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A Petroleum Pipeline on MY Property? – An Appraiser Can Help

07.24.15
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Douglas Sloan
Douglas Sloan

New pipeline easements are being acquired all over Ohio. Why? The simple answer is supply and demand. There are geopolitical and economic forces that have created increased demand for new energy sources. As the global population continues to expand and as the economies of the third world, and in particular China continues to develop, global energy demand increases. According to the International Energy Agency, energy demand is projected to increase by 60% in the next …

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Baby boomers are vying with millennials for rental properties, and LA’s hungry for apartments

07.24.15
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Ray Cirz
Ray Cirz

Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: The New York Times: Developers hope to change the face of transit hub in Jamaica, Queens Jamaica, Queens is a neighborhood in transition. This transit hub — home to an AirTrain connection from JFK to Manhattan, subway stops, bus lines, and an LIRR exchange — has long been marred by poverty and blight, but developers see Jamaica as a New York neighborhood that can …

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Crowdfunding: Boom or Blip? – A Guest Post from Llenrock Group

07.22.15
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Ray Cirz
Ray Cirz

This post from Eric Hawthorn is part of our Llenrock Group guest post series and originally appeared on the Llenrock Group blog. Back in May, I published a completely subjective ranking of the “Top 10 Disruptive Forces in U.S. Commercial Real Estate.” These disruptors included such usual suspects as energy sector vagaries and the growth of the tech sector, but also included one or two items that are relatively recent to such rankings. Most notably, …

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Retailers get particular, and New York City skyscrapers reach new heights

07.17.15
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Ray Cirz
Ray Cirz

Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: Crain’s New York Business: How tall can NYC’s skyscrapers go? You won’t believe the answer When will a 1,400-foot-tall building look small? When it’s across the street from a building that stands over 2,000 feet. Advances in building technology and construction techniques might soon allow for New York City skyscrapers to vault 2,000 feet into the sky. Building developers will employ new dampening mechanisms, …

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The plan to reshape Chicago’s Chinatown, and why San Jose office buildings are going residential

07.10.15
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Ray Cirz
Ray Cirz

Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: Washington Post: Another hotel is the latest project in the plans to revitalize College Park Redevelopment in College Park, home of the University of Maryland, has moved at a terrapin’s pace, but no more. Developers are demolishing old auto showrooms on Route 1 and plan to build new hotels, commercial buildings, and retail space in hopes of revitalizing parts of this college town. The …

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Rooftop gardens are sprouting up in St. Louis, and why banks in Vegas aren’t gambling

07.2.15
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Ray Cirz
Ray Cirz

Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: The New York Times: In St. Louis, an urban farmer uses a rooftop and food to spur renewal The seeds of the rooftop garden movement are sprouting in America’s largest cities – and building owners are taking notice. Take St. Louis, a city that has seen incredible population growth, and multiple conversions of industrial buildings into apartments and condos. Now, building owners in St. …

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NASDAQ: PLAY – A Guest Post from Llenrock Group

06.30.15
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Ray Cirz
Ray Cirz

This post from Eric Hawthorn is part of our Llenrock Group guest post series and originally appeared on the Llenrock Group blog. Today we’re taking on a fun subject: entertainment and dining establishment Dave & Buster’s (NASDAQ: PLAY), which returned to the public stock market last fall in an IPO that raised $94MM (sure, it’s not the Hilton IPO’s more than $2B, but it’s certainly not a bad haul for a chain of approximately 70 arcades). The company …

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More evidence proves the death of suburban office parks, and big hotels are splitting in two

06.26.15
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Ray Cirz
Ray Cirz

Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: GlobeSt.com: Class A rent growth goes nationwide It’s a good time to be an office landlord. Office rents are up throughout the country, and tenant-effective rents jumped to the largest year-over-year gain in four years. In about two thirds of U.S. markets, effective rents increased by more than five percent, and a few markets like Denver, Houston, and Philadelphia saw effective rents move past …

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There’s a Renaissance happening in Savannah, and a rags to riches story for Kansas City alleys

06.19.15
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Ray Cirz
Ray Cirz

Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: The New York Times: In Savannah, where change is slow, an art district is catching on Savannah artists have long been trying to restore the city’s art district, but recently, the area has transitioned into the masterpiece citizens always hoped it would be. The area, called the Starland District, is filled with art galleries, retail stores, restaurants, and offices, and developers only predict continued …

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The “B” word floating around New York City hotels, and one Atlanta project is turning heads

06.15.15
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Ray Cirz
Ray Cirz

Here are the news stories you might have missed last week: Commercial Observer: A glut of NYC hotels is making some hospitality experts throw around the ‘B’ word If you’re visiting New York City, you shouldn’t have any problem booking a hotel room: More than 8 million rooms have been built in the Big Apple since 2009. But this trend is causing worry among industry experts. As more supply comes online, demand is weakening, and by …

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