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Trend alert: The beautiful impact of biophilic design

By Irena Ashcraft on Jul 18, 2018

Etsy-green-space-320x213As we move towards a future of driverless cars, shrinking parking lots, and smart, connected buildings, there’s another quiet trend taking root: biophilic city planning and building design.

Biophilic design is bringing nature back into urban areas, balancing all that concrete and steel with more living plants, water, sunlight, and natural materials. It’s a way planners and architects are making public and private spaces a little bit wilder, greener, and healthier for the people who use them. Today, the trend is getting a high-profile boost from major tech companies who’ve incorporated it into their office designs, from Microsoft’s treehouses to Apple’s orchards.

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What brokers are buzzing about: CRE sale prices, recession timing, summer barbecue

By The Apto Team on Jul 9, 2018

man-coffee-cup-pen-large-320x213The results of the latest Apto National Broker Buzz Poll are in. Brokers are buzzing about:

  • Commercial property sale prices. Brokers believe prices have peaked for multifamily and retail properties, but not for office and industrial real estate.
  • Timing of the next economic recession. Brokers believe the next U.S. recession is not likely to arrive before 2020.
  • Interest rate hikes. Brokers say the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes are not yet slowing down commercial real estate sales activity.
  • Steak! Commercial real estate brokers grilled steak on the barbecue this past Fourth of July holiday weekend. See the actual survey results below to learn brokers’ next-favorite grilled meats of choice!

Thanks to those members of the commercial real estate broker community who participated in the poll, which was conducted during the last two weeks of June by Apto, the tech platform for commercial real estate brokers. Specific survey questions and answers follow below.

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Coworking isn’t what it used to be: find out the surprising new ways major corporations are leveraging the trend

By Nell Gable on Jun 11, 2018

SGCoworkingWorkhouse-min-1-1320x180Coworking made its mark as a solution for startups in need of a flexible, affordable place to house their teams while they proved out their idea. Spaces like WeWork, Industrious and Knotel became popular not only for their flexibility, but for the stellar amenities they offered. CEOs could treat their teams like royalty—think high-end coffee, beer on tap, HR perks and free events—without ever signing a long-term lease.

Initially, the idea was that businesses would stay in their coworking space until they matured to the point of being ready to sign that traditional long-term lease and move into their own space. But the recent trend of major corporations moving entire teams into coworking spaces, or simply allowing their employees the choice of working in coworking spaces around the city instead of one central office, has turned that notion on its head.

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The green roof initiative that’s causing controversy between developers and voters: Here’s what you need to know about the building trend

By Nell Gable on Jun 4, 2018

green-roof-save-money-320x240In November 2017, the city of Denver made history when voters moved to require new and existing buildings over 25,000 square feet to allot a portion of their roofs to vegetation, or green roofs.

Not everyone in the city was pleased with the new initiative, however. Many building owners feel the rule is too strict and will make building in the city too costly. The Green Roof Task Force Committee, comprised of various stakeholders, is now working to recommend changes to the new ordinance to city council.

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4 key takeaways from ICSC RECon 2018

By Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio on May 29, 2018

Las Vegas-2The retail industry is in the midst of massive change. From the rise of e-commerce to record bankruptcy rates, it’s clear that retail needs to evolve with the times.

Nobody knows that better than the experts who presented at the International Council of Shopping Center’s RECon 2018 convention, which ended just last week. The event is the world’s largest gathering of retail real estate professionals, and while the mood was largely optimistic, many people also voiced concerns about where the industry is heading.

During the convention experts discussed all things retail, and from fine tuning the tenant mix to using technology to create an omnichannel experience, here are four key takeaways from this year’s convention.

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[Survey results] What brokers are buzzing about: The shutdown of Xceligent

By The Apto Team on May 16, 2018

Cloud_buildings-403353-edited-680277-editedThe results of the first Apto National Broker Buzz Poll are in, and the results are loud and clear. Brokers are buzzing about the shutdown of Xceligent, and they are concerned that CoStar — the dominant player in commercial property availability information — will raise prices as a result.

Highlights of the survey are below.  Thanks to those members of the commercial real estate brokerage community who participated in the poll.

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From the skies to the stadiums: 5 fun CRE stories this month

By Irena Ashcraft on Apr 12, 2018

cre-stories-710795-editedThis month, we’ve been following CRE developments across the nation, from a new kind of sports arena in Texas to a sky-high traffic solution in Boston. Here are the stories that made us stop and think this month:

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CRE paradigm shift—warehouses are now more valuable than offices. Here are 3 things to know.

By Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio on Apr 10, 2018

warehouse-320x217Big-box warehouses are officially worth more than office buildings.

You read that right.

That’s according to a Colliers International report, which said that in 2017 big-box warehouses (measuring at least 200,000 square feet and boasting 28-foot ceilings) sold at an average capitalization rate of 5.8%. That’s below the 6.7% cap rate for all U.S. office space and nearly beats the 5.7% rate for offices in central business districts, Bloomberg reports.

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6 PropTech conferences to network at this year

By Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio on Mar 15, 2018

mipim-proptech-europe-2018-conferences-320x192.pngTechnology is pushing the commercial real estate industry to evolve faster than ever before. From software that integrates the entire deal lifecycle to smart buildings that automatically reduce indoor CO2 levels, PropTech comes in all shapes and sizes.

Using the right technology gives everyone from brokers to owners major advantages in today’s market, but before you can realize those gains you need to learn what technology is right for you. PropTech conferences are a great opportunity to do that.

They’re also fun and offer fantastic networking opportunities.

There are tons of PropTech conferences and seminars scheduled for 2018, so rather than try and cover them all, we decided to hone in on six we believe will be the largest and most important. From Paris to San Francisco, attend these conferences to stay at the forefront of industry innovation.

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Check out this year’s DNA of #CRE Report

By The Apto Team on Mar 8, 2018

Have you seen the DNA of CRE survey yet? Buildout and theBrokerList teamed up for the third year in a row to examine the genetic makeup of the commercial real estate industry.

Take a look at how the #CRE world works for both brokers and marketers. Plus, the uncovered data provides a benchmark to see how you stack up against your peers across the country!

We’ve included the broker breakdown below, and you can check out the rest here.

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