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Ian Ritter

Ian Ritter is a veteran commercial real estate writer. He worked several years as retail editor at GlobeSt.com and currently writes about the industry for several corporate clients and news organizations. He holds a Master's Degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism.

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Want to know the guts of a CRE asset? Become a gofer

By Ian Ritter on May 30, 2017

gopher.jpgGetting schooled on a topic you’ve spent years trying to master is no easy thing.

In my case, having written about commercial real estate for around 15 years, you would think I’d know all the ins and outs of the industry by now. I consider myself pretty conscious of commercial real estate assets and spaces, both inside and out.

At least, I thought I was, until I started taking on jobs as a gofer.

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In case you missed it...what to know about the recent interest rate hike

By Ian Ritter on Apr 6, 2017

money-float-over-marked-us-map-320x180.jpgThere’s certainly a lot going on in the news cycle lately, so you might have missed the latest interest rate increase from the Fed. Don’t worry, we’ll catch you up on what you need to know.

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What’s next for shopping malls? What brokers need to know

By Ian Ritter on Mar 13, 2017

shopping-mall-320x213.jpgThe owners of malls—and the brokers that find leases for these assets—are certainly very busy right now.

Every week, there seems to be more news about a major department store anchor shutting down tons of stores, which means there is a lot of vacant space on the horizon that will need to be filled.

Here are some of the major chains having problems right now.

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What CRE tenants are looking for in 2017

By Ian Ritter on Feb 9, 2017

za3cdnfqgdo-jessica-furtney-336483-edited.jpgCommercial real estate owners and landlords live and die by their tenant mix.

Though the market is vibrant, it is also volatile right now, and it’s important to make sure that the companies leasing space are kept happy. This can be challenging in the current commercial real estate environment, as spaces need more and more customization to succeed.

Let’s take a closer look at a few specialties and how they can attract and retain tenants.

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The major corporations creating jobs right now, and what it means for CRE

By Ian Ritter on Feb 7, 2017

20160418121933-amazon.jpegThere’s been a lot of attention on job creation in the US right now.

Specifically, a few major corporations have made announcements that affect a variety of commercial real estate industry sectors around the country.

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5 infrastructure initiatives that could affect CRE

By Ian Ritter on Jan 25, 2017

light-rail-792314-edited.jpegThe election of a new President of the United States could affect commercial real estate in numerous ways. For one, there is his pledge to spend $1 trillion on the nation’s infrastructure.

There is always plenty of economic uncertainty when a new administration takes office, and it’s true that the state of U.S. infrastructure has been in decline for a while now. If improvements are made, there are several ways this could boost the commercial real estate industry.

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2 things you need to know about the interest rate hike and commercial real estate

By Ian Ritter on Dec 20, 2016

20150506161353-money-finance-budget-tight-spending-limited-308699-edited.jpegThe wait is finally over. Prepare to wait some more.

The Fed recently made the announcement—an event almost as anticipated as the release of a new iPhone—that it is raising interest rates by 0.25%, to a target range between 0.5% and 0.75%.

The commercial real estate industry has awaited this moment for months, though reports so far aren’t showing a major impact on CRE (yet). Indeed, executives have braced for a jump in interest rates for quite some time, while the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has advised borrowers that have not locked in fixed-rate, long-term loans to pay extra attention to fluctuations in rates.

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Caffeine addicts take note: Starbucks’ high-end concept just got more serious

By Ian Ritter on Dec 6, 2016

starbucks-200752-edited.jpegEarlier this month, Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz dropped a bit of a bombshell.  He plans to give up the chief executive title in April to pursue other ventures, including heading the expansion of the upscale Starbucks Reserve Roastery. This new chain could total about 1,000 stores, with some fitting in existing Starbucks and others in their own separate locations.

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How movies are boosting experiential retail for shopping centers

By Ian Ritter on Nov 30, 2016

AMC dine in-988468-edited.jpgCinemas often take a backseat to other tenants in shopping centers, but a recent deal in this retail-entertainment sector has pushed it into the spotlight.

AMC Theatres is now the nation’s largest movie theater chain after its acquisition of Carmike Cinemas for $1.2 billion. The deal gives AMC about 3,000 more screens, bringing its total to just over 8,200 with 659 theaters in total.

Given the magnitude of the transaction, it’s a good time to take a look at the role of movie theaters in experiential retail, which can help combat the effects of online shopping.

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4 emerging trends in real estate, according to ULI

By Ian Ritter on Nov 17, 2016

ULI.jpgThe Urban Land Institute (ULI) Fall Meeting was packed full of information that commercial real estate brokers need to know as they prepare for the year ahead.

I’ll take a moment to cover some of the most significant developments, all drawn from ULI's “Emerging Trends in Real Estate” report, which was released in conjunction with the conference. While covering all the data and trends would make this blog the length of a Russian novel, I’ll touch on the points that were covered most in-depth at the conference.

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