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Quick Look: Real Estate Blog Library

Welcome to the real estate Quick Look Blog library. Here, you'll find a consolidated view of real estate related blog articles from the Deloitte Center for Financial Services Quick Look blog. Join Jim Eckenrode, executive director, Surabhi Sheth, real estate research leader and others as they discuss issues facing the real estate industry today.

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Recent posts

Green bonds: Diversifying funding options for commercial real estate
Posted by Saurabh Mahajan, Assistant Manager, Real Estate, Deloitte Center for Financial Services, Deloitte Services LP, on September 10, 2014
Sustainability has progressively become a key business issue for commercial real estate players. In 2014, these players took a different path to finance sustainability efforts with green bonds. Green bonds are a relatively new and innovative financial product rising in popularity. Find out why these companies are seeking newer options, such as green bonds, to fund their sustainability efforts.

When regulation and innovation collide: Lessons for financial services
Posted by Jim Eckenrode, executive director of the Deloitte Center for Financial Services, Deloitte Services LP, on August 20, 2014
Technology is changing the game in the financial services industry, with companies and start-ups offering new products and services every day — changing the status quo and keeping the industry on its toes. How can firms stay a step ahead, leveraging technology to increase engagement with customers, develop new products, and ultimately monetize these efforts? And where do the regulators fit within this disruptive innovation — are they being forced to play catch up?

Retail real estate: Back to the stores
Posted by Surabhi Sheth, Real Estate research leader, Deloitte Center for Financial Services, Deloitte Services LP, on August 06, 2014
Retailers are embracing technology like never before to enhance their brand and customer experience in physical stores. Physical stores continue to remain core to creating an innovative and lasting shopping experience. This means that retail real estate owners (RREOs) need to increase collaboration with retailers to make stores technology-enabled. How can RREOs achieve tech-enabled collaboration?

Sustainability in commercial real estate: Walking the green talk
Posted by Surabhi Sheth, Real Estate research leader, Deloitte Services LP, on June 04, 2014
"Green buildings" and "sustainability" are buzzwords in the commercial real estate (CRE) sector, among policy makers and environmentalists alike; taking green to the next level is an omnipresent challenge. The question is, are we walking the walk, or just talking?

Ride the wave of Chinese investment in U.S. real estate
Posted by Saurabh Mahajan, Assistant Manager, Real Estate, Deloitte Services LP, on May 7, 2014
The current Chinese inflow can potentially reshape foreign property ownership in the United States, which traditionally has been dominated by Canadian and Australian investors. What does it mean for the U.S. commercial real estate players?

Commercial real estate mergers & acquisitions: Is it only about capital and location?
Posted by Surabhi Sheth, Real Estate research leader, Deloitte Services LP, on March 19, 2014
Capital availability for U.S. commercial real estate (CRE) has increased gradually since the financial crisis. What approach should CRE companies adopt while assessing potential M&A and transaction activity?

Financial services emerge from winter: Was it an ice storm or an ice age?
Posted by Jim Eckenrode, executive director of the Deloitte Center for Financial Services, Deloitte Services LP, on February 19, 2014
After reflecting on our most recent industry outlooks, it seems the various sectors within financial services seem to be headed in polar opposite directions. What we are looking at now is a bifurcated industry, with some firms looking to expand and diversify, while others are streamlining and simplifying.

Fed tapering = REIT returns tapering or more?
Posted by Surabhi Sheth, Real Estate research leader, Deloitte Services LP, on February 05, 2014
The Federal Reserve announced at the end of 2013, the tapering of its quantitative easing (QE) program. How big of an effect will this have on the commercial real estate industry? And what does the Fed tapering mean for the broader economy?

Sunrise, sunset: Getting a jump on planning for 2014
Posted by Jim Eckenrode, executive director of the Deloitte Center for Financial Services, Deloitte Services LP, on December 17, 2013

The launch of Deloitte's financial services 2014 outlooks has already begun and will be completed after the first of the year. This blog post provides a sneak peak across the sector outlooks.

Cybersecurity: Not your father's vault
Posted by Jim Eckenrode, executive director, Deloitte Center for Financial Services, Deloitte Services LP, on December 10, 2013
Perhaps even more than the increased frequency of attacks on financial institutions, is the emergence of new threat actors, that is driving the need for many financial institutions to reevaluate their cybersecurity programs.

The geography of innovation: Does it matter?
Posted by Jim Eckenrode, executive director, Deloitte Center for Financial Services, Deloitte Services LP, on November 4, 2013
Innovation. Some may view it as yet another over-hyped buzzword. Others view it as the key to survival in an ever more expanding and dynamic environment. Lately it appears much more of the latter than the former, financial services executives have a real interest in innovation and in particular, how to make it happen.

Post recession: Have we come to the fork in the road — how to choose which one we take?
Posted by Jim Eckenrode, executive director of the Deloitte Center for Financial Services, Deloitte Services LP, on September 24, 2013
Have we reached an inflection point as the U.S. economy recovers from the 2008 recession? As the economy and industry recovers, are we entering the "new normal"?

Bridging the gap between left and right-brained thinking in financial services
Posted by Jim Eckenrode, executive director of the Deloitte Center for Financial Services, Deloitte Services LP, on August 13, 2013

How might the financial services industry stay a step ahead by mixing analytical with creative thinking?

The spear versus the shield: Which will lead the industry?
Posted by Jim Eckenrode, executive director of the Deloitte Center for Financial Services, Deloitte Services LP, on June 25, 2013
The Chinese word for paradox, maodun, literally means "spear-shield." In financial services, the spear can be viewed as innovation and the shield as regulation. This blog post discusses how technology may enable the two to work together.

Wait and see or wait and miss out? How next-gen mobility may shake the industry to its core
Posted by Jim Eckenrode, executive director of the Deloitte Center for Financial Services, Deloitte Services LP, on June 18, 2013
Financial services leaders that take the "wait and see" approach may miss out on the next big thing.

Finance transformation in commercial real estate — Technology is key
Posted by Surabhi Sheth, Real Estate research leader, Deloitte Services LP, on December 3, 2013
In the commercial real estate sector, how have the requirements of the modern finance organization shifted? How are CFOs roles increasing to focus on improving cost efficiency and competitiveness, as well as using enhanced technology and analytics to deliver strategic insights?

Future cities — changing shape and form of real estate
Posted by Surabhi Sheth, Real Estate research leader, Deloitte Services LP, on October 22, 2013
The real estate sector would do well to evolve along with cities and play a more critical role using its knowledge and expertise in the development of a city as it links into every aspect – from land acquisition to master planning, construction, finance and estate management. Does this imply that private real estate can and should be in the driver's seat as cities evolve?

Impending expiration of TRIA – A race to the finish line?
Posted by Surabhi Sheth, Real Estate research leader, Deloitte Services LP, on September 3, 2013
With the pending expiration of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), what's next for commercial real estate developers and the market for terrorism coverage?

Is it time yet? Redesign your commercial real estate space
Posted by Surabhi Sheth, Real Estate research leader, Deloitte Services LP, on July 23, 2013
This blog post discusses how commercial real estate companies may need to redesign space as we move to a virtual world.

The little growth engine that could: Non-traditional commercial real estate REIT structures 
Posted by Surabhi Sheth, Real Estate research leader, on June 18, 2013
The real estate investment trust (REIT) structure draws attention of property owners and investors alike. So what makes it so appealing?

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