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The New England Investor: Retail re-imagined – Different but not dead

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Have you seen our newest publication, The New England Investor? This quarterly piece delivers real estate news and insights from across Greater Boston, with a broader look at hot topics impacting the investment community locally and around the world.

In our latest issue of The New England Investor, we reflect on what’s changing in the retail market and how the future of retail will look different than it does today for investors… Read More

Tracks to Growth: 2016 Capital Markets Perspective

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Petz_Frank_Color_Casual_HiResFrom Frank Petz
Managing Director, Capital Markets

Greater Boston is in growth mode. Employment is at an all-time high and the area is experiencing a boom in population double the pace of the entire state and faster than the nation. This growth has propelled Boston into a new transformative phase – with office, retail and residential development changing the area like never before.

The development… Read More

Transit-oriented projects help multifamily sales reach record highs

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D'Amato_Travis_Color_Casual_HiResFrom Travis D’Amato
Managing Director, Capital Markets

2015 was a record year for multifamily sales volume, both locally and nationally. Across the US, investors poured nearly $139 billion into residential product, a 31% increase from 2014. In fact, the last quarter of 2015 was the strongest ever recorded, with year-over-year transaction volumes up more than 38% to $46 billion.

In the Metro Boston area alone,… Read More

Massachusetts is America’s most innovative state

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A lot of the success we’ve seen locally, with respect to commercial real estate and beyond, has been driven largely by one overarching thing, innovation. That’s part of what led GE to relocate its headquarters here, and it’s what led Boston to climb the ranks to 2nd nationally and 5th globally in JLL’s latest Cities Momentum Index.

Now, the area can add yet another accolade to the list. Massachusetts was recently crowned… Read More

Will the Dell-EMC deal spell doom or boom for Hopkinton?

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DeSimone_Phil_Color_Casual_HiResFrom Phil DeSimone
Managing Director, MetroWest Leasing Team

By now, you are well aware of Dell’s impending acquisition of Hopkinton-based technology giant EMC. Reactions to the deal have been mixed, especially as they relate to the local impact. With respect to employee headcount, Michael Dell has alluded to the potential for some “cost synergies” in the future, and indeed there have already been staff… Read More

Boston’s most dynamic market may surprise you

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There’s undeniably a ton of activity happening in the Seaport right now, but one could argue that Downtown Crossing is actually where most of the action in Boston is occurring. “I would say it’s probably the most dynamic market in the city right now,” said JLL SVP Bryan Sparkes. “We’ve seen a lot of new tenants come in here. We’ve also seen retail and residential, so it’s really become the live-work-play… Read More

Boston gains ground in latest City Momentum Index

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It should come as no surprise to anyone that Boston is on fire. You don’t have to look much further than our latest Q4 statistics to see that. And now, the city has received global recognition, coming in 2nd nationally and 5th globally in JLL’s latest City Momentum Index (CMI). London, Silicon Valley, Dublin, and Bangalore join Boston in the top five.

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How company culture impacts productivity in the workplace

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Callahan_Brendan_blogFrom Brendan Callahan
Managing Director, Integrated Portfolio Services

It should be no surprise that the future of the workplace is changing and evolving. But despite those changes, one thing remains constant: the importance of having engaged employees, and the role a company’s culture plays in that equation.

Our JLL Workplace Strategy experts recently took a look at just how important engagement and culture are, and the… Read More

5 US office market trends and what they mean for 2016

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Breslau_Ben_1_Color_Casual_HiResFrom Ben Breslau
International Director, Americas Research

As you may have read in our local Q4 Office Insights report, 2015 ended on a high note for the Greater Boston region. And it was a similar story of success on the larger US scale. As our new Q4 2015 US Office Outlook reveals, here are the 5 biggest trends and their implications on the year… Read More

Closing the book on a successful 2015

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strope_blogFrom Lisa Strope
New England Research Manager



A great 2015 was made even better in the final quarter as Greater Boston finished the year on a high note with direct average asking rents topping the previous peak at $34.04 and total vacancy rate dipping to 13.8 percent, its lowest point since 2007.

The year ended with a flurry of leasing activity closing nearly 3.5 million… Read More

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