Five Reasons I Always Go to the SIOR World Conference

Last week, I was in Denver at the annual SIOR World Conference. In advance of the meeting, I wrote the following article about why I look forward to attending these meetings year after year and sent it to my fellow SIOR members. I heard from a...


How To Successfully Hire a Virtual Stranger To Do Your Underwriting

  You, my readers, know how much I love using virtual assistants and value how they help me complete tasks while freeing up my time for more productive pursuits. This may sound to be pushing the envelope to some, but last week I got a call from...


Why You Need the Right Neighborhood

Many of us check out in the summertime, with vacations to take and the kids around more, it can be enough to just focus on getting the work done that needs to be done. I know I make an effort to give my family more of my time during the summer...


Why Economic Developers Should Just Ignore Sunken Costs

As I move among economic development circles and talk with local commercial real estate colleagues, I’m sensing a new emotion among those who are working to make Charlotte grow: Envy. Even indignation. Since Charlotte lost out on the Amazon...


Rise of the Trailer Park

Tractor-trailer parking lots are becoming interesting as an investment property. I remember when truck parking was simply a gravel lot set off somewhere almost as an afterthought. But thanks to the rise of ecommerce, tractor trailer parking has...


Fannie, Freddie and Ortlip Opine on Charlotte’s Market

One thing I love about my job is the diversity of people and experiences that I have. Recently I started my day at the Copper Kettle Restaurant off of Westinghouse Boulevard meeting with a farmer about his land. Afterward, I went home to put on a...


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...