting in your office, employees want to be available 24/7. As connectivity becomes increasingly more critical to productivity in... [Read More]


U.S. Cities Win Gold for Olympic Venue Use: Part II

Tuesday, August 09, 2016
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This is the second in a three-part blog series looking back at the venues of three past U.S. Olympic cities: Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City.  Atlanta, Georgia – The Games of the XXVI Olympiad In the days leading up to the U.S. Olympic Swim Team departing for Rio, they could be found practicing in the Campus Recreational Center at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), an aquatics center originally built as a venue for the Atlanta-hosted 1996 Summer Olympic Games. It is one of several ... [Read More]


U.S. Cities Win Gold for Olympic Venue Use: Part I

Thursday, August 04, 2016
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Even though the Olympic Games are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this year, the Olympic torch will be lit at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena from August 5 to August 21 in honor of the games, as it is done for every Olympics. The only venue to be used in two separate games, the stadium is one of the most historic venues in the United States and currently plays host to major sporting events. Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City are ... [Read More]


Pokémon Go Is a Go for Retailers

Thursday, July 21, 2016
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You’d have to be living under a Snorlax to not have heard about Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game played via an app that has taken the country by storm. Since premiering on July 6 in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, the game has become a full-fledged craze, drawing more than 15 million U.S. players of all ages out of their homes and into their communities to hunt and capture virtual creatures. It took just four days to become the No. 1 free app in the U.S. Apple Store. Some retailers... [Read More]


Self-Driving Cars: A Game Changer for Commercial Real Estate?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles of HFF's Boston office. Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car. – E. B. White The future is now: Self-driving cars have moved from fantasy to reality. Technology companies, including Alphabet, Apple and Intel; traditional automobile manufacturers such as BMW, Ford, GM, Nissan and Toyota; and hybrid companies like Tesla are all deploying significant resources to make this revolution happen even faster. Much speculation has been made regarding the impact... [Read More]


Coworking: What Does it Mean for the Commercial Real Estate Landlord?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles and Senior Real Estate Analyst Andrew Gray of HFF's Boston office. “Innovation does not happen in isolation.” – Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com Phil Knight knew it. Bill Belichick believes it. Steve Jobs saw it. At Apple, it was said that the best meetings were meetings that happened spontaneously in the hallway. This early version of coworking, or creating “forced collisions,” is responsible for your iPhone, your iPad and even Siri (thank you, ... [Read More]




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