How Charlotte's Ego Has Finally Become Bruised

While speaking as part of an expert panel at the 9th annual InterFace real estate conference this week, I was struck by the discouraged tone. It was a tone I had never really heard before from this group of experienced CRE professionals. The panel...


Why I'm Bullish on Industrial in the Carolinas

Commercial real estate investors are being warned that CRE markets will soften in the Carolinas over the next 12 months. We are already seeing signs in the low productivity malls and power centers in the areas of Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte....


Why We Need Economic Developers

The Charlotte Business Journal reported last week that Charlotte was purportedly one of two finalists for becoming the new home of AllianceBernstein Holding L.P., a New York finance giant. AllianceBernstein chose Nashville for its new headquarters,...


Why Camp North End, NoDa and SouthEnd are Bad for Charlotte

If you want your Amazon delivery within an hour after making it, you better live in Concord or Rock Hill. Let me explain. CNBC recently published an interesting article explaining how the average age of a U.S. warehouse is 34 years, according to a...


Charlotte Seeks to Be World Class but Will We Also Have a Seat at the UN?

Last week I attended the Foundation For the Carolinas annual meeting. I look forward to the Foundation’s annual meeting each year as it attracts thousands of Charlotte’s top leaders and never fails to provide new insight into our region. This...


7 Reasons for Why Charlotte Only Ranked 7th

I got some intel on Charlotte’s residential market, and I am surprised at how we are ranked compared to our peers. Charlotte’s long been buzzed about as having one of the hottest residential markets. Yet, data from John Burns Real Estate...


Why Charlotte Didn't Make the Cut

I’m a huge Charlotte booster and I can’t stop thinking about why Charlotte didn’t make the Amazon HQ2 shortlist. So I did some research. (See a list of interesting reading I found at the end of this blog.) According to Forbes...


My Top Tasks for VA's

Many of you know of my interest in using virtual assistants. I’ve been actively using VA’s for the last four years. There’s been some trial and error for sure, but the industry has really evolved over time. I now rely on VA’s...


Things to Watch in 2018: Item 1

A new year is here and there are some exciting things to pay attention to in real estate for 2018. One item – and it’s a big one. Soon there will be an announcement about the new Toyota-Mazda plant. North Carolina is on the shortlist (one of...


Why I'm Bullish on Industrial for the Next Three Years

  Industrial Will Be Hot In 2018 There are ebullient investors in the industrial market. Here’s why. The past 12 months have been phenomenal for industrial real estate investors and developers. The market is as tight as it has ever been,...