Life in Austin: How Commercial Real Estate Influences this Texas Powerhouse

Despite the ever-advancing wave of globalization in this connected world, no two cities are the same. While many share similar economic and development trends to cater to new and burgeoning industries, their location, culture, and specializations tend to affect the shape of a city’s future more than any other factor – save one.

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Market Zoom: 10 Big Phoenix Office Deals That Closed in 2018 (So Far)

Office deals in Phoenix in the first quarter of 2018 were white hot, with a number of large sales and leases taking place. According to CBRE, the net absorption in the Phoenix office market reached 154,716 square feet with nearly 1.3 million square feet of gross absorption. 

Let’s take a closer look at a few of the big Phoenix office deals that closed at the beginning of 2018. 

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Don’t Forget These Five Must-Haves When Signing an Office Lease

You have found the perfect office space for your company and now it’s time to sign on the dotted line and make it official – but what things should you ensure that you have in that office lease? After the ink has dried on the lease, there is no turning back, so make sure you don’t forget these five must-haves when signing an office lease.

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Effective Strategies for Marketing Your Office in the Collaborative Workspace Genre

The way the workforce, particularly millennials, want to work is pressuring more companies to harbor office space that speaks to a more collaborative setting. The traditional cubicle life is no more and well-designed spaces are stepping in to take its place. Even if your current office space is not collaborative, there are effective strategies that you can implement to market your space to the collaborative workforce.

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4 Ways the Collaborative Workspace Movement is Impacting CRE

Collaborative workspaces are changing the way millennials work and ultimately creating a snowball effect that is changing the way everyone works. Recent studies reveal that over 1.2 million people worldwide have worked, or currently work, at a co-working space. In fact, Emergent Research forecasts that by 2020, co-working memberships will rise to 3.8 million people and 5.1 million by 2022. As collaborative spaces become increasingly popular, it’s not surprising that this has also impacted the commercial real estate industry in a big way – from increasing property demand for older buildings to establishing a brand new niche market.

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OfficeSpace.com and Apto Partnership Brings Greater Exposure to Apto Customers.

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If you’re an Apto customer, your life just got a lot easier!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Apto to provide all Apto users with the ability to automatically publish their listings directly to OfficeSpace.com.

This means that you no longer have to worry about updating across both platforms and can now syndicate your data on OfficeSpace.com without ever leaving your Apto account. By publishing to OfficeSpace.com, you’ll boost your listings’ exposure and lead pipeline as hundreds of thousands of tenants and brokers search for CRE space on OfficeSpace.com every month.

The best part? All it takes is a click of a button from your Apto account to begin syncing your listings, and there’s no additional cost to you.

To get started:

  • Pull up your listing on Apto.
  • Publish your listing to OfficeSpace.com with a click of a button.
  • Instantly get exposure to tenants searching OfficeSpace.com.
  • Start getting tenant inquiries directly and add/manage them on Apto.

To learn more about this partnership and Apto, check out the Apto blog.

Learn more about Apto:

Created by commercial real estate brokers, Apto is the leading web-based software for managing client relationships, properties, listings, and deals. Apto streamlines the entire deal lifecycle. Request a demo today.

What’s The Most Important Service a Broker Can Provide a Tenant?

In order to better understand how closely brokers’ and tenants’ expectations aligned, we decided to ask the following question: What is the most important service a broker can provide a tenant?

Check out the responses below to see the top answers provided by both sides. You might be surprised to see the differences in the feedback we got.

What is the most important service a broker can provide a tenant? 

Top broker responses:

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Breakdown:

  • Market knowledge: 21% of responses
  • Locating a space that meets their needs: 15% of responses
  • Good communication/Timeliness: 13% of responses
  • Accuracy: 12% of responses
  • Lease negotiations: 10% of responses
  • Honesty: 7% of responses
  • CRE knowledge/ advice: 6% of responses

Top tenant responses:

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Breakdown:

  • Good communication/Timeliness: 37% of responses
  • Locating a space that meets their needs: 15% of responses
  • Helping them get a good deal: 12% of responses
  • Honesty: 8% of responses
  • Market knowledge: 6% of responses
  • Negotiation skills: 5% of responses
  • Access to hard-to-find listings: 4% of responses

So what conclusions can we draw from this?

Market knowledge may not be the most important attribute for a broker from the tenant’s perspective. While this was the number one response from brokers, less than 2% of tenant responses had market knowledge listed as most important broker service.

The second most popular response from brokers was locating a space that meets the tenant’s needs.  Tenants too felt that this was important, and it was a match for second place.  There’s really no surprise here, this is a universal expectation.  

Good and timely communication from brokers is essential for tenants, making this attribute the number one ranked response from tenants with 37% of the responses. Only 13% of brokers marked this as the most important attribute, ranking it the third most popular attribute among broker responses.

Tenants want to get a good deal, and they expect their brokers to help. This answer seems like a no-brainer, so we were surprised that there was a bit of a mismatch between the two groups. For tenants, this was listed in their top three responses. For brokers, this came in as the 12th most popular response with only a small percentage falling this category. We could dive into the differences of responses between landlord representative brokers and tenant representative brokers, and hopefully we would see a difference. However, if we take this at face value, brokers who leverage this attribute could have a big opportunity to attract new clients. 

Tell us what you think! Is this feedback different from what you had expected?

How Important is the Office Neighborhood?

At OfficeSpace.com, Amazon is a part of our lives in more ways than one.  Our headquarters are located in the downtown Queen Anne/Belltown neighborhoods, within one mile of South Lake Union/Denny Regrade, home to Amazon’s new proposed campus, Facebook’s new Seattle office, Vulcan and a number of up-and-coming internet companies.

Recently, Seattle mayor Mike McGinn has proposed increasing the office tower limit to 240 feet, up from the current 124 feet in South Lake Union.

Why are all these companies moving to South Lake Union?  The answer is simple: the neighborhood puts them in the “center of the Seattle universe.”

McGinn even went as far as to credit the neighborhood growth with the success the city has had in recovering from a slow economy

OfficeSpace.com CEO Susie Algard was recently featured in a Friends.org article speaking to the emphasis of transit-options and amenities.

“[The companies] want to be as competitive as possible on the recruiting front,” Algard said in the article.  “They know that people want to work where they can easily walk to lunch and other amenities.”

The office neighborhood has become particularly important with tech companies in the Pacific Northwest.  These companies are competitive with recruiting and know what their young recruits want.

In addition to restaurants, Algard mentioned doctor’s offices, parks, fitness centers and parking lots as important amenities.  On top of these amenities, South Lake Union is bustling with new condominiums.

For this reason, our OfficeSpace.com listings always include a walk score.  Tenants want to know what’s nearby and how their employees will get to work.  Our walk scores are expandable and include a breakdown of transit, restaurant, hotel and coffee options by distance.  Tenants can also search for directions by entering information on their commute.

Let’s hear back from other cities: How important is the office neighborhood to you and what are the quickly growing neighborhoods in your city?

‘Little Showcase of Horrors’ – More Historic Portland

A few weeks ago we posted a blog post with a few of our favorite buildings in Portland. We thought it was fun so here are some more beautiful buildings that our photographers have taken shots of.

New Market Theater Block

Built in 1872, this Old Town building’s name comes from the fact that it originally housed a market on the first floor and Portland’s first theater on the second floor.

The first floor arcade was highlighted by a total of 28 marble produce stalls.  For much of the 20th century the building was used to store car parts until 1980 when it was renovated into a retail and office building.

Also of note, The Portland Symphony Orchestra was officially founded in 1882 and started in the New Market Theater block.

The Brewery Blocks

I’m sure The Brewery Blocks need little introduction to any Portlanders. To those reading from elsewhere, The Brewery Blocks were the location of the City Brewery and later the (and more famously) Blitz-Weinhard Brewery from the mid 1800’s to 1999. The oldest buildings remaining were built in 1908, including the Brewhouse Tower.

In 1999 the Weinhard brand was sold to Miller Brewing Co. and brewing was subsequently sent to the Olympia brewery in Tumwater, WA. The Brewery Blocks, which by this point had increased to 5 blocks, were put up for sale and in 2000 were redeveloped into a mixed-use project with office, retail residential spaces.

The Brewery Blocks’ most famous tenant is Henry’s 12th Street Tavern, which features 100 beers on tap, almost entirely from Oregon. Powell’s Books, while not in the Brewery Blocks, borders block number 2.

Smith’s Block

Originally built in 1872, Smith’s block was just one of nine Portland buildings featuring one of the more popular Portland cast iron patterns. Now, it is the only survivor amongst those buildings.

During the 1950’s, the quarter of the building on 1st and Ash was torn down and turned into a parking lot. Despite this loss, the rest of the block remains and has been restored as recently as 2008.

Stay tuned! More to come and as always, send us your suggestions PDX!

Our First Portland OfficeSpace Showcase…Distinctly Portland!

Over the past few months, with the help of some wonderful photographers, we have been hard at work capturing the architecture and beauty of downtown Portland, the Pearl, the Central Eastside and many of the other Portland neighborhoods. Some of this could only be done with the cooperation of our friends in the Portland brokerage community, the rest we did by simply walking the streets and shooting buildings.

Most of the pictures can be found on the site, but here are a few of our favorites.

The Blagen Block:

The Blagen Building, located in Old Town, was built in 1889 and is a gorgeous example of Italianate architecture, which was at the height of its popularity in the second half of the 19th century.

Its location on NW 1st is absolutely picturesque. Pure Portland.

Blagen Block

The Spalding Building:

These pieces are located in the Spalding Building’s lobby. Made out of old vaults, their contrast to the clean and beautiful lobby is quite striking.

Spalding Building

A closer view.

Spalding Building

The Spalding Building was built in 1911 and was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1982, one of over 500 in Portland.

The Postal Building:

Pardon the photography on this one; this was before we realized it was best to take the camera out of my hands.  The Postal Building, built in 1901, was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1978. I found the highlight of this building to be the beautiful atrium. (Wish my picture did it justice)

Postal Building

The Barber Block:

Most people familiar with Portland will recognize the historic Barber Block. Built in 1890, this building is another example of Italianate architecture but with a unique flair of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture as well.  Known as an east Portland landmark, it was added to the Registry of Historic Places in 1977.

Barber Block

Barber Block

Barber Block

That’s all for now but there are countless incredibly beautiful buildings in Portland, we’ll be back with more soon. Let us know if you have some buildings that you would like to see in our showcase!