Sep 222014
Matt Hoberg: Five Steps to Data-Centric Corporate Real Estate

“How much do we spend on real estate globally?” “How many leases do we have across the world?” “Which buildings could we exit in the next 12 months?” If you are a typical corporate real estate executive, these simple questions may be difficult to answer because the data is not easily available. Today, data lets [...]

Sep 032014
Greg Matter: Opportunity for High-Tech Firms Spills into Suburban Metros, But Urban Markets Remain Hot

High-tech companies are seeking reasonably-priced labor and real estate near their customers in new frontiers, giving smaller cities and suburbs a second economic wind. JLL’s latest High-Technology Office Outlook reveals how new and unexpected tech hubs like Detroit and Charlotte are getting a piece of the action. Follow the Hipsters While the high-tech industry’s growth is [...]

Aug 222014
Greg Maloney: Why Back-to-School Shoppers Prefer Bricks and Mortar

Shopping online just keeps getting easier. As deal sites abound, shipping prices fall away, inventory endlessly expands and it begs the question: “Does anyone load the kids up in the family car and drive to the mall anymore?” Turns out they do—and especially when school’s about to start. A recent survey shows that 90 percent [...]

Jul 252014
Chris Pesek: Millennials Are Facility Management's Future; They Just Don't Know It (Yet)

  Facility management has an aging workforce (average employee age of 49, six years above the U.S. general working population average)—but it doesn’t have to be that way. A recent JLL survey shows that only one percent of Millennials are studying facility management, yet they report values, skills and aspirations consistent with a career in [...]

Jul 172014
Roger Humphrey: Top 10 U.S. Life Sciences Clusters

Global shifts in the life sciences landscape may be rewriting the global map, but U.S. cities continue to lead the world in biopharmaceutical resources and enterprises. The 2014 JLL Global Life Sciences Cluster Report analyses top U.S. life sciences clusters, ranks the cities for their prominence in the industry and also offers an analysis of [...]

Jun 242014
Scott Smith: Strong Operating Fundamentals, Favorable Financing Contribute to Positive Investment Outlook

PKF Consulting USA, LLC (PKFC)’s recently released results of its annual Hospitality Investment Survey revealed that hospitality investment indices continue to operate at optimal performance levels. According to the survey results, hotel profits are up, debt is more readily available at attractive terms, capitalization rates are stable and values are expected to increase in the [...]

May 272014

There is no denying that multifamily has performed well over the past few years. The recovery of the sector preceded other commercial real estate property types after the most recent financial crisis. The apartment recovery is widely attributed to rental demand resulting directly from downturn issues including employment losses, the desire of the younger generation [...]

May 232014
Steve Jones: Pursuit of Enhanced Customer Experience Drives Changes in Retail Strategies

Ongoing evolution in the retail industry—including near-global access to the Internet and speedy adoption rates of smartphones—is forcing retailers to create a brick-and-mortar shopping experience that rivals the convenience and immediacy of the Internet. As a result, hundreds of retailers in thousands of locations are committing capital to renovating stores for an enhanced overall customer [...]

May 152014
Matt Jackson: Access to Top Talent Outweighs Cost In Tech Outsourcing

In the pursuit of “the next big thing,” tech firms are now prioritizing access to talent in software development site selection. Unlike the early days of tech offshoring, when shifting operations abroad was undertaken primarily to cut costs, today the industry is scooping up and occupying commercial property in a range of markets, from low [...]