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Confidence in Commercial Real Estate Values Varies Widely by Sector


Roughly one year into the coronavirus outbreak, commercial real estate owners are starting to fully price in the effects of the global pandemic. There are endless ways to analyze the impact of the past year on commercial property valuations, but one useful metric is tracking the prevalence of rent gains across the various property types…. Read more »

How retail owners can take advantage of new trends


The retail industry and its real estate component are evolving more rapidly than ever. Today, the typical consumer is much better educated and price savvy about their merchandise choices than they had been in the past and often know in advance what specific item they want to purchase. To complicate matters, the competition from online… Read more »

How Technology is Helping the Property Industry Understand Post-Pandemic Risk


Almost a year into a global health crisis that devastated the world and propelled the nation into an economic recession, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to echo through businesses that thrive at the intersection of people, places, and experiences—an intersection that very much includes commercial real estate. COVID-19 accelerated already rapidly growing trends… Read more »

Amazon Opening 20K SF Delivery Station in Long Island City


Amazon is moving into the former Green Apple Supermarket.  (photo: Google Maps) Amazon can’t quit Long Island City, Queens. The e-commerce giant signed a lease to open up a 20,000-square-foot delivery station at 38-50 21st Street in the neighborhood where it almost built its second headquarters, Crain’s New York Business first reported. It plans to… Read more »

Life Sciences Leasing Doubled in New York City Last Year


The life sciences sector keeps proving that it’s pandemic-proof. Leasing for the life sciences sector more than doubled around New York City between 2019 to 2020, reaching its highest level in nearly a decade. All told, life sciences companies took 155,925 square feet of laboratory and other-related space around the city, the largest amount since at… Read more »

A Cloudy Crystal Ball For Commercial Real Estate And Office Space


As we pass the grim metric of 500,000 deaths due to Covid-19, analysts are grappling with the pandemic’s long term impacts, including its effect on cities and work.  There’s disagreement about the degree of permanent increases in teleworking and homework. But if some office work is shifting permanently to homes, what will that do to commercial and residential real… Read more »

New York City CRE Sales Reach $11B in H2: REBNY


The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the City’s leading real estate trade association, today reported that broker confidence rebounded in the last quarter of 2020, after three consecutive record lows, as the COVID-19 vaccine continues to roll out throughout the City and State. According to REBNY’s Q4 2020 Quarterly Real Estate Broker Confidence… Read more »

New REBNY Report Shows Broker Confidence in Real Estate Market Experiences an Uptick After Record Lows


The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the City’s leading real estate trade association, today reported that broker confidence rebounded in the last quarter of 2020, after three consecutive record lows, as the COVID-19 vaccine continues to roll out throughout the City and State. According to REBNY’s Q4 2020 Quarterly Real Estate Broker Confidence… Read more »

Underpinning the Pandemic, Another Malady: Municipal Finances


COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn made a considerable impact in many areas of the U.S. economy during 2020, but most certainly in municipal budgets. Taking a look at the nation’s 75 largest municipalities, Truth in Accounting found that most could ill afford a large-scale health crisis. The organization’s just-released 2021 Financial State of the… Read more »

Foreign Investors Target US Core Assets


Since the Federal Reserve reduced rates at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, hedging costs have come down for foreign investors.  Leading the way were investors from South Korea, Singapore, Germany (through open-ended funds) and the Middle East. GLOBE St. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Retail and Hotels Stall CMBS Recovery


The CMBS delinquency rate has steadily improved since a peak in June, but some asset classes are keeping the overall rate high. A new report from DBRS Morningstar looks closely at the CMBS delinquency rates from the last year, and found that retail and hotel properties could be hindering a recovery. Overall, the CMBS delinquency… Read more »

Nelson Worldwide Shares Insights on Evolving Workplace Expectations


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed, and continues to change, the way we approach going to work and using office spaces. As we enter 2021, people are still largely uncertain about the prospect of returning to the office and resuming anything resembling a “normal” work experience. This puts companies, who have large investments in office spaces,… Read more »

Women getting it done in commercial real estate


Is real estate still a man’s world? From architecture to brokerage to property management and everything in between, women continue to make strides in CRE, occupying top roles throughout the field. That’s not to say, however, that the experiences of women in commercial real estate are fully equitable or that we don’t still have some… Read more »

How COVID-19 Could Bring New Opportunities for Commercial Real Estate in 2021


by Neil A. Dolgin  It’s no secret that the collateral damage to virtually every industry wrought by the pandemic over the past year has been swift and unprecedented.  Commercial real estate (CRE) hasn’t been spared. Following the nationwide lockdown last spring, CRE firms both large and small have been forced to downsize, digitize operations and… Read more »

Apple TV+ Soundstage to Open at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens


Apple will open a soundstage for its streaming service, Apple TV+, at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens. The tech giant signed a lease for 90,000 square feet in the recently built, six-story building at 34-11 36th Street, dubbed ONStage. Commercial Observer

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