Good reads – CRE news from the week of January 20, 2014

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The state economy continues to struggle against high unemployment, despite some modest job gains towards the end of 2013. Despite this, the region, and a few companies in New Jersey received venture capital funding, showing that not everyone is giving up on the state.

The Wall Street Journal highlights significant construction taking place in some suburban enclaves, where multi-story office and apartment buildings are springing up. This has always been resisted in New Jersey and it will be interesting to see if that trend continues.

National Real Estate Investor published a positive piece on the future of real estate investing and suggests that the first quarter of the year will set the tone for 2014 as a whole. Mack-Cali is counting on that positive impact and eager buyers as the continue to shift away from their core office portfolio and into multi-family.

DTZ has published their New Jersey office market report. Get it here: 2014 Office-Northern New Jersey

Shawn Gehle of architecture firm Gensler has some interesting ideas about retrofitting old buildings.

The Star Ledger: NJ’s downbeat December jobs report nearly quashes Jersey job gains for 2013

The Bergen Record: New Jersey region start-ups see jump in venture capital funding this quarter

The Wall Street Journal: Suburbia Looks to Grow Up

National Real Estate Investor: The Future Is Bright For Real Estate

Costar: Mack-Cali Positions Assets For Sale

Hackable buildings: Shawn Gehle at TEDxVeniceBeach

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