E-commerce has changed how people make purchases and also how they make buying decisions with more online research. The commercial real estate industry is taking note of that shift and trying to leverage technology to capture the interest of potential tenants and buyers.
A recent report released by London-based Preqin on the “Top 20 Fund Managers: The Importance of Manager Experience” shows that the top 20 private equity funds in the world raised a combined $143.9 billion between 2009 and 2013.
REIT IPO activity year-to-date in 2014 is anemic compared to the frothy pace that occurred during the same period in 2013, when 19 separate IPOs were completed. So far this year, only two IPOs have closed.
There continues to be healthy growth in all sectors of the “workspace on demand” niche, ranging from business centers and executive suites to incubators and even hotels that are now offering drop-in space on a permanent or temporary basis.
There is no question that the shrinking supply of affordable housing is at odds against what continues to be overwhelming demand. Industry estimates show an affordable housing market that is significantly under-supplied by 10 million to 20 million units nationally.
Canada is stepping out of the shadow of its larger neighbor to the south. Although the Canadian market is a fraction the size of the U.S. market—about 10 percent—the country is increasingly popping up on the radar screen for international investors.
In an age of identity theft and cyber fraud, hacking does not exactly conjure up positive images. But hacking is exactly what a national architecture firm is pitching as a sustainable solution to transforming aging office buildings into more viable destinations for tomorrow’s workers.