October 23, 2014

Taking the Fun out of Crowd Funding

crowd

One of the more exciting provisions of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act  (JOBS Act) was the exclusions for crowd funding (Title III).  It was conceived as a way to give small businesses and property owners a means to raise funds (up to $1 million) in exchange for equity without having to comply with the […]

Dear CRE App Developers

letter

Every time I look at yet another CRE cloud app – and every CRE app these days is in the cloud – I get agita.  While it’s great that someone else is handling server management and remote access is a given, it’s one more place to store documents and data.  I envision the company’s document […]

CRE Data – Stop Thinking Small

commercial real estate data

Someone asked me to summarize what’s going on in CRE regarding data. While the CRE data conversation has mostly revolved around what CoStar/LoopNet and Xceligent are up to, there’s a lot more going on than that. Yes, I’m talking about big data. But everyone in CRE seems to be thinking small. Properties and Listings There’s […]

2014 Mid Year Emerging Trends Check

2014 trends

One of my favorite websites is JWT Intelligence. They report on global cultural trends in various sectors including the economy, technology and lifestyle. Each year they compile a report of emerging trends and it’s interesting to return to it mid-year to see if they got things right.  If you haven’t read it yet, here are […]

5 Things Residential Does Better Than Commercial

residential real estate

Yes, there’s a difference between selling or buying a home and buying/selling/leasing commercial property. Commercial transactions are more complex and you’re dealing with business as well as individual concerns.  But the basic marketing and transaction processes – they’re essentially the same.  And on many accounts, residential seems to do them all better thanks to a […]