Treasure Island – San Francisco’s Green Response to the City’s Housing Crisis (6 mins)

For most of the 20th century, Treasure Island sat quietly on the San Francisco Bay despite its prominent location. Nestled between downtown San Francisco and Oakland, the man-made, 405-acre island is now home to one of the country’s largest redevelopment projects. Essentially the entire island, along with parts of neighboring Yerba Buena Island will be completely… Continue Reading Treasure Island – San Francisco’s Green Response to the City’s Housing Crisis (6 mins)

Are Farmland Values Ripe For A New Season? (7 mins)

How trends in the U.S. Agriculture industry can affect farm related real estate. Similar to periods before deleveraging and bust periods in agricultural environments, today’s low interest rates and high farm land values are encouraging farmers to incur significant amounts of debt while national net farm income continues to decrease, and U.S. interest rates continue… Continue Reading Are Farmland Values Ripe For A New Season? (7 mins)

The dilemma of foreign capital chasing residential real estate in Vancouver and other gateway markets (8 mins)

The challenge of finding a home to buy in Vancouver can be hard to address. To address the housing crisis, the city recently implemented an annual tax on empty or under-utilized residential properties called the Empty Homes Tax. Properties deemed empty will be subject to a tax of 1% of the property’s assessed taxable value.[1]… Continue Reading The dilemma of foreign capital chasing residential real estate in Vancouver and other gateway markets (8 mins)

Chinese Looks to Assert Presence in the Middle East with Oman Industrial City (6 mins)

Inside the Gulf – Part 3 – This series of articles will explore several major projects taking place in the Persian Gulf countries. As the United States takes more of an “America First” approach towards foreign policy, China is looking to step in to the potential void left by the US as the dominant world… Continue Reading Chinese Looks to Assert Presence in the Middle East with Oman Industrial City (6 mins)

Smart Contracts: Changing the Way We Do Deals (6 min)

The contractual elements of real estate transactions can be complex and cumbersome. In order to protect their respective positions and overcome the barrier of lack of trust, parties to a transaction are forced to utilize intermediaries such as lawyers and escrow accounts. Smart contracts are blockchain-based tools that have the potential to transform the process… Continue Reading Smart Contracts: Changing the Way We Do Deals (6 min)

Detroit’s Packard Plant – Reinventing an Industrial Icon

The story of Detroit is a familiar one in American history. The manufacturing engine of America’s automotive industry, Motor City was once a symbol of the nation’s industrial might. It has now become a symbolic example of a city left behind by the shifting currents of globalization and the country’s gradual transformation from a manufacturing… Continue Reading Detroit’s Packard Plant – Reinventing an Industrial Icon

3rd Annual Titans of Real Estate Conference Preview: Howard and Michael Milstein. (3 min)

The Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate is excited to have Howard Milstein, A&S ’73, and son, Michael Milstein, A&S ’11, both of Milstein Properties, as panelists of the Cornell 3rd Annual Titans of Real Estate conference to discuss family business leadership.  Milstein Properties, a real estate investment firm based in Manhattan, has been family… Continue Reading 3rd Annual Titans of Real Estate Conference Preview: Howard and Michael Milstein. (3 min)

How Vulnerable is Commercial Real Estate to a Cyber Attack? (4 mins)

Issues around cyber security are nothing new for companies in the digital age but considering the recent headlines around the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the Equifax Credit Reporting hack, a new emphasis on how we in commercial real estate think about data protection might be warranted. Data breaches commonly involve the taking of consumer data,… Continue Reading How Vulnerable is Commercial Real Estate to a Cyber Attack? (4 mins)