The coronavirus hit the economy and commercial real estate like a hurricane. Read the Cover Story

Summer 2020 Issue

office space

Will Teleworking Change the Future of the Office?

By: Shawn Moura, Ph.D., and Trey Barrineau

The COVID-19 pandemic might not have a massive economic effect on the office sector, but it could spark big new ideas on the use of space.      

retail sector

Pain Spreads Wide in Retail and Hospitality

By: Shawn Moura, Ph.D., and Trey Barrineau

The effects of the coronavirus hit these sectors earlier, faster and more deeply than other areas of commercial real estate.      

e-commerce warehouse

Amazon Could Provide a Peek at Industrial’s Post-COVID Future

By: Ed Klimek

The e-commerce giant understands how to connect products and consumers.      

CRE industry research

Experts Speak: COVID-19’s Impact on Commercial Real Estate

By: Ron Derven

Industry researchers respond to the crisis and take a look at what’s on the horizon.      

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Must-Read Articles

finance

CRE Loan Defaults: A Brief Guide for Lenders and Borrowers

By: Clayton Gantz, Steve Edwards and Tom Muller
The coronavirus pandemic could create a lot of distressed assets.
financial return

Five Issues Landlords Should Consider Regarding a Pandemic's Impact on Commercial Tenants

By: Michael Stewart
Many tenants need rent relief, but what are the best ways to go about providing it?
construction site

Construction Considerations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By: Marie Ruff
An open, collaborative mindset is important in these unprecedented times.
cleaning and sanitation

COVID-19 Could Lead to Cleaner, Healthier Buildings

By: Trey Barrineau
Expanded sanitation processes and improved HVAC systems could become standard in the years ahead.
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Property Owners Must Prepare for Potential COVID-19 Liability Issues

By: Ron Derven
During a pandemic, business-interruption insurance may not be a panacea.
finance negotiation

Negotiating with Tenants During a Major Economic Disruption

By: Ron Derven
Flexibility is a must, but document everything as specifically as possible.
digital brokering

Force Majeure During a Pandemic: What You Need to Know

By: Grace Winters and Timi Anyon Hallem
It’s crucial to review contracts during uncertain times.

Related Research and Publications

Midyear Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Commercial Real Estate Development Industry

By: Stephen S. Fuller, Ph.D. Research Foundation
The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned Steve Fuller, Ph.D., professor emeritus at George Mason University, to undertake a study of the 2020 mid-year economy and how second quarter shocks may influence commercial real estate development in the future.

The Evolution of the Warehouse: Trends in Technology, Design, Development and Delivery

By: Steve Weikal and James Robert Scott Research Foundation
The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to provide the real estate development community with insight into current and future trends in building and logistics technologies and their implications for industrial real estate. Steve Weikal and James Robert Scott, researchers at the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab, interviewed professionals specializing in industrial building design and automated systems to identify emerging trends that will be of interest to industrial developers, building owners and tenants.

Industrial Space Demand Forecast, Third Quarter 2020

By: Dr. Hany Guirguis, Manhattan College and Dr. Timothy Savage, New York University Research Foundation
Although industrial real estate has outperformed other commercial property types this year due to a surge in e-commerce, broader macroeconomic indicators suggest industrial space absorption will decline sharply in Q3 2020 and then rebound to positive levels in Q2 2021.

Perspectives

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COVID-19: An Unprecedented Situation Demands an Extraordinary Response

By: Thomas J. Bisacquino
NAIOP rises to the challenge.

Commercial Real Estate Pitches in to Fight COVID-19

By: Richard Tucker
Industry’s charitable efforts help save lives and ease the economic burdens of the pandemic.

A New Direction for CRE

By: Jennifer LeFurgy
Although pandemics are not necessarily outliers, I don’t think many of us could have predicted the events of the past months.

In Times Like This...

By: Larry Lance
It’s during times like this that we have to prioritize what’s most important.

Former NAIOP Chairman Jim Neyer Retires

Jim Neyer, NAIOP’s national chairman in 2018, retired from AI.Neyer on May 1.

Additional Articles

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COVID-19 Challenges: Approaching a Mortgage Lender for Help

By: Trey Barrineau
Important advice for borrowers who own buildings where tenants are in trouble.
US capitol

Washington Responds to COVID-19

By: NAIOP Government Affairs Staff
Congress and the Federal Reserve took unprecedented action to shore up businesses, including commercial real estate.
FirstNet public safety network

The Importance of In-Building Wireless for the FirstNet Emergency Network

By: Ted Hebron
A dedicated digital network for first responders might require modifications to commercial properties.
motherboard

See Spot the Construction Robot Run, Climb, Scan, and More

By: Trey Barrineau
The coronavirus pandemic could push contractors to consider technological solutions to labor issues.

Research Foundation Report

This research brief provides an overview of best practices in improving safety against the coronavirus for building owners and employers. It focuses on immediate measures to improve building safety. Available Now!

Navigating a Safe Return to Work