Robert Carr

Robert
Carr
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Conversions of Older Office Buildings are Pushing Prices and Rents Higher
Demand has increased in recovering downtown office markets, with a lack of available space forcing investors to put in high bids for even class-B and class-C office towers.
Rising High-Rise Rents Boost Demand for Lower Office Floors
Brokers are trying to keep up with the changes in space demands, including a new trend of preferring low-rise buildings or lower floors in high-rise buildings to higher-priced floors at the top.
Private Equity Pours Money into Self-Storage Deals
Investors are crowding into self-storage as the sector continues to post the highest long-term returns of any commercial property type, according to a recent quarterly industry survey.
As Port Expands, Miami’s Industrial Market Attracts Investor Attention 1
Miami’s industrial market, currently enjoying record low vacancy of about 4.5 percent, is attracting more powerful investors who want to buy in as demand overwhelms supply and new Panamax-sized ships pull up to the newly expanded port.
Institutional Investors Seek Partnerships on Speculative Industrial Development to Boost Returns
Institutional industrial investors unhappy with current low cap rates for existing class-A properties have instead begun to partner with developers on new speculative construction in anticipation of higher returns.
Low Vacancy, Limited Construction Boost Medical Office Building Sales
Medical office investors today have to be thankful they’re already in the game—vacancy in the sector is down, investment sales are at their highest and new construction is still falling behind current demand.
Data Links Sustainability with Office Tenant Satisfaction 3
Office building owners know it’s almost impossible to measure the success of adding sustainable features, as most tenants don’t make their leasing decisions solely on the basis of water or electricity savings.
West Coast Port Strike Won’t Impact Long-Term Growth in Industrial Sector
The U.S. industrial markets have been chugging along with record-low vacancies, and the outlook appeared smooth for 2015—until a labor dispute slowed to a crawl work at 30 ports along the West Coast this past week.
Expanding Tenants Drive Industrial-to-Office Conversions in Tech-Heavy Cities
The technology industry, which led the U.S. office sector recovery since the recession with growth of more than 5 percent a year, is now encouraging owners of warehouses and manufacturing sites in high-demand areas to sell their properties for high-profit conversions.
Hotel Sales in the Americas Expected to Reach $34.5B This Year
Optimism prevails in the hospitality sector for 2015, as experts say all product types are showing improving fundamentals, from posh New York City properties to beach resorts, and even select-service assets in tertiary cities.
Industrial Sector Gets High on $2.7B Marijuana Industry 2
The country’s legal marijuana industry more than doubled in size in 2014, to $2.7 billion, and the commercial real estate world is starting to take notice.
Detroit’s Industrial Market Heating Up, in Spite of Older Building Stock
The nation’s strong industrial resurgence has now reached Detroit, a city that was among worst hit by falling property values during the recession.
Independent Living Properties Lead the Seniors Housing Sector 1
Independent living facilities are now leading the growth in the seniors housing sector, thanks to a combination of strong demand and limited supply.
Speculative Development Returns to Industrial Sector
For the national industrial market, 2014 brought with it the welcome return of speculative development. Going forward, experts say continued demand, and the lowest vacancy rate since the turn of the century, at 7.2 percent, will keep construction cranes busy.
Improving Job Market Leads to Office Sector Success
With businesses finally embracing expansion in 2014, the office sector posted its best performance in years, according to fourth quarter statistics. And the outlook for 2015 remains bright.

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