Office Space to Compete with Remote Working

I found the below article a nice start to a conversation all of our clients will have over the next year or two. Who will go remote and why should we still have office space?  First, as you will recall from last week’s narrative, as few as 34% of jobs can even be considered remote. … Continue reading Office Space to Compete with Remote Working

Office Still in Disarray

Conflicting views on the future of the office continue to volley back and forth in the media. Below is the NAIOP research division’s latest forecast for office space demand, which they feel will stabilize by the middle of 2022. NAIOP is the largest commercial real estate trade organization in the United States, carrying a relevant … Continue reading Office Still in Disarray

SPT for Scary Times

Over the last year, we have all had to adjust our thinking. Personally, I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about how I could better insulate me, my family, my team at Coppola Cheney and my companies from the scary times created by the pandemic. I settled on the below thoughts and created the … Continue reading SPT for Scary Times

CRE International Investors Coming to the US and AZ

Readers of this narrative know that my team and I represent tenants and landlords primarily in the Metro Phoenix area. Every year we see more and more investors coming to us from outside Arizona, and even outside the U.S. Interest in commercial real estate investing is on the rise in the international community, which is … Continue reading CRE International Investors Coming to the US and AZ

NAIOP Arizona Award of Excellence 2020 Goes to…

We are very excited to share with you that Craig has been awarded the 2020 NAIOP Award of Excellence. Only one person in our industry per year receives this distinction. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the Arizona commercial real estate market over his or … Continue reading NAIOP Arizona Award of Excellence 2020 Goes to…

Hybrid Works Get Messy

“Messy” is right.  Below is an article outlining the conversations we are having 5 times a day right now with our clients. How do we come back to work and what are the rules, office space layouts, and long-term consequences of allowing everyone to partially work from home? Here is what we are telling our clients: … Continue reading Hybrid Works Get Messy

Arizona Job Recovery

The United States and Arizona both continue to recover from the pandemic. Below are two graphs from Elliott D. Pollack & Company showing the percent of jobs recovered and jobs left to recover from the pre-pandemic days here in Arizona. –The good news is that jobs are coming back. –However, we still have a ways … Continue reading Arizona Job Recovery

Jobs That Can Be Done Remotely?

Over the past year, I have been asked the same question over and over: What will happen to office space users? Will they all just work from home from now on? Will offices ever come back?   2020 showed us that many office jobs can be performed at home, and though I’ve written before about some of the drawbacks of being … Continue reading Jobs That Can Be Done Remotely?


The housing market is on FIRE. We are seeing house prices skyrocket across the country, especially here in Metro Phoenix. How hot is it? The median price of a home in the US just hit $329,100. While I’m not in the residential sphere, I’ve been keeping an eye on housing prices and am amazed at … Continue reading $329,100

Commercial Sales Volume in a Pandemic

There’s no doubt that the pandemic has had far-reaching consequences for industries worldwide. In my business, the pandemic created several great markets (residential development and industrial); a sandstorm in our area of office space leasing (no one knows where we are going yet) and has devastated other segments (retail and hospitality). One other segment that was … Continue reading Commercial Sales Volume in a Pandemic

Why Use A Broker?

For over 30 years, I have been telling tenants they should use me and my team to represent them.  The first question I need to answer is, “why do I need a broker?”  Below is a graphic we created for people who want to know why they need to engage a broker for their next … Continue reading Why Use A Broker?

Who is Going Back to the Office?

I am still closely watching the work-from-home (WFH) trend that began a long time ago but really accelerated last year when the Covid pandemic first hit. Many businesses are now returning to the office, with optional WFH schedules or reimagined spaces. Every business is handling the return to their office differently, and some have found … Continue reading Who is Going Back to the Office?

1-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Market Update: Q1 2021

The pandemic certainly took its toll on the Metro Phoenix Office Market in Q1.  The numbers tell us it was the worst quarter since the Great Recession (2008): Net absorption (new office space taken by job growth) went negative for the third quarter in a row, at -550,000 SF; sublease space increased at the highest … Continue reading 1-Minute Phoenix Metro Office Market Update: Q1 2021

The Evolution of Office Space Utilization in the U.S.

Below is an older article (9/2016),  that discusses the evolution of office space.  Why am I sending this now, right after the economy shut down and the COVID-19 pandemic?  Because the points made below can and will show you a couple of key topics that are still relevant when discussing  commercial office design and investment: … Continue reading The Evolution of Office Space Utilization in the U.S.

Preliminary Relocation Process

One of the first questions we get asked when we are working with a tenant is how long the process will take…..The answer is usually longer than you think.  We created the below infographic to show a sample of our step-by-step process, the time it takes to accomplish and decision makers involved.  There is a … Continue reading Preliminary Relocation Process