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Top 10 Issues Impacting Real Estate in 2015

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The Counselors of Real Estate compiled a list of the top 10 issues affecting commercial real estate for 2015 to 2016. The Counselors consider independent research, qualitative feedback from members via polling and a member survey. While the list has been separated into 10 distinct issues, many are interrelated and affect multiple property sectors.

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Top 10 Issues Impacting Real Estate in 2015

  1. Top 10 Issues Impacting Real Estate in 2015
  2. Changing Retail Model
  3. transwestern.com | @Transwestern 10. Changing Retail Model ‚‚ 10-15% of all retail centers are functionally obsolete ‚‚ Steady increase in online shopping ‚‚ Physical stores still hold value for consumers to browse and try products ‚‚ Incorporating e-commerce positions retailers well in the short term ‚‚ Store sizes are shrinking, but amenities of urban-style shopping districts are being incorporated in to the suburbs
  4. Real Estate Technology and Crowdfunding
  5. transwestern.com | @Transwestern 9. Technology and Crowdfunding ‚‚ Dynamic sector for technology innovation ‚‚ $241 million venture capital funding in 2014 went to real estate tech startups ‚‚ Crowdfunding gives small investors an opportunity ‚‚ All parties benefit from faster information gathering and transactions ‚‚ Technology is changing how real estate professionals do business
  6. Infrastructure
  7. transwestern.com | @Transwestern 8. Infrastructure ‚‚ U.S. lags behind other developed countries ‚‚ Aging roads, bridges and power/gas/water lines don’t support dense population, business and world economies ‚‚ Cities don’t have the funds to make improvements ‚‚ Limits adaptive reuse and development where existing energy/water lines can’t easily be improved or streets/bridges cannot support increased traffic
  8. Gap Between Rich and Poor
  9. transwestern.com | @Transwestern 7. Gap Between Rich and Poor ‚‚ 40% of wealth belongs to the top 1% ‚‚ Provides new opportunities for discount and luxury retailers ‚‚ Development opportunity for high-density multifamily and affordable housing ‚‚ Creates “placemaking” opportunities – transforming vacant lots into urban destinations ‚‚ Limited purchasing power diminishes housing choices and home ownership, further delays millennials starting new households
  10. Energy
  11. transwestern.com | @Transwestern 6. Energy ‚‚ Drop in oil prices negatively impacts producers large and small, resulting in workforce reductions ‚‚ Decreased buying power impacts retail, housing, professional services, etc. in the greater community ‚‚ Fewer energy company office/industrial needs ‚‚ Alternative energy gaining investor attraction ‚‚ High demand in Asia could change dynamics
  12. Urbanization
  13. transwestern.com | @Transwestern 5. Urbanization ‚‚ Urban migration outpacing suburbs, not limited to millennials ‚‚ Housing choices of all age groups are evolving to live/work/play ‚‚ Shopping malls must adapt to vertical shopping model ‚‚ Pressure increasing in suburbs facing challenges reselling homes ‚‚ Recent rise in corporate relocations to cities from suburbs to attract younger professionals ‚‚ “Urban” amenities needed in suburbs to compete ‚‚ Opportunities in office, retrofits, conversions, transit-oriented
  14. Global Instability and Currency Devaluation
  15. transwestern.com | @Transwestern 4. Currency Devaluation ‚‚ U.S. dollar gained 22% in the past year compared to other world currencies ‚‚ Foreign capital fueling U.S. real estate market ‚‚ Cap rates expected to stay low ‚‚ Continued “hot spots” of conflict and cybersecurity remain concerns ‚‚ Global economy is psychologically linked
  16. Rising Interest Rates
  17. transwestern.com | @Transwestern 3. Rising Interest Rates ‚‚ Rates at near-historic lows for near future ‚‚ Investors should prepare for rising rates and decreased returns and potential depreciation as cap rates rise ‚‚ Opportunities remain in secondary markets ‚‚ Could spur short-term development and slow home sales
  18. Excess Supply of Capital
  19. transwestern.com | @Transwestern 2. Excess Supply of Capital ‚‚ Foreign investment driven by economies with high savings rates, shortage of mature financial markets and few safe assets ‚‚ U.S. commercial real estate still a safe haven ‚‚ Robust competition in major markets forcing some to look at gateway markets and edge cities ‚‚ Multifamily remains highly attractive, but residential real estate is picking up traction
  20. Demographic Shifts
  21. transwestern.com | @Transwestern 1. Demographic Shifts ‚‚ Baby Boomers’ and millennials’ lifestyle choices forcing real estate to evolve ‚‚ Boomers downsizing and moving to senior communities ‚‚ Millennials postponing home ownership and gravitate toward urban, walkable environments ‚‚ Ripple effect prompting adaptation from virtually all real estate sectors – retail, medical facilities, office, entertainment, etc.
  22. transwestern.com | @Transwestern Data provided by the Counselors of Real Estate and Noah D. Shales, CRE, 2015 chair of The Counselors of Real Estate. Read the full press release from the Counselors of Real Estate here.
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