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How does KDA help clients think out of the box to achieve goals?


by Neil A. Dolgin As owners and managers of dozens of properties throughout NYC and across the US, we know what we want to see from each in terms of revenue, tenant mix, and branding. And we are willing to reimagine our buildings in more competitive ways, especially at a time of renovation, a topic… Read more »

Investors Bet on Commercial Real Estate


More than a year into the pandemic, high-rise office buildings are largely empty. About one of every two hotel rooms is unoccupied. Malls are struggling to attract shoppers. And yet by most measures, the U.S. commercial real-estate market is in remarkably solid shape. Prices fell far less than after the 2008 financial crisis and are… Read more »

Eight Ways The Biden Tax Plan Could Affect Your Real Estate Business


  President-elect Joe Biden’s policies and tax plans are becoming increasingly more relevant as his time in office begins. When it comes to the real estate industry or investing in general, it’s important to pay attention to policies that will affect you as a business owner so you can make the necessary adjustments. The Biden… Read more »

Reimagining Vacant Commercial Buildings


by Neil A. Dolgin As New York City and the metro area slowly return to life after a pandemic of over 18 months, Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates (KDA) has been reimagining how some of our older industrial buildings can better meet the needs of today’s commercial real estate tenants while helping to energize our neighborhoods. Some… Read more »

US Warehouse Boom Attracts Foreign Investors


It’s not just massive firms like Blackstone Group and Prologis that are throwing billions of dollars at warehouses — foreign investors are also pouring money into the booming industrial sector. Investment firms from France, Germany and South Korea are among those that have recently inked big deals for industrial properties, according to the Wall Street Journal. That comes even… 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

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 »

Distressed Commercial Property Sales Seen Surpassing Last Crisis


An estimated $126 billion in commercial real estate will be forced to sell at distressed prices through 2022, more than the first two years after the global financial crisis, according to CoStar Group Inc. Distressed hotel, retail, office and other properties will continue to flow to the market over the coming five years, potentially reaching… Read more »

NYC’s biggest real estate finance deals of 2020


New York’s commercial real estate market took a beating in 2020. In one indicator, the 10 largest investment sales of the year totaled $5 billion, a 37 percent drop-off from the $8 billion the previous year.  Not surprisingly, finance deals dropped off considerably this year, as well. The 10 largest loans in New York totaled… Read more »

Food and beverage sector gains ground in warehouse leasing


Home of the Blue Point Brewery and event space with 100,000sf of space on nearly 10 acres at Patchogue Lake, with great water views and an iconic clock tower as it’s focal point. A recent multi-million-dollar renovation was made to accommodate the brewery which is equipped with an entertainment venue as well as tasting rooms… Read more »

The Death of a Co-working Startup Highlights User Experience vs. Unit Economics


Stroll through any major city in the United States and you’re sure to find an excess of completely built out, potentially useful, vacant spaces. Whether it’s a restaurant only open for dinner or a vacant retailer, there is no lack of finished, usable space. Spacious saw these vacancies as opportunities and sought to occupy them… Read more »

After Historic Low, What’s Next for Net Lease Cap Rates?


Cap rates remain at low levels due to the historically low interest rate environment combined with a robust economy. Despite the decrease in cap rates, the spread between asking and closed cap rates for retail and office properties widened by 6 and 2 basis points respectively. Real estate investors believe we are in the late… Read more »

Blackstone picks up Canarsie shopping plaza for $130M


The Blackstone Group bought Canarsie Plaza, a 274,000-square-foot shopping center anchored by BJ’s Wholesale Club in southeast Brooklyn for around $130 million. The seller was Los Angeles–based CIM Group. JLL brokered the deal on behalf of the seller. CIM has owned the shopping center at the intersection of Remsen Avenue and Avenue D since it… Read more »

Brokerage Beyond Basics: Successful Approaches to a Difficult Market


For some brokers, a rapidly fluctuating market is a source of anxiety. For Morris Betesh, senior managing director of Meridian Capital Group, and his team of eight, it’s a source of excitement. And lately, there’s been plenty of it as he and his team are closing an average of 60 deals annually. How do they… Read more »

9 Big New York Infrastructure Projects


While New York City is an innovative and influential global metropolis, its aging and outdated mass transit infrastructure has not kept pace with other leading cities around the world. But leaders like Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson have been looking to transform New York’s image – both downstate and… Read more »

Industrial Outlook Calls for Steady Growth in 2020


Despite concerns about the long-term impact of tariffs and the potential for an economic downturn, the outlook for the U.S. industrial sector heading into 2020 remains positive, according to industry executives who spoke at the recent Avison Young U.S. Industrial Summit in Chicago. The sector experts cited low vacancy rates and rising rental rates among… Read more »

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