Category: Insights

Opportunity Zone Investments Need to Be Good Opportunities

The new Opportunity Zones created in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”) are the darlings of real estate right now.  And for good reason. These Zones could potentially enable trillions of dollars in current and future capital gains to be deferred, discounted and even fully exempted from taxes by…

Companies Make Their Home in the Netherlands

Last year, at the time of the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, Dutch television maker Arjen Lubach published a video entitled “America First, Netherlands second.” The clip now has more than 27 million views on YouTube. Of course, this was meant to be satirical, but it has a serious undertone. The Netherlands…

Are Landlords Benefiting Most in the Spain & Portugal?

A few years ago I had a coffee with a colleague from Paris and he said to me, “Gonzalo, doesn’t this market in Madrid bore you? It’s always the same when it comes to buildings, and there’s nothing new compared to other European cities…?” I kept looking at him and I thought “Well, this colleague…

The Golden Opportunity to Maximize Savings, Part 2

This is part 2 of a 2-part series on Operating Expenses within a lease negotiation. In part 1 of the series, we discussed defining “operating expenses” and a small sample of items which should be excluded from your lease operating expense definition. Now that you know the importance of negotiating the definition of operating expenses in your…

The Golden Opportunity to Maximize Savings, Part 1

Don’t Let Rental Rates and Landlord Concessions in your lease negotiations lull you to sleep. Did I get your attention? Good. You know, then, that negotiating on your rental rate and landlord concessions are clearly important elements of any lease, but a common mistake that tenants and ineffective brokers make is over-focusing on those terms…

Partner Trends Update: Sustainability in the Workplace

April 22nd was the international observance of Earth Day, and in honor of the message and purpose of the holiday, we asked Exis members how they promote sustainability and green practices in the end usage of their new spaces. Our Boston partner, McCall & Almy, shares their money- and earth-saving tips below. One client we recently worked…

Tenant Advocacy Beyond the Office

Exis members are dedicated to service, and they show this in their daily work by relentlessly advocating on their clients’ behalf. One of our members, Tactix, has recently transferred this same attitude of service to their community. They’ve partnered with a law firm to form an initiative to serve men, women, and children in need…

The Best and Worst States for Business Tax Climate

This blog is contributed by King White, founder and CEO of Exis’s Dallas partner, Site Selection Group. The article originally appeared on the SSG blog on March 19, 2018.  Corporate tax issues have been the center stage this year as President Trump has implemented sweeping federal tax reform in the United States. Despite these federal changes,…

How Artificial Intelligence Will Impact the Office Market

This blog is contributed by Glenn Blumenfeld, principal at Exis’s Philadelphia partner, Tactix. The article originally appeared in the Philadelphia Business Journal on March 23, 2018. “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race…It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow…