• 2015 Planning: Key Concepts for Apartment Investment in 2015

    2015 Planning:  Key Concepts for Apartment Investment in 2015 As we near the end of 2014, we are all avidly preparing for the holiday season and New Year – and undoubtedly planning for 2015.  For the majority of my readership and client-base, that includes setting investment strategy for 2015, and possibly beyond.  In this final

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  • Apartments & the Double-Edged Sword of Spec Office in Seattle

    For the last four years, the apartment development pipeline has captured headlines and dominated the commercial real estate conversation in Seattle.  More recently, the PSBJ Article stating that Amazon.com’s CRE empire could grow to 10M SF by 2019 and accommodate up to 71,500 jobs became the Holiday Party topic de jour.  (Note: My arithmetic shows

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  • Seattle Top 10 List

    Best Places to Make a Living: MoneyRates.com Ranks the Top States Best Cities for Recent College Graduates Best Places for STEM Graduates America’s Most Literate Cities Seattle Supplants Giants as a High Tech Hub Seattle market ranks 3rd in U.S. for real estate development Best Cities to Start a Business Seattle market ranks 4th in

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  • National Economic Health & What Will Happen to Interest Rates

    As of October 2014, the Federal Reserve officially ended its support of U.S. bond markets, a 5-year monetary policy endeavor commonly known as quantitative easing.  (For a great review of the impact of Q.E. take a look at this fantastic article in the New York Times).  Accordingly, investors are gearing up for possible impacts on

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  • 10 Ways to Find Apartment Rental Rates without Using Craigslist

    Emerging technologies are rapidly transforming the landscape of business.  Although a technological transformation is occurring slowly in commercial real estate, vast momentum in the last year provides a glimpse into the future.  As I wrote earlier this year in my post on commercial real estate technology (insert link), much of this innovation allows us to

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  • The Definitive SLU Development Map & Planned Apartments & Office

    Seattle’s South Lake Union is undoubtable one of the hottest micro-markets in our region – if not the hottest – for apartment and office development. Excluding the nearly 700 apartments delivered this year, nearly 8,000 units are on the books for future development, as well as 2.6M square feet of office/lab space. And let’s not forget about

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  • Seattle Apartment Dynamics- North End versus South End

                        Return on investment serves as the fundamental hallmark of analyzing the strength of a particular real estate investment.  However, in order to adjust return to the market (“risk-adjusted return”), investors most often look at overall market fundamentals and trends.  It is during this process that

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  • Part 3 of 3: The Retail Experience in Apartments

                [If you haven’t yet read Part 1 or Part 2 of this Series, please take a moment to give them a read.] I am writing the third and final installment of my series on retail strategy for the apartment investor from Los Angeles while attending RealShare: Apartments 2014 –

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