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,...


Why You'll Be Seeing Me in a Tutu

I’m “tutu” excited to share some news – I’ll be Dancing with the Stars for the Charlotte Ballet this spring. The Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte Gala pairs local business and civic leaders with the professional...


From China to Spartanburg - Watch for the Money to Roll In

I recently attended the SIOR conference and visited with some of the most active office and industrial brokers and investors in the country. We mingled and talked about the market and about what’s happening to transaction volume these days....


The Four Things That Matter

I have a bunch of work-related travel coming up next month. Perhaps like your industry, Fall is the time for Annual Conferences when groups get together to talk about the year. My most active affiliations are Counselors of Real Estate (CRE),...


From Bluz to Bezos - Charlotte bets on slam poetry to lure Amazon

I was lucky to be part of a small group that got an exclusive peek at a snapshot of the RFP response Charlotte submitted to Amazon last week. In short: Those of us who saw the video included in the RFP had our jaws drop at what we saw, as it was so...


Alexa: Where's Home?

I can’t get Amazon off my mind as the deadline looms closer for cities and regions wanting to land the retail giant’s second headquarters. And it seems the same way for many others in town as well. Last week, I met with dozens of other...


How to Prime the Amazon Deal in Charlotte's Favor

Efforts to lure Amazon’s newest headquarters are becoming nutty, according to media reports. In Georgia, the Stonecrest City Council has offered to de-annex some land and name it the city of Amazon; Birmingham installed gigantic Amazon delivery...