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Michigan Markets Commercial Real Estate News Brief: May 2017

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles impacting Michigan markets to keep you in-the-know.

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Major Detroit Developments Put City Among Top 10 for Construction Jobs

Despite a widespread labor shortage among construction workers, the city of Detroit ranked number seven out of the top 10 markets with the highest growth rate. Major downtown and metro developments, like the Little Caesars Arena, sparked most of the growth.

Roughly 21,700 construction workers now work in the Detroit area, which is more than a 15% increase from last year. Large developments, like the Little Caesars Arena, have nearly 1,400 workers onsite per day.

The development momentum isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon. A new $77 million Midtown development is expected to begin construction in fall of 2018. The property will include more than 335 residential units, as well as nearly 8,000 square feet for retail space. Among the jobs that will be created from the site include 200 from the construction industry.… Read More

Michigan Markets Commercial Real Estate News Brief: April 2017

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles impacting Michigan markets to keep you in-the-know.

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High-Profile Transactions Bolster Detroit’s Q1 Office Standings

Downtown Detroit closed Q1 of 2017 with a number of high-profile tenant commitments and transactions. Among the 470,000 square feet of leases signed is Microsoft’s tech center and Hudson’s Block Plan.

While downtown activity is booming, our research shows there is still plenty of interest in suburban office markets as well. Among suburban commitments include new leases by Magna Seating and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

With so much activity within the urban core and Detroit’s submarkets, our experts expect rental rates to rise. Currently, the average asking rental rate is at $19.66 per square foot, which is competitively low compared to other high-demand regions.… Read More

JLL Research: 3 Ways Reurbanization is Revitalizing Midwest Markets

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By: Andrew Batson, Director of Research, JLL

JLL Full Circle

While cities spread throughout the Heartland are still making their comeback, the economic and investment outlook is promising according to our new research, Full Circle. The report takes a deep dive into the growth and development occurring in each of our markets, including Ann Arbor, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Louisville and Pittsburgh.

So, what did our research find?

Cities across the region are in the middle of a major renaissance as reurbanization continues to draw people, business and investments toward the downtown areas.

1. Young Professionals Gravitate Toward the Urban Core, Creating Need for More Multifamily Development

The face of the urban cores is changing, with the majority of each market’s downtown population made up of the millennial generation (20- to 36-year-olds), followed by generation Z (0- to 19-year-olds).

As these younger generations flock downtown, the need for more multifamily development is increasing. Each market has experienced positive population growth since 2000. What’s more is residential population has also posted impressive numbers in each market, most notably in Detroit with a downtown population of 37,700 followed by downtown Pittsburgh with 33,000.… Read More

Michigan Markets Commercial Real Estate News Brief: March 2017

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles impacting Michigan markets to keep you in-the-know.

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Detroit May Soon Welcome its New Tallest Building, More Green Space

Dan Gilbert recently announced a proposal for a $775 million tower to be constructed on the former Hudson’s department store site on Woodward Avenue. The tower, which would stand 734 feet tall, would be the city’s tallest building, surpassing the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center at 727 feet.

While talks are still in the works, Gilbert’s proposal laid out plans for 250 residential units, an underground parking garage, as well as office, retail and tech space in a connected nine-story base hub.

More green space will also make its way to Detroit’s east riverfront. Developers are proposing mixed-use space along the riverfront property as well as an abundance of parks, beaches and scenic walkways for city-goers.… Read More

Commercial Real Estate News Brief: February 2017

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL spotlights executives’ optimism within the industry, varying supply rates and the changing retail landscape.

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New Survey Highlights CRE Executives’ Optimism on Industry Outlook

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New research released by KPMG LLP finds just over half—52%—of commercial real estate (CRE) executives believe improving real estate fundamentals will be the largest driver of their firm’s revenue growth this year.

A number of factors contribute to the overall positive outlook for executives, including an expanding economy and consistent interest in Class A properties in the U.S. Following the 2016 presidential election, financial markets are also expected to loosen, which will likely improve capital flow.

With improving financial markets, many companies are also expecting their real estate investment to increase. Approximately 22% of companies anticipate an increase between 5 and 10%. Due to an overall positive outlook in foreign investment, new investment in real estate will come from both existing investors and new market players.… Read More

Roger Staubach and JLL Predict a Patriots Victory for Sunday’s Big Game

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After successfully predicting last year’s champion, the Denver Broncos, JLL Americas Executive Chairman and Hall of Fame Quarterback Roger Staubach is predicting a Patriots win in Sunday’s big game.

Making predictions for football’s biggest event since 2011, JLL has accurately predicted the winner 70% of the time. Traditionally, predictions are based off of factors off the field, including:

  • Tenant and investor opportunities
  • Demand for premium office space and leasing activity
  • Economic factors, such as job growth

Cities with a positive economic outlook and strong real estate markets typically mirror that consistency on the field, too. And, as it turns out, Boston has way more to offer than just Tom Brady-led victories. Boston is succeeding in a number of industries, including education, technology, life sciences and more to drive job growth in the region.

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Commercial Real Estate News Brief: January 2017

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL spotlights drones’ impact on CRE, how autonomous vehicles will reshape cities, and how several local markets are creating a more ‘walkable’ downtown.

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Drone Technology Takes Off in CRE, Creates New Opportunities and Challenges

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Much like virtual reality (VR), drone technology has created new opportunities within the commercial real estate industry to streamline the transaction process.

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles flown autonomously, and are used in a number of industries, including commercial real estate. How? With drone technology, prospective clients can view aerial property photographs or recorded video. This can help clients and investors determine the potential assets and challenges of a property. The end result is a faster transaction process, as clients have access to more property information than ever before.

One of the biggest challenges associated with drone technology, however, is current legal regulation. Commercial drone users often face difficulties determining who owns the airspace in which the drone is flying over. Similarly, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ruled that operators of commercial drones must obtain a waiver for those participating and comply with a number of other regulations.… Read More

Commercial Real Estate News Brief: December 2016

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL spotlights the 2016 election impact, virtual reality in CRE and predictions for 2017 workplace strategy.

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Steady CRE Outlook Forecasted in Wake of 2016 Election

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Similar to the aftermath of previous elections, many business owners are entering a period of uncertainty as they await the potential changes ahead. Most markets have remained fairly quiet following Trump’s win, while others have reacted positively. U.S. 10-year yields are currently hovering at 2% (its highest point in nearly eight months), while other markets have remained resilient compared to the Brexit impact.

The impact of Trump’s victory on the commercial real estate industry is still fairly uncertain. Financial markets have reacted in stride, which will create some form of stability for real estate activity. Although regulations on the financial industry are expected to loosen, which may lead to some market volatility.… Read More

Commercial Real Estate News Brief: November 2016

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL spotlights CRM solutions for brokers, the future of digital workspaces and the 2017 construction forecast.

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CRE Brokers Turn to CRM Solutions

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Every dollar spent on a customer relationship management (CRM) system results in $8.71 back for businesses, according to Nucleus Research. That’s why more commercial real estate brokers are looking to implement CRM solutions. But how does the software actually help brokers?

CRM software helps businesses manage interactions with current and future customers via digital tracking and analytics. An enormous amount of data helps brokers foster relationships with clients—including lead and listing specifics. With a CRM, brokers can easily access customer information, determine appropriate follow-ups, and guide clients through the transaction pipeline.… Read More