Author: Beth Mattson-Teig
Beth Mattson-Teig is a freelance business writer and editor based in Minneapolis, Minn. She specializes in commercial real estate and finance topics. Beth writes for several national business and industry publications, and she is the author of numerous white papers.
Articles by Beth Mattson-Teig
- As Buildings Get Smarter, Managing the Added Security Risk
Published on November 08, 2017 in Market Trends
Innovations in sensors, digital tech, and the “internet of things” (IoT) have created connected buildings that are becoming standard fare today. That evolution in building tech is generating more operating efficiencies—and opening the door to bigger cyber security risks.
- Industrial Continues to Shine as ULI Forecast Calls for Slower Growth
Published on October 13, 2017 in Capital Markets
The latest ULI Real Estate Economic Forecast is predicting more positive momentum ahead for both the economy and the commercial real estate industry through 2019. That being said, the pace of growth is slowing and the survey of 48 economists and analysts clearly reveals some lowering of expectations.
- Forecast Calls for Slower Growth in California, But Bullish on Los Angeles
Published on August 28, 2017 in Market Trends
California may be easing into a soft landing with signs of “ebbing optimism” among developers on the three-year outlook for the state’s commercial and multifamily real estate markets. The latest Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast California Commercial Real Estate Survey indicates slower growth ahead in the office, retail, and industrial sectors, but developers are more positive about opportunities in Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
- Twin Cities Employers Bumping Up against Employee/Housing Mismatch
Published on July 31, 2017 in Market Trends
The Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area is a prime example of how strong employment growth is putting a strain on the housing supply available in many U.S. cities. Since 2000, the number of Twin Cities households that face a housing cost burden—defined as spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing—has increased by 25 percent to a total of 199,000 households as of 2015, according to the Metropolitan Council.
- U.S. Affordability Issues Increase as Household Growth Rebounds in Harvard Report
Published on June 22, 2017 in Market Trends
The latest research from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, makes a solid case that the U.S. housing market is firmly on the road to recovery. Yet the report also shines a spotlight on the problems still in play, namely insufficient supply and rising costs that are creating challenges for both renters and homebuyers.
- T3 Office in Minneapolis Is Another Step Forward for Timber Construction
Published on April 20, 2017 in Planning & Design
Hines is widely known for building glass-and-steel skyscrapers. So, it would seem that the developer is going a bit against the grain in its latest endeavor with a boutique office property in Minneapolis made largely of wood.
- Why Aren’t More Small Apartment Projects Built?
Published on April 14, 2017 in Planning & Design
Large, luxury apartment and condo developments have been dominating headlines and casting a big shadow over the “little guys” in rental housing. A new report released by Enterprise Community Partners and the Bedrosian Center on Governance at the University of Southern California aims to call attention to this overlooked segment of the market.
- Calculating the Cost of Excess Parking in Transit-Oriented Developments
Published on February 14, 2017 in Sustainability
A new study of TOD and parking, Empty Spaces, which focused on five case studies and was released by Smart Growth America in partnership with the University of Utah’s College of Architecture and Planning, found that even some of the top TOD projects in the United States had built too much parking.
- How U.S. Communities Are Adapting to Climate Change
Published on December 21, 2016 in Sustainability
Taking the necessary steps to prepare for climate change—and the extreme weather events that go along with it—can be a daunting task. A new report includes separate case studies of distinct adaptation actions from a diverse group of 17 communities across the nation from Boston to El Paso, Texas.
- Loosening the Restrictions on FHA Condo Finance
Published on August 15, 2016 in Development
Congress has thrown its support behind new legislation that aims to fix some of the problems in the condo financing program of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act (H.R. 3700) will loosen some of the more stringent regulatory requirements specific to condo mortgage insurance that were introduced in the wake of the housing finance crisis.
- Highlighting the Growth, Economic Opportunity in Walkable Urban Places
Published on July 15, 2016 in Development
New research shows that not only are walkable urban places (WalkUPs) in metropolitan areas ranging from New York City to Knoxville, Tennessee, on the rise nationally, but also the growing demand to locate in those areas is translating into significantly higher real estate rents.
- Even in Affordable U.S. Cities, Energy Adds to Cost of Housing
Published on May 13, 2016 in Sustainability
Improving energy efficiency in low-income households could create a ripple effect of health, economic, and environmental benefits for individuals, families, and communities, says a new report on low-income households in 48 of the largest U.S. cities.
- Mapping Access to Transit, Jobs across the United States
Published on May 09, 2016 in Infrastructure
The Chicago-based nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and New York City–based TransitCenter unveiled an interactive transit tool in April that maps the access, quality, and use of transit across 371 cities in the United States, aggregating and mapping data from 805 transit agencies, 15,070 routes, and 543,787 bus and rail stops nationwide.
- Stepping on the Scale: The Impact of Incentivizing Benchmarking for Building Owners
Published on March 03, 2016 in Sustainability
For sustainable buildings, the topic moving to the forefront is benchmarking to raise the bar on efforts to reduce energy use and carbon emissions. Benchmarking of building energy consumption provides a number of advantages for building owners, occupants, and the broader community.
- Retail Trends to Watch in 2016: Food as the True Anchor
Published on March 02, 2016 in Market Trends
It could be a bumpy first half of the year for retail real estate: Despite continued improvement in key fundamentals and a strengthening U.S. economy, the retail sector is bracing for a bigger shake-out in store closures in the next few months.
- Making the Case for More Innovation Districts
Published on December 15, 2015 in Development
Over the past decade, innovation districts have been popping up around the globe, from Barcelona to Seattle. Although there is no “cookie cutter” formula to these technology-centric developments, they do have some elements in common, including a major anchor institution and a shared goal of bringing together a mix of uses within a dense urban setting.
- Remaking the Midwest: Mixed Use and the Rise of 18-Hour Cities
Published on November 25, 2015 in Development
A new report from CBRE says that major metropolitan area in the U.S. Midwest are experiencing a surge in urban revitalization, with downtown populations doubling over the last decade in cities like Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Kansas City, Missouri.
- Despite Looming Clouds, Bright Forecast for U.S. Real Estate
Published on October 02, 2015 in Capital Markets
The latest ULI Real Estate Consensus Forecast calls for relatively smooth sailing ahead as it relates to both continued economic growth and a favorable outlook for commercial real estate investment. But the forecast, which includes survey responses from 48 economists and analysts at 36 leading real estate organizations, is not as bullish as it was six months ago, and there are headwinds looming that are expected to temper growth heading into 2017.
- Net Zero Becoming a Reality for New and Refurbished Housing
Published on August 03, 2015 in Sustainability
Experts at ULI’s recent Housing Opportunity 2015 conference in Minneapolis, however, say that today’s buildings are moving ever closer to net zero becoming a practical reality.
- Improving Educational Opportunities for Cities and Suburbs
Published on July 27, 2015 in Market Trends
Affordable housing projects are often ground zero for the achievement gap that exists in the United States said panelists at the ULI Housing Opportunity conference. Nearly one in four American children (22 percent as of 2013) live in poverty, with half of those children living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty.
- Emerging Best Practices for More Resilient Communities
Published on July 27, 2015 in Sustainability
“The hard truth is that we really have to rebuild and build new with the expectation of likely extreme weather in the future,” said Harriet Tregoning, principal deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, speaking on a ULI panel.
- Cisneros: Change Is the Constant in Urban Revitalization
Published on July 20, 2015 in Market Trends
For the first time in history, more people are living in urban centers than in rural areas. “It is an amazing thing that is happening around the world,” said Henry G. Cisneros, founder and chairman of CityView, a developer and investment management firm focused on urban residential real estate in the western United States. The former secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said, “The jury is still out on how this plays [out], but we do know where people are going to be. They are going to be in these urban settings, and they are going to be very powerful places.”
- Report: Construction Lags as U.S. Homeownership Continues to Slide
Published on June 26, 2015 in Market Trends
U.S. homeownership rates continue to slide, single-family construction remains near historic lows, and existing-home sales have slowed, according to Harvard's State of the Nation’s Housing 2015 report.
- Study: One-Fifth of Americans See Worst Housing Crisis Ever
Published on June 22, 2015 in Market Trends
New research suggests that the United States is still in the thick of a housing crisis as it relates to the accessibility of high-quality affordable housing for both homeowners and renters.
- Converting Mill Space into Affordable Housing in the Twin Cities
Published on June 10, 2015 in Development
Minneapolis-based Dominium is cooking up a new use for the former Pillsbury flour mill complex on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Four buildings on the 3.2-acre (1.3 ha) site are being transformed into the A-Mill Artist Lofts, a 251-unit affordable housing project that will serve working artists.
- Tenant Star Legislation Embraces Voluntary Benchmarking
Published on May 07, 2015 in Sustainability
Nearly four years in the making, a new federal law authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to jointly create a voluntary Tenant Star program aimed at providing national recognition to tenants who design, construct, and operate highly energy-efficient leased spaces in commercial buildings.
- Downtowns Rank Highly on AARP’s New Livability Index
Published on April 23, 2015 in Sustainability
Mifflin West of Madison, Wisconsin, was named America's most livable neighborhood in AARP's Livability index, followed by the Upper West Side of New York and Boston's Downtown Crossing.