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The Art of Negotiation: Three Tips

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How do we undertake interactions in a way that allows both parties to look forward to subsequent negotiations and working together? We've gathered our three favorite tips for consistently arriving at successful outcomes without doing damage.

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EQ Office's Lisa Picard Makes the Future of Office Her Purpose | Catalyst 2019 Keynote

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Lisa Picard, President and CEO of EQ Office (manager of Blackstone’s US office real estate portfolio) makes a point of declaring herself an “Accidental CEO.” Her candor, sharp wit, and vision for the future of office owners suggest the opposite. At Catalyst 2019, Picard spoke candidly about what often goes unspoken within commercial real estate office market. Her presentation entitled “Making Work Better Than Home” embraces multiple observations.
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9 Tips to Control and Track Costs on Tenant Improvement Projects

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Tenant improvement (TI) projects are common, meaning most real estate owners can manage them with their eyes closed. No sweat, right?

Well, yes and no.

Let’s look back at 9 tips that can help you better track and manage costs on your TI projects.

Often when we run any process over and over we start paying less attention to the details and we are less likely to look for opportunities to optimize our methods. While most tenant improvement projects don’t cost an enormous amount of money individually, 95% of projects are considered small (with budgets > $1M) they have a big impact in the aggregate, making it very important that you reflect on how your process can be improved.  

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Applying Pressure: When to Lean In, When to Back Off, and How to Know the Difference

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Is anyone completely confident in their ability to apply pressure appropriately, reading situations to know how and whether to proceed? We’re taking another look at the best of Catalyst 2019.  

A diverse panel of real estate executives gathered for a spirited and informative conversation on the art of determining when to lean in, when to back off, and how to tell the difference. If you weren’t there, here are some of what you missed.

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Welcome to Catalyst 2019!

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We're sharing the best of our annual conference Catalyst 2019 over the next few weeks. First up, our CEO & Co-Founder, Riggs Kubiak. 

Riggs Kubiak on conversation with former Vancouver BC Mayor Gregor Robertson

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How the Cloud is Continuing to Making Real Estate Owners Dramatically More Efficient

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Purpose-built SaaS real estate technologies like ours are transforming the way business is done. SaaS monitoring performance platform LogicMonitor conducted a study which concluded that “85% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020.” According to Forbes, who published the data, “while the study’s findings are not statistically significant, (given the small sample, among other factors) they do provide a fascinating glimpse into current and future enterprise cloud computing strategies.”

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Speaking Your Native Language: The Honest Buildings/Procore Integration

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The pace at which the commercial real estate industry moves is not expected to slow down. For groups who rely upon one another to get things done, integrations facilitate information-sharing between teams with different needs and outcomes. Inside an organization, even different divisions or functions are likely working on common, or at least aligned platforms. What happens when commercial real estate owners and external partners like contractors need to share resources?

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Catalyst 2019: Something Different

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Honest Buildings hosted our annual Catalyst Conference alongside partner Convene for two days in lower Manhattan in May 2019.

CRETech’s Michael Beckerman eschewed the title emcee in favor of “host.” It was clear that while considerable information sharing and networking was due to happen, this group was looking forward to enjoying some time together. When he said, “we’re going to shut the doors,” attendees knew something special was shortly to unfold.

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Key Takeaways from Catalyst: How Owners Can Progress the Urban Landscape

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When this article was published, we were just days out from the 2018 Catalyst event. As you are reading this, Catalyst 2019 is underway. Stay tuned here, and follow us on our social media outlets, for images, information, and resources we'll be sharing as they happen.

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The Evolution of Data-Driven Decision Management (DDDM)

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Data Over Instinct: What We Think We Know

Data conversations can be intimidating. Let’s be clear, despite all of the attention being paid lately to data, commercial real estate owners have always relied upon facts, statistics, et.al., (aka data) to inform underwriting, acquisition, project management, and capital deployment across the asset lifecycle.

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