Beginner’s Guide to Buying Commercial Property

A common theme amongst some of the wealthiest people in the world is their involvement in commercial real estate. This is because investments in commercial real estate generate some of the highest return rates. To attain these kinds of rates, it is important you first know the due diligence process for the industry. We have …

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The Office Comeback

  As state mask mandates gradually begin to lift and vaccinations become more widely available, many return-to-office plans are set in motion despite virus uncertainty. One of the most important variables in determining a return to the office is vaccination status. Returning to the office with unvaccinated employees renders business’ work-from-home efforts pointless, yet requiring …

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The Resilience of Rural Retail

The pandemic has had a traumatic effect on retail, causing a significant increase in bankruptcies, store closures, and property forfeitures. Miles away in the countryside, however, a different narrative is playing out. Retail in rural communities is comparatively thriving. Throughout the past decade, national chains have closed many of their stores located in smaller, agricultural …

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What is Industry 4.0?

We are in the midst of a significant technological transformation. This transformation is so compelling it is being called Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution. From the first industrial revolution involving mechanization through water and steam power, to mass production through electricity in the second, the fourth industrial revolution takes what began in the …

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Why Wood Could Become the New Steel

A not-so-new building material is making a comeback. The material is known as mass timber, or in simpler terms, wood. Wood was once the literal building block of ancient civilizations. It quickly became overshadowed upon the innovation of steel and concrete because of its likelihood of catching fire. However, an innovative way of using wood …

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Predicting the Future of Fitness

The fitness industry faced an enormous disruption resulting from pandemic-related shutdowns beginning in March. Gyms and studios were forced to shift to an online format overnight, a near impossible task for facilities reliant on specialized equipment and personal training. However, as quarantine continued from weeks to months, sales data revealed consumers were becoming more comfortable …

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The Rise of “Urb-Suburbs”

We tend to think of urban and suburban areas as completely different from one another. One is filled with skyscrapers and crowds, and the other is filled with picket fences and barbeques. However, 2020 has seen the boundaries between these two areas blur. This grey area has created new neighborhoods called “urban suburbs”, or “urb-suburbs” …

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Shifting Demographics to Shape CRE

Millennials recently outnumbered Gen X and Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation. This kind of demographic shift has major implications for commercial real estate. Trends show that younger-age demographics want to settle down in suburban communities in order to escape city life. However, they are not the typical single-family home and mini-van suburbia that immediately …

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Retail Resurrection: The Adaptive Reuse of Malls

Throughout the past decade or so, e-commerce and changes in consumer-spending habits have created a retail apocalypse wherein a significant number of brick-and-mortar stores have closed their doors. The rate of said shut downs has only accelerated due to the coronavirus pandemic. With the closing of thousands of retail stores, including Sears, Macy’s, and J.C. …

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