The Growth of Branded Residences

Residential buildings affiliated with popular brands have been around for quite some time. In today’s globalized market, however, they are seeing exponential growth, as wealthy individuals are looking for second homes.  Today there are over 400 branded residences across the globe, accounting for over 55,000 units. The US is the largest market for branded residences,… Continue Reading The Growth of Branded Residences

California High Speed Rail – Sidetracked, but not the End of the Line

Last month, California Governor Gavin Newsom scaled back the California High Speed Rail (HSR) planned from Los Angeles to San Francisco due to budget and time overruns.  The trimmed-down line will now run from Bakersfield to Merced – which was previously the Initial Operating Section (IOS) of the Bay-to-Basin alignment.  With due respect to the… Continue Reading California High Speed Rail – Sidetracked, but not the End of the Line

Is a Multi-branded Hotel the Right Option for You? Things to Consider Before Investing in a Multi-Branded Hotel Asset

Have you ever heard the phrase “kill two birds with one stone?”  If so, you are not alone.  The growing number of dual- and triple-branded hotels opening up across the U.S. suggests that many hospitality owners, developers and brands are expertly applying this logic to the lodging industry.  Dual- and triple-branded hotels, jointly referred to… Continue Reading Is a Multi-branded Hotel the Right Option for You? Things to Consider Before Investing in a Multi-Branded Hotel Asset

Last Mile Industrial: Train has Left the Station

Industrial real estate is vanishing in cities across America just as retailers are ramping up their demands for last mile fulfillment. Major players in online retail have gained a larger market share of consumer durable goods, and formerly brick-and-mortar retailers have expanded into this channel.  Online sales are projected to grow by over $600 billion… Continue Reading Last Mile Industrial: Train has Left the Station

Pop-Ups Offer Landlords a Perfect Fit

Developers and landlords are faced with a perennial issue: how can they more fully utilize their properties, particularly during lease-up? The period from building completion to stabilization, and any other period of considerable vacancy in a multi-tenant property, can be a challenging time for landlords. At the same time, consumer behavior is causing creative destruction… Continue Reading Pop-Ups Offer Landlords a Perfect Fit

Re-shaping the Built Environment for the Changing Landscapes of Shared Mobility

Among the many aspects of the sharing economy, perhaps none have the ability to influence the built environment as much as shared space and shared mobility. While shared accommodation and work spaces have allowed for an evolution of typologies that embrace large collaborative areas with smaller shared private areas, we have yet to see the… Continue Reading Re-shaping the Built Environment for the Changing Landscapes of Shared Mobility

The Ugly Duckling Turns a Profit: Investing in Manufactured Home Communities

Manufactured home communities, formerly referred to as trailer parks, are often the overlooked “ugly duckling” of the residential real estate market.  Sometimes viewed as lowbrow or unappealing, manufactured housing is often ignored by real estate investors.   Illustrative of this fact, the 5 Reasons Not to Invest In Mobile Homes post on The BiggerPockets Blog site… Continue Reading The Ugly Duckling Turns a Profit: Investing in Manufactured Home Communities

Even Hospitality is Going Modular

Modular buildings are not a new phenomenon – interest in prefabrication dates as far back as 1935 when Sears Roebuck and Co. announced that it would build and ship fully assembled homes, a touch more sophisticated than its “Modern Homes” catalog version (Emmet, 1965). Prefabricated building manufacturing is stimulated by real estate cycles when labor… Continue Reading Even Hospitality is Going Modular