Each year, nearly 100 commercial real estate pros—experts in their given fields spanning architecture, brokerage, debt and equity, construction, development, property management, economic development, and more—share wisdom on our D CEO Real Estate website. You, dear reader, spent hours reading the nearly 300 blog posts our Contributing Editors shared in 2017. Here are the top 10 most-read blogs of the year.
10. David Walters’ Building Bridges: You Can’t Have DFW Without Fort Worth
While each of our cities may have their own unique identities and personalities, our real estate development DNA confirms we come from the same lineage. Fort Worth is doing its best to make sure the region’s growth is not one-sided.
MPF Research ranked Dallas’ “in-town” market the 14th busiest in the country, with 6,971 units under construction in 2016 and occupancy hovering around 95 percent. With more supply on the horizon, the concern for absorption of this new housing is diminished simply by the real estate mantra: location, location, location.
8. Jennifer Pierson’s A Message to Young Brokers
Virtually everyone in this business is showing up at work every day to make more money and create a better life for themselves. If you can help them do that, you will earn their business.
7. Lauren Napper’s A Pendulum Shift Back to Dallas’ Central Business District
It’s exciting to see downtown Dallas mature and come into its own, and to see the mojo of Uptown spill over into downtown. It all adds up to more choices for companies looking to move and grow here, and a solid future for the city as a whole.
6. Colleen Martindale‘s What it’s Like to be a Woman in Construction
Early in my career I often felt like I had to downplay my femininity to fit in, or act like “one of the guys” to get people to relax around me or take me seriously. I don’t do that anymore.
5. Frank McCafferty’s How DFW Can Become the Next Mega-City
Based on geography, demographics, and economic and development history, Southern California may be the best region to examine for determining if North Texas is on the way up mega-city status—and how to prepare.
4. Kourtny Garrett and Dustin Bullard’s Why Modern Streetcar is Important for Downtown and the City
Regardless of the specific route of the Central Dallas Link, two things are important: one, we must seize this immediate opportunity to advance a project that is long overdue and essential to advancing a larger system, and two, we must start planning future phases of that larger system now.
3. Celeste Fowden’s Combing Through the Tangles of Motherhood and a Career in Commercial Real Estate
The thing we try to avoid most with clients is having them feel that we are too busy for an assignment or that we are “big-timing” them for another deal or another client. Oh wait, there is something worse … that time when you have to call a client back because your 2-year-old decided to smear their dirty diaper all over themselves and the brand new furniture and wanted to show you their artwork.
2. Scott Beck and Andrew Friedman’s Why Did Dallas Grow North?
Northward growth is as strong as ever in Dallas-Fort Worth, and it continues today at breakneck pace in cities like Frisco, Prosper, Allen, and McKinney. But there is no reason why we can’t change the tide.
- Ari Rastegar’s The Irresistible Rise of Private Equity Real Estate
Private equity real estate can deliver a tangible financial return—and preserve capital—even in today’s yield-starved market. If all else goes wrong, and barring war or a major global disaster, property will continue to exist long after fiat paper money and other traditional investments have imploded or even vanished.