Category Archives: San Francisco Commercial Real Estate

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More

5 Good Reasons Why Silicon Valley Power Is Consistently Ahead of the Game

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September 26, 2016

By: Raul Saavedra, Executive Vice President, JLL

Silicon Valley Power (SVP) may not the best known utility in California but if you operate heavy power load facilities such as data centers, it’s one you probably should get to know…and fast. From my industry vantage point, data center operators throughout the Bay Area are scrambling to work with the nonprofit. There is currently single digit vacancy in the data center space… Read More

San Francisco’s Central SOMA Plan One Step Closer to Reality

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August 15, 2016

By: Jack Nelson, Research Analyst, JLL

City planners’ vision of creating San Francisco’s next major sustainable urban neighborhood took a major step forward last week with the official unveiling of the draft Central SOMA Plan.

Central SOMA (SOuth of MArket) is a 230-acre neighborhood adjacent to San Francisco’s downtown core.  Currently, it is a mix of light industrial, commercial and residential and, under current zoning, has the potential to build space for… Read More

Apartment for Rent

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August 3, 2016

By: Brittany Martinez, Marketing Coordinator, JLL

The Bay Area’s rental apartment market is booming.  Vacancies throughout the greater Bay Area are highest in San Jose, at 3.7 percent.  That’s almost a full percentage point lower than the national average.  The availability of units in the East and North Bay markets is even lower, at 2.3 percent.

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KTVU: Oakland’s boat lifting on San Francisco’s rising tide

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July 13, 2016

By: Kristina Sanderson, Marketing Director, JLL

The economic growth we’ve seen in the Bay Area in the last five years has driven demand for office space throughout the region, with tech leading that trend. San Francisco and Silicon Valley have captured the lion’s share of this demand, but with little space left in those markets, tenants are now looking to Oakland and the East Bay to expand.

Amber Schiada, Vice President and… Read More