November 28, 2014

Are Agent’s Keeping CRE a Tech Laggard?


I’m always amazed at how many brokerages, including national ones, are so disorganized when it comes to listings and deal management. It’s hard to believe that a major firm wouldn’t be able to come up with a list of current listings in a few minutes. That it could take hours or days to get transaction […]

Taking the Fun out of Crowd Funding


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


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 […]