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The AFIRE Podcast
AFIRE is the association for international real estate investors focused on commercial property in the United States. www.afire.org
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Mentorship and Rising Leaders at AFIRE
How critical is it to develop new talent in a time where COVID-19 continues to disrupt the real estate landscape? AFIRE's Mentorship Committee weighs in on an emerging and novel approach to create new opportunities for today's rising leaders. https://www.afire.org/podcast/afirepodcast27mentorship While COVID-19 has caused a disruption in the work life dynamic by strict scheduling and the lack of informal communication, it stresses the importance of a distinct approach to corporate culture, investing in people. At the core of mentorship is enhancing and supporting new talent, but only is it possible to foster these relationships when we broaden our perspectives of what it means to be a mentor today. With a limited talent pool, a structured approach to creating meaningful relationships is required. In this episode, Amy Price (BentallGreenOak), Steve McCarthy (AXA IM), and Jon Dishell (Gemini Rosemont), discusses the three-tier industry-wide approach they are taking to improve mentorship relationships within commercial real estate.
Nov 20, 2020
A New Reality
The demand for urban space continues to rise as the promise of a post-vaccine world emerges on the horizon. https://www.afire.org/podcast/afirepodcast26newreality With light now at the end of the tunnel, the trend of rapid urbanization in core markets continues to accelerate, despite the emerging challenges from the pandemic. Accepting a new reality is part of that challenge. Working from home has led to rethinking the needs for office sector environments. As employers become more flexible, it is important to review tax, infrastructure, and budget deficits to determine how much space is actually needed. Cedrik Lachance, EVP, Director of Global REIT Research at Green Street, discusses how the office sector is affected, and why it's transforming the real estate market.
Nov 17, 2020
All corners of the commercial real estate arena are facing era-defining challenges. Transparency matters—now more than ever. https://www.afire.org/podcast/afirepodcast25transparency What holds promise for improving the business relationships we depend on for making better investments? Being intentional and open in our dealings with our investors, employees, and communities will bring closeness to all our relationships—particularly those between managers and investors. The natural progression of technology is a driving factor for transparency in the workplace. So-called "best practices" are changing rapidly. The best results bring tomorrow's "new practices." It is important to look at how different approaches to transparency affect a company's culture and the role that organizational leadership plays in implementing these approaches. In this episode of the AFIRE Podcast, G. Andrews Smith, CEO and Managing Director at L&B Realty, talks about the need for transparency, not only during COVID-19, but also to meet the expanding landscape of the real estate industry.
Nov 13, 2020
The Future (Part II)
Due to COVID-19, are we facing an urban exodus—or is it the natural outcome of generational change? https://www.afire.org/podcast/afirefuturepodcast2 As COVID-19 has increased fear in communities, economies, and international relations, it’s crucial for investors to look into and assess the trends that real estate has been following for the past several decades: urbanization of gateway cities and innovation centers; the lifestyle attraction component; and the denser communities contributing to longer commutes. Together, these three trends underscore the increasingly critical role of technology in advancing economic, business, and talent development. COVID-19 doesn’t change these trends—it accelerates them. In this second episode of our special, three-part podcast series focused on the future, members of AFIRE’s Future Committee—chaired by Clyde Holland (Holland Partners Group), with Byron Carlock (PwC), Martin Lamb (Credit Suisse), Christopher Merrill (Harrison Street), and Bryan Sanchez (Lionstone Investments)—discuss the importance of separating fear from reality when looking at and beyond our known horizons in real estate. This podcast is a continuation of the conversation from AFIRE Podcast 22: The Future (Part I) https://www.afire.org/podcast/afirefuturepodcast1
Nov 10, 2020
How does retail adapt to disaster? The Great Toronto Fire of 1904 is a leading example of how drastic events can create a better future. https://www.afire.org/podcast/retail-post-catastrophe The retail investment industry has historically always been impacted the hardest during large-scale catastrophes. The SARS 2002-2004 outbreak and the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 serve as reminders of the harsh implications and desperate measures that undergo these events. Despite the changes in landscape and infrastructure, one thing is certain. There is always a way to bring people back together. In this episode of the AFIRE podcast, Andrew Garrett at Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO) examines how events such as the Great Toronto Fire have highlighted how a population's perception of safety is crucial to investing in retail across real estate channels.
Nov 3, 2020
The Future (Part 1)
The AFIRE Podcast (22): The Future (Part I) After COVID-19, will we be facing the end of the world—or simply the end of the world as we know it? https://www.afire.org/podcast/afirefuturepodcast1 Even as COVID-19 has heightened uncertainty in communities, economies, and international relations, it’s critical for investors to step back and look at the trends that the real estate has been following for the past several decades: urbanization of gateway cities and innovation centers; the concentration of the creative class; and the advent of the knowledge economy. Together, these three trends underscore the increasingly critical role of technology in advancing economic, business, and talent development. COVID-19 doesn’t change these trends—it accelerates them. AFIRE’s Future Committee—chaired by Clyde Holland (Holland Partners Group), with Byron Carlock (PwC), Martin Lamb (Credit Suisse), Chris Merrill (Harrison Street), and Bryan Sanchez (Lionstone Investments)—discuss the importance of separating fear from reality when looking at and beyond our known horizons in real estate. Listen to a continuation of the conversation here: https://www.afire.org/podcast/afirefuturepodcast2
Oct 27, 2020
AFIRE Podcast #21: Mixed-Use, Remixed https://www.afire.org/podcast/mixed-use Though mixed-used developments aren't immune to COVID-19-related disruptions, demand is likely to grow as the pandemic subsides. The digital era has significantly altered the lifestyles and housing preferences of the average American. Those changes have dramatically shifted the real estate investments best positioned for success. In this new AFIRE Podcast, AFIRE sits down with Bryan Sanchez, Chief Investment Officer, and Hans Nordby, Head of Research and Analytics, at Lionstone Investments, as they share insights on the increasing demand for mixed-use developments during COVID-19. From economic shifts that have normalized dual-income families, to cultural changes that have created a society focused on convenience, multiple factors have driven a return to urban living. As a result, mixed-use communities (MUCs) that integrate residential and commercial space have become extremely popular. And in the wake of COVID-19, demand is only expected to increase.
Oct 21, 2020
Why It's Important to Digitize ESG
Sustainability—with ESG (environmental, social, governance) data as its prevailing metric—is far from a new business concern. Though ESG may have only recently caught fire in the commercial real estate industry, investors have long been aware of its power to illuminate a company’s ability to maintain profitability, retain talent, and withstand unexpected disasters and disruptions. https://www.afire.org/podcast/digitize-esg In the midst of a global pandemic, every industry is racing to adjust its business practices to meet new demands and prepare for an uncertain future. What does this mean for real estate finance and ESG? Amanda Davis, Content Manager at Measurabl, talks about how COVID-19 has certainly underscored the relevance and importance of ESG and how it has become a valuable indicator of a company’s ability to withstand future shocks.
Oct 20, 2020
Migration After COVID-19
AFIRE Podcast #19: Migration After COVID-19 https://www.afire.org/podcast/migrationpatterns During recessions, people tend to move towards markets where employment prospects are better, and as recoveries take hold, businesses usually expand into areas where people want to live. As the COVID-19 virus spreads around the world, it introduces a whole new dimension to the question: do people follow jobs, or do jobs follow people? Today, the answer is as much about public health as it is about the interplay of economics and demographics. Gleb Nechayev, Head of Research and Chief Economist of Berkshire Residential Investments, looks at how migration during COVID-19 affects economic growth and real estate fundamentals across markets and within.
Oct 15, 2020
How Generational Shifts are Impacting Digital Evolution
AFIRE Podcast #18: How Generational Shifts are Impacting Digital Evolution https://www.afire.org/podcast/digitalevolution/ As automation requires new skills for rising talent, COVID-19 isn't the only threat. Adapting to the generational shift is crucial to the success of the investment industry. What must change? With current work-from-home regulations in place as a result of COVID-19, it's critical for investors to reevaluate their "Digital DNA” in order to strengthen their teams and evolve their leadership strategies. Just because we've done training, recruitment, team building, and leadership a certain way in the past—is that how we should do it into the future? In this episode of the AFIRE Podcast, John D'Angelo, Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting, talks about how real estate approaches technology, training, and innovation as a means to develop and support future leaders in our industry.
Oct 3, 2020
Medical Office Investing Beyond the Baby Boom (w/ Anthology Capital)
AFIRE Podcast 17: Medical Office Beyond the Baby Boom www.afire.org/podcast/medicalofficebabyboomcast/ The demographic data for baby boomers has long been a routine talking point for medical sector outlooks, but with COVID-19, advancements in medical science and technology, and the surprise of Generation X, where’s the sector headed next? In this episode, G. Evan Bennett, Founder and Managing Member of Anthology Capital, looks at how constant changes in demographics over the next few decades will affect the future of medical office investments.
Sep 25, 2020
The New Generation of Single-Family Rentals (w/ Man GPM)
AFIRE Podcast #16: The New Generation of Single-Family Rentals https://www.afire.org/podcast/newgenerationsfr/ “OK, boomer.” The somewhat condescending term applied by Millennials to those born in the decades after World War II has morphed into a meme that encapsulates the gulf in priorities between these two very different generations. “OK, boomer” takes on a slightly different meaning when used in the context of the single-family rental (SFR) market, though. US population growth and demographics trends could indicate increasing SFR demand over the coming decades, and supply may well fail to keep up. Indeed, when it comes to SFR, a new, different boomer generation—millennials who are just now entering the key home-building phase of their lives—is good news for the sector. In this episode, Anthony Cazazian, Managing Director and Head of US Residential Real Estate for Man Global Private Markets (Man GPM), talks about the future of residential markets and changing demogr…
Sep 25, 2020
Looking for Community (w/ P. Allen Smith)
AFIRE Podcast #15: Looking for Community https://www.afire.org/podcast/lookingforcommunity/ With more drastic climate change effects on the near horizon, and COVID-19 still in the room, it will be critical for investors to track policies and regulations alongside changing social attitudes. As the pandemic continues, healthy buildings aren’t just engineering novelties and shiny facades for trade magazines—they’re the new baseline for ensuring safe experiences in the built environment at all scales, including an increasingly popular trend in sustainable, walkable, and community-focused exurban developments. In this podcast, P. Allen Smith, prolific designer, author, and host of the P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and P. Allen Smith's Garden to Table series on American Public Television (and keynote speaker at this year's AFIRE Winter Conference in New York) discusses the need for a shift in thinking about value in real estate. What's the real difference between real estate that tak…
Sep 16, 2020
Supply, Demand, and the Future of Logistics Real Estate (w/ Prologis)
AFIRE Podcast 14: Supply, Demand, and the Future of Logistics Real Estate https://www.afire.org/podcast/prologissupplydemand COVID-19 has put an end to the lengthy global economic expansion. Estimates of the magnitude and duration of the negative impact of the pandemic span a broad range. On the demand side, economic activity has been suppressed as consumers are constrained by restrictions, fear, and/or job loss. On the supply side, disruption in the production and movement of goods (and people) around the world has tested complex supply chains. Logistics real estate users have had to handle both a shortage of goods and a subsequent replenishment surge. Demand for space will continue to evolve as consumer behaviors and supply chains shift. To build an understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on logistics real estate, AFIRE recently sat down with Melinda McLaughlin, Vice President of Research for Prologis, to talk about the stay-at-home economy, the Recovery, and the new normal.
Sep 10, 2020
The AFIRE Podcast: Martha Peyton and Rightsizing CRE
AFIRE Podcast 13: Rightsizing CRE https://www.afire.org/podcast/rightsizingcre/ All real estate investors are focused on the potential paths for the global economy and commercial real estate (CRE) over the quarters ahead. Some are focusing on stressed tenants, shrinking rent collections, uncertain property values, and surviving through the distress. Others are examining their dry powder and trolling for investment opportunities. For both types of investors, weighing the potential paths forward requires addressing three challenges: (1) the coronavirus, (2) the economy, and (3) tenant demand. In this episode, Martha Peyton, PhD, CRE, Managing Director of Real Assets Applied Research for Aegon Asset Management Real Assets discusses the future of commercial real estate investing.
Sep 4, 2020
The AFIRE Podcast: John Kennedy and Rob Little, Barings Real Estate
AFIRE Podcast 12: Asset Management During Crisis https://www.afire.org/podcast/assetmanagementcrisis/ The spread of COVID-19 across the globe and the rippling effects across all geographies have left no segment of the economy untouched. Real estate markets are no exception. From deserted office buildings to shuttered storefronts and empty hotels, the impact has been more severe than many investors’ downside scenario analyses would have predicted. Yet, global real estate markets still offer potentially attractive returns over the long term—across a wide variety of sectors and risk types—if investors can effectively navigate the current storm. Critical to this effort are the asset managers themselves—also known as the “eyes on the asset.” In this episode, John Kennedy and Rob Little of Barings Real Estate talk about lessons learned and emerging best practices for the post-COVID future of asset management in real estate.
Aug 31, 2020
The AFIRE Podcast - Conversation with Jayanth Ganesan, Nuveen Real Estate
AFIRE Podcast 11: Resilient Cities https://www.afire.org/podcast/resilientcities/ With social and leisure events canceled, many stores and offices closed, and malls and airports well below capacity, the coronavirus pandemic may seem like a unique economic challenge that will fundamentally change how metro-level economies function. However, new analyses from Nuveen Real Estate suggest that cities with high exposure to non-cyclical industries based in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and strong demographic trends, will see a much less severe economic impact from the coronavirus pandemic than cities with high exposure to cyclical, overvalued, or undercapitalized industries, and weak macro drivers. So after COVID-19, which metros will fare best? Nuveen Real Estate research analyst Jayanth Ganesan has some ideas.
Aug 25, 2020
The AFIRE Podcast - A Real Estate Reckoning
AFIRE Podcast 10: A Real Estate Reckoning https://www.afire.org/podcast/realestatereckoning/ Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic inequity and injustice are now in high relief and can no longer be ignored or put aside, especially as those less fortunate endure the worst impacts of this crisis. The Black Lives Matter protests in the US, provoked in part by yet another incident of police brutality, have been a wake-up call characterized by strong language, painful stories, and uncomfortable truths. What responsibility do institutional investors in real estate have to cities, communities, and stakeholders during a time of global cultural change?
Aug 3, 2020
The AFIRE Podcast - Conversation with Maggie Coleman, JLL
AFIRE Podcast 09: The Outlook for US Real Estate Investing Through 2020 https://www.afire.org/podcast/maggiecolemanjll/ In this unpredictable environment of the COVID-19 pandemic, halfway through 2020, how should global investors treat the US property market right now? Maggie Coleman, Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of International Capital for JLL, offers a macro- and micro-view of the global investment outlook through the rest of 2020. While widespread and pronounced disruption of COVID-19 has weighed on transaction volume and other Q2 declines, Coleman emphasizes the bright spots on the global investment horizon, and possible paths forward for institutional investors.
Jul 11, 2020
The AFIRE Podcast - Conversation with Nicholas Garattini, Generali Real Estate
AFIRE Podcast 08: Institutional Investment During a Time of Change https://www.afire.org/podcast/afirepodcast08/ Typically, institutional investment is attracted to sure and stable assets—so what should institutional investors do during a time of economic and social change? Nicholas Garattini, head of investor relations and business development at Generali Real Estate in Italy discusses the role of institutional real estate investors to support positive social change as they put the savings of regular people to work.
May 29, 2020
The AFIRE Podcast - Conversation with Peter Grey-Wolf, WealthCap
AFIRE Podcast 07: What’s the Future of Office? https://www.afire.org/podcast/afirepodcast07/ The office isn’t dead, but after COVID-19, it’s going to be forever changed. Peter Grey-Wolf, Vice President for WealthCap, has some ideas for where the office is going next.
May 29, 2020
The AFIRE Podcast - Conversation with Joshua Benaim, Aria Development Group
AFIRE Podcast 06: Art, Tragedy, and Multifamily https://www.afire.org/podcast/afirepodcast06/ Joshua Benaim, Principal at Aria Development Group, talks about the surprising things we can learn from the arts to create better multifamily portfolios.
May 18, 2020
The AFIRE Podcast - Conversation with Byron Carlock, PwC
AFIRE PODCAST 02: How Can Real Estate Adapt the Built Environment? https://www.afire.org/podcast/afirepodcast02/ In the early months of COVID-19, life dramatically changed for everyone—but in this next phase of this crisis, as people start to go back to work and school, how should real estate change? PwC’s US Real Estate Practice Leader Byron Carlock, Jr talks about how real estate will transform in the months to come and the forces driving that change.
May 15, 2020
The AFIRE Podcast - Conversation with Jeffrey W. Adler, Yardi
AFIRE PODCAST 05: MAPPING POLITICAL RISK ACROSS US CITIES https://www.afire.org/podcast/afirepodcast05/ Political risk in the US is usually seen mostly through a national lens, but what can we learn by understanding risk at the city level? By building a mechanism to quantify and understanding political risk at the metro-level across the US, unexpected insights and comparisons for real estate investors can emerge. In this episode, Jeff Adler, Vice President of Yardi Matrix, talks about mapping political risk in the US.
May 11, 2020
The AFIRE Podcast - Welcome to the AFIRE Podcast
Association meetings are impossible at a time of COVID-19, so how can members stay connected? The AFIRE staff describes some of the ways they are working now to support connection in a virtual environment and explains some of the programming available to everyone. Interviewees: Gunnar Branson, CEO Lexie Miller, COO Benjamin van Loon, Communications Director Asmait, Tewelde, Meeting Director
May 11, 2020
The AFIRE Podcast - Conversation with Jane Page & Bryan Sanchez, Lionstone
As COVID-19 alters so much in our lives, the stress and uncertainty challenges leaders to understand better how to manage the very human needs and capabilities of everyone. At the same time, the lessons we are learning right now, will make us all better leaders in the future. Jane Page and Bryan Sanchez of Lionstone Investments have fascinating and eye-opening insights on how to learn and thrive today. https://www.afire.org/podcast/afirepodcast01/
May 8, 2020
The AFIRE Podcast - Conversation with Cristoph Donner, Allianz
AFIRE PODCAST 04: WHAT HAPPENS TO REAL ESTATE PORTFOLIO STRATEGY AFTER COVID? https://www.afire.org/podcast/afirepodcast04/ The world of real estate and portfolio strategy will change after COVID-19, but in what ways? Beyond the immediate disruption and crisis of COVID-19, how will #realestate and real estate portfolios change over the long-term? Allianz Real Estate of America CEO Christoph Donner talks about the long-term trends he’s watching now that will shape our post-COVID world.
May 8, 2020
The AFIRE Podcast - Conversation with John D'Angelo, Deloitte
AFIRE PODCAST 03: How can real estate get a better handle on data? https://www.afire.org/podcast/afirepodcast03/ Especially in uncertain times, the need for clarity, accuracy, and transparency to the many assets in real estate portfolios only increases. How should one approach that now in a time of crisis? Deloitte Consulting Managing Director John D’Angelo talks about how real estate’s approach to data can be transformed as we move through COVID-19.