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Pauline Nee

Pauline Nee
Pauline is the head of content for Honest Buildings. For over twelve years in the commercial real estate industry, she has held diverse roles focused on product development, digital marketing, user research, web design and arts programming.
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6 Absurd Things CRE Teams Say About Approvals and How to Address Them

The commercial real estate approvals process is one of the more frustrating components in a project cycle. It is predictable and unavoidable and expansive, encompassing budgets, vendor selection, invoices and change orders. But somehow it’s usually neglected—not in being completed, but in being optimized.

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5 Problems Good Cost Tracking Can Uncover in Your CRE Projects

Capital, construction and tenant improvement projects involve numerous evolving and shifting factors, making good cost tracking practices essential to accurately monitor project spend against the budget. But smart property owners and managers know that job financials can also be one of the best places to uncover early warning signs that a CRE project might be in jeopardy.

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McKinsey Construction Report Has Compelling Advice for CRE Owners

McKinsey & Company released an insightful report on why the construction industry lags so far behind other major industries in productivity, and what can be done to fix the problem.

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CRE Experts' Tips on Controlling the Cost of Tenant Improvements

Tenant improvement projects are getting a lot of attention even in the early days of 2017. In the article Manhattan Office Owners Pay to Keep Tenants as Demand Falls, Bloomberg News reported, “Manhattan office landlords are facing falling rents and heightened competition, spurring unprecedented spending to accommodate tenants.” Owners in Midtown Manhattan are undertaking broad swaths of projects, including TI projects, not only to stay competitive but also in preparation for refinancing.

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8 Warning Signs You Need a CRE Project Management Platform

If you own at least a few buildings, you likely have a project management system in place—whether it’s based in Excel or email or elements of other tools that have been cobbled together. But relying on a system of generic tools to drive complex decisions is nowhere near as efficient as using a project management platform that is designed specifically for commercial real estate organizations.

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Mid-Year CRE Tech Outlook: Five Industry Experts Weigh In

Now that more than half the year is behind us, we wanted to check in on the state of the CRE Tech sector. At the start of the year, we found several sources that predicted continued growth in real estate technology investment and deployment, and a few sources that saw some trouble on the horizon. 

As it happens, leaders from across the industry spent the summer looking closely at activity from Q1/Q2 and assessing what that means for the remainder of the year and beyond. Overall, analysis indicates that CRE technology will continue to gain traction, but widespread adoption still poses the biggest challenge.

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NAIOP Study Sees Continued Growth in US Construction Spending [REPORT]

The NAIOP research foundation has released its annual report, Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate; a study filled with statistical analysis on pre-construction, site development, on-site construction, tenant improvement and operations expenditures across office, industrial, warehouse and retail real estate in the US.

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How Boston Properties and LendLease use CRE tech to aggregate data

It’s easy to be fairly dazzled by some of the recent technology-related success stories emerging in commercial real estate.

Just think of how Hightower and VTS make owners’ and property managers’ lives easier by injecting technology into the leasing management process.

Or how Compstak leverages crowdsourcing to revolutionize the process of amassing comp data—formerly an arduous, labor-intensive, hit-or-miss undertaking.

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McKinsey finds staggering increase in construction cost overruns [REPORT]

A recent report published by global consulting firm McKinsey & Company reveals some troubling facts about the health of the construction industry. Across sectors and asset classes, large projects are taking longer than anticipated and running significantly over budget.

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What Commercial Real Estate Can Learn from Uber According to Ten-X Founder

The largest transaction to ever occur online totaled a whopping $96 million—and it happened through Jeff Frieden's site Ten-X. Formerly known as Auction.com, Ten-X is the country's largest real estate marketplace, facilitating sales of commercial buildings, traditional homes and distressed properties. 

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