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InterFace Keynote Address: Panic Over E-Commerce’s Effect on Retail Real Estate is Full of Myths

NEW YORK CITY — News headlines such as “Retail Is Dead” have painted a picture of desolation and destruction for the current state of retail real estate in the United States. However, while e-commerce “is the most discussed, it’s also the most misunderstood,” according to Melina Cordero, global head of retail research for CBRE. Cordero’s remarks came during her keynote address at the InterFace Net Lease conference held on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The ninth annual event drew 265 real …

InterFace Panel: Technology Can Optimize Multifamily Lease Renewals

DALLAS — Multifamily development in the United States has been on a tear over the last five years, increasing competition for renters and making lease renewal rates a casualty of war. According to an August report from rentcafe.com, American multifamily developers delivered about 318,000 new units in 2017, more than double the deliveries from five years earlier. New multifamily construction between 2014 and 2016 averaged about 275,000 new units per year. That’s more than double the …

Communities’ Appetite for Food Halls Grows But Risks Abound, Says IEDC Panel

ATLANTA — Five years ago, there were about 30 food halls across the entire country. By 2020, Cushman & Wakefield predicts there will be 300. “I agree we have a lot of food halls coming,” said Jamestown president Michael Phillips. “In some regards it signals the end of the food hall.” The comments from Phillips came Monday morning during a panel discussion at the annual conference of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The four-day conference, which ends …

InterFace Panel Ponders How Mergers, Consolidations Will Impact Healthcare Real Estate

DALLAS — The past 12 to 18 months have seen a strong uptick in the number of mergers and consolidations among healthcare providers in the United States, and industry experts are still trying to figure out how this activity will impact cash flows, pricing and cap rates for healthcare properties. A recent report from the Health Research Institute at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) identified 255 healthcare merger and acquisition deals in the second quarter of 2018 alone. That figure actually …

Panel: Multifamily Developers in DFW Should Focus on Costs, Not Revenue

DALLAS — After experiencing exceptional rent growth between 2014 and 2017, it may be time for developers of multifamily product in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex to shift their attention from the revenue side of the equation to the expense side. According to CoStar Group, average asking rents across DFW rose by about 12 percent between 2014 and 2017. The year-over-year rent growth of 6.3 percent that occurred between 2014 and 2015 marked a 10-year high for the market and kicked new …

InterFace Brokerage Panel: Phoenix Industrial ‘Moving Up the Food Chain’

The InterFace Phoenix Industrial conference and networking event was held on Wednesday, Sept. 12, featuring three panel discussions. The brokerage panel, moderated by Rob Martensen, executive vice president with Colliers International, featured a lively discussion about activity in local submarkets and a recap of the reasons Phoenix is winning deals over Southern California and Nevada. Industrial Activity in Arizona [caption id="attachment_212830" align="alignright" width="100"] Anthony …

It’s All About Job Growth for Phoenix Multifamily, Say InterFace Panelists

With moderator John Lotardo, senior vice president of Commonwealth Land Title Co., at the helm, owners and developers dove into a discussion about Phoenix’s multifamily market — current trends, future activity and more — at the InterFace Phoenix Multifamily Conference on Sept. 11 in Scottsdale. And the main consensus for the Phoenix market? It’s all about the job growth, absorption is steady and the current activity should continue for the next few years. Decrease in …

Market Studies Are ‘Just One Piece of The Puzzle’ for Seniors Housing Developers, Says InterFace Panel

ATLANTA — Investing in a quality market study is an important step for a developer to take before breaking ground on a new seniors housing community, but the analysis alone cannot predict the success of a future property. “The report gives you a point-in-time idea of where you’re at, but it doesn’t take into consideration what’s really happening within the marketplace, on the ground, in competing communities each and every day,” said Joe Jasmon, CEO and managing partner of …

Economist: Hotel Sector Benefitting from Strong Consumer Confidence, Uptick in Income and Corporate Profits

ATLANTA — Roger Tutterow, director of Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center, encourages hoteliers to be optimistic about today’s historic level of consumer confidence because it directly impacts the leisure travel side of the hospitality sector. In late August, the consumer confidence index increased to 133.4, its highest level since October 2000, according to The Conference Board. The index gauges consumers’ confidence levels about business and labor conditions. “This …

Senior Living Communities Invest in Technology to Improve Resident Care

ATLANTA — As internet-connected technology continues to become ubiquitous in our everyday lives, residents at senior living facilities across the United States are using more and more devices. “From seven years ago to today, the average resident has gone from two devices to seven to nine devices,” said Kevin Merrill, business development director at Inviacom during an “Investing in Technology” panel at the InterFace Seniors Housing Southeast conference. The event was held …

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