What Attracts Consumers to Retail Malls?

What Attracts Consumers to Retail Malls?

George Papageorge, Executive Vice President - Leasing at Westfield Shopping Centers describes Westfield's current philosophy of creating, "Point of Difference," food at their malls. As he explains at the CREW Network Annual Convention: "if you look at all of the data...... and what consumers want," you recognize that they, "cannot eat over the internet, they cannot drink over the internet, they cannot smell what mom's got cooking over the internet." They are looking for artisan food and "regardless of where it is, they are............... Read more

Critical Issues When Leasing to a Marijuana Business

Matt and Bill

Are you considering opening your own cannabis business and looking to lease space or are you a landlord hoping to take advantage of the premium rents being demanded? Are you a leasing professional who wants to take advantage of these new opportunities or are you just interested in the topic of marijuana? Whatever the reason, this is your opportunity to discover the myriad issues facing landlords and tenants who are involved in the marijuana business. If you are more of a voyeur and just want to watch, click on the image just below and watch at your heart's content. You don't need to download or join anything. However, if you want to ask questions or comment live just click here, to take you to Blab.io. You will need a free Twitter account and need to join Blab, but won't have to download anything. However, not everyone will be able to get on the show.......we only have so much time. Read more

How to Raise Funds to Develop Real Property from Foreign Investors Using The US EB-5 Visa Program

How to Raise Funds to Develop Real Property from Foreign Investors Using The US EB-5 Visa Program

I've heard a lot lately about the EB-5 program and how developers intend to use the immigration program to raise funds for their real estate projects, but I have yet to talk to someone who has actually, successfully used the program to raise funds for billion dollar project. Loren Cohen, Manager, Legal Affairs for MC Construction, spends some time with me discussing how MC raised a significant portion of the capital for their 1.2 billion dollar Point Rustin development using the EB-5 visa program. Read more

Will Technology Disrupt Commercial Real Estate? (Video Recording of actual, online, live TV show)

Buchanan.Neuer

This is the full video recording of the live Blab conducted on October 27, 2015. It's an open discussion between Jeremy Neuer, myself and Linda Day Harrison. In which we discuss whether or not technology has or ever will disrupt real estate. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, Allen Buchanan, an inspiration for this show was unable to participate in this discussion. In my opinion, a major loss. However, Linda Day Harrison from The Broker List admirably took over and stood in for Allen. Note that this is the full length version. Read more

Is Harlem the Next for Gentrification & what is the Promise for Commercial Real Estate?

Is Harlem the Next for Gentrification & what is the Promise for Commercial Real Estate?

For the last year or so, Faith Hope Consolo, Chair of the Retail Division of Douglas Elliman Real Estate has been promoting her increased involvement in the culture and real estate of Harlem. I finally get the opportunity to discuss her move to Harlem during an interview at the CREW Network Annual Convention in Bellevue, Washington. Faith long known in real estate circles as the Queen of Retail is best known for her representation of high end, luxury retail tenants. She and I discuss how she Read more

What Role Will Real Estate Play in the Changing Healthcare Landscape?

What Role Will Real Estate Play in the Changing Healthcare Landscape?

Scott Mason and I spend some time at the CREW Network Annual Convention in Bellevue, Washington. Scott is the head of Cushman & Wakefield's Healthcare Group and is not only knowledgeable on the subject, but very personable and explains all things CRE and Healthcare well. There are so many factors now affecting healthcare in the US, not the least of which includes an aging population, Obamacare, and an industry that was in flux before Obamacare. According to Scott, changes have to be made in order for healthcare to be affordable in the future and real estate has to be included in that equation. The "triple aim" of healthcare includes........... Read more

A Contrarian or Realistic View of Crowdfunding? What do You Think?

A Contrarian or Realistic View of Crowdfunding? What do You Think?

Joel, rather than jumping on the crowdfunding bandwagon, gives, what I call a "contrarian" view of equity crowdfunding and what he refers to as a "realistic" view. Joel believes that crowdfunding is not an industry. He believes that it is a "subset, a little technique....... inside of the fundraising business, the money business. To Joel, it is............... Read more

The No. 1 Critical Factor to Succeed in Real Estate ~ Part 1

The No. 1 Critical Factor to Succeed in Real Estate ~ Part 1

Kristin Blount, Senior Vice President at the Colliers International office in Boston explains the importance of developing relationships in order to succeed in real estate. During this video, Kristin tells me how she first got involved in commercial real estate, a male dominated business and how she learned the importance of developing relationships. Relationship building is not limited to real estate and Kristin makes the point that........ Read more

Will CRE Ever Be Disrupted? Live Interactive TV Show on “Blab” (Raw Recorded Version)

Buchanan.Neuer

This started all started with a blog article written by Allen (click here) that Jeremy disagreed with, (to read Jeremy's response, click here). You would think that they are both running for president. Let's see who is really "the Donald" and who is "Hillary". Will this be a preview of the presidential election in 2016? That remains to be seen although, Allen's hair.............oh, never mind the name calling. Read more

What is the Future of Commercial Real Estate Private Investing?

What is the Future of Commercial Real Estate Private Investing?

Heather Schwarz Lopes, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at EarlyShares.com gives a very animated account of crowdfunding and what is big that is going on. Hint: Investments are being funded. She is excited that crowdfunding is now gaining traction. Deals are being funded. Since EarlyShares was first organized, four years ago, there were a lot of naysayers who didn't believe that regulations would ever get approved. Once they were approved, then people thought it was a fad. Well, with a billion dollars getting funded, just last year, it no longer looks like a fad. According to Heather, "This is future of how commercial real estate private investing will be done. Read more