Discerning Solid Demand Drivers from Fads in Commercial Real Estate As economic data suggest the US macro economy is just slowly growing, 1.2% annualized GDP growth for the second quarter of 2016 as a prime example, it is worthy to question the source of sustained demand growth for commercial real estate. Overall, commercial real estate prices are…

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Investing in Commercial Real Estate for Stability Present economic conditions are teetering on the edge of flat to very slow growth causing rising fears of a sustained slowdown. The catalysts of these issues are reductions in employment and investment in energy production and a general tapering of demand from overseas. The result to the United States as of…

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Analysis for SVN CRE Colleagues and Clients Last week the world woke up to the implausible, the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. Immediately global and domestic equity markets have been volatile with rapid downside moves while perceived “safe” assets such as gold and US Treasury bonds soared in price. REIT stocks, perhaps…

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Summertime… and the Earning is Easy When I picked up my kids from preschool, I noticed that just about every pair of snow boots was gone. (That’s right, in Minnesota, we keep snow boots handy well into May!). Summer is upon us. And, soon, you’ll hear people making the usual excuses for taking it easy:…

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The Commercial Real Estate Cooperation Report Changes Everything If you read National Real Estate Investor, or follow the SVN Twitter feed (@SVNIC ), you may have noticed a recent piece that I wrote entitled, “When Brokers Cooperate, Sellers Net More.” The NREI article made a bold claim: Deals sold through broker cooperation achieve a 9.6 percent higher…

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Conversations Drive Commercial Real Estate Sales Last night, I had to turn on my electric snow melting mats. Again. In March. So you’ll understand why I’m spending a lot of time this morning thinking about our Annual Conference in San Diego. And what I’m thinking about is the challenge that our CEO, Kevin Maggiacomo, issued to…

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SVN Franchise Opportunities in Various U.S. Locations Sperry Van Ness International Corporation (SVNIC) is pleased to announce opportunities for SVN® Franchises in: Des Moines, IA, Northern New Jersey, the State of Connecticut, and Westchester County, NY. SVNIC is the 6th most recognized commercial real estate brokerage brand according to the Annual Lipsey Brand Recognition Survey. Unlike most…

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As we progress through the start of a new year, I am pleased to share my thoughts on the robust 12 months past and to offer my outlook for the commercial real estate market in 2016. Before I do, I would be remiss if I did not thank the SVN Advisors, staff, and fellow brokers for their…

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Independent vs. National Commercial Real Estate Firms “To be, or not to be, that is the question…” goes the famous opening line of an act from the Shakespeare play, Hamlet. That very same question is what a lot of CRE Principals ask themselves every day. “To Be Independent or not to Be Independent… and Be with a…

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Project REAP (Real Estate Associates Program) provides underrepresented minorities with access to the commercial real estate industry through classes and connections to sponsor firms and supporters. Each year, several of our SVN® Advisors and Experts participate as instructors and even recruit Project REAP talent. When Project REAP President and Executive Director, Gregg McCort asked if I…

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