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NAIOP Sentiment Index Drops Below 50 for the First Time Since Its Inception

The NAIOP CRE Sentiment Index — based on a survey of commercial real estate developers, owners, investors and service providers — has come in at 45 for the month of March, dropping from 57 in September 2019 to a number below 50 for the first time since its inception in 2016. The NAIOP Sentiment Survey is conducted semi-annually, in March and September. The survey is sent to roughly 10,500 NAIOP members in the U.S. who are developers, building owners, building managers, brokers, analysts, …

Outlook is Bright for Student Housing in Post-COVID-19 World, Says Developer

The student housing industry has been uniquely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The niche asset class has been proclaimed "recession-proof" since its inception, and COVID-19 has been the ultimate test. One after another, universities across the country shut down, transitioned to online classes and sent their students home. What we have found during this time is that college students do not go home just because class is cancelled. Across the nation, students are still living …

The Coronavirus Outbreak: A Guide to The Impact on Student Housing

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is being felt across every sector of the U.S. economy as the virus continues to spread worldwide. The student housing industry is not exempt, as the number of colleges and universities canceling in-person classes continues to grow, with some requesting that students vacate residence halls immediately for the remainder of the spring semester. The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. has climbed to 10,442 and the death toll has risen to 150 as of …

EEE Keynote: Successful Retail Centers Set the Stage for a Great Visitor Experience

LOS ANGELES — The retail industry is evolving, and the tried and true formulas for development are no longer enough to attract shoppers. The convenience of e-commerce is cutting into purchases once almost exclusively entrusted to local strip centers, and consumer tastes are evolving to demand better experiences from the centers they choose to shop at with their discretionary dollars. Joseph Pine, author of “The Experience Economy,” shared these thoughts during a keynote address on the …

Entertainment-Based Retail Requires Patience, Creativity, Say EEE Panelists

LOS ANGELES — In today’s retail environment, adding local food and beverage concepts, entertainment venues and landscaped parks seems like a surefire way to revitalize a dated shopping center. A trickier task is determining how exactly these nontraditional concepts boost the bottom line. A panel of retail owners and service providers weighed in on this topic at France Media's sixth annual Entertainment Experience Evolution conference at the JW Marriott L.A. Live in Los Angeles last …

Berkadia: Interest Rates, Election Campaign Will Have Greatest Impact on Multifamily in 2020

Commercial real estate experts at Berkadia are bullish on the multifamily industry moving into 2020, according to findings from the 2020 Outlook Powerhouse Poll, which surveyed 150 of the firm’s investment sales brokers and mortgage bankers in December 2019 on their outlook for the year ahead. Both investment sales brokers and mortgage bankers pointed to interest rates and the presidential election as having the greatest potential impact on multifamily investment and financing in …

Volume of Package Deliveries Opens Pandora’s Box for Student Housing Managers

If you have sufficient room and staff at your property to handle the influx of package deliveries today, chances are good you may come up short tomorrow.  “I’m sure in a few years, I will say the same thing I said two years ago: We still don’t have large enough package areas,” says Kristen Penrod, a principal with Parallel. Most properties report receiving an average of 150 to 200 packages per day. But at larger properties, and during peak times such as move-in, deliveries can …

Providing the Perfect Student Housing Amenity Through Mixed-Use Space

Both on- and off-campus, today’s student housing developments are providing more than just a place for students to rest their heads. Off campus, new communities are featuring everything from fashion boutiques and restaurants, to office and event space, while residence halls are bringing academics to student’s doorsteps with built-in incubator space and classrooms.  While the addition of a mix of uses may seem like the perfect fit for ground floor space, careful planning and …

The Importance of Reputation Management in Student Housing

DALLAS — It’s no secret that today’s students spend a lot of time on their phones, perusing social media and scanning the internet. With such a high level of importance placed on digital content, what people are saying about your community through online reviews is becoming more powerful than ever. As an owner or operator, it’s imperative to handle negative reviews quickly and efficiently, and to bolster the amount of positive reviews left about your community. A panel of reputation …

How Developers Implement Seriously Smart Amenities in Student Housing

Student housing amenities used to have a reputation in the popular press and in most multifamily circles for over-the-top extravagance.  “Millennials came into the space when it was an all-out amenities war,” says Madison Meier, vice president of business development at Austin, Texas-based Campus Advantage. “Everyone was on standby wondering, ‘What’s going to be the next big thing? Lazy river? Climbing wall? Golf simulator? It felt like every developer was grasping at straws to …

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