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Jim Lob

Jim Lob

DTZ

As senior vice president of DTZ, Jim Lob co-manages the firm's brokerage operations in Dallas. His expertise lies in establishing and executing client strategy, including managing large office transactions for corporate headquarters relocations and build-to-suit projects. In his career, Lob has executed real estate transactions totaling more than $1 billion in value. Deals have ranged from 1,500 to 515,000 square feet and have included leases, build-to-suits, and sales.

Stories by Jim Lob

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Jim Lob: Commercial Real Estate and the American Dream

Young adults want to get into the commercial real estate industry again. And that's a healthy sign. They can find success—just as the preceding generations have.
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Jim Lob: A Tenant for Every Space—Downtown Tunnels

After nearly 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate business here in Dallas, I have come to the conclusion that there is probably a user for every single space out there in the marketplace. Big or small, great location or poor location, Class A quality or Class F quality. Someone, somewhere can likely use that space.
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Jim Lob: “Secession” and Commercial Real Estate

So now the state of Texas has a group of people who “want out” and want to secede from the United States. What if Texas did secede? How would that affect commercial real estate? Here few important data points.
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Commercial Real Estate

Jim Lob: Politics in Commercial Real Estate

In recent weeks, I have had three distinctly different conversations with three of my corporate clients about their space and the potential effects of the upcoming election. One is largely dependent on revenue from government contracts, one benefits more from a free-market, capitalist-driven economy, and one who gets revenue from both sides.
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Jim Lob: The Allure of Dallas—A Visitor’s Perspective

A lifelong buddy recently came to town and stayed with us for a weekend visit. He is well educated (SMU Law and much smarter than me!), works for a sophisticated financial services firm based in New York, and has lived in a number of major U.S. cities. Because he had not seen the latest version of Dallas, we decided to do a tour of the city. And boy, did his comments wake me up and remind me how lucky we are.
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Stories by Jim Lob

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Commercial Real Estate

Jim Lob: Easing Relocation Fears

I can't tell you how many times, even today, after so many advances in the process, I hear something along these lines from corporate clients; especially those who have been in the same spot for 15 or more years: “I would love to be in a new building, with new space finished as I need it today, and all those amenities. But I cannot imagine the headache it would be. My IT needs, my lost productivity, etc., etc." Under all of those words lies this fear: "How can I know—and measure—if the relocation is worth it?"
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Commercial Real Estate

Jim Lob: Partitions Versus Traditional Walls

Movable wall partitions is an option that corporate space users should be aware of and ask about when it comes time to space plan and finish out interior spaces—and certainly when a corporation owns its own facility.
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Commercial Real Estate

Jim Lob: A Drop in DFW Office Energy Costs

Here's some good news for a change: North Texas office buildings have seen energy costs go down during the past three years. Tenants in many buildings paid up to 30 percent less in 2011 than in 2008. Here are some examples.
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Commercial Real Estate

Jim Lob: Emerging Factors in Office Space Decisions

The criteria used to make office space choices has changed over the years. Although some factors will always seem to hit the screen as important business drivers, new elements are surfacing over and over again. It used to be simply a matter of “location, location, location." That is still crucial, of course, but other considerations are also coming into play.
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Commercial Real Estate

Jim Lob: Why Local Market Knowledge is Critical

Over the past two years we have had the occasion to actively work on three to five lease requirements in two different submarkets: North Dallas and Las Colinas. What a difference a few months can make in market conditions—and solving the puzzle for clients with the exact same set of options.
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