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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Healthcare Development Trends of 2014

Healthcare Development Trends
Medical practices have ascended into a new era of supply and demand that is stimulating the push for ground breaking developments and new renovations.  The healthcare development market stands extremely competitive due to the scarcity of existing developments and  available capital. Aiding in these efforts, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased emphasis on wiser decisions by investors and physicians to reduce costs and enhance patient experiences. Here are a few trends to consider when staying  on top of healthcare development.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Commercial Real Estate Construction Continues to Grow in Kansas City

WaterCrest at Lenexa City Center

When asked in January 2013 about the state of the construction industry JE Dunn Construction CEO Terry Dunn said, "the signs are positive." In the article from Kansas City Business Journal he gave predictions of continued growth for the Kansas City region over the next 2-3 years. Reaching levels seen in 2006 before the recession adversely affected the industry.

Friday, July 18, 2014

CityPlace: A Place Connected.

Just as architects are in the process of designing the final attributes of CityPlace, Johnson County’s newest
CityPlace Kansas City
and most unique mixed-use development, it now has a new brand identity that articulates all that the development has to offer.

The name itself, CityPlace, is a play on two separate words that are connected. It signifies a vibrant community that provides residents the opportunity to live, work and play in one energetic neighborhood.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ten Ways to Stay on Top of Technology Trends

Ten Ways to Stay on Top of Technology Trends

Commercial Real Estate (CRE) is no longer in the "dark ages" of technology. Innovative tools and techniques are more present than ever in CRE. Keeping current on the most relevant technology trends can put a CRE professional ahead of the game and brand them as a thought leader and innovator in the industry. Here are 10 ways to stay on top of technology trends:

Friday, July 11, 2014

BRES' Deal of the Week - Commerce Plaza I

Matt Spachman, Estel Hipp and Kenneth G. Block of Block Real Estate Services, LLC (BRES)
Commerce Plaza Overland Park, Kansas
completed an office lease in Overland Park, Kansas.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

CRE Fundamentals: Promoting a Property

During the evolution of winning a listing and then finding a buyer to sign a contract, a broker leans heavily on
CRE Fundamentals: Promoting a Proerty
their sales and negotiating skills. However, refined marketing strategy can also accelerate this process to make the right connection that makes the deal. Below, are three strategies our brokers keep top of mind when promoting their properties. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Retail's Role In Mixed-Use Development

CityPlace Overland Park Kansas

It is an exciting time for commercial real estate development. Live/work/play communities are in high demand. Retail plays a crucial role in this type of development. Dense population supports sales and, as such, retail perfectly complements a strong multifamily development. Add daytime office workers and the need is increased. When we began planning the CityPlace development in Overland Park, we knew that retail would be needed to help support this new in-fill community. Here are some of the insights we gleaned when incorporating retail into the CityPlace development: