With more than 50,000 facilities and upwards of 2.3 billion square feet of self-storage in the United States, this segment of commercial real estate has steadily evolved over the last 60 years into big business.  As the Covid pandemic enters its third year there has been an accelerated need for families to create space for both employees working from home, and/or a workplace for students while remote schooling.  

The Newest Real Estate Influencers: PETS!

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Yes, you read it right. According to the 2021-2022 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 70% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 90.5 million homes. This means that many residential …

The Effects of Inflation on Commercial Real Estate

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It is evident that there is a direct correlation between inflation and the pricing of commercial real estate. Often, the “cure” to inflation is an increase in federal interest rates which have a direct impact on commercial real estate valuations.  Economists have been expecting an increase in interest rates but were not expecting the federal government’s recent suggestion of three potential hikes in 2022.  Additionally, there are rumored hikes in 2023, and more in 2024.  The message is clear: due to the rapid inflationary pressures, driven largely by supply chain disruptions, the Federal Reserve has an aggressive plan to increase these rates.

Relationship Advice

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The most important lesson I have learned (and taught), is that you build relationships through integrity. This obviously works in all aspects of life, not just sales, but it is key to longevity in a sales environment and has been the backbone of my many sales endeavors throughout my career. If we (my customers and I) are going to mutually benefit from our working relationship, I have to outwork the competition and fully appreciate and empathize with what my customer wants and needs. Relationships, in life and in the office, are a two-way street.

Where Do We Go From Here?

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The pandemic may be waning, as health metrics nationwide indicate a positive trajectory with our control over Covid-19, but the secondary effect on our economy might long outlast the virus. Now we must ask: Is this a temporary bubble caused by Covid-19, or a sign of more to come?

Logistics Market Leading the Pack

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Despite the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the logistics industry has performed remarkably well and facilitated the economy to stay afloat.  As online sales continue to rise, it will also continue to drive the New Jersey metropolitan industrial market, it’s rental rates, footprint, etc. This will continue through 2021 and beyond.

For the foreseeable future, it seems industrial will remain a hot market segment especially in areas that have high demand and limited land supply. As our society becomes more dependent on technology, so does the need for distribution centers and warehouses. It is important for big companies such as Amazon and Zappos, to have footprints in areas to service densely populated urban areas such as NYC.