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City Council Proposal Would Pause New York’s Commercial Rent Tax for Years


New York City Councilman Keith Powers introduced legislation Thursday that could suspend the commercial rent tax on businesses below 96th Street in Manhattan, a move designed to bring relief to retail tenants still recovering from COVID-19 losses. If passed, businesses renting space in commercial buildings won’t have to pay an effective rate of 3.9 percent… Read more »

New York Office Occupancy Hits Pandemic Era Milestone at More Than 40% Full


New York’s recovery from the pandemic reached a milestone last week when city office occupancy topped 40% for the first time since the March 2020 shutdown. The closely watched Kastle Back to Work Barometer increased to 41.2% last week, up almost five percentage points compared to the week of May 30 to June 3. The… Read more »

Commercial Real Estate Insulated From Inflation Impact: Report


While rapid inflation is plaguing many parts of the economy, the impact is relatively muted for commercial real estate tenants and landlords, both of which should be more focused on real estate market conditions. Real estate costs tend to be fixed with predetermined escalations on deals that typically average five to seven years nationwide. Occupiers… Read more »

Finding Opportunities in a Bear Market


by Neil A. Dolgin With the recent news headlines about the bear market that arrived on Wall Street, I’ve been asked a lot recently about opportunities to be found in commercial real estate. There are some changes in the marketplace that I’m seeing as well as trends to monitor. Rentals – We’re having more discussions… Read more »

Commercial Property Sales Slow as Rising Interest Rates Sink Deals


Commercial real estate is showing the first signs of cooling in more than a year, disrupted by rising interest rates that are already causing some deals to collapse. Property sales were $39.4 billion in April, which was down 16% compared with the same month a year ago, according to MSCI Real Assets. The decline followed… Read more »

Commutes remain top obstacle to filling offices


The prospects of getting up early to catch the morning train or sitting in an hour of traffic are still deterring employees from filling offices across the country. EIght of the 10 major cities with the largest decline in office occupancy during the pandemic had averaged one-way commutes longer than a half-hour, according to the… Read more »

Gopuff scaling back warehouse footprint amid rapid-delivery slowdown


A fast-delivery app is closing or pausing operations at nearly two dozen warehouses in a sign of the sector’s hangover from its pandemic-era boom. Gopuff is altering its operations at 22 nationwide warehouses to assess how to operate more efficiently, Insider reported. About half of the facilities will be closed, while the other half are… Read more »

Brooklyn new development contract activity up 56 percent year over year


There were 420 Brooklyn new development contracts signed in Q1 2022 totaling $730 million based on last asking prices, according to Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing’s (BHSDM) Q1 Brooklyn New Development Analysis. This contract activity marks a 56 percent increase year-over-year (270 contracts signed in Q1 2021) and 16 percent increase quarter-over-quarter (362 contracts signed… Read more »

Smart Building and Smarter Protocols: Mitigating IoT Cybersecurity Risks in CRE


From our homes to our workplaces, the deployment of smart technology is becoming increasingly prevalent. The Wall Street Journal notes that smart-building-related companies raised $2.88 billion in venture capital in 2021. In previous posts, we’ve discussed the increased use of smart technology in commercial real estate, the importance of a thorough and rigorous research and… Read more »

Commercial Property Pricing Held Steady In April


“Commercial property prices are not going up anymore, but for the most part, they’re not going down either,” said Peter Rothemund, Co-Head of Strategic Research at Green Street. “That’s about as good as one could hope for in this environment, and a lot better than bonds and stocks, which have both lost about 10% in… Read more »

What Commercial Real Estate Gained and Lost in New York State’s New Budget


The state budget was supposed to provide a surge of momentum for the governor’s agenda ahead of the Democratic primaries. Instead it was overshadowed by incomprehensible violence and unfettered corruption occurring within her administration. But the allocation of nearly a quarter of $1 trillion in new spending will have lasting effects on New York’s economic… Read more »

What New York Real Estate Investors Are Most Concerned About Now


Toward the start of this month, I emailed a wide array of investors, asking them one simple question: What is the issue that concerns you the most about our local commercial real estate market today? There were 847 responses, and here are the results in the order of the most mentioned issues. Politics and rent… Read more »

The Tax Break Commercial Real Estate Investors Might Need After Covid-19


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on commercial real estate values, and in some cases resulted in property no longer being able to support the debt with which it is encumbered. The decrease in value of commercial property has forced many owners to restructure their debt. However, the resulting forgiveness of a portion… Read more »

Global Investors Remain Enthusiastic about the U.S. Commercial Real Estate Market


The U.S. commercial real estate market continues to be seen as attractive by global investors over both the short and long term, according to the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) 2022 International Investor Survey Report, released in mid-April. The survey, conducted in Q1 2022, reveals institutional insight and intent towards future real… Read more »

Managing Uncertainty in the CRE Marketplace


by Neil A. Dolgin The U.S. economy made a truly spectacular recovery in 2021 coming out of the Covid pandemic. U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) and job growth were very strong, unemployment fell, wages rose, and retail sales recovered. Today’s CRE marketplace now faces unique challenges with rising inflation, the risk of a recession, continued… Read more »

At Current Rate, Available Logistics Space In U.S. Would Dry Up In Record 16 Months: Prologis


Despite Amazon’s planned pullback on new warehouse growth, rampant demand for industrial space, as well as supply chain delays, has reduced the available inventory of warehouses to historic lows, according to a new report from global industrial powerhouse Prologis. At current rates of supply and demand, logistics tenants could burn through available inventory in 16… Read more »

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