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Compensation Survey

Participate in the 2021 NAIOP/CEL Commercial Real Estate Compensation and Benefits Survey

Source: Press Release
March 03, 2021

Your company's participation in the 2021 NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Compensation Survey will help shape the future of commercial real estate. Survey respondents at the overall company level will receive a complimentary electronic copy of the full comprehensive survey report – a $2,500 value!

Development Approvals Index Research Foundation Report

The Development Approvals Index: A New Tool to Evaluate Local Approvals Processes

Source: Research Foundation
February 24, 2021

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned the creation of an index that compares development approvals processes in different jurisdictions so that developers can make more informed investment decisions and local governments can benchmark their processes against neighboring jurisdictions.

industrial space demand

Industrial Space Demand Forecast, First Quarter 2021

Source: Research Foundation
February 19, 2021

Total net absorption in 2021 is forecast to be 314.9 million square feet with a quarterly average of 78.7 million square feet.

Coronavirus Survey January 2021

NAIOP January Coronavirus Impacts Survey: Light at the End of the Tunnel

Source: Press Release
February 08, 2021

Respondents to a NAIOP tracking survey of the pandemic’s impact on commercial real estate indicate improving rent collection rates, increased industrial investment activity, and a more positive outlook for employment in their firms. Fewer respondents now expect the pandemic will continue to significantly affect their business operations 12 months from now.

Chapter Merit Award Winners

NAIOP Honors Chapters and Individuals with Annual Chapter Merit Awards

Source: Press Release
February 05, 2021

NAIOP honored 11 chapters and seven individuals during the annual Chapter Merit Awards, held as part of the 2021 virtual Chapter Leadership & Legislative Retreat.

Economic Impact of Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate Development and Operations Support 8 Million Jobs, Contributes More Than $1 Trillion to the Economy

Source: Press Release
February 03, 2021

New development of commercial real estate and of the ongoing operations of existing commercial real estate buildings in the United States – office, industrial, warehouse and retail – supported 8 million American jobs, contributed $1.01 trillion to the U.S. GDP in 2020, and generated $338.1 billion in personal earnings – according to “Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate, 2021 U.S. Edition,” a study released this week by the NAIOP Research Foundation.

State of the Association 2021

NAIOP State of the Association 2021

Source: NAIOP News
February 02, 2021

Watch NAIOP's State of the Association to hear a recap of 2020, preview NAIOP's legislative priorities, and learn what’s next for the association as we journey through 2021.

Economic Impact of Commercial Real Estate

Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate, 2021 U.S. Edition

Source: Research Foundation
January 27, 2021

Development and construction of new commercial real estate in the United States – office, industrial, warehouse and retail – generates significant economic growth at the state and national levels. This annual study, published by the NAIOP Research Foundation, measures the contribution to GDP, salaries and wages generated and jobs supported from the development and operations of commercial real estate.

Molly Carson NAIOP 2021 Chair

Meet Molly Carson, 2021 NAIOP Chair

Source: NAIOP News
January 04, 2021

Meet Molly Carson, NAIOP's 2021 chair, and learn her plans for the year.

Winter 2020 cover

Development magazine Winter 2020/2021

Winter 2020/2021 Issue

The winter 2020/2021 issue of Development magazine features a cover story on cold building development and feature articles on the surge of life sciences real estate amid the pandemic, a difficult forecast for commercial real estate, and opportunities in a post-pandemic world.

NAIOP Research Foundation

NAIOP Research Foundation | October 2020 Update

Source: NAIOP News
October 16, 2020

Hear about the latest work of the NAIOP Research Foundation and meet its new governors.

The Evolution of the Warehouse

The Evolution of the Warehouse: Trends in Technology, Design, Development and Delivery

Source: Research Foundation
October 13, 2020

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to provide the real estate development community with insight into current and future trends in building and logistics technologies and their implications for industrial real estate. Steve Weikal and James Robert Scott, researchers at the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab, interviewed professionals specializing in industrial building design and automated systems to identify emerging trends that will be of interest to industrial developers, building owners and tenants.

Developer of the Year

Meet 2020 Developer of the Year: Kilroy Realty Corporation

Source: NAIOP News
October 12, 2020

Watch the presentation of the 2020 Developer of the Year Award to Kilroy Realty Corporation.

Industrial worker during COVID-19

NAIOP Coronavirus Impact Survey: Deal Activity Increases but Rent Relief Requests Also Rise

Source: Press Release
October 02, 2020

In NAIOP’s sixth monthly survey tracking the effects of the pandemic on the commercial real estate industry, respondents reported continued gradual improvement in deal activity, but also reported more tenants seeking rent relief, particularly in the office sector.

Midyear Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on the U.S. Commercial Real Estate Development Industry

Midyear Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on the Commercial Real Estate Development Industry

Source: Research Foundation
October 02, 2020

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned Steve Fuller, Ph.D., professor emeritus at George Mason University, to undertake a study of the 2020 mid-year economy and how second quarter shocks may influence commercial real estate development in the future.

Fall 2020 cover

Development magazine Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Issue

The fall 2020 issue of Development magazine features a cover story on the developer of the year and articles on the office of the future, industrial emerges from the pandemic in relatively good health, and doing CRE during a pandemic.


NAIOP Selects Five Outstanding Young Professionals to Receive 2020 Developing Leaders Award

Source: Press Release
August 19, 2020

NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has selected five professionals to receive its prestigious 2020 Developing Leaders Award. The annual award honors up-and-coming professionals under the age of 35 for their remarkable professional accomplishments, strong leadership and significant community involvement. The winners will be recognized during NAIOP's CRE.Converge Virtual 2020, Oct. 7-8.

CRE.Converge Virtual

How Much Should Industrial Buy Into These 3 E-Commerce Trends?

Source: NAIOP News
August 17, 2020

Industrial real estate has looked unbeatable over the last few months, and the coronavirus pandemic has prompted a slew of predictions about the future of e-commerce: that consumers won’t go back to brick-and-mortar, or that retailers will start using warehouses to stockpile supplies for another crisis, boosting industrial demand higher than we’ve ever seen.

Negoitating with Tenants

Negotiating with Tenants and Leasing Space During COVID-19

Source: Press Release
August 10, 2020

The NAIOP Research Foundation has issued a research brief that identifies best practices for triaging office and industrial tenant requests, offering reasonable accommodations to those tenants who need short-term assistance, and responding to disaffected tenants. It also examines how owners are adapting to new ways of showing and leasing space with safety precautions in mind.

Warehouse hard hat

NAIOP Survey: Commercial Real Estate Deal Activity Increases, But Extended Pandemic Effects Expected

Source: Press Release
August 04, 2020

In the fourth monthly NAIOP survey measuring the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the commercial real estate industry, respondents say that deal activity is improving across most major sectors of the industry, but more now expect impacts from the crisis to affect their businesses for an additional 12-18 months.

CRE.Converge Virtual

Where Is Core Pricing For Industrial?

Source: NAIOP News
July 31, 2020

While the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been both devastating and far-reaching, including for many areas of commercial real estate, the industrial sector has remained strong, according to a recent Bisnow interview with Jim Clewlow, chief investment officer at CenterPoint Properties.

Capital Improvements Research Brief

Using Capital Improvements to Create Competitive Advantage in the COVID-19 Era

Source: Research Foundation
July 28, 2020

This brief evaluates the merits of frequently discussed capital investments and their potential to create durable competitive advantages. It draws from an analysis of recent coverage in commercial real estate trade publications, as well as conversations with seven industry practitioners that took place in June 2020.

Experience ICON Virtual 2020

Experience NAIOP's I.CON Virtual 2020

Source: NAIOP News
July 13, 2020

Highlights and interviews on the uniqueness and innovation of this virtual conference event.


Development Magazine, NAIOP Honored for Editorial Excellence

Source: NAIOP News
June 29, 2020

Development magazine and NAIOP recently won seven awards in the 42nd annual American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) Azbee Awards of Excellence. The Azbees honor outstanding writing and design work in magazines, newsletters and digital media from association, B2B, trade and professional publications.

Industrial Cargo Person

NAIOP Survey: Industrial Real Estate Leading The Way Out Of The COVID Crisis

Source: Press Release
June 25, 2020

In the third NAIOP survey tracking the commercial real estate industry’s response to the COVID crisis, the industrial real estate sector showed significant gains in new redevelopment/redevelopment, building acquisitions and deal activity.

Development Spring 2020 Cover

Development magazine Summer 2020

Summer 2020 Issue

The summer 2020 issue of Development magazine is a Special Issue on COVID-19 and features special reports on the pandemic's effects on the economy, the office, retail and industrial sectors, and a look at what's on the horizon from industry experts.

Rules of Thumb

NAIOP Publishes “Rules of Thumb For Distribution/Warehouse Facilities Design, Second Edition”

Source: Press Release
June 24, 2020

NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has published a second edition of the book “Rules of Thumb for Distribution/Warehouse Facilities Design.” The ebook is available for purchase and download online.

Kilroy Realty Named NAIOP 2020 Developer of the Year, Kilroy Oyster Point, South San Francisco, CA

Kilroy Realty Named NAIOP 2020 Developer of the Year

Source: Press Release
June 22, 2020

NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has selected Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE: KRC) as the 2020 Developer of the Year – the association’s highest honor. The award will be presented during NAIOP’s CRE.Converge conference in Las Vegas this October.

Safe Office Research Brief

Navigating a Safe Return to Work: Best Practices for U.S. Office Building Owners and Tenants

Source: NAIOP Research Foundation
June 08, 2020

Measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak temporarily slowed economic activity and dramatically reduced occupancies at many commercial buildings. As state and local governments outline plans for a phased reopening of the economy, office building owners and employers are formulating plans that will allow employees to return safely to work.

Office Space Demand Forecasat

NAIOP Projects Eventual Office Market Rebound In Late 2021

Source: Press Release
May 29, 2020

A new report published by the NAIOP Research Foundation projects positive absorption of office space beginning in the third quarter of 2021.

Photo by Marcin Jozwiak on Unsplash

Industrial Headed For Short-term Pinch, Long-term Gain

Source: NAIOP News
May 26, 2020

It’s no secret that industrial owners are more insulated from the current crisis than their peers in office, retail or hospitality. But projections from the world’s largest real estate services firm suggest that industrial real estate isn’t just going to survive the next six months, it will also thrive in the following year.


NAIOP Releases Commercial Real Estate Industry Sentiment Index

Source: Press Release
May 11, 2020

The NAIOP CRE Sentiment Index, based on a survey of real estate practitioners, has dropped below 50 for the first time since its inception; however, because the survey was conducted March 11-25, 2020 as the nation was rapidly reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-term outlook is better understood as a snapshot of industry sentiment than as a reliable predictor of future market conditions.

Diversity News Scholarship

NAIOP Supports Rising CRE Leaders through Diversity Student Scholarships

Source: NAIOP News
May 11, 2020

NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has announced the four recipients of its annual diversity student scholarship. The scholarship program supports students who are pursuing a graduate degree in commercial real estate and is a key component of the association’s pledge to advance diversity in the industry.

Sentiment Index Spring 2020 Infograph

The NAIOP CRE Sentiment Index

Source: The NAIOP CRE Sentiment Index
Fall 2020

The NAIOP CRE Sentiment Index for September 2020 is 45, matching March’s reading. This indicates that respondents expect unfavorable conditions for commercial real estate over the next 12 months.

A New Look at Market Tier and Ranking Systems

A Commercial Real Estate Conundrum: How to Tier Markets?

Source: Press Release
May 01, 2020

The commercial real estate industry has long ranked cities and regions into tiers for the purpose of market analysis, based on their investment potential or growth characteristics. However, the lack of a uniform approach and differences in variables – including the rise of certain industries in specific markets, changing rates of growth, and strengths in particular sectors such as office or industrial – can lead to confusion in the marketplace as real estate practitioners sift through competing reports on which markets are considered ideal for investment.

WTS Paradigm / C+N Photography

NAIOP Member Guarantee: We're Here for You

Source: NAIOP News
April 06, 2020

The challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented and far-reaching. During this time of crisis, NAIOP is focused on delivering the invaluable education, advocacy and research that you expect – and that your business depends on.

Flex Office Space

Even Coronavirus May Not Quell Appetite For Flexible Office Space

Source: NAIOP News
April 06, 2020

Bisnow interviewed Michael Kloppenburg, senior consultant for flexible office solutions at Avison Young, and Daniel Levinson, chairman, CRE Holdings, subject matter experts for NAIOP’s new Real Estate as a Service course on the REaaS model.

Spring 2020 Development magazine

Development magazine Spring 2020

Spring 2020 Issue

The spring 2020 issue of Development magazine features a cover story on The Rise of Real Estate as a Service and articles on Integrating WELL into Industrial Properties; Industrial Intensification Heats Up; Boston, A "Living City," Transforms Once Again; and Cutting-edge Research That Has an Impact.

warehouse workers

NAIOP: Coronavirus Will Accelerate Trends in Commercial Real Estate

Source: Press Release
March 31, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak will accelerate trends that had been forming in commercial real estate and cause dramatic changes in the industry faster than had been anticipated. The crisis will result in some short-term contractions in the industry, but will lead to a long-term expansion for commercial real estate generally, particularly in the industrial and warehouse sector.

U.S. Capitol Building

NAIOP Commends House, Senate on CARES Act

Source: NAIOP News
March 27, 2020

NAIOP commends the U.S. House for today’s passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), following the U.S. Senate's passage on Thursday. We expect President Donald Trump to sign it into law shortly.

A New Look at Market Tier and Ranking Systems

A New Look at Market Tier and Ranking Systems

Source: Research Foundation
March 17, 2020

Dividing and grouping the major metropolitan regions of the United States into ranked groups or “tiers” is a frequently used method to evaluate, prioritize and rank markets for investment. This project provides an understanding of the origins, methodologies and uses of market tier models.

industrial space demand

Industrial Space Demand Forecast, First Quarter 2020

Source: Research Foundation
February 26, 2020

Quarterly net absorption will remain at or above 50 million square feet on a sustained basis through Q2 2021.

Winter 2018-2019 Development magazine

Development magazine Winter 2019/2020

Winter 2019/2020 Issue

The winter 2019/2020 issue of Development magazine features a cover story on supply chains and feature articles on preparing large property portfolios for the future, an adaptive-reuse project in North Carolina and an in-depth discussion with NAIOP's national research directors and distinguished fellows about trends in commercial real estate.

Repurposing Retail Centers

Repurposing Retail Centers: Profiles in Adaptation, Repositioning and Redevelopment

Source: Research Foundation
December 23, 2019

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to examine how developers are transforming struggling or closed malls into properties that fit within current market conditions and serve the needs of their surrounding communities.

Autonomous Vehicles

Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles: A Survey of Local Governments

Source: Research Foundation
November 22, 2019

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to examine how local governments are preparing for fully autonomous vehicles and to explore how future AV related policies could affect the commercial real estate industry.