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Each issue of Real Insight is designed to highlight a national trend that is shaping the U.S. commercial real estate industry. Each issue also features a market that exemplifies that trend, and implications for our clients, whether they are investors or tenants.


Office Space Demand in Emerging U.S. Markets
August 2019

Emerging office markets are an intriguing alternative to primary markets for both tenants and investors, particularly at a time when so many firms are seeking to locate in places that appeal to millennial workers. What is fueling office space demand in America’s top emerging office markets, and how do those markets compare in financial services and technology sector job growth?

Urban Multistory Warehouses Offer Last-Mile Solution
July 2019

Centrally located infill sites that can facilitate last-mile logistics are both sought-after by tenants and in very short supply. Can urban multistory warehouses become a solution to this gap in the industrial market?

The Importance of a Strong Retail Component in New Development
June 2019

A strong retail component is a crucial aspect of mixed-use development. However, retailers prefer to have office tenants (potential customers) in place before signing a lease, while office tenants prefer that retail amenities already exist before committing to a space. How are asset owners responding to this challenge?

Law Firms’ Changing Demand for Office Space
May 2019

Law firms have been changing their office space requirements in an effort to reduce costs but also to enhance their ability to attract and retain talent. What are the implications of these changes on workplace design? How are use of space and productivity related?

The Extended Investment Cycle for Multifamily Assets
April 2019

The multifamily asset class is capturing the largest share of investor capital and is engaged in an extended investment cycle. Why is the asset class performing so well, and what are the implications of growing institutional investor interest on the future of the multifamily sector?

The Evolution of Coworking in Mid-Sized Markets
March 2019

At a national level, the market share of coworking and flexible office solutions is expanding rapidly. Is that the case in America’s mid-sized markets? What can asset owners and coworking operators do to take advantage of changes in these markets?

Short-Term Housing is Shaping the Multifamily and Hospitality Markets
February 2019

Temporary hotels in apartment projects are a new solution in the short-term housing space. What are the benefits and risks for multifamily property owners?

Early Trends in Opportunity Zone Investment
January 2019

Opportunity Zones attracted considerable investor interest when the program debuted a year ago. How is that interest translating into market activity, and what are the key deadlines investors need to be aware of?

Expanding Port Activity is Driving the Value of Adjacent Industrial Real Estate
December 2018

The recent expansion of the Panama Canal has opened new opportunities for U.S. ports and led to an increase in value for some of the adjacent industrial real estate. What steps are developers taking to address the evolution of international trade and the associated need for modern distribution facilities?

Population Data Suggests a Suburban Office Rebound Is Coming
November 2018

The suburban office vacancy rate has declined by 210 basis points during the past five years, while the CBD office vacancy rate has declined only 140 basis points over the same period. Recent shifts in population mirror these office market metrics and may be a harbinger of future changes in office leasing trends.

Transitions in the U.S. Hospitality Sector
October 2018

Hotel brands are seeking to differentiate their offerings in an effort to appeal to millennial travelers. Which approaches are they favoring to increase occupancy and revenues?

The Impact of Sports Venue Construction on Neighboring Commercial Real Estate
September 2018

New sports venues represent high-profile construction projects that can transform a neighborhood. What are the recent trends in construction of these projects, and what implications do they have for the surrounding commercial real estate?

Multihousing Market Supply and Demand Fundamentals
August 2018

U.S. multihousing market fundamentals remains resilient, with high levels of new supply largely offset by strong demand. However, certain markets that feature a low cost of living and a rapidly growing population are creating particularly appealing investment opportunities. What are some markets that fit this profile?

Obsolete Office Properties Are Being Successfully Converted into Multihousing
July 2018

Obsolete office properties are being successfully converted into multihousing. What are some important considerations for owners before they embark on a conversion?

The Office Construction Pipeline: Factors Shaping the Future of Development
June 2018

Office construction is accelerating, but where that development is concentrated is changing. What is the current trend, and what does it mean for tenants and investors?

Demand Drivers Are Shifting the Industrial Development Pipeline
May 2018

The national industrial market is being reshaped by the needs of online retailers. What are the key implications of these changes for developers and tenants?

The Evolving Demand for Retail Space
April 2018

Brick-and-mortar retail transactions still constitute 91% of America’s retail market, but that market is being transformed by a new focus on experiences. How are the changing tastes of consumers creating new opportunities for real estate investors?

The Value of Transit-Accessible Projects
March 2018

Public transit creates value for employers and their employees by making a larger number of workplaces accessible to a greater number of workers. However, many jobs are near transit stations while many homes are not. What are the implications for investors in commercial real estate?

How Coworking is Shaping the Office Market
February 2018

Coworking firms are targeting large, corporate tenants by leasing space near those tenants’ existing locations. This piece examines the expanding universe of coworking facilities and implications for owners and tenants of office space.

Amenities Packages Drive Occupancy and Employee Retention While Capturing the "Third Space"
January 2018

Growth of the Millennial workforce is changing how office property owners approach building design. This issue analyzes the evolving nature of amenities and their value to owners and tenants.

Foreign Investment in U.S. Commercial Real Estate
December 2017

There has been a robust influx of foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate. This issue analyzes the sources of that international capital and a recent shift toward diversified holdings by foreign investors.

Growth of Professional and Business Services Jobs is Driving Demand for U.S. Office Space
November 2017

Job growth in office-using sectors is of particular importance to the commercial real estate industry, since these jobs drive the absorption of office space. This issue explores the implications of recent growth in those sectors of the economy.

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