This week, New York started issuing fines to Airbnb hosts who rented out entire apartments for fewer than 30 days. At the same time, “Airbnb is considering buying Canada’s Luxury Retreats International to move deeper into luxury markets, putting the homesharing behemoth in direct competition with online travel agencies like Expedia and Priceline.”
This week, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance making it easier to get around without a car. The ordinance will require developers to stock new residential or commercial projects with more alternative-transport perks than ever before. My question is how will this be impacted by the rise of autonomous vehicles?
It’s no secret the retail space has had a rough couple of years, and it looks like 2017 isn’t getting any better. “Deutsche Bank recommends that investors buy credit default protection on two series of indexes of commercial mortgage bonds: one from 2012, and another from 2013. The securities are vulnerable because they are supported by leases from retailers, a lagging part of the economy.”
Real Estate Tech News just released a list of the must attend SXSW events for commercial real estate professionals. One of the top events is “Connected Retail: Clicks and Mortar Meetup” which will bring together retail tenants, brands, and center owners to discuss how the retail space can improve their customer focus, growing trends for online brands, and creating experiences for customers beyond the physical retail landscape.
The Republic of Georgia has become the first national government to use the bitcoin blockchain to secure and validate official actions. This has the potential to be the biggest technology game changer in our industry.