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. … Continue reading Happy Holidays and Our 2017 Travels
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 … Continue reading 10 Issues Affecting Commercial Real Estate 2017
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 … Continue reading Gratitude
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 … Continue reading 1-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Update: Q3 2017
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 … Continue reading Spending Trends in America
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 … Continue reading Third Space First
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 … Continue reading Autonomous Vehicles
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. … Continue reading Traditional Retail is Dead
Remember what you paid as rent for your first apartment? That first rent payment probably felt like a real dent in your paycheck. But I guarantee you it’s not anything like today’s rents. Apartments have been on fire for a LONG time this cycle. While I think there is still room for this market niche to … Continue reading US Apartment Rents are CRAZY
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 … Continue reading Is the Pendulum Swinging Back?
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 … Continue reading 2-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Update: Q2 2017
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 … Continue reading 5 Frequently Asked CRE Questions
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 … Continue reading Finally! A Possible Solution to Thermostat Wars
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, … Continue reading Driving Change In Your Office
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 … Continue reading Office Lease Checklist
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 … Continue reading Evolution of Work
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 … Continue reading World’s First Solar Panel Road
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 … Continue reading 1-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Update: Q1 2017
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 … Continue reading UBS Reinvents the Work Space
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 … Continue reading Shipping Containers and Farming?
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 … Continue reading Law Firms Get Creative
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 … Continue reading A 3D-Printed Building?
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 … Continue reading 4 in the Top 20!
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 … Continue reading 1-Minute Market Update: Q4 2016 Report
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 … Continue reading Coppola-Cheney: Looking Back on a Strong 2016
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 … Continue reading World’s Coolest Office Spaces 2016
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 … Continue reading Why We Still Need Office Space
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 … Continue reading Increasing Productivity – Six Factors