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Two For Tuesday - 9/30/2021

Originally published by REBIC with permission to re-post through CRCBR.

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Congratulations to our Fall Golf Tournament Winners!

Congratulations to our Tournament Winners!

Thank you to all our Participants and Sponsors!

We had an amazing turnout at this year’s CRCBR/NAIOP Charlotte Fall Golf Tournament. Thank you to everyone who came out on September 27 at Carolina Golf Club and congratulations to all of our tournament winners!

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Gross Winners

Our first place winners based on GROSS were:

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Communicating Effectively with CRE Community Stakeholders

Originally published for NAIOP

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The logistics market is red-hot, but external forces are trying to cool it. A panel at I.CON West this week in Long Beach, California, addressed technical, regulatory and political challenges facing industrial real estate in Southern California, and shared recommendations for all developers working with decision-makers in their communities.

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Preparing your Commercial Property for the Market

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Property values are soaring, and interest rates are at near-record lows. It’s no wonder many commercial property owners are considering selling their assets to take advantage of one of the strongest sellers’ markets in recent history.
Much like preparing to sell a home, commercial properties need to be appealing to potential buyers. But unlike your home, which might be improved significantly with some simple landscaping and a fresh coat of paint, commercial properties need more than just a physical facelift. They also need fiscal preparation.

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Buildings account for 39% of global greenhouse emissions — that could be an opportunity for investors

Originally written by Karen Gilchrist on September 17th, 2021 for CNBC.

Investing in sustainable buildings could offer a real solution to reducing emissions in one of the world’s most polluting sectors, said Taronga Ventures, an investment firm focused on sustainable innovation and tech.

Buildings currently represent 39% of global greenhouse emissions, according to U.N. data. Almost one-third (28%) of the global total is the result of running buildings — referred to as operational emissions, while 11% comes from building materials and construction.

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Four Challenges in Industrial Real Estate Today

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Originally published for NAIOP
A panel of experts took on the biggest challenges in industrial real estate in the closing panel of the first day of I.CON West 2021, held this week in Long Beach, California. From supply chain stressors to volatile pricing to labor shortages and building design, the issues seem bigger than ever for commercial real estate’s hottest sector. Here’s what these industrial leaders had to say on these topics:
  • Supply chain challenges
  • Spikes in Rent and Demand
  • Building Design and Location
  • Predicting the Future

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U.S. House and Senate Return for Busy September Agenda

The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate return this week in full from their summer recess, with congressional leaders rushing to meet critical deadlines to advance President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” legislative agenda. Prior to their return to Washington, D.C., members of several House committees had been meeting via teleconference to develop their individual pieces of a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package that, by rule, cannot be blocked by a Senate filibuster. Senate Democrats (including the two Independents that caucus with the Democrats) can pass the reconciliation bill without Republican votes, provided all 50 support the reconciliation measure. Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee advanced their portion of the bill containing revenue-raising measures that will be subject to further negotiations before a final bill is voted on by the House.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had originally promised progressives in the Democratic caucus that she would not hold a vote on a Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill until work on the larger reconciliation bill was completed and accepted by Senate Democrats. However, a group of centrist and moderate Democrats led by Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) extracted a commitment from Speaker Pelosi to begin floor vote proceedings on the infrastructure bill on Sept. 27. In addition to the reconciliation package and the infrastructure bill, the House and Senate must also deal with legislation to raise the national debt limit, as well as passing a continuing resolution before Oct. 1 to fund the federal agency operations and prevent a government shutdown.

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House Ways and Means Committee Continues Markup as Senate Returns

Originally published on September 14, 2021, for NAIOP E-Newsletter.

The House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Rep. Richie Neal (D-MA), will continue its committee markup this week of provisions to be included in the estimated $3.5 trillion reconciliation legislation to be considered by the House. The committee is conducting the markup remotely, as the full House is not scheduled to return until next week. The Senate returns this week, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) has tasked Senate Democratic committee chairs with having their reconciliation bill language ready by Sept. 15.

 

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Survey Shows Progress in Diversity Efforts in Real Estate Investment Management

Originally published for NAIOP's Development Magazine Summer 2021 Issue by Trey Barrineau.

However, a lot of work remains despite tangible advances in recent years.

Women and minorities have made some progress in reaching the C-suite in commercial real estate investment management firms during the past few years, but the 2021 NAREIM Diversity & Inclusion Survey shows that there is still a lot of work to do.

“Material, sustained changes will take time to show through in the data,” said Zoe Hughes, CEO of NAREIM, in a release. “But what is clear is that there is a mandate and momentum for DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) to be a priority within the real estate investment management industry.”

The survey, conducted by NAREIM and executive recruitment firm Ferguson Partners, reveals that the real estate investment management industry as a whole is mostly male and white. Men, who are 49.2% of the U.S. population according to the U.S. Census, comprise 60% of full-time employees in the real estate investment management, and non-Hispanic whites, who are 62.8% of the U.S. population, represent 73% of workers. (Blacks make up 6% of the industry, while Asians and Hispanics each represent 10% of CRE investment-management staffing.)

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The Acceleration of E-commerce and the Modern Supply Chain

Originally published on September 1, 2021, by Kathryn Hamilton for NAIOP Newsletter.

The term “supply chain” was coined on June 4, 1982, when the Financial Times published an article that used it as a replacement for “production and inventory management.” Now a permanent part of our lexicon, looking back at just how the supply chain has grown and changed over four decades is how a panel of industry leaders began their presentation at NAIOP’s I.CON West, held this week in Long Beach, California.

“Take a walk back to the 1980s,” invited Rich Thompson, international director, supply chain & logistics solutions, Americas, JLL. “There were no laptops, no internet, no cell phones, and no Amazon. Catalog orders took around 14 days to arrive, and retail real estate was hot.”

Today, the supply chain is an increasingly popular field of study, Amazon is the second-largest employer in the U.S. and the third most valuable in terms of revenue, and online orders are delivered in two days – or less – at no change. Industrial is hot.

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Four Perspectives on the State of the CRE Economy

Originally published on September 1, 2021, by Marie Ruff for NAIOP News.

Commercial real estate professionals always seek to determine where markets stand now and what to expect for the future. That future is particularly uncertain today as we see the continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

JLL Chief Economist Ryan Severino shared his economic analysis in a keynote address at NAIOP’s I.CON West this week in Long Beach, California. In his role at JLL, Severino is responsible for global and regional economic research, analysis and forecasting, as well as property market forecasting. He presented four perspectives on the economy ranging from the short-term to the industrial-specific.

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A Few Spots Remain! Networking Social Next Tuesday – Register Now!

September Networking Social
A few spots left!
September 21 | 4:30pm – 6:00pm | Cordial

Next week’s social at SouthPark’s first rooftop bar is almost sold out! Enjoy some after-work beverages while catching up with friends and making new connections. This event is for NAIOP Charlotte members only. Limited space is available.

Thank You to Our Event Sponsor!

 

Registration

Registration is $15 & pre-registration is required. Onsite registration will not be available.



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Transformative Lessons for Commercial Real Estate Leaders

Originally published on August 24, 2021, for NAIOP News.

Through his experience leading a turnaround as the former CEO of Prologis, Walt Rakowich realized leaders today must lean into timeless values and principles, but with a fresh perspective on the new and complex realities of our leadership climates. In a keynote address next week at I.CON West: The Industrial Conference, Rakowich will share advice on engaging your values and your organization with purpose and passion. Join the 700+ industrial real estate leaders planning to attend I.CON West next week in Long Beach.

 

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New Report: Industrial Space Demand Forecast

Industrial Space Demand Remains Strong 

Demand for industrial real estate continues to be strong as the long-term trend toward e-commerce (and away from in-store sales) continues with no end in sight. With nearly 100 million new square feet delivered nationally since the beginning of the year, 450 million square feet currently under construction and another 450 million planned, the demand for industrial real estate still outpaces supply.1

Because of this, authors Dr. Hany Guirguis and Dr. Michael Seiler forecast that the total net absorption in the second half of 2021 will be 162.6 million square feet with a quarterly average of 81.3 million square feet. In 2022, the projected net absorption is 334.6 million square feet with a quarterly average of 83.6 million square feet. An improvement in the outlook for the economy in 2021 and 2022 is behind the upward revision of the 2022 forecast. For example, the real GDP growth rate is now forecast to be 7% in 2021, above the previous forecast of 5% growth. As economic growth is projected to revert toward long-term growth rates in 2023, net absorption in the first half of the year is forecast to be 160.5 million square feet, for a quarterly average of 80.2 million square feet. 

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Networking Social on September 21 | Register Now!

September Networking Social
September 21 | 4:30pm – 6:00pm | Cordial

Network with NAIOP at SouthPark’s first rooftop bar! Enjoy some after-work beverages while catching up with friends and making new connections. This event is for NAIOP members only. Limited space is available. 

Thank You to Our Event Sponsor!

 

Registration

Registration is $15 & pre-registration is required.


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Two for Tuesday - 2040 Comp Plan Town Hall!

#1) 2040 Comprehensive Plan - Next Steps with Councilmembers Renee' Johnson and Victoria Watlington

The first draft of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is expected to be released to the public on or around October 4th. A recent presentation from Planning Staff to Charlotte’s Transportation, Planning, & Environment Committee contained the following:

  • 6-foot sidewalks everywhere (increased from the current 5-foot regulation) (pdf page 20)
  • All parking to rear or side of attached housing (pdf page 18)
  • Future right-of-way exactions (pdf page 20 & 21)
  • The developer provides bus shelters as a condition of approval (pdf page 20)             
  • Traffic Impact Studies (TIS) for all development even “by right” (pdf page 21)
  • “By right” infill may be subject to greater stormwater regulations and tree save (pdf page 22 and 23)
  • Greater tree save rules (pdf page 23) 

These provisions will add substantial costs and likely disincentivize future infill development. We will continue to track them through the process and voice our concerns regarding adverse consequences.

 

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State and Local Governments Receive Federal Recovery Funds Under Interim Rule

Originally published on August 18, 2021, by Toby Burke for NAIOP.

The federal government has provided additional support for state and local governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) into law on March 11, which established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. The new federal funds provide $350 billion to support state, local, territorial, and tribal governments in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and spurring economic growth. These federal funds are a windfall for some governments that did not experience a fiscal shortfall, particularly at the state level.

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Stairs on the Rise

Originally published by Shantala Weiss for NAIOP's Development Magazine.

Monumental stairs can inspire greater interaction, reduce energy costs, and improve employee health and fitness.

In the wake of COVID-19, workplaces are presented with a unique opportunity to shape corporate culture's future and use physical space to foster a sense of community and innovation that can’t be offered when working from home. Building elements that align with the goals of active, sustainable, and universal design have the potential to play a crucial role in post-pandemic commercial real estate. 

COVID-19 has challenged vertical transportation strategies in buildings, which have historically relied on elevators. Ongoing concerns about physical distancing and touching surfaces mean that people may be reluctant to use elevators.  A well-dimensioned stair offers enough space for people to ascend and descend simultaneously, giving occupants more room to move than a narrow fire escape or elevator.

“COVID-19 noticeably accelerated the trend of monumental stairs in offices and other commercial spaces,” said Jim Admiraal, executive vice president of sales and preconstruction at Synergi, a national stair design-led subcontractor. “We saw an immediate spike in design plans featuring stairs as a primary vertical mode of transport for major projects all over the U.S.”

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New Report: Industrial Space Demand Forecast

Originally published by Hany Guirguis, Ph.D., Manhattan College and Michael J. Seiler, DBA, William & Mary in August 2021

Industrial Space Demand Remains Strong 

Demand for industrial real estate continues to be strong as the long-term trend toward e-commerce (and away from in-store sales) continues with no end in sight. With nearly 100 million new square feet delivered nationally since the beginning of the year, 450 million square feet currently under construction, and another 450 million planned, the demand for industrial real estate still outpaces supply.1

Because of this, authors Dr. Hany Guirguis and Dr. Michael Seiler forecast that the total net absorption in the second half of 2021 will be 162.6 million square feet with a quarterly average of 81.3 million square feet. In 2022, the projected net absorption is 334.6 million square feet with a quarterly average of 83.6 million square feet. An improvement in the outlook for the economy in 2021 and 2022 is behind the upward revision of the 2022 forecast. For example, the real GDP growth rate is now forecast to be 7% in 2021, above the previous forecast of 5% growth. As economic growth is projected to revert toward long-term growth rates in 2023, net absorption in the first half of the year is forecast to be 160.5 million square feet, for a quarterly average of 80.2 million square feet. 

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Senate Passes Infrastructure Bill, Budget Resolution

Originally published on August 17, 2021 for NAIOP E-Newsletter.

The Senate last week passed the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684), a bipartisan infrastructure package that had been backed by the White House, by a vote of 69-30. The spirit of bipartisanship was short-lived, however, as Senate Democrats moved quickly to pass a $3.5 trillion budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 14) by a vote of 59-49, with all Republicans present voting in opposition. Adoption of a budget resolution is the first step in developing budget reconciliation legislation that could pass the Senate with a simple majority and not be subject to a Senate filibuster that would require 60 votes to overcome. Senate Democrats, who control 50 votes, can pass legislation since Vice President Kamala Harris casts the tie-breaking vote under the U.S. Constitution.

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