Working Remotely

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There is such freedom in working remotely.  But, as is the case with everything, there is a dark side.  People who get to work remotely have flexibility and save time from not having to commute. But are these benefits worth the stress?Remote workers also deal with the following:    -          Feeling disconnected from their team.  And even […]

The Digitalization of Everything

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Technology is changing everything, from the way we eat and drive, to how we communicate and work. The “digitalization of everything” is changing how we work and therefore the skills we need to do our work.  Brookings produced a study in late 2017 that is highlighted below and here is a link to the full study. Here are […]

The “Coffice”

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In our ongoing discussion about the future of office space, here is a nice stat:  In this cycle, office space users have been taking approximately ½ of the space they took as they grew in the last cycle.  We know why—open office, the explosion of the tech companies and shared space environment and all the […]

Suburban Offices are Back

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First, let me say, I told you so.  I have been saying for some time that the huge shift to urban core will not be sustained.  There are companies that want/need to have that environment so I am still bullish on urban cores, but there are others who will reverse the three-decade trend of moving offices closer and closer […]

2018 Top 10 Issues Affecting Real Estate

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The changing demographics of workers in the U.S. is HUGE and it’s changing everything. This is probably the biggest issue we are facing in office space leasing, and it features predominantly on the 2018  Counselors of Real Estate (CRE)  Top 10 Issues Affecting Real Estate. Below is the release and a link to the full report. I […]

1-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Update: Q2 2018

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Readers of this narrative know that I am an office broker who works every day helping Tenants and Landlords navigate the nuances and opportunities across geographical areas and product types.  I (along with my incredible team) am based in Phoenix but work around the country and internationally as well. We get hired for all kinds […]

Amazon Headquarters Selection Process

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Over the past few months, Amazon has been very public about their search for a second headquarters. (They have looked at 238 different cities.)  I wanted to share a bit of this process and what it might mean to the economic development communities across the country. The Amazon announcement will play out over the next year, but the […]

Rules for Capital

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When writing my LIFEies (my weekly blog on personal development) I get to share very complex ideas that are made simple by lots of people. Like Albert Einstein said, “The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.” For this narrative, however, I focus on more complex Commercial Real Estate developments. But every […]

Commercial Real Estate Designations

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  I come from a family of educators.  Both my parents were school teachers.  After getting my bachelor’s degree, I felt the need to continue my education.  Today I have earned my MBA and the three most prestigious designations in the Commercial Real Estate industry: CCIM, CRE, and SIOR.  Andrew has earned the same three designations.  […]

The Rise of Collaborative Workspace

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I have been representing tenants across the US and overseas for 34 years.  As I write this narrative, I want to provide value, spot trends and get business.  If you have a question or need office space, call me.  We would love to work with you.  One huge trend that has had a meteoric rise […]

The Highest Taxed Buildings in America

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In many ways, I am jaded after being in the CRE brokerage business for so long.  Representing office tenants means you get to see just about everything. But I also live in an Arizona bubble most of the time. So I was SHOCKED at the amount of property taxes that the highest-taxed buildings in America […]

Meet Your New Landlord At Home

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I have a great friend, Trish, who has been a mentor to me for the past 30 years.  She is in the residential ownership and management business, and has been a great insight into the changes happening in that sector. Which is why I’m not surprised by the below article, and the size of the […]

1-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Update: Q1 2018

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The long and stubbornly slow recovery continues.  Q1 2018 numbers are out and the Metro Phoenix office market absorbed 686,469 square feet of net positive space, lowering overall vacancy to 19.39%.  We are now into the 8th straight year of positive absorption in office jobs.  Vacancy varies throughout the Greater Phoenix area with a high of 30.5% in the Sky Harbor […]

Growing Together

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I grew up 20 minutes from the Mexican border.  My dad and three of my siblings still live in Sierra Vista, AZ.  I know firsthand the good and bad of living next to an international border and all the issues surrounding both sides.    Given the recent political turbulence surrounding globalization, NAFTA, and the United […]

Underlying Organizational Costs

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The biggest waste we consistently see is clients underutilizing their office space.  Planning for growth that never occurs, thinking you “need” the space for visiting people, and making work areas and offices too big — there are multiple ways that companies waste money. Office space, and even more important facilities, can significantly reduce costs through […]

How Tech Office Space Sets the Bar for Everyone Else

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What would you do if you had an unlimited budget to improve your company’s next office renovation?  Below is a great article detailing what some tech giants are doing to their interior design to keep their employees happy, productive and in the office.    One simple takeaway is that these companies are doing THE most innovative and comprehensive buildout you […]

Businesses are Relocating to AZ

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It’s always warm in Phoenix.  In the summer, we go above 110 degrees on a regular basis. On the other hand, the Phoenix office market continues to move along at a steady pace…like it’s 70 degrees.   BUT, all is not lost.  Many companies are beginning to realize the true cost of having all their […]

Getting Disrupted

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In this narrative I talk about disruption quite a bit.  My own industry, brokerage, is in the bullseye of all tech companies.  Below is a Forbes article discussing how technology will do 90% of my job within a decade. Scary, right? Here are some highlights of this work: – Automation may be capable of taking […]

1-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Update: Q4 2017

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Positive and Steady. That’s how I would describe the Metro Phoenix Office market’s performance for 2017.  The market posted its 7th straight year of positive net absorption (net gain in office jobs) finishing at 1.83 million SF. For reference, our 25-year average is 2.5 million SF, and 2016 net absorption reached 2.9 million SF.   […]

C2 By the Numbers

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Every year we look back and reflect on the deals, relationships, and memories we made over the past 12 months. We had another excellent year in 2017, and as we look back on the numbers we’re incredibly grateful for amazing clients and friends like you.  Now that we’re a few weeks into 2018, we’re excited for […]

How High-Net Worth Investors Invest in CRE

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As the wealthiest people in the world continue to grow their wealth, they are looking more and more at Commercial Real Estate for their portfolios.  We are now seeing the uber-wealthy put 6-25% of their portfolio into CRE.  This is a big trend because the rich are getting richer.   Here are a few stats: HNWI’s […]

World’s Coolest Offices 2017

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Every year, we share the most innovative offices from around the world (and a few from our own clients).  Below is our list from 2017.  First, you get a few of the best clients we were fortunate enough to work with this past year. We can hold our own here in the Valley of the […]

Happy Holidays and Our 2017 Travels

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Every year my team and I are lucky enough to travel to some incredible places. From exploring countries across the sea to discovering the hidden gems of our own Arizona backyard, 2017 was definitely one for the books. We’ve put together a 2-minute slideshow of our favorite memories from our travels this year to share with you.    […]

10 Issues Affecting Commercial Real Estate 2017

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One thing I constantly stress to my team is that to be successful in this industry, you have to be willing to learn and adapt to the times, or quickly become obsolete and watch your business disappear. As a 20+ year Counselor of Real Estate (CRE), I love our annual top ten issues affecting commercial […]

Gratitude

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In addition to this narrative, I also write a weekly blog called LIFEies, based on the 18 rules from my book The Fantastic Life. This week’s LIFEies discusses the many reasons to give thanks, and how cultivating a thankful heart is one of the biggest advantages we can have in life. You can read that blog here. I’m thankful for each of you […]

1-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Update: Q3 2017

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The Metro Phoenix office market continued on its eight-year positive course, albeit at a slower pace, for the 3rd quarter of 2017. As any athlete will tell you, a win is a win and all the [market] players will take it.  The 216,037 SF of office space absorbed fell short of expectations, however, some large leases were […]

Spending Trends in America

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One of my favorite movie quotes is from Jerry Maguire – “Show me the money!” And that’s exactly what the below chart does. This very informative chart shows spending trends over the past 75 years in America. Some key points for me:   – Education spending is trending up. Not sure if this is Americans valuing education […]

Third Space First

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You heard it here first (hopefully).  There is a new type of space for companies called third spaces.  Third spaces are places for local people to gather and eat, with areas for creative, cultural, and community activities. This is where ideas and startups are born. If this concept takes off, the next wave of development will need […]

Autonomous Vehicles

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If you’ve been following this narrative for a while, you know that one of my favorite topics is how technology is disrupting the world around us. Of all the technology I’ve covered, by far the most exciting development is autonomous vehicles. Almost every major tech company is involved in this technology, from Uber, to Alphabet […]

Traditional Retail is Dead

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By next year, 36 million square feet of retail space could be vacated and returned to the market. It’s official – the global landscape of retail is changing and changing rapidly. These changes are driven by a combination of growing e-commerce use and a demographical shift in consumer behavior, which prioritizes experience over tangible goods. […]

Is the Pendulum Swinging Back?

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As technology has advanced over the past decade, the number of freelance and remote office professionals has increased dramatically. With only an internet connection, employees can work virtually anywhere, and many companies are embracing the perceived benefits (including less money spent on office space) of allowing employees to work remote.However, among this trend, IBM announced a […]

2-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Update: Q2 2017

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The second quarter was not quite as busy as the first, but there is still good news as our market slowly (painfully slow) continues to improve.  Vacancy held steady at 18.8% despite new construction, and we continued our streak of continuous positive net absorption (job growth).  We haven’t had negative net absorption since 2009. The pace of […]

5 Frequently Asked CRE Questions

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estate are simple. A tenant needs office space. An owner needs to lease their space to a tenant. But once you get into the details of the transaction, things become complicated really fast. A good amount of my time working with clients is spent answering their questions. I even wrote 2 books on the subject […]

Finally! A Possible Solution to Thermostat Wars

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Finally. Maybe? No shot!!  Those were my immediate thoughts when I read the below article.  The war over office temperatures has been fought for decades. The ability to heat and cool their space for themselves, is one of the biggest issues our tenants have. In Arizona, this is compounded by the heat and sunlight beating on […]

Driving Change In Your Office

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We spend a large amount of time with our tenants talking about the changing workforce, and how to drive change within the company. Below is a great infographic from Forward Tilt and Allsteel on how to do exactly that — drive change. To drive change, you should know some of the myths that are perpetuated, […]

Office Lease Checklist

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Whenever a client has a problem with their space or lease agreement, 9 times out of 10 we can trace that negativity back to one thing: a communication failure in the original lease negotiation. Leases are unfamiliar territory for many of our clients. Most of the time, they just don’t know the right questions to ask. Below […]

Evolution of Work

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If you want to attract top talent, listen to the demands of the workforce. More and more, companies are living by this golden rule, making changes to their workplace to reflect the unique wants and needs of incoming employees.  We’ve discussed this trend in previous narratives, and now we are seeing those changes take shape […]

World’s First Solar Panel Road

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I remember in high school (proud graduate class of ’79 Buena High School in Sierra Vista, AZ) my economics teacher Joe Bob Cole told us that the person or company that figured out how to make solar power economical would be rich. Fast forward 38 years (I just felt really old typing that) and guess […]

1-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Update: Q1 2017

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Q1 2017 was a very busy first quarter! Metro Phoenix office market experienced 800,000 SF of positive net absorption. Annualized, this puts the market on track to absorb 3.2 million SF for the year, and 700,000 SF over our 25-year average.   Vacancy in the first quarter essentially stayed flat at 18.9%, due to new building […]

UBS Reinvents the Work Space

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When you start a new job at a new office, what’s the first thing you do? For most of us, the answer is get settled in your workspace. You are assigned a desk, maybe put up a few pictures, stock the drawers with your favorite pens, and meet your neighbors. But this simple act of […]

Shipping Containers and Farming?

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Months ago, I wrote a narrative on old warehouses becoming indoor farms. (Click here to read.)  Now, we are seeing shipping containers being used to grow produce.  No transportation costs and no packaging costs are clear advantages of this new way of farming. Here are are few more:   -          Each 320 sq. ft. box has the growing power to […]

Law Firms Get Creative

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What are the biggest pressures facing law firms right now? I will give you three I know are on your priority list: 1) Lower costs, 2) Landing top talent, and 3) Automation.   You know how I know? Because law firms are no different than any other business. The law firms we work with are finding some innovative ways […]

A 3D-Printed Building?

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3D printing is by far one of the most exciting and innovative technologies hitting the market today. But most people have no idea how far along the technology has come. From ears to planes, car parts to prosthetic limbs, and now entire office buildings, 3D printers are already creating amazing things and disrupting entire industries in the […]

4 in the Top 20!

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The good news keeps coming. Metro Phoenix just landed 4 cities in the top 20 best US cities for finding a job in 2017.  Arizona is open for business.  If you are looking to relocate, or know someone who is, there is no better area than the Valley of the Sun.   Here are a […]

1-Minute Market Update: Q4 2016 Report

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The Metro Phoenix office market’s health continues to improve. Net absorption (job growth) of 2.93 million SF mirrored 2015 figures, which helped push vacancy down to 18.6% (from 19.5% at the end of 2015). Overall, lease rates are higher than they were a year ago with a current average of $24.34/SF Full Service. Rental rates still […]

Coppola-Cheney: Looking Back on a Strong 2016

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We had another great year in 2016. We added new members to our families, took some fantastic trips, and executed some incredible deals. Please see below for a recap of our year by the numbers. Now we’re looking forward to 2017, excited for new opportunities and grateful for amazing clients and friends like you. Thank […]

World’s Coolest Office Spaces 2016

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We love office space. It’s our job. And every now and then we find some really cool spaces that we just have to share. Every year, we take a look back on some of the coolest office spaces built over the past 12 months. For 2016, we saw some really cool, some classic, and a few […]

Why We Still Need Office Space

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Starbucks is not office space. Sure you can have a meeting, grab a coffee, and check your email, but it’s not a real office. There are tons of new co-working or shared office concepts. And yet, office space is not going away. Below is a short and sweet article that gives a few reasons why.  My top takeaways on why […]

Increasing Productivity – Six Factors

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It is no secret that a company’s culture has a huge impact on its success.  Today, the rapid disruption of every industry and the emergence of millennials dominating the workforce means that, more than ever, your culture is either helping or hindering your company’s ability to reach its goals.   So what can you do […]

Innovators and Office Space

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Each year I read tons of reports, market studies, and research.  One of the best in the business is Gensler’s workplace survey. This year, Gensler takes a deep dive into innovators–how they work, how design drives innovation, and what is happening for the individual worker. At the end of this email is a link to […]

Happy Holidays from Coppola-Cheney!

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Happy Holidays from Coppola-Cheney! We are grateful for all of you who have made 2016 one of the best years for a number of reasons:   – We grew our family.  Andrew and Chelsea both had their first children this year. – As a team, we visited seven different countries. – Oh, our team was also […]

Shop and Leave…No Checkout Line

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This week’s narrative features some brand new “WOW” technology. In early 2017, Amazon is opening the first store without any checkout lines. You scan your smartphone on the way in, shop, and walk out when you are done.  Watch this short video to see how it works:      What will this do to shopping?  […]

Demonetized Cost of Living

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Everyone talks about the negatives that happen in our lives. But some of the most incredible transformations are going on right in front of our eyes as well. A few months ago, I shared with you Dr. Peter Diamandis’ email about how the world is getting better (Click here to read that post). Today’s topic also comes from Diamandis, and […]

CRE Lagging in Tech Adoption – Why?

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Commercial Real Estate is notorious for NOT being market leaders in technology adoption. Why? The Urban Land Institute has an interesting article below that includes these explanations: Old Timers. The industry is full of dinosaurs. Senior Real Estate professionals are the key to developing successful products, having the industry knowledge and expertise that tech companies don’t have. As we see […]

27 More Rules of Thanksgiving Football

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Once a year, we take time out from our weekly narrative to enjoy the holidays, say thank you to our clients and readers, and share Jason Gay’s hilarious rules for Thanksgiving Touch Football.      This year, here are a couple of our favorites:    –This is Peyton Manning’s first Thanksgiving as a retired football […]

CRE Crowdfunding

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Crowdfunding Commercial Real Estate acquisitions is all the rage. However, like everything, there are opportunities and liabilities in placing your investment dollars in a crowdfunded deal.   Below are two different articles with highlights. But first, a quick summary: Liabilities: Investors lack the industry knowledge and experience needed for real estate investments Too many uncommitted investors High legal fees […]

Suburban Office Markets

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The current recovery has been anemic, not just economically but in terms of new office construction as well. Long term, the lack of new buildings is good as overbuilding is not a concern. With the emergence of millennials in the work force and live/work/play environments,  suburban office markets have been even slower to recover. As the Central Business District […]

World’s First AI Lawyer Hired

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) used to be the stuff of science fiction. But today, it’s becoming a rapidly-evolving technology with massive implications for many industries. Below is an article about the world’s first AI lawyer.  Why would this make me think about commercial real estate?  We represent a large number of law firms. (Check out our Law Firm Experience.)  This […]

Metro Phoenix is Getting Better…Slowly

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Steady net absorption (more space being leased due to job growth) continues to chip away at Metro Phoenix’s office vacancy as we head into Q4 2016. This quarter, Phoenix benefitted from medium-sized companies expanding. We hope these companies continue to grow. The metro Phoenix office market is on pace to perform roughly the same as 2015, i.e. […]

Where VC Money is Flowing For CRE Startups

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Despite a drop in funding, tech startups are still disrupting the market at a fast rate. Below is a great article highlighting the biggest disruptive startups in commercial real estate. Read on to see what segments of the market VC money is flowing to.    Not totally surprising, the tech market is down from 2015. Though […]

American Malls Are Changing

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With recent massive growth in online shopping, retailers are making drastic changes to their in-store strategy. Currently, one-third of all malls cannot afford to pay for just the maintenance of their properties. This is causing a huge shift in how tenants change their value proposition.   – Brands are putting more of an emphasis on in-store experiences. – […]

Driverless Trucks

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A few weeks ago, I shared my thoughts about driverless cars hitting the roads and the issues office space will be facing (click here to read). Now, that technology is working with the trucking industry, and as the below article shows, it’s going to have a huge impact on many parts of our lives. Recently a platoon of driverless trucks drove across […]

Who Will Be the Uber of CRE?

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Anytime you look to the future, the word disruption always enters the conversation. I spend way more time now looking at companies that are trying to disrupt the brokerage business than I ever did in my entire career. As a 25-year CCIM, I found the below article worth sending out as one of my narratives. Many […]

The World IS Getting Better!

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The world is continuously becoming a better place to live.  You may not know that from the news, but below I will show you why (with the help of Dr. Peter Diamandis). Peter is a true visionary. Because I am part of his A360 group, I have a cool offer for you today. His biography, How […]

Virtual Reality Property Tours?

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The next five years will bring tremendous change in our lives. Part of this narrative is to look out for changes in the Commercial Real Estate industry. Virtual Reality (VR) tours are coming, and fast. Imagine being able to walk through a proposed building, pick from a variety of office furniture and layouts, choose from a detailed […]

Looking at Risk and Risk Bias

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Today is a quick reminder to all readers (including me) about risk. As humans, we tend to minimize risk. Below is a chart from a 2012 Harvard Business Review article on risk bias.  (Click here to read the full article) Here are 5 ways to mitigate some of the risks you take when leasing or acquiring […]

Finally AZ is Growing Again!

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Arizona is growing again. Of all the states boasting job growth, we are at the top. We have been doing it with regional headquarters relocations, internal growth, and a robust tech market. I give a lot of credit for this growth to our pro-business Governor Doug Ducey. This narrative is decidedly not political, but our growth […]

Autonomous Cars

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I have talked about autonomous cars previously. All of the coming disruption is just the next evolution in transportation. If you think driverless cars won’t happen in your lifetime, you’re wrong. Here is a link to a New York Times article about Ford putting these automobiles on the road in less than 5 years (click here to read). Starting in […]

Learn From Arizona’s Top Entrepreneurs

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Some of the best entrepreneurs in the United States live right here in Arizona. Instead of sharing an article this week, I thought you would enjoy a video getting inside the minds of some successful businesspeople, like my business partner Craig Coppola.    “INSPIRE: Stories of the American Dream in Arizona” was created by The Arizona […]

Political Real Estate Issues

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Below is a great summary of political issues facing the real estate industry.  I have highlighted some key issues specifically for commercial real estate.  These include:   Ongoing tax reform may make “Like Kind Exchanges” more difficult to close and lose tax benefits drying up volume. New standardized accounting principles for leases could decrease cash […]

Using Drones in Business

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We know technology is disrupting business at an incredible rate. One big area is using drones. There has been a lot of controversy and excitement about introducing drones to business, the military, and more. This technology has the potential to disrupt many industries. Below is an article detailing some companies that have already begun testing drones, including […]

Positive and Steady: Q2 Office Market Insight

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Positive and steady. Those are the two words I would use to describe the office leasing market in Metro Phoenix as of mid-year 2016.  The numbers in the below report also reflect this sentiment that I see every day on the streets of the market.  Across the entire portfolio of buildings my team leases, we […]

The Collaboration Curse

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We have talked a lot about open offices and collaborative work spaces in this narrative. Today’s article discusses the latest buzzword, Collaboration.  While collaboration is important, the real question is:  At what cost? The below article succinctly lays out the disadvantages of collaboration in the office. My takeaways: -Less deep work -Longer time to complete a task […]

5 Year Email Anniversary

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Thank you for reading my weekly narrative.  Some of you have been with us the entire five years. I have been blessed to get tons of great feedback, be recognized for an award, and actually get some business out of this weekly email. See below for a graph charting our progress over the past 5 years.   Here […]

17,000 Manhattan Buildings Could Not Be Built Today

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Big cities like New York, San Francisco, and LA have always fascinated me from a real estate perspective. To buy land, design and build buildings is a complex process. Zoning and city planning alone create innumerable obstacles for developers due to the limited amount of space. New York City’s zoning code turns 100 this year, and below […]

World’s Smartest Building

Sustainability is a huge priority for many in commercial real estate these days. The movement towards green, sustainable buildings has opened the doors for new innovations. The below article highlights a building in Amsterdam that received the highest score for sustainability in the world from BREEAM, the world’s leading assessment for sustainable buildings. Even more exciting for […]

How Leaders Prepare for New Workplace Environment

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With all the new open office environments, our clients are having to work with their associates to manage the inevitable issues that arise. We have discussed these issues in previous narratives like noise, lack of privacy, no storage space, etc. Today we wanted to share a few ways to work with your team as you make the transition. These […]

Stalking Millennials and CRE

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It seems like I am stalking all Millennials these days. Readers know why. They are changing the way we do business. Below is an article on how they are changing Commercial Real Estate. Here are a few takeaways for me: Smartphones are here and they are being used for EVERYTHING. All our websites, media, packages, flyers etc. need […]

Robotic Parking

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1,000 cars valet parked in a garage. No humans. Unreal. See the story below and if you are really interested, check out the two minute video of the largest parking garage in Europe that is completely run by robots. I have sent some previous narratives on robotics and how it is eliminating jobs. This is one area it will change – […]

How Much You Need to Make to Buy a Home

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While we specialize in leasing commercial office space, we watch the housing market very closely. Housing is a precursor to office space growth. Regular readers know this housing market recovery has been slow and multifamily has been on fire for the past 5-6 years. While there are lots of reasons for this, affordability may be one of them.   The below […]

49% Of All Renters Are Cost Burdened

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I follow housing trends. I used to follow homebuilding, but now I follow housing. It’s a little like saying I used to follow Global Warming but now I follow Climate Change. Here’s why—Millennials. Today there are 9 million more renters than just a decade ago. That is a ton, but what really caught my eye was that […]

Boosting Productivity in the Office

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Workspace design continues to be a hot topic. Last week, I talked about the huge issues that come with open design that we are now discussing with all of our clients. Below my comments is an infographic on a survey that Cort Furniture compiled on workplace trends. I follow it up with a bonus article on how designers are […]

The Open Office Trap

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Yes, open office is all the rage. But there is fallout (as I get older, I can now see there is good and bad in literally everything). Below is a contrarian view on the whole open office collaborative space perspective. Around 70% of all offices are now building open office environments. And with all this openness comes […]

Understanding The Office Market: Q1 2016 Phoenix Office Report

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Office leasing is off to a good start in 2016.  Here in Metro Phoenix, the market saw 641,000 square feet (SF) of net absorption (office jobs added) recorded in the first quarter.  This means Metro Phoenix is on track to absorb approximately 2.5 million SF for the year. That would mean another year of consistent, average […]

Game Changing Trend is Happening Right Now

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Each January, I attend Abundance 360 produced by Peter Diamandis. One takeaway this year was how fast driverless cars are becoming a reality. This will happen in our lifetime. Google autonomous cars have over 1,000,000 miles in Palo Alto (click here). Tesla has a new package that will drive your car on the highway (click here) and there are at least […]

Employee Engagement Sucks. Why?

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I spend a ton of time working with my team on growing their individual skills, increasing our deliverables and really making sure we are engaged. As we work with big and small companies and I talk to our clients, engagement has become one of the most desired (and least attainable) traits in companies today. A few […]

Passive House Residential Ups the Ante

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This narrative is focused on all things commercial real estate. We also like to look outside our world to see what will be coming soon to a commercial project near you. Below is a short article about a building currently under construction on Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island Campus. In short, it is the first high-rise residential building […]

Square Feet Per Employee Continues to Drop

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The amount of office space allocated for each employee continues to fall. Below is a graph and a short description why from Of Interest Today. While we all know it is happening, how does it affect landlords, tenants and investors? Depending on your perspective, you get massive differences:   Owners: Issues with parking shortage, not enough A/C to cool all […]

Cities as Digital Laboratories

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The Wall Street Journal did a detailed study on the urbanization of our world, and the challenges and strengths that come from this growth. Below are several interactive maps worth clicking on. Skip the first video unless you are into the topic, but be sure to pay attention as: –The world urbanizes –Key cities grow –Manhattan becomes Gotham […]

Massive Construction Labor Shortages

Construction

I have been watching this trend unfold in the residential construction industry for the past year. Now it is spreading to all sectors. Contractors and subcontractors are having a heck of a time hiring to fill needs. In fact, 50% or more of all contractors and subcontractors are having issues. What does this mean for the market?   My […]

Millennial Design Influence in the Workplace

Millennial Design

Last week, I sent an infographic on the huge wave of Millennials and what that means to the workforce and real estate industry. Today, I want to take that discussion a step further and talk about how Millennials design and influence the workplace. Lisa Bentley with McCarthy Nordburg, provided me with two insightful articles below that you can […]

The Real Estate Industry & Millennials

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Below is a great infographic from UpNest on Millennials and buying residential real estate. Here are some stats that stand out: –25% of all Americans are Millennials (between 18 and 34 years old)–44.2% are minority or belong to an ethnic group–Within 10 years, 75% of the US workforce will be Millennials–75% want to buy (when they buy) a […]

47% of Jobs Created by Companies with Under 50 Employees and 9 Other Trends

ULI Forecast

Want to know a disconnect between Commercial office developers and job creation? Developers are building bigger floorplates while job creation is coming from small companies.    When I got into the business, office floorplates in Metro Phoenix averaged 10-15,000/sf. Today, new construction is looking at floorplates with a minimum of 25,000/sf all the way to 40,000/sf for multi-tenant office […]

State By State Business Tax Climate

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Below are a couple of handy charts. First, a graphic that shows the top 10 and bottom 10 states for taxes. I have also pulled a chart that shows state-by-state comparisons well. Not too many surprises, but here are a few highlights:   –California and New York have the highest taxes. –Arizona is in the middle, ranked 24th. –Texas has been […]

Coppola-Cheney: A Review of a Strong 2015

C2-Stats

2015 was another great year for our team. Please see below for a recap of our year by the numbers. As we head into our 25th year at Lee & Associates Arizona, we are excited about new opportunities and blessed to have great clients. Thank you for being a part of our future. Craig 602.954.3762 ccoppola@leearizona.com P.S.- In […]

Work in 2025

2025

In 10 short years, what will work look like? Gensler interviewed four futurists on this topic and below is the outcome. I have highlighted my biggest insights including these: –45% of Millennials are nonwhite. How will that affect the commercial real estate industry? Certainly the retail sector will be turned around as will all marketing campaigns. –How do real […]

How Do Star Wars and the Phoenix Office Market Relate? Q4 2015 Phoenix Market Report

2015 Q4

Seeing Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens recently I cannot help but draw a parallel to the world of Metro Phoenix office leasing. Why? Because, like “the force,” net absorption awakened in 2015 posting 3.4 million square feet. This is the highest absorption since 2005 and has pushed our vacancy rate below 20% for the first time in eight years. (By […]

Maquiladora- What does that mean?

Several weeks ago, I talked about the PC 16 (please click here for the narrative) and how Mexico was one of the 16. I grew up in Sierra Vista, Arizona less than 20 miles from the Mexican border. I follow Mexican manufacturing, its economy and the maquiladora program very closely. The 50 year old maquiladora program allows a factory in Mexico, run by […]

300 and Counting

Kosta Tour

Time flies. The market changes. Cycles occur. AND as of today, this is our 300th narrative. We have grown from 700 to over 28,000 weekly readers with an open rate that is double the industry standard. Thank you for your support and readership. For 2016, we are going to add some humor throughout the year…Please watch this thirty second preview before […]

Arizona to Lead in Job Growth

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Some good news for Arizona job growth (my key indicator for office space net absorption). In November, Forbes projected Arizona to lead the United States in job growth for the next couple years. Traditionally, Arizona has been a boom/bust cyclical state. Readers of this narrative know that this cycle, for the first time, we have not been in the top […]