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Amazon Isn’t Just Online: 3 Ways It’s Impacting Physical CRE

It’s no secret that Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer. And, as such, the online behemoth has significantly and forever impacted the ways that we, as consumers, buy and sell goods throughout the United States. Their massive success has driven many retailers into a panicked frenzy, trying to come up with some way to keep up with or even compete with Amazon. However, most retailers have resorted to adopting a similar (if not smaller scale) eCommerce model. In fact, the online retailer is so ubiquitous that this shift in…

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3 Ways Uber’s Potential IPO Could Impact CRE

In February, reports from CNBC surfaced that Uber was making moves to prepare for an IPO next year. Lyft, Uber’s main competitor in the U.S. is also laying the groundwork necessary for going public attracting $1 billion from Google’s parent company. At first blush, this news may not seem relevant to CRE, but its impact could be felt in three important ways. #1: Force Public Rideshare into Wider Use Already, consumers living in closer quarters than in previous decades are demanding more walkable spaces. Instead of owning cars, they are taking advantage of…

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Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and Commercial Real Estate

Luke Feldman and Christian Harden, two advisors with NAI Hallmark in Jacksonville, Florida put together this article about Blockchain and commercial real estate.  This is a complicated topic, but we think they did a great job laying it out and we wanted to share it with you. For most people, 2017 was the year they heard about bitcoin and learned enough about the cryptocurrency to forget within 24 hours. We’ve all had that friend claiming to be a brilliant investor because they bought $50 worth of litecoin and ethereum before prices…

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Monday’s with Martens 1.29.18

Previously, we shared some of the big picture drivers for CRE in 2018. In this, and future articles, we’ll look at trends specifically related to the primary market sectors. This week we’ll look at retail and the shopping experience. It has undergone massive changes over the past two decades, especially as e-commerce has won over consumers and smartphones have become the must-have accessory. These days, retailers work around the clock to navigate a digital world that continues to evolve at a dizzying pace, while tech-savvy consumers have increased their demands…

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3 big changes expected in the retail 2018 landscape

Experts predict that next year, online retail sales will almost reach $3 trillion. Predictions for brick-and-mortar retail have been dwindling over the last decade but expect big changes to reverse that trend as well. What will the retail 2018 landscape look like? Here’s what you can expect. Expect More Direct Targeted Outreach to Customers The IoT and mobile technology will likely only get broader as we move through 2018. These technologies are going to make lead generation much easier for retailers; automating more big data analysis to improve warehousing and distribution…

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4 Ways that Driverless Cars Could Impact the CRE Industry

Companies ranging from the big automakers in Detroit to tech firms in Silicon Valley are pouring research dollars into driverless cars, and this development is projected to completely change the future of commercial real estate. This transition creates opportunities for new investment as well as challenges for existing properties. Demand for parking The biggest effect of driverless cars will be a reduction in demand for parking. As cars become fully autonomous, passengers can be dropped off at their final destination and continue to pick up other passengers or park themselves…

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Will Smart Sensor Tech Become a Leading Amenity in CRE?

Smart technology and the Internet of Things continue to make waves in the commercial real estate industry. For the multifamily specifically, smart sensor tech will change the way residents live and will enhance their way of life by offering new benefits. For other sectors such as retail, the sensor technology can help determine traffic flow. These are just a few of the reasons smart sensor tech is set to become a leading amenity in CRE. Smart Sensor Tech Tracks Vital Info With smart tech sensor technology, property managers of multifamily…

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Technology is Keeping Bodies in Brick and Mortar: Here’s How

Cutting-edge technology is essential for big-brands who want their retail empires to continue to succeed and outpace competitors in today’s (and probably tomorrow’s) retail landscape. E-commerce has created a shift in consumer wants and behaviors towards retail, however, the right technology can feed into those wants and positive behaviors. Here are three important ways technology is changing brick-and-mortar for the future. Tech experiences are bringing something to the table that shopping online can’t. Experiences are one thing that physical stores have, that online ones don’t. Technology that helps you choose…

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3 Ways Virtual Reality is Changing Commercial Real Estate

Virtual reality (VR) is expected to make a $15.6 Billion impact on the economy in 2020, so it’s safe to say that this is less of a trend and more of a future way of life. Just as most technology and visual media disruptions have historically impacted commercial real estate – VR is no exception. Here are three ways virtual reality is impacting CRE the most! Virtual reality lets you see a space before it’s even made. Whether you’re turning a demolished pile of rubble into a luxury apartment building, a…

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The Mess We’re In: Cyber Weapons Are Available on The Internet

Nick Kohler, IT Manager at NAI Elliott put together this blog post about cyber attacks and what you can do to keep your data safe.  We thought it was really informative and wanted to share it with you. How quickly the world changes. Twenty-two years ago, the internet began to start hitting its stride and became widely available at college campuses. Seventeen years ago, we had a dot-com bubble burst at the same time that DSL came into our homes for the first time. Thirteen years ago, Facebook was born….

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