Will Real Estate Crowdfunding Help or Hurt the Commercial Real Estate Market?

Crowdfunding is becoming a significant source of revenue for many businesses, with the funds generated nearly doubling annually for the past several years. Among the different types of crowdsourcing sites, those related to real estate investment are currently the fastest growing. According to a report from Massolution Research, crowdsourced real estate revenue in 2014 exceeded…

Even Startups Need a Home: A Look at Makers Quarter in San Diego

Makers. Start-ups. Tech Firms. Hackerspaces. These are the companies that tantalize and try our souls; that make us realize the unimagined and change the landscape of businesses, as we know them. Commercial real estate is feeling a shift from traditional commercial spaces to more open-concept workplaces and customized solutions that accommodate the more collaborative nature…

Work Alone, Together: What You Should Know About Co-Working Trends

The workplace continues to evolve as technology expands our choices and capabilities. The start-up community, with its thirst for collaboration and flexibility is heavily influencing this, and it has an impact on commercial real estate.  There’s a trend toward more open, shared workspaces where employees can interact and collaborate more easily, and a natural outgrowth…

Taking to the Sky: Drones and CRE

Your CRE arsenal may soon include an airborne division.  The use of drones –or unmanned aircraft systems -for video and photography is a great fit for the enterprise, and recent changes to FAA policies bring it closer to reality. Unless you’ve followed the development of this technology closely, you may not be aware of the…

Wearable Tech and Real Estate: the Perfect Marriage?

There’s a movement afoot in the commercial real estate industry toward the expectation of real-time data and analytics from any player who wants to stay at the top of the game. Many see wearable technologies as the next phase, and as a development that is ideally suited to the real estate industry. It’s already hard…

How Technology is Changing This Antiquated Industry

We recently saw a post that called commercial real estate “archaic”, “lumbering”, and “anachronistic.” Ouch. Maybe it’s true that as an industry we are slow to adopt new tools when our existing methods are still working. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But there is an increasingly stark contrast between the way CRE does…

Top CRE Tech Trends for 2015

CRE has a reputation for sticking to existing methods. It’s been referred to as an analog business in a digital world, but the old ways of doing business will soon be left in the dust. It can be hard to know what tools warrant the time and expense of implementation, but many are more than…