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Building Emotional Connection to Visitors Paramount to Retail Success, Say EEE Panelists

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. — The retail landscape is changing, and the tried and true formulas for retail centers and malls are no longer cutting it. The convenience of e-commerce is cutting into purchases once almost exclusively entrusted to the local mall, and consumer tastes are evolving to demand better experiences from the centers they choose to shop at with their discretionary dollars. Those were the conclusions suggested by panelists at the third annual Entertainment Experience Evolution..

February 16, 2017

Pace of Apartment Construction Slows Due to Growing Supply, Cautious Bankers, Say InterFace Panelists

The multifamily industry has entered a phase in the development cycle where the velocity of starts and completions is decreasing. Through the first 10 months of 2016, multifamily starts nationally are down 1.8 percent year-over-year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Completions are down 3.1 percent during the same period. One of the governors on construction today is the ample supply of existing multifamily product in the top markets..

December 8, 2016

Multifamily Industry Needs to Adapt to the Sharing Economy, Say InterFace Panelists

How are apartment communities adapting to the sharing economy? That’s the central question that multifamily developers need to ask themselves going forward, according to Wes Taubel, co-founder and managing partner of TWO Capital Partners, a private multifamily developer and investor based in Atlanta. The sharing economy is a term given to the online-driven practices of consumers shopping and ordering food online, renting out their apartment or house via AirBNB and uploading their experiences..

December 6, 2016

Nearly 300 Professionals Participate in Annual Saul Ewing Real Estate Conference

BALTIMORE — Highlighted by a presentation from Marc Weller of Sagamore Development Co. and Demian Costa of Sagamore Industries LLC, who provided an update on the development activities occurring at Under Armour's Port Covington development in South Baltimore, nearly 300 professionals from around the country attended the 8th-annual Saul Ewing Real Estate Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center. The half-day seminar also featured educational sessions focusing on placemaking principles..

November 22, 2016

NMHC 2016 Conference: Student Housing Remains Robust, Transaction Volume and Investor Interest High

NEW ORLEANS — The 14th annual National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) Student Housing Conference & Exposition was held Sept. 28-30 at the New Orleans Marriott in Louisiana, with over 700 leaders from all facets of the sector convening to network, discuss and dine over a range of industry topics. The outlook throughout the conference was overwhelmingly bright. Each panel and session showed the sector to be robust, with reports of rising rental rates, a record year in..

October 13, 2016

Highs, Lows of Texas Apartment Market Under Microscope at InterFace Conference

DALLAS — The multifamily market in Texas has cooled off on the lending and development front, and even leasing activity isn’t as robust as it once was in some markets. That’s the consensus of panelists at Interface Multifamily Texas, which took place last Thursday, Oct. 6 at the InterContinental Dallas. The conference’s opening panel, “What’s the Big Picture for Multifamily Supply, Demand & Demographics?” featured three economists specializing in the Texas multifamily market,..

October 11, 2016

How Baby Boomers Will Transform Our Stereotypes of Retirement and Aging

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An age wave is coming that will be the most extraordinary demographic disruption in history, and one which will create both winners and losers in the seniors housing space, predicts Ken Dychtwald, a noted psychologist, gerontologist and author. The number of people 65 and older in this country is projected to increase 81 percent between 2010 and 2030, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The first of the Baby Boomers will turn 80 in 2026. That demographic tsunami..

September 16, 2016

More Flexibility, Consumer Choice Will Be Key to Future Seniors Housing Development, Say InterFace Panelists

ATLANTA — With so many new facilities and operational models altering the seniors housing landscape, what will be the key to a successful seniors housing development in the future? According to panelists at the InterFace Seniors Housing Southeast Conference, the answer is flexibility. Colleen Blumenthal, managing director with Florida-based seniors housing advisory firm HealthTrust, moderated the “State of the Industry” panel at the event, which drew approximately 315 industry..

September 13, 2016

Should Seniors Housing Developers Focus More on Hospitality or Healthcare?

ATLANTA — Seniors housing by design has both elements of hospitality and healthcare. But which is more important to developers trying to build the next wave of senior facilities? Each developer has a different opinion, based on a development panel at the third-annual InterFace Seniors Housing Southeast conference, held Aug. 25 at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta. The all-day event drew approximately 315 industry professionals. Zach Bowyer, managing director of CBRE, moderated the panel..

August 31, 2016

Retailers Embracing Mixed-Use Projects, Technology to Reach Their Customers, Says CREW Atlanta Panel

Around Atlanta and the rest of the country, there are few retail developments in the pipeline that aren’t attached to office or residential uses. During CREW Atlanta’s panel discussion titled “The Evolution of Retail,” experts agreed that retailers are embracing mixed-use projects out of necessity. “I’m not sure if in the near-term there will be any more retail-only projects. Retail alone can’t sustain a single development, it needs other users,” said Tisha Maley, founder and..

August 16, 2016