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How the Law Industry Can Fight Stagnant Growth

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By: Rob Roe, JLL Managing Director 

The 2008 recession resulted in significant changes to the legal business. According to our 2016 U.S. Law Firm Perspective, law firms have faced numerous challenges, such as economic uncertainty and volatile legal employment rates, as demand has stagnated.

Despite these challenges, the 2016 Altman Weil Report revealed that nearly 74% of firms with 250 lawyers or fewer have experienced revenue and profit growth since 2008. There has been a slow upward trend in revenue, however, firms must reevaluate their growth strategies to remain profitable.

So, how are they overcoming these challenges?

Industry leaders are starting to regain their footing by adopting new strategies to trim overhead costs, spark growth and maintain high levels of profitability.… Read More

Pittsburgh Market 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 the Pittsburgh market to keep you in-the-know.

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Tech Companies Keep an Eye on Pittsburgh Market

Pittsburgh is already home to a number of tech giants like Google, Facebook and Uber. Now, Apple, which currently employs 1,275 people in the state, is considering expansion in its Pittsburgh locations.

It remains unclear whether the expansion would include the retail or corporate side; however, the company made big increases in its corporate office over the last few years. Upon arrival in 2001, the company employed just 10 people in its Three Crossings office. Today, it employs nearly 50, which includes mostly software engineers.

All the movement in the tech industry has had a significant, but positive impact on the city of Pittsburgh. According to a 2014 study, Pittsburgh ranked second in intergenerational upward mobility among large metro areas. This is largely due to the high number of tech, energy and robotics companies moving into the metro area.… Read More

Your Startup Needs an Office Space. Now What?

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By: Andy Effler, Senior Associate at JLL

JLL Senior Associate Andy Effler speaks at Columbus Startup Week. Courtesy of Columbus Startup Week

You’ve launched your startup, and so far, you’ve enjoyed the advantages of not necessarily needing a formal office space: cost savings, convenience, and no commute. But, growth is a milestone worth celebrating, and with that comes the need for a space for your business to thrive.

If your startup is fortunate to experience growth, the move to an office space can provide significant benefits. As your startup graduates from a garage or co-working space to that first office space, the move can also be a bit complex.

Researching, finding and finalizing contracts for an office lease can seem like a daunting task. To simplify the process, we created this list of five questions you should be asking when securing that first office space.

1. How long will the process actually take?

Startups often underestimate the time it takes to ultimately move into an office space for the first time. Keep in mind that several steps can take varying amounts of time, including:… Read More

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

Ohio 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 Ohio markets to keep you in-the-know.

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Cincinnati’s Economic Report Highlights Major Wins, Future Growth

Cincinnati’s newly released 2016 Economic Development report not only covers the major successes from the past year. It offers a glimpse at the growth expected for the remainder of this year.

The city finished 2016 on a high note with more than $42.5 million invested in major city projects and economic development. Hefty housing and development projects created approximately 2,347 jobs and parking facilities saw a 25% increase in revenue. Some of the best news? The city has continued its growth trend with a number of projects already in the works for this year.

More than $355 million is being invested in Madisonville, including plans for a mixed-use site with office, retail and residential space, as well as an $80 million hotel. The Uptown Consortium is expected to create new jobs, with some even including job training for populations of people already living in the area.… Read More

Investor Refresher: The Basics of Increasing Commercial Tenant Satisfaction and Retention

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By: Jeff Adams, Vice President, JLL

Building ownership and management is a business. Thus, losing tenants, like clients, can directly impact your ultimate sucess.

It can take two years to regain lost income if a single tenant leaves according to our study, The Cost of Losing a Tenant. You must also account for construction costs and the absence of rent during leasing downtime.

As a landlord, it’s important to maintain a healthy portfolio of consistent, long-term tenants. To increase tenant retention and earn a consistent profit, you should put a strategic action plan in place to maintain current tenants. Through strategic management, the ultimate goal is to achieve building-wide tenant satisfaction.

Why? According to a survey done by Kingsley Associates, the likelihood of lease renewal is tripled when tenants are sufficiently satisfied with management.Read More

Commercial Real Estate News Brief: May 2017

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Every month, 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 retail store experiences, startup work styles and how to tap into today’s talent pool.

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Brick-and-Mortar Retail Stores Create Customer-Centric Experiences

With today’s retail landscape more competitive than ever, traditional brick-and-mortar retail stores, malls and shopping outlets are finding new ways to attract shoppers. In order to pull shoppers away from online shopping, malls in particular are focusing more on the shopping experience, rather than sales or discounts.

To expand their offerings, developers have begun adding restaurants, activity centers, movie theaters, pop-up shops and more to deliver on an all-in-one experience.

Some malls and shopping centers are turning to events to attract shoppers. Food truck festivals, concerts, and carnivals are becoming more common. These events can generate as much as $60,000 in revenue per year for malls. Physical retail stores and malls hope these events give shoppers an experience that online shopping can’t match.… Read More

Louisville Market 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 the Louisville market to keep you in-the-know.

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Retail and Industrial Developments Gain Momentum in Louisville

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A number of new development projects are in the pipeline for downtown and metro Louisville. Among those include a new distribution center and a retail development.

Illinois developer, Molto Properties, announced plans to construct a new distribution center in the Renaissance South Business Park. Molto Properties has already accounted for more than 1 million square feet of space within the business park. This new warehouse and distribution property would add an additional 677,160 square feet to their portfolio.

Construction of a 363,000-square-foot retail and lifestyle center has also begun in SouthPointe Commons near Fern Creek. The property will include a big box store, a movie theater and restaurants. Upon completion, the project is expected to create nearly 560 permanent jobs in the region.… 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

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 to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL spotlights multifamily demand, the growth in e-commerce and the impact of home rentals on the hospitality industry.

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Rising Downtown Populations Spur Need for More Multifamily Development

More millennials, members of Generation X, and even baby boomers moving downtown have created an uptick in demand for multifamily development. Detroit, for instance, happens to be one market whose multifamily sector has taken off with 1,551 units added in just the last five years.

According to a data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 52 out of America’s 100 largest cities were in the renter majority in 2015. This trend is expected to continue even as millennials begin families. Baby boomers who are looking to downsize from their larger, multi-bedroom homes will cause the overall percentage of renters to keep increasing.

Related Read: JLL Research: 3 Ways Reurbanization is Revitalizing Midwest Markets

Because Midwest cities like Cincinnati, Detroit and Columbus are experiencing positive population growth, business retention and investment follow closely behind. Cities will soon need to strategize how to equip infrastructure and public spaces to accommodate the growing downtown populations.… Read More