Category Archives: Commercial Real Estate

Will crypto be bigger than the Gold Rush for San Francisco real estate?

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September 4, 2018

By: Brittan Hawken,Vice President, JLL

Bitcoin, like gold, isn’t a company but it sure is spawning lots of business. Centred around just this one digital currency are wallet providers, exchanges, payroll and payment service providers, venture capitalists, software developers, coin ‘mining’ pools, even ATM manufacturers. They all have a couple of things in common:  they need talent…and they need space. 

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Capital flows to data center sector as demand blossoms

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August 20, 2018

By Raul Saavedra, Executive Vice President, JLL

In a recent blog, I discussed development and construction activity in the data center market. With some observers projecting that US data center customers will need as much as 100,000MW of new capacity by 2020, I want to dig a little deeper into the demand cycle and what this means for the leasing market as well as capital markets.

There’s no doubt that there… Read More

Talent war: Holistic thinking needed to win

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August 13, 2018

By: Rich Branning, Managing Director, JLL

In today’s all out-war for talent, in one of the tightest labor markets in the history of this country, companies have to pull out all the stops to win.

Earlier this summer, Walmart Inc., the largest private employer in the U.S., became the latest US company to offer employees the perk of heavily subsidized college tuition.  The Walmart program will give both part- and full-time… Read More

Turnkey data centers crop up to meet demand

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By Raul Saavedra, Managing Director, JLL

The Cloud.  The Internet of Things (IoT).  Artificial intelligence. Digital transformation. 5G.

These are just a few of the drivers behind the tremendous explosion in data demand in the U.S. today. They are also big reasons why the U.S. reportedly needs upwards of 4,000 new data centers to be built by 2020 just to keep pace with demand. That’s about 100,000MW of capacity. Our… Read More

Is there an automated future for logistics?

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July 23, 2018

By: Greg Matter, Managing Director, JLL

The $700 billion a year trucking industry is a vital component of any company’s logistics strategy and is responsible for moving about 70 percent of all freight tonnage in the U.S. Last year, total business spending on logistics in this country rose 6.2 percent to $1.5 trillion. Industry costs are rising, largely due to increased demand, higher fuel prices and, most importantly, a growing… Read More

If you’re a CFO, are you prepared for a disaster?

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July 9, 2018

By Joel Hirigoyen,Vice President 

Fire. Flood. Earthquake. As company CFO, are these events what keep you awake at night worrying about potential business disruptors? How about a prolonged power outage?   

What about your computer system being invaded by a malicious actor, either to steal information or to install ransomware? What if your cloud-based platform has a single point of failure that you overlooked?    

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Planning an Agile Workplace? Here’s some things you need to know.

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April 17, 2018

By: Linda Kramer, Occupancy Planning, JLL & Katie Rodrigues, Workplace Strategy, JLL

Agile methodology used to be the sole domain of computing and IT departments. Today, the concept has spread to working in general—including the workplaces in which the work is performed. So, when you’re thinking about the future of work, agility should be top of mind.

Formation before function

Agile methodology was conceived as a management concept to speed IT projects, such… Read More

Frugal, fresh and floorplates define Northern California’s 2018 grocery sector

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April 11, 2018

By: Jeff Badstubner, Senior Vice President, Retail Market Lead, JLL

Growth in Northern California’s grocery retail sector has been a “start and stop” affair in the last two years, following some tectonic regional shifts in 2015, most notably the $9 billion acquisition of Pleasanton-based Safeway by Albertsons. High construction and labor costs in the Bay Area have shown no signs of abating and this, as well as physical and psychological… Read More

March Madness: Leadership, creativity, street smarts and risk-taking

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March 13, 2018

By: Rich Branning, Managing Director, JLL

Oh boy, it’s that time of the year again: MARCH MADNESS! The brackets are out. I’m ready for tip-off.

This year is a bit different though. Just before the four best prepared teams head to San Antonio for the Final Four (March 31-April 2) I’ll be celebrating a poignant anniversary. On March 25, it will be exactly 40 years since my teammates and I celebrated… Read More

Northern California office markets end year on a high note

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February 22, 2018

By: Susan Persin, Research Director, Northern California, JLL

A string of four mega leases, all closed in the fourth quarter of the year, capped a record-setting year for San Francisco’s office market.  With 18 leases over 100,000 square feet, 2017 surpassed 2014 for major leases signed.  Around Northern California, other records were set.  Here are highlights for the region’s major submarkets, along with our outlook for 2018.

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