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WeWork’s evolution could keep disrupting office markets

By Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio on Jun 7, 2017

breather-181290.jpgWeWork has been disrupting the office sector for the last seven years. Now, the company is moving to take on industry giants like JLL and CBRE through a new business that directly targets large, corporate clients. The company also launched its own real estate investment arm and has plans to drastically increase its real estate footprint this year. 

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[Slideshare] Your day in commercial real estate, 1997 vs. 2017

By Franco Faraudo on Apr 27, 2017

How have you noticed commercial real estate changing over the years? If you’ve been in brokerage long, you’ve probably noticed some new technology popping up—and your younger coworkers probably have some new habits and priorities, too.

If you get right down to it, there’s probably a lot in your day to day that’s different.

Earlier this year we published an infographic about that change, and since it’s been among our most popular content to date, we wanted to share the slides, too.

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[Short story] Future Office: The Adventures of Hannah and Skip

By Franco Faraudo on Apr 17, 2017

Apto Modern Office_Slides-3 320x213.jpgNever believe anyone peddling either nostalgia or a certainty about the future.

Fiction is the way to go. You get to explore the realm of possibilities and entertain new ideas while still maintaining a sense of realism and anticipation. And perhaps most importantly, it’s fun.

We wanted to try something a little different this week. There’s plenty you can read about 3D property tours, drones, the Internet of Things, driverless cars, etc. and how those technologies will impact commercial real estate. But let’s push it out a bit further in time and focus in on the people―specially, one person and her family―and how they might operate in a world seemingly ruled by technology.

Below, you can read an excerpt of the first part of our fictional series, Future Office: The Adventures of Hannah and Skip. Then read the rest, and subscribe for updates on the next installment.

Topics: Disruption
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How commercial real estate can attract top talent to become the next Wall Street for college grads

By Tanner McGraw on Apr 5, 2017

NYC-NY-1-320x213.jpgThere’s a rumbling throughout the commercial real estate brokerage business. The industry appears to be attracting a higher caliber of sales talent than ever before. The extended real estate boom and the aggressive push that many brokerages have made to revitalize their talent pools have helped make the industry an attractive destination for smart, ambitious graduates.

I’m impressed with the new wave of recruits I’ve met at firms around the nation—brokers with degrees from top universities and, perhaps more importantly, that distinct hunger that marks a salesperson bound for greatness.

Topics: Disruption
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3 articles to convince you to ditch Excel for good

By The Apto Team on Mar 15, 2017

ditchexcel-320x167.jpgDespite all the recent advances and innovation in CRE technology, many brokers tell us they still use Excel spreadsheets to keep their business organized. Whether they’re maintaining contact details, commission records, or deal reports, many brokers still rely heavily on a system that segregates their data, making it harder to use that data effectively.

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How Zappos, Adobe, and more are creating workspaces that bring people together

By Irena Ashcraft on Feb 28, 2017

adobe-office-493794-edited.jpgAs more companies put a premium on collaboration, they’re on the lookout for office space that has the power to bring people together. And as a broker, it pays to be aware of this trend, because it’s going to change how you pitch your properties.

“Developers are transforming the commercial office building model as they refocus on their tenants’ need to recruit a younger, more creative and collaborative workforce,” says design firm Gensler. “Literally every building type is in play now, including towers in the downtown core."

Here’s how spaces are becoming more collaborative and shaking up the way we work:

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6 booming CRE specialties that probably didn’t exist when you were a kid

By Nell Gable on Jan 30, 2017

two men and buildings -112412-edited.jpegThe commercial real estate industry has always been subject to the volatility of the industries it strives to serve, so when shifts in technology, demographics and world affairs call for progress and evolution, brokers and other CRE professionals need to be prepared to act.

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The new economics of CRE―financing options

By Tim Randall on Jan 19, 2017

Many metrics across the commercial real estate market are showing strong growth right now, particularly absorption rates, vacancies, construction pipeline and cap rate compression.

Most striking, though, are numbers on property pricing and deal flow. According to the research department at Ten-Xa platform that connects buyers and sellers worldwide, allowing them to search, list and transact properties online―the demand for commercial property continues to grow. The most recent report shows that quarterly volume has topped the $100 billion mark for eight straight quarters, with the most recent second quarter tally reaching $101.2 billion.

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3 ways transit-oriented developments are reshaping our downtowns

By The Apto Team on Dec 27, 2016

downtown-741314-edited.jpgDowntowns all over the U.S. are undergoing a development shift thanks to millennials, baby boomers and a general change in the way people view renting vs. owning.

Many of the dense urban cores in the country’s most popular downtowns and metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) have become so popular and congested that it is no longer possible for all the residents, workers and visitors to park near their destinations. Not that many would want to drive in some of these cities anyway—the traffic surrounding the most congested cores (such as Midtown Manhattan, SoMa in San Francisco and Downtown Los Angeles) is so bad it can add hours to a roundtrip commute.

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Get ready—mobility is going to change the world of retail CRE

By Nell Gable on Dec 21, 2016

city green-798076-edited.jpeg2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the mobility industry. We might soon see completely autonomously driving cars on the road, while ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft are taking us closer to not even needing to own a car at all.

As a commercial real estate professional, these trends are sure to rock your world, so you’d be wise to pay attention. Here, we’ll run through some potential effects these shifts in mobility could have on the commercial real estate industry.

But first, let’s take a step back…

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