Category Archives: San Francisco Commercial Real Estate

Same-day delivery demand drives last mile distribution

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March 27, 2017

By: Jason Ovadia, Managing Director, JLL

Annual e-commerce sales reached almost $2 trillion worldwide in 2016 and could reach $4 trillion in 2020 if double digit growth projections through the rest of the decade are accurate. Currently accounting for almost 9 percent of total retail spending worldwide, that share could top 15 percent if 2020 projects prove accurate.

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Three reasons why construction costs are going up in San Francisco

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March 20, 2017

By: David Churton, International Director, JLL

There are three reasons why it’s not going to get any less expensive to build a major office building – or other real estate – in San Francisco. Not, at least, anytime soon.

Cost of land. Cost of materials. Cost of labor.

First, land–we know they aren’t making any more of it. San Francisco also has some unique geographical hurdles when it comes to building. Until the engineers can… Read More

Data does it in Northern California

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February 27, 2017

By: Raul Saavedra, Executive Vice President, JLL

The Northern California data center market continued to chug along in 2016 although we saw a marked slowdown in leasing activity in the fourth quarter. Much of our market’s new activity occurred in the first half of the year with some major users taking down big chunks of capacity.

 

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Can Silicon Valley keep up the momentum?

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February 20, 2017

By: Chris Crow, Senior Vice President, JLL

The world’s foremost innovation ecosystem continues to flourish, attract talent and capital from across the globe, a fact confirmed by Silicon Valley’s Top 3 place in this year’s JLL City Momentum Index.

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Only Bangalore, India and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, scored higher in JLL’s… Read More

What are relationship banks and why do they matter?

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February 13, 2017

By: Alex Witt, Managing Director, JLL

Recent national and global developments have introduced a bout of volatility into the capital markets that have otherwise been steady and predictable in recent years. It’s becoming more complex for borrowers to navigate today’s commercial real estate market.

The unprecedented low-rate environment that institutional borrowers have become used to has shifted. Floating rate commercial bank loans, which had been tracking consistently in the LIBOR plus low 200 basis point range… Read More

Why is placemaking important?

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February 2, 2017

By Christopher T. Roeder, International Director, JLL

Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach – some would say, a people-based approach – to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Recently, this definition has expanded to include not just public spaces but neighborhoods, and sometimes, entire cities.

Though placemaking is today a hotly debated issue among stakeholders such as municipal and urban planners, architects and the real estate development industry, the ideas behind placemaking are… Read More

What’s in a Name? 

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October 25, 2016

By: Amber Schiada, Vice President & Director of Research, JLL

The retail sector in San Francisco seems headed to yet another level.  The availability of retail space in Union Square – San Francisco’s premier shopping district – is at an all time low and rents have been headed northward at a rapid rate over the last three years.  Last week, one of the Square’s longest-running retail tenants announced it would be closing.  As in… Read More

Law Office Space: The Legal Squeeze Continues

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October 19, 2016

By Julia Wilhelm, Executive Vice President, JLL

The legal services industry is fighting rising office costs during this economic cycle by aggressively pursuing efficiency in space utilization, via “rightsizing” the law office. 

The typical U.S. law firm has cut its physical footprint by more than 22 percent in recent years and this trend continues.  According to the just released JLL 2016 U.S. Law Firm Perspective, law firms are looking to reduce target occupancy by… Read More

Be More Productive at Park Tower

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October 12, 2016

By: Wes Powell, International Director

There are countless strategies we, as individuals, can employ for increasing our own personal productivity, from adjusting our own work habits to being better organized in accomplishing tasks and efficiently managing our time.  But, did you know that our workplace environment also has a significant impact on productivity?

Everything from temperature, to airflow to what kind of light we use has an impact on how well we work.Read More

Bay Area’s Vital Signs Snarled by Traffic

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October 5, 2016

By: Christan Basconcillo & Eduardo Romero, JLL Research

A new report from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) came out this week and it wasn’t pretty reading for Bay Area commuters.

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To few people’s surprise – especially those of us who drove the routes last year — the northbound Peninsula afternoon commute on U.S.… Read More