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WMRE Common Area: The Latest Outlook on the Future of Offices with Julie Whelan (Ep.74)

After two years of employees working partly or fully remotely, offices are not seen as the necessities they once were. Most occupiers are wrestling with hybrid strategies, although a true consensus on the best model has still yet to emerge. 

In this episode, David Bodamer is joined by Julie Whelan, global head of occupier thought leadership at CBRE, in discussing how “return-to-office” is playing out. 

Julie discusses:

  • How CBRE collects sentiments from office occupiers in the U.S. and globally
  • How working remotely has forever changed the need for permanent office space
  • What does hybrid mean for the future of office real estate
  • How important government intervention might be in fostering public/private partnerships in revitalizing central business districts as part of increasing office use
  • And more


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About Our Guest:

Julie Whelan leads a global team of researchers tasked with identifying major trends impacting commercial real estate occupiers across all industries. Julie also works directly with CBRE professionals across the Advisory & Transaction Services business to advise clients on real estate markets and strategies around the world.

Julie earned a Bachelor’s degree from Providence College, a Master’s in Business Administration from Suffolk University and completed the Commercial Real Estate Program at Boston University.

Episode 67: What to Expect From CRE in 2022

As we enter a new year, there is still a lot of uncertainty when it comes to the U.S. economy, the direction of interest rates and the COVID-19 pandemic. However, for the commercial real estate industry, the projections for 2022 continue to look quite positive. 

In this episode, host David Bodamer is joined by Dan Spiegel, senior vice president and managing director with Coldwell Banker Commercial. Dan shares where real estate investors are currently putting their money and what’s new in site selection practices among retail and restaurant tenants. He also discusses the continuing importance of maintaining bricks-and-mortar retail locations even as the trend toward e-commerce continues to grow.

In addition, Dan discusses:

  • Major trends that emerged in the commercial real estate market in 2021
  • Insights into how secondary and tertiary markets compare to primary markets for CRE investment
  • Projections for the major property types in 2022 and how momentum from 2021 will play out in the year ahead
  • How retailers and restaurants have adapted to the pandemic environment and what it means for retail real estate

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Episode 64: What To Expect When Returning To The Office With David Smith

As the world begins to reopen, more and more people are returning to work in person. With more people going back to the office, what can we expect in this post pandemic world?

In this episode, David Bodamer is joined by David Smith from Cushman & Wakefield. David Smith discusses the latest report from Cushman & Wakefield about the return to offices and what you can expect as you make the move to in-person work. He shares how offices may need to change their layouts and the impact of the pandemic on how businesses function in the future.

David Smith discusses:

  • The Predicting the Return to the Office  report by Cushman & Wakefield
  • What office real estate investors need to know about how the “return to office” process is playing out
  • How space within the office will change post pandemic
  • Predictions for the next few months


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About Our Guest:

David C. Smith is the Global Head of Occupier Insights for Cushman & Wakefield. David’s work is focused on how economics, demographics, technology and space usage trends impact the future of commercial real estate for occupiers and investors. He produces reports, analysis and thought leadership that serve clients and internal Cushman & Wakefield service lines, including Global Occupier Services, Commercial Tenant Representation, Flexible Office / Coworking, Total Workplace, Consulting, Agency Leasing and Investor Services.

In addition to advising clients, David frequently participates at industry events and on speaker panels. He has been a presenter at CoreNet Global’s North American Summit and a keynote / main stage speaker at the NHMC Annual Conference, The Office Tenant Week – Latin America, and BOMA China’s Annual Conference. At Cushman & Wakefield, he leads the development and authorship of industry reports co-branded with CoreNet Global.

Mr. Smith previously spent over a decade at Kingsley Associates, a leading provider of research and benchmarking solutions to real estate companies around the world. In addition to providing consulting services to global real estate companies, he was also involved in several industry-wide thought leadership partnerships with BOMA and NMHC. In that role, Mr. Smith served as one of the creators of the NMHC/Kingsley Associates Apartment Renter Preferences Report.