Robert Carr

Good News for Global Office Markets Heading Into 2015
Office landlords have started to shift back into the driver’s seat across the world, according to a recent Cushman & Wakefield study. Though some political instability and pockets of overbuilding keep expectations from soaring too high, the general consensus is that most markets will gain rents and occupancy by 2016.
Pennsylvania Seniors Housing Wants Government Attention
Pennsylvania, the second state admitted to the union, is also one of the oldest in terms of population age—but seniors housing providers there say the government isn’t doing enough to address the oncoming wave of elderly need.
Boomers to Seniors Housing: Hell No, We Won't Go!
According to a recent survey of more than 4,000 baby boomer households in the United States, about three-quarters of those born between 1945 and 1964 do not want to move into a seniors housing community anytime soon.
JLL: Skills Gap Drives Manufacturers’ Real Estate Decisions 1
During a JLL webinar about the future of U.S. manufacturing, held on Nov. 11, experts said that it is clear that more companies today are investing in or considering new manufacturing facilities stateside. The only problem, said JLL executives, is that the skill level required for these new facilities has risen above what the average community can provide.
Millennials: Not as Different as You Think
Everything you’ve been told about the millennial generation and their desires for futuristic office design isn’t true, according to a recent CBRE study.
Suburbs Still Appeal to Some Office Tenants
Suburban office markets have lately received a bad rap, but some supporters say that outside markets are now the places to find the best deals and locate new satellite offices.
Law Firms Cut Back on Existing Space as They Lag Professional Services in Recovery 1
U.S. law firms are just not following the recovery trend experienced by the rest of the professional services industry, and are giving up occupancy in many major markets.
Pilot Tech Programs Provide Better Senior Care
Large technology firms are launching pilot programs with select seniors housing developers and care managers to increase the use of remote, non-intrusive health monitoring in both single-family homes and large facilities.
Seniors Housing Occupancy Rate Cracks 90% in Q3
Seniors housing finally cracked the 90 percent occupied mark in the third quarter 2014, and record-high acquisition numbers just continue to grow, according to reports from the industry.
Foreign Investors Chase Yield, Safety in U.S. Office Sector
Foreign buyers increased their investment in the U.S. commercial real estate markets in the first half of 2014, pouring in $85.4 billion in property purchases here compared to $76.7 billion in the first half of 2013.
Global CRE Firms Embrace Sustainability Data Tracking
The amount of sustainability data collection at many large global property firms has quadrupled. According to the recently released 2014 GRESB survey, almost 80 percent of the participant firms measure energy use. The survey participants also reported that both carbon emissions and water consumption are down at the firms.
Seaports to Compete for Business from Panama Canal Expansion
Though the completion of the Panama Canal expansion has been delayed again until mid-2016, East Coast seaports, expected to benefit the most from the $5.2 project, have begun to win over more shipping traffic from the West Coast.
Fulfillment Centers Dominate Industrial Market 
Retailers are trying to keep up with each other by “omnichanneling”—setting up various points of purchase, both online and in stores—for their consumers. Manufacturers are working to shorten supply chains. Feeding this distribution beast requires new buildings in large population areas—smart centers that serve as the straight-to-consumer location rather than as a hub of multiple stopping points.
Urban Locations Are Most Desirable for New HQs 
Developers are trying two distinct approaches to attracting new office tenants in a market that is rapidly seeing cheap, big-block space dry up: the tried-and-true new class-A headquarters building and repositioning a dated property.
EB-5 Funding Boosts Seniors Capital Stacks 
Despite getting a "black eye" in the press this summer for its perceived lack of supervision, the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program, more commonly known as EB-5, has become an increasingly popular way to boost investment in seniors housing development.
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