Emerging Trends 2022 Report: Flexibility, Resilience to Drive Commercial Real Estate for Next Decade

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Flexibility, convenience and ultimately commercial real estate’s resilience will drive the industry over the next decade as owners respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.That’s according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2022, an annual report jointly produced by PwC US and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The report includes proprietary data and insights from nearly 1,700 leading real estate industry experts, gathered both through in-person interviews and …

Student Housing Supply, Demand Reach Healthy Balance

There are 11 university markets set to add 1,000 or more student housing beds this year, according to data from RealPage. The Richardson, Texas-based research firm tracks new construction, rental rates and leasing activity in 175 core university markets for its student housing data.Overall, RealPage reports that approximately 42,000 new purpose-built student housing beds will deliver in 2021, which falls into the firm’s normal supply growth range of 40,000 to 50,000 beds annually. Carl …

NAIOP: Commercial Real Estate Industry Sentiment Up to 56 in September, Near Pre-Pandemic Level

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Commercial real estate professionals indicate conditions in the industry have returned to approximately where they were before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) Fall 2021 Commercial Real Estate Sentiment Index.The index for September 2021 came in at 56 out of 100, up slightly from 54 in April 2021 and identical to March 2019, a year before the pandemic began. At the pandemic’s worst point …

Rise of Remote Workforce Creates Paradigm Shift in Office Sector

In September, President Joe Biden issued a federal edict for large employers (100 employees or more) to require vaccines against COVID-19, or requiring weekly COVID-19 testing. The latest reporting out of Washington, D.C., is that the mandate carried out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be enforced with hefty fines for noncompliance.Several blue-chip companies such as Anthem, Delta Air Lines, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Twitter, Tyson Foods, ViacomCBS, The …

Supply Chain Disruptions Create New Challenges for Builders

Construction projects are taking longer to complete and costing more to build than they did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The supply of available materials dried up considerably during the pandemic due to shutdowns and social distancing requirements, which reduced capacity at manufacturing plants. Those supplies continue to be constrained, and lead times for receiving materials are massively elongated.  For example, when placing orders for roofing insulation, builders can now expect a …

CapRock Partners Seizes Industrial Opportunities in Western Region

Newport Beach, Calif.-based CapRock Partners was busy before the pandemic, but shows no signs of slowing down even as brick-and-mortar retail reopens. The industrial investor, developer and asset manager’s newest venture is also its biggest: a 183-acre infill project in Phoenix where it plans to build an eight-building industrial complex that totals more than 3.4 million square feet.“Several years prior to the pandemic, we recognized the ecommerce trends along with the demand for larger …

Business Conditions Are Worse Now than Three Months Ago, Says National Restaurant Association

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The majority of full-service and limited-service restaurant operators say that business conditions are worse now than they were three months ago, according to a new survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association. The study found that 44 percent of operators think it will take more than a year before business conditions return to normal, and 19 percent believe they never will.The National Restaurant Association conducted the study from Sept. 7-15 and surveyed …

Rising Deal Volume Favors Sellers in Net-Lease Investment Market, Says InterFace Panel

NEW YORK CITY — As more players enter the market, rising demand for net-leased commercial properties in the United States is leading to higher prices and lower capitalization rates, making it a good time to be a seller of such assets.According to a new report by national brokerage firm The Boulder Group, average cap rates for net-leased retail, office and industrial properties fell by 22, 15 and 19 basis points, respectively, between the second and third quarters of this year. The number …

Small-Balance Multifamily: Sizable and Resilient

While new-builds and top-of-the-line, large-scale developments typically attract the most buzz in the multifamily world, the vast majority of apartment properties in the United States have fewer than 100 units. These smaller properties play a vital role in delivering affordable and workforce rental housing inventory to the U.S. population. While the commercial real estate industry may refer to this sector of the multifamily market as “small,” make no mistake, “small” multifamily is not …

How Architects Can Integrate Modern Design into Traditional Industrial Building Types

By Jonathan Quinn, associate, RODE Architects                                         The industrial typology is no longer reserved for business parks in remote locations.As economic issues, changes in technology and increased demand for skilled labor highlight the need for more localized production and distribution, industrial buildings are moving back to cities and residential areas. This presents a major opportunity for cities to reclaim and …

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