Monthly Archives: January 2014

JLL and Staubach bet on Broncos

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After picking last year’s winner, JLL once again turns to commercial real estate stats to pick the winner of the big game.

Our Americas Executive Chairman Roger Staubach, is making a bold prognostication for Sunday’s championship in New York. He’s picking the Denver Broncos to defeat the Seattle Seahawks.

Getting the best GC for your project

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Tom_Oconnor_colorFrom Tom O’Connor
Senior Vice President, Project and Development Services



After the Boston construction industry hit rock bottom in 2010, it slowly recovered over the next two years. Since August 2012, however, construction activity has jumped. Today Boston is experiencing almost the fastest construction employment growth in the country.


While all of… Read More

New BRA takes shape

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From Charlie Flynn
Research Analyst



Marty Walsh

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Two weeks after Mayor Walsh’s inauguration, the Boston Redevelopment Authority remains one of the more politically contentious issues in Boston politics.

Feeding into the speculation that Mayor Menino might use last minute appointments to… Read More

Frank Petz moderates REFA’s Annual Forecast Luncheon

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A snapshot from the REFA Annual Forecast at Wilmer Hale’s offices at 60 State Street in downtown Boston.


Frank Petz, Managing Director for our Capital Markets team in Boston, recently served as moderator for the Real Estate Finance Professionals Association (REFA)’s Annual Forecasting Luncheon. The panel was composed… Read More

Boston enters 2014 on solid ground

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Lori Mabardi headshotFrom Lori Mabardi
Research Director





Our fourth quarter 2013 data and analysis for Greater Boston reveals that the region ended the year on a good note. The market registered 5.6 percent rent growth year-over-year, and a positive 602,000 square feet in direct net absorption.

Through November, the Greater Boston NECTA added 52,000 jobs, a level unseen since the early 2000s. The… Read More

Tech talk: Kapa Biosystems

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Decembrele_Chris_Color_Casual_From Chris Decembrele Vice President Suburban Brokerage   One of the benefits of our work in the dynamic New England tech sector is the opportunity to help so many firms create the perfect space to support their continued growth. I recently connected with John Foskett, a co-founder and technical director of Kapa Biosystems, to get his thoughts on their new U.S. headquarters at Ballardvale Office

Boston — one of the world’s top markets

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Greater Boston has emerged as one the world’s top markets for real estate investment. Buildings in all classes and sizes sold across the landscape last year. This cross-section is evident in three transactions executed by our Capital Markets group in just the last 30 days.

We represented AEW Capital Management and Saracen Properties in the $56.7… Read More

Sustainability — it’s about time

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BestBobFrom Bob Best
Executive Vice President



We have been wasting our time…literally.

While everyone has been connecting sustainable workspace with energy savings and improved recycling, we have missed the biggest impact of all. Time.

Research into sustainable workspace and its impact on worker productivity has been going on for years, but it’s finally coalescing into a concept that will fuel the next leap forward for… Read More