California Commercial Real Estate Survey Sees Continued Optimism

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Commercial real estate leaders in California see continued optimism for growth over the next three years, according to the latest Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast. A panel of investment and development experts predict the California non-residential market to keep growing steadily for the next three years, but start to slow after 2016 or 2017. There will still be growth, the report … Read More

Saint Consulting Group Commercial Real Estate Update Sept 2012

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Saint Consulting Group Commercial Real Estate Update – September, 2012 CRE Learning Lunch, October 9, 12 noon CDT Please join Jay Vincent at our free learning lunch webinar for commercial real estate, where we will discuss Four Keys to Winning Community Support. Free insightful and useful lunch-hour discussion. It’s easy to register, please click here. Jay Vincent Senior Vice PresidentThe Commercial Real Estate Sector … Read More

Von Clausewitz on zoning wars: commit resources, get good info, build a crowd

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 By P. Michael Saint CEO, The Saint Consulting Group When Prussian soldier and writer Carl Von Clausewitz wrote his classic book, “On War” in the 1830s, his words were directed at the philosophy, strategy and tactics of successful ground wars in 19th Century Europe. He did not envision that his ideas would be equally relevant to real estate zoning battles … Read More

Forbes reports on Saint Consulting and ‘Nimby Wars’

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“Small groups are getting smarter about keeping big projects at bay. Thanks to Saint Consulting, corporations are wising up, too.” – Forbes magazine, February 16 edition The latest edition of Forbes magazine features an article about The Saint Consulting Group.< The profile reports that Saint has made a specialty of helping U.S. corporate clients win zoning battles, and provides details … Read More

Delayed sale of Boston City Hall shows recession impact on prosperity hopes

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The mayor of Boston wants to sell City Hall, that 1960s concrete bunker in Government Center which is listed among the world’s ugliest buildings, but the recession is holding up the move and highlights the dire state of property sales in one of America’s more prosperous cities. Maura Webber Sadovi writes in the Wall Street Journal that “deals are getting … Read More

Changes to Endangered Species Act may give less weight to independent review

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Some changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) proposed by the Bush administration may soon ease the cost and complexity of shopping center development, Shopping Centers Today reports. The retail magazine said changes to the1973 law would allow federal agencies to determine the effects of development on endangered species, rather than relying on the lengthier protocol of seeking independent scientific … Read More

Businesses vacate office space at fastest pace in years — Wall Street Journal

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Businesses are dumping office space at the fastest pace since the months after the Sept. 11 attacks, increasing the financial stress on commercial-real-estate owners and their lenders, many of them already ailing financial institutions, according to Alex Frangos writing in the Wall Street Journal. The report, posted by Business News Blog, says nationwide, rents on office properties — including landlord … Read More

Sharp rise in shopping center vacancies, trend expected to worsen

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The number of shuttered box stores and empty strip malls has expanded dramatically over the last six months, according to data from commercial real estate brokers and investment advisors. And the situation is likely to get much worse. Chain retailers have announced plans to close more than 6,500 outlets by year’s end, even as shopping center construction continues at a … Read More

The 2006 Saint Index©: Survey Reveals Decreased Opposition in Some Development Sectors

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Spring 2007 Development Magazine According to The Saint Consulting Group’s second annual survey across 14 industries and five regions, apartment/condominium, office building and large shopping center development sectors have encountered less opposition in 2006 than 2005. Saint Consulting Group initiated the Saint Index© in 2005 to assess attitudes and activism towards real estate development. The 2006 Saint Index©: Survey Reveals … Read More