Category Archives: NREI Weekender

Episode 49: The Middle Market CRE Investment Opportunity – – With Sam Isaacson

In this episode of Common Area, David Bodamer talks to Sam Isaacson, president of Walker & Dunlop Investment Partners (WDIP) about the opportunities the firm sees in assets worth less than $100 million across most property types.

WDIP is commercial real estate investment firm now comprised of 31 investment professionals who manage approximately $1.2 billion.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How WDIP defines middle market assets, how they source deals and what sectors they are targeting in 2021 and how its using technology and data to develop insights into what assets to acquire.
  • How the firm is looking at small business bankruptcies and small business formation and how it is impacting the firm’s investment strategy.
  • Why the firm is looking at opportunistic and value-add strategies in the new future.
  • What the broader political landscape and Democratic control of the presidency and both houses of Congress might mean for the sector.
  • And more!

Tune in now for the latest insights!

Resources:  National Real Estate Investor | Walker & Dunlop IP

Episode 48: Reasons Why Cities Survive Pandemics –– With Matt Pestronk

In this episode of Common Area Podcast, David Bodamer talks with Matt Pestronk, president and co-founder of Post Brothers: an industry leading multi-family development company that focuses on Class “A” apartment buildings in Philadelphia.

The two discuss ground-level insights into the multi-family sector, how it has fared throughout 2020, and what can be expected in 2021.  

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Whether this pandemic has damaged commercial real estate in the city
  • Which types of businesses are looking to re-open with an office environment
  • Which apartment-sizes are in-demand right now and which ones are remaining vacant
  • Matt’s intriguing thoughts on how to correct the affordable housing issue in America
  • And more!

Tune in now for the latest insights on CRE (and remember, cities are cities for a reason)!

Resources:  National Real Estate Investor | Post Brothers


Episode 47 – 2020’s Lessons Learned in Senior Housing –– With Beth Burnham Mace

In this episode of Common Area Podcast, David Bodamer is joined by Beth Burnham Mace, the chief economist and director of capital markets outreach at the National Investment Center for Senior Housing and Care (NIC): A non-profit organization that provides options and support for senior housing and care by bringing capital into the industry. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What has made some sectors more resilient than others during this pandemic
  • The best ways for an investor to secure financing
  • Whether seniors are even moving into housing right now
  • Whether COVID-19 has changed the operational thought process in senior care
  • And more!

Listen in and hear how the senior living sector plans to bounce back and thrive in post-COVID-19 era!

Resources: National Real Estate Investor | National Investment Center for Senior Housing and Care

Episode 46: Highlights From CBRE’s Market Outlook 2021 –– With Richard Barkham

In this episode of Common Area Podcast, David Bodamer discusses the recent report published by CBRE, CBRE Market Outlook 2021, with the CBRE’s Chief Global Economist and Head of America’s Research, Richard Barkham. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What real estate’s recovery looks like for 2021
  • How much the outcome of the presidential election will affect this sector
  • What the return to office scenario will look like in 2021
  • How CBRE’s projections for 2021 in the various real estate types will be affected by the large numbers of people who’ve left big cities for a suburban lifestyle
  • And more!

Tune in now to get all the highlights from the CBRE Market Outlook 2021 report!


National Real Estate Investor | CBRE | CBRE Market Outlook 2021

Episode 45 – A Shelter in the Storm: How the Hospitality Industry Is Enduring 2020

In this episode of Common Area Podcast, David Bodamer is joined by David Duncan, the president and CEO of First Hospitality: a company that not only strives to provide the very best for their guests but their employees as well.

Together, they discuss how the hospitality industry is staying afloat in the midst of a global pandemic and national civil unrest.  

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Where David Duncan sees the hospitality sector heading in the next six to 12 months.
  • How the sector has weathered the storm of dropoffs in business, convention and leisure travel and which types of hotels have fared the best amid the COVID-19 crisis.
  • What lessons can be learned from previous down cycles in the hotel sector about when investors may want to strike on acquisitions.
  • The importance of the diversity and inclusion at First Hospitality and in the lodging sector more broadly
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how First Hospitality is setting the pace in hospitality during 2020!

Resources: National Real Estate Investor | First Hospitality

Episode 44: Is the Office Dead?

In this episode of Common Area Podcast, David Bodamer is joined by Joe Brady, the CEO of the Americas for The Instant Group. 

David and Joe discuss whether workers in the knowledge economy will ever make a full return to the office, the rise of suburban flexible office spaces, and how corporate real estate leaders are re-imagining the design of the traditional office space. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How COVID-19 has fueled a drive toward autonomy –– and how we see this played out in worker and consumer behaviors
  • Key takeaways that The Instant Group gleaned from CRE leaders across four continents
  • Whether there is still a demand for brick and mortar with the rise in technology
  • Different ways to approach office design and employee attendance
  • And more!

Tune in now to consider what the future might hold for the modern office. 

Resources:  National Real Estate Investor | The Instant Group

Episode 42 – Highlights from the CBRE 2020 Scoring Tech Talent Report –– With Colin Yasukochi and Lexi Russell

In this episode of Common Area Podcast, David Bodamer is joined by Colin Yasukochi, the executive director of CBRE Tech Insight Center, and Lexi Russell, the director of research and analysis at CBRE.  

Today, they cover the highlights from CBRE’s Scoring Tech Talent Report, discussing what impact tech talent is having on the real estate industry.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Key trends from the Scoring Tech Talent Report
  • Where CBRE gathers data from for this report
  • As a real estate investor, why you should pay attention to this report
  • How COVID-19 has affected tech talent collaboration efforts
  • And more!

Tune in now to hear about tech talent and its growth –– and why you should pay attention to it.

Resources:  National Real Estate Investor | CBRE 2020 Scoring Tech Talent 

Episode 41: Efforts to Achieve Gender Parity in the CRE Industry Are Far From Complete –– With Wendy Mann

In this episode of Common Area Podcast, David Bodamer has a timely conversation with Wendy Mann, CEO of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network. Wendy shares how for over 30 years, CREW has been working with women from all walks of life to help them have successful and meaningful careers in commercial real estate. 

 In this episode, you will learn:

  • About CREW Network and how they’re educating the industry to become a more equal environment for all 
  • About the encouraging and eye-opening findings from the 2020 CREW Benchmark study
  • Whether millennials will face the same blockades as their predecessors
  • What can and should be done to recognize wage gaps between men and women
  • And more!

Tune in now for this timely conversation –– it’s time to take action for gender parity and greater diversity in commercial real estate.

Resources:  National Real Estate Investor | CREW Network | 2020 CREW Benchmark Study

Episode 40 – 2020 Midyear Outlook

In this episode of Common Area Podcast, David Bodamer shares highlights from the CBRE’s midyear market report, including many of the topics from the articles within the NREI 2020 Midyear Update.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The highest in-demand CRE space for 2020
  • How mall landlords will utilize the vacant space left by stores closing 
  • The projections for the office sector
  • Whether there will still be a need for off-campus student housing in light of COVID-19
  • And more!

Tune in now for your CBRE midyear update!

Resources: National Real Estate Investor | CBRE’s Midyear Market Report | NREI 2020 Midyear Outlook


Episode 39: How Malls Are Being Used for More Than Just Shopping

In this episode of Common Area Podcast, David Bodamer speaks with Lou Conforti, CEO of Washington Prime Group (WPG). WPG is a retail REIT and a recognized leader in the ownership, management, acquisition, and development of retail properties. Lou talks about what he and the WPG team are doing to help their tenants continue operating their retail businesses during COVID-19.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How Washington Prime Group is assisting their tenants during COVID-19
  • Ways that Lou is helping tenants strike a delicate balance between physical space and e-commerce
  • How WPG differentiates itself from other open-air retail centers
  • Creative ways that WPG is using open-air spaces in their assets
  • And more!

Tune in to hear how WPG is collaborating with retail tenants to pivot during the pandemic. 

Resources:   NREI Newsletter | National Real Estate Investor | Washington Prime Group