What I Learned From Attending MIT’s World Real Estate Forum 2020

What I Learned From Attending MIT’s World Real Estate Forum 2020

This year’s Forum was held virtually with presenters and participants from Asia, Europe, and the United States. There were a wide range of future-focused topics that came at the right time.  The Forum opened many new doors for exploration and research. My favorite sessions addressed ESG, Wellness, New Cities, Pricing Metrics, and Virtual Worlds.
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SnapSpace in Beta

SnapSpace in Beta

We started a new site where Users can snap pictures of available space from their phone or PC and upload directly to the site.  It’s meant to work on a market-to-market basis because it also requires extensive “‘on-the-ground” support so Users know about the service. We are testing it in Gardena first. Space providers can offer directly to Space Occupiers. Continue reading “SnapSpace in Beta”

Commercial Mortgages Are On The Way Up

Commercial Mortgages Are On The Way Up

Many have already seen charts like this one showing a big drop at the end of 2007. It explains the past four years of weak sales. The small uptick demonstrates the recent increase of deals. Since this is 2011 Q3 data, (but released earlier this month), I expect to see more improvements. The same indicators are alive in the market.  A long way from peak conditions but in the right direction.

Global Manufacturing And Los Angeles

Global Manufacturing And Los Angeles

More and more, there is an element of global manufacturing that I call “shelled out” production. There are no signs on the building. There is no one in the office. The workers either pretend or truly can not speak English. The manufacturing is composed of sub-assembly and contract piece work. There is no one in charge and the workers don’t know where their goods will go. As soon as the customer changes its allegiance to a slightly lower cost provider, the entire operation can fold. Our manufacturing system is largely devolving to the manufactured part and who can make it the best and ship it the fastest. There is virtually no other measure.
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