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Shiny Happy People

In a rousing opening session to the CoreNet Global Summit in Chicago's Navy Pier, CEO Angela Cain and Chairman Lee Utke (Global Real Estate Head for Whirlpool) played the theme from the ‘80s sitcom The Jeffersons entitled “Movin on Up.” The ditty signaled real estate’s increasingly important role in Corporate America. And it certainly makes sense […]

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

By Ken Ashley

(ATLANTA) February 14th, 2011

No, we are not talking about your sweetheart on this Valentines day. Instead we are covering that other significant relationship in your life; your landlord. When tenants evaluated market opportunities over the past 18-24 months, most decided to remain in place. This behavior is described by real estate brokers and landlords […]

Build Baby Build? Yes, in CRE!

By Ken Ashley

LOS ANGELES (October 6, 2010)

We know the vacancy rate is sky-high, and we read all the same gloomy outlooks on commercial real estate that you do. Is it insanity to even think about building again? Well, after a visit with our psych, and a big swig of Red Bull, we’d like to

 

 

suggest five […]

Real Estate Yoga

By Ken Ashley

(ATLANTA) October 2nd, 2010

The market opportunities for tenants are great these days. In fact, it almost seems like many ownerships are holding a “Fall Sale;” everything’s marked at 50% off! At the same time, we are beginning to hear many clients and others in industry talk about growth. The challenge is occupiers […]

Pop Up Office?

By Ken Ashley 

(LOS ANGELES) September 10th, 2010 

We’ve observed the resurgence of the trend of so called pop up retail over the past year or so with interest. The concept can apply to any holiday store (those stores where you buy your Halloween costume are an example). It is also being used by toy companies and retailers […]

No Parking on the Dance Floor

By Ken Ashley

(DETROIT) August 20, 2010

As we return from a business trip to Motown, the seemingly mundane subject of parking comes to mind. In fact, parking, and how much of it you can get in a lease, is gathering more and more attention in today’s commercial real estate marketplace. While always a factor in considering […]

What’s Next Mr./Ms. Real Estate Director?

By Ken Ashley

DENVER (June 23, 2010)

You’ve cut cost, you’ve “densified” to the max, you’ve got all the newly renewed leases in that nice new database, so what are you going to put in your goals now?  While it’s still the very hot summer, the fall planning season will descend on us in what feels […]

The Old Gray Cube, She Ain’t What She Used to Be

By Ken Ashley

ATLANTA (June 14, 2010)

We’ve run across what appears to be a really innovative idea in the commercial real estate world in the form of a new company called Loosecubes. Their website, which says it is in beta, describes them as  an “Open Market for Workspace.” We think of it as an interesting  combination […]

High Carb – Low Protein

By Ken Ashley

ATLANTA (May 24, 2010)

Cushman & Wakefield recently released the US Office Overview from Q1 of 2010 and like many similar reports over the past 30 days it suggest “steadily improving economic conditions.” The report forecasts that leasing activity will build this year but that construction activity will fall due to the lack […]

Psst. It’s me, inflation.

By Ken Ashley

ATLANTA (May 12, 2010) -

A number of sources and our own experience are indicating that pricing of raw materials may be headed up.

According to this report in the Journal of Steel and Related Materials:

“Despite relatively low activity levels and poor final demand, flat product steel prices (in the EU in this particular […]

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