Niche Property Types

Big Screen Real Estate

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Are movie theaters obsolete? Today, consumers enjoy a ridiculous amount of variety when it comes to entertainment, with video games, cheap DVD rentals, and streaming movie and TV services (Netflix, Hulu, on-demand TV) cutting into the traditional cinema’s market share.…

The Experience Economy

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About a week ago, New York Times commentator David Brooks wrote a fascinating piece on boutique hotels, titled “The Edamame Economy.” Edamame is a metaphor for many contemporary boutique hotels that offer luxury and style in order to differentiate themselves…

Higher Ed, Higher Buildings

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Can commercial real estate’s recovery continue despite the Fed’s decision to wind down QE3 and allow interest rates to rise? That’s the question many in the media have asked over the last year or so as the Federal Reserve waffled…

Another Western Custom Reaches China

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The international community can say what it wants about the United States–and it does–but it can’t argue this country isn’t influential. Think of the many aspects of American culture that have found their way into other countries, both industrialized and…

300 Square Feet Doesn’t Sound Too Bad…

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In the early 2000s or so, “smaller” became synonymous with innovation. Still, the ongoing technology arms race entails creating the smallest product possible while retaining quality and functionality. It’s a complete 180 from the 90s, in which SUVs, McMansions, and…

Florida, Arizona…Colorado?

By tradition, America’s retirees are expected to migrate south. Florida, of course, holds the time-honored stereotype of golf courses, bridge games, and those electric scooters with the baskets on the front. Arizona is another popular destination. I have always assumed…

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Imagine two office buildings of equal size, quality, and leasable space, sitting right next to each other. As far as anyone is concerned, these properties are identical. Now, imagine their landlord sells both properties–but rakes in far more money for…

They Come Bearing Gifts

As you can tell from the cheesy clip-art, today we’re talking about gift-giving. Gift-giving of the “ulterior motive” variety. For many in the business world, gifts play an essential role in attracting business, creating brand awareness, and ultimately completing transactions.…