All Blog Entries by Kris Lindahl

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The Future Seems Steady for Minneapolis Commercial Real EstateThe mood of commercial real estate professionals in the Twin Cities appears to have shifted from an expectation that top-of-the-cycle declines would soon begin to be felt to a more optimistic outlook for the first year of the new decade. A survey of 50 commercial real estate industry leaders, conducted by the University of St. Thomas in May 2019, reported new optimism when compared with results of a 2018 assessment of opportunities and challenges.

Survey Results Signal Stability

Although the overall survey response remains "slightly pessimistic," there are mood upswings in important areas, including a nine-point increase in expected investor return during the coming two years. The survey is designed to forecast movement in the commercial real

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Housing Development is the Basis of Minneapolis' New Growth PlanIn the Twin Cities today—and for the foreseeable future—one must look up. Real estate development is going higher and higher, particularly in Minneapolis. That's not only a metaphor for physical growth and rising prices, but it's an observation in a literal sense. High-rise buildings are the new normal throughout the city, not only in the urban core, but now in Dinkytown and uptown as well. And those high-rises are as likely to be mixed-use developments with retail, office space and affordable apartments as they are to be luxury condominiums.

That skyward focus is most likely here to stay, but there is also something new at ground level, if the city's current efforts to deal with population and employment growth trends, transportation needs and

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Development Conference to Explore Current Trends, Local ConcernsAlthough the CRE world is never static, there are some mixed signals that deserve closer examination as the new year gets underway. A one-day event planned for March 12 at The Dayton's Project, 700 Nicollet Ave. in downtown Minneapolis, will focus on topics that anyone involved in commercial real estate, building, leasing or development in the Twin Cities won't want to miss.

Touching on topics that range from zoning concerns to modular construction to the effect of tariffs on the cost of materials, individual speakers and panels will consider the hard questions and try to find consensus about how to deal with challenges.

Scheduled speakers will include Shauen Pierce, director of economic development and inclusion policy for the city of

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New Lease Accounting Standards Will Require Diligent Effort for ComplianceIt's tax season.

Amid the collective groans from business firms and individuals alike, there are also some new standards that will affect private companies and non-profits with a lot of leased space on the books. The new standards are already in effect for publicly held corporations.

Updated standards were originally timed to become effective in December 2019 for all business entities, but the target date for implementation by private firms is now the first fiscal reporting year after December 15, 2020. Even with the year-long reprieve, the change may well be burdensome, according to some tax accountants.

Affected businesses must treat operating leases as liabilities, according to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), under the new

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New Deloitte Survey Taps into CRE Enthusiam for 2020The commercial real estate world is changing, according to an insightful Deloitte survey of CRE executives. Location, while still important, may no longer be the prime driver of success. Today, tenant experience is at the forefront, say leaders in the field from more than 10 nations. Their assessment may alter the focus of future development.


Here is what to look at for 2020 and beyond.

Rather than focusing on the physical, the new emphasis is on something a bit more difficult to define and analyze. It's an evolution of sorts, based on a 2016 prediction by Deloitte analysts that the "new mantra" for commercial real estate would become a three-legged stool of "location, information, and analytics."

Those same analysts now say the industry has

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A Decade Later, Developers Envision Successful West End DevelopmentSometimes ideas don't play out exactly as planned. When ambitious plans were unveiled more than a decade ago for The Shops at West End in St. Louis Park, it was with hopes that the $400 million mixed-use project would enjoy certain success. The first phase was to be a first-class retail center, followed by apartments, offices, restaurants and hotels.

In 2008, those early hopes were dashed by the looming recession. The initial shopping center has not been a major success. Even today, more than one quarter of the space remains vacant. Other developments planned were subsequently scrapped by Duke Realty Corp., the original developer, a firm that altered its strategy and pulled away from the project in 2011.

But the story didn't end there. Today,

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How to Plan in Place to Deal with Facility EmergenicesWith freak weather occurrences, from hurricanes and tornadoes with associated flooding, to wild fires, blistering heat and prolonged subzero temperatures headlining the news throughout the country, it seems that risk has become the new normal. If that is so, what preparations and precautions are necessary to protect commercial office tenants?

Building codes and energy requirements have become more stringent in the past couple of decades, but weather conditions have also become more challenging. Is there anything Crow Wing building managers can do to prevent damage and assure that business operations will continue, despite what seems like more frequent storms?

The fact is weather conditions in all parts of the world seem to be regularly more

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Office Space, Multi-family Development Become the Focus for 2020 MinneapolisDespite some mixed reports earlier in the year, and the sometimes conflicting assessments of those who track statistics and trends, the end of year forecast for the coming year—across the nation—is relatively bright.

According to Kiplinger's economic outlook, states face challenges on several fronts, but U.S. revenue is on the rise—both from sales of goods and personal and corporate taxes—marking serious and robust growth not experienced since before the Great Recession. That's good news, but the forecast isn't equally encouraging for all states and regions.

Healthy tax revenues are expected to continue for the next several quarters, due to continuing low employment and slowly rising incomes. Coupled with modest inflation and high energy prices,

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Office Gains Are Part of Twin Cities CRE Good NewsEven though there were some mixed signals earlier in 2019, the Minneapolis and St. Paul office forecast for the year is expected to remain strong, performing better than the national average. The summer Yardi-Matrix Report provides an in-depth glimpse at local market activity for the first six months of the year.

Key Points of Pride

Although the report notes that year-over-year sales activity was somewhat slower in June, overall the annual gain is expected to exceed 2018's $1.4 billion volume, an impressive achievement. And that's just the tip of the iceberg in terms of good news for the Twin Cities market.

The local market is seen to be strong, no matter what specific numbers are examined:

  • Demand for office space remains high;
  • Asking
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Does Agriculture Represent a New Direction for Real Estate Investment?It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the Twin Cities, and the state of Minnesota overall, would be a focal point of innovation and startup funds for agricultural and food-related enterprises. After all, both are well within local tradition and culture, and the Midwest is all about farming and food. But somehow, until relatively recently, what is now termed "Ag-tech" hasn't gained a lot of traction with business investors. Likewise, commercial real estate investment has traditionally not included much in the way of agriculture. Farming, no matter how it's performed, is often deemed risky business. Agriculture is still sometimes viewed as "not business," and the thought of modernizing with anything other than sweat and hard labor has been long in

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