Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio

Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio

Erik writes about the people, the deals and the trends that move the commercial real estate industry.

Recent Posts by Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio:

Why people think Amazon may buy Target and what a deal would mean for CRE

amazon-target-320x180.jpgAfter buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, it seems like everyone has the same question: who will Amazon buy next? Predictions range from the sensible to the outlandish, yet of all possible contenders, Target is getting the most attention.

Well-known technology analyst Gene Munster recently predicted Amazon will buy Target sometime this year. With a current market cap approaching $42 billion, that’s a bold prediction, but it’s not unbelievable. Yet the deal is certainly not a sure thing and there are good reasons to think it won’t become a reality. While nobody can say for sure if Amazon will move to acquire Target, any potential deal would have an enormous impact on retail real estate and the technology it depends on.

Topics: Industry News

4 reasons CRE brokers need to rely on visualization tools

p&nmapping_pointballoon-320x166.pngIn the world of commercial real estate, professionals have long turned to spreadsheets for their data needs. While spreadsheets are great for storing lots of data, they are not so great when it comes to identifying strategic trends. They’re also about as interactive as a brick wall.

Modern data integration and visualization systems are filling the void, giving CRE professionals the ability to make sense of their data quickly while using it in new and exciting ways. From unlocking your data’s true potential to boosting prospecting efforts, here are four reasons you should go beyond spreadsheets and use data visualization tools to amplify your business.

5 ways to maximize social media marketing in CRE

Social media is one of the best ways to reach new audiences, grow your network and generate prospects. Yet many commercial real estate professionals struggle to achieve its full potential.

It isnt enough to post to Facebook or Twitter every few days; an effective social media campaign is all about knowing your target audience and engaging with your community on a daily basis. From getting started on LinkedIn to reaching millennials through Instagram, follow these tips to grow your social media presence and drive your business.

Topics: Best Practices

What to know about the 3 cities offering Amazon the biggest incentives to house HQ2

Early next year Amazon will choose one North American city to house its second headquarters. The company welcomed city proposals to explain why Amazon should build its $5 billion campus and create some 50,000 jobs within their borders, and no less than 238 cities responded.

While some bidders are trying to attract the king of e-commerce with outlandish proposals involving name changes and oversized cacti, most are hoping to woo the company with land and tax incentives. These three cities are offering Amazon more than the rest.

Topics: Industry News

9 time saving apps for every CRE broker

Todays apps make saving time easier than ever before. That is, as long as combing through list after list of them doesnt sap your whole day.

There are tons of apps out there, and while many are helpful for CRE professionals, it can be daunting trying to find the ones that really make a difference. Thats why we did the dirty work for you. From simplifying leases to staying up to date on industry trends, these 9 apps give you the tools to stop wasting time and make the most of your day.

Topics: CRE Tech Efficiency

Update from ULI: 4 emerging trends to take advantage of in 2018

Every commercial real estate professional knows it’s essential to stay ahead of market trends.

To help people understand the industry’s evolving dynamics, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PwC recently published their seminal Emerging Trends in Real Estate report.

From the enormous disruption in the retail sector to industrial’s seemingly unstoppable growth, 2018 promises to be a year of change and opportunity. While ULI’s report covers many developing trends, we decided to hone in on four of the most significant.

Topics: Industry News

Are you making these 10 common networking mistakes?

Networking is one of the best ways to find a job, discover new prospects, and grow your career. When done incorrectly, it’s one of the easiest ways to waste your time.

Everyone knows networking is important, but despite their best efforts, many people consistently go about it the wrong way. Much more than simply the means to land a new job or grow a client list, networking is the lifelong practice of building mutually beneficial relationships.

From focusing too much on collecting business cards to failing to help others, avoid these common networking mistakes and your hard work will finally start paying off.

Glorified LEGOs? Deconstructing the latest trend in CRE + 4 examples

Modular construction could revolutionize the commercial real estate industry. From hotels to highrises, developers are turning to prefabricated buildings to complete projects faster, bypass the construction labor shortage and decrease costs.

While building something one place and assembling it in another is hardly a new idea, there are many misconceptions surrounding modular construction and its role in the industry. But thats beginning to change, and whether its a new Marriott hotel or a multifamily building in Brooklyn, modular construction is here to stay.

Topics: Industry News

10 of the most beautiful train stations around the world

Whether part of your daily commute or simply where you catch your ride to the airport, weve all spent time in train stations. Unfortunately, all too often that time is spent in an old dreary building that were grateful to get away from.

But not all train stations are like that, and from London to New York City, these 10 train stations are as much works of art as they are centers of transportation. They’re part of the CRE landscape of the city, and any architectural wonders in your city are worth your attention.  

Q&A: Anthony Grosso of First National Realty Partners on building private equity success in CRE

Four and a half years ago Anthony Grosso co-founded First National Realty Partners in suburban New Jersey. Today, his private equity firm has a team of over 20 professionals and manages a substantial portfolio of retail, office, industrial and multifamily assets.

From building a private equity firm from scratch to finding the perfect deal, Anthony shared his experiences on what it takes to succeed in the world of CRE.

Topics: Interviews