BLANCA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE ADDS SKY JONES AS ASSOCIATE IN BROKERAGE SERVICES AND KATRINA MIRAZO AS LEASING AND MARKETING COORDINATOR

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BLANCA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE ADDS SKY JONES AS ASSOCIATE IN BROKERAGE SERVICES AND KATRINA MIRAZO AS LEASING AND MARKETING COORDINATOR

 

MIAMI – June 23, 2020Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Florida’s leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm, today announced that Sky Jones has joined the firm as an Associate and Katrina Mirazo has joined as Leasing and Marketing Coordinator. This is the latest in an ongoing series of strategic hires as Blanca Commercial Real Estate continues its expansion plans to provide strategic real estate advisory and brokerage services across the region.

 

Jones has joined the firm’s tenant representation practice to help companies secure the space that best aligns and supports their needs. Prior to joining Blanca, Jones built a strong track record of successful outcomes for clients as an Associate at Jones Lang LaSalle.

 

Mirazo joins Blanca’s marketing team and will support the firm’s brokerage team and implement new digital marketing strategies. Leveraging more than a decade of experience, she is a well-seasoned marketer with extensive knowledge, ranging from graphic design and website development to event logistics and sales. Before joining the firm, Mirazo worked as a Porsche Assistant Service Manager and E Commerce Manager at The Collection, and as a Senior Regional Manager at Newmark Knight Frank.

 

“We are thrilled to welcome Sky and Katrina to our team who are fully aligned with our company’s client-first approach, culture of collaboration and unwavering commitment to excellence ,” said Tere Blanca, CEO of Blanca Commercial Real Estate. “Their talents will be instrumental in our efforts to continue to develop and implement customized strategies that deliver outstanding results for our clients.”

 

Added Jones: “It is an honor to join this highly renowned team of professionals, one whose leadership, teamwork and ethics are unsurpassed within the South Florida community. Through my collaboration, my goal is to deliver added value to our clients and support the firm’s continued success.”

 

Jones earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida with a concentration in professional sales, and he was a key member of the UCF Professional Selling Program.

 

Mirazo also added: “I truly admire the Blanca team for its unrelenting nature as it continues to grow steadfast during these difficult times. I look forward to bringing that same level of zeal and tenacity to my work.”

 

Mirazo received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and a Master of Science in Global Strategic Communications from Florida International University. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Art Direction from Miami Ad School.

 

About Blanca Commercial Real Estate

Blanca Commercial Real Estate, the leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm in Florida, provides a complete range of brokerage and advisory services to owners and users of commercial real estate. Established in 2009, the firm is noted for delivering distinct client value through a personalized approach, unique methodology, data-driven insight, vast network and deep community engagement. Practice areas include landlord representation, tenant representation, build-to-suit advisory services, land/investment property acquisition and disposition and property management services. For more information, visit www.blancacre.com

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Predictions For South Florida CRE in 2020

December 18, 2019

By Deidra Funcheon

So 2019 is drawing to a close, having given the world of commercial real estate things we expected — like a booming industrial market — and things we didn’t (WeWork and opportunity zones were among the greatest flops of the decade). Bisnow asked some South Florida real estate pros what 2020 may bring. Here are their thoughts:

Jeff Gordon, vice president, JLL:“We have a number of interesting new office developments delivering or in the pipeline across Miami’s office market over the next few years. This will create variety and optionality not previously seen in Miami as it pertains to emerging submarkets, deepening options in changing submarkets and the way in which the office use is amenitized with other product types across the market as a whole. This variability will provide opportunities for tenants that approach their future leasing with a proactive strategy. In line with this, it will also be interesting to see the impact that the continued expansion of the Virgin Trains stations will have on the connectivity of Aventura and Boca with our Central Business Districts and the continued goal of connecting Florida’s growing talent and workforce.”

 

Tere Blanca, founder and CEO, Blanca Commercial Real Estate:

“Miami’s vibrant and diverse economy, its business-friendly environment (and tax advantages) and its convenient lifestyle and connectivity to the world via Miami International Airport will continue to spur the relocation to Miami of talented professionals and companies across various industries both domestically and internationally.
Key factors driving this movement include this increase in people relocating here due to tax incentives including the lack of a state income tax. The strong population growth in the past five years, with continued projected growth, will continue to motivate companies to establish a presence in Miami. Also, the uncertain political climate in key Latin American countries may attract investment into Miami from these markets that include Mexico and other nations. With limited new office supply delivering in 2020 and robust demand from companies touring the market, we expect the market to remain stable and steady with positive absorption and modest increase in rents. Also, new office deliveries in 2020 will be well-received given Miami’s persistent flight-to-quality trend and this in turn will drive owners of older, existing buildings to undertake strategic renovations to remain competitive. With flight-to-quality prominent among tenants today, we expect new supply to attract tenants across various submarkets, while also attracting new-to-market entrants.”

Courtesy of Tere Blanca Tere Blanca, founder, chairman and CEO of Miami-based Blanca Commercial Real Estate.

Cory Yeffet, director of acquisitions, Integra Investments:
“We expect multifamily development and sales to remain active in 2020. Although rent growth has slowed due in part to significant new supply, demand remaining strong and multifamily cap rates remaining at record lows will continue to support a healthy development and sales environment. This is why Integra continues to be active in the sector, with four multifamily projects under development in South Florida, including the 315-unit Bella Vista project in Lauderdale Lakes, which we intend to deliver and stabilize in 2020. The biggest commercial real estate concern we see for 2020 is the uncertain impacts of the election year, and how global economic and sociopolitical dynamics may slow down private sector expansions.”
Doug Jones, co-founder and managing partner, JAG Insurance Group:
“For about the last 10 years, rates have consistently gone down. But with the influx of natural disasters, reinsurance went up in 2019 and that will continue in 2020. That trickles down to the consumer. Also, while risk of sea level rise continues to be a concern, thanks to the recent expansion of the private flood market, consumers will actually have more options in 2020 than ever before to make sure their assets have the proper coverage.”

David Druey, Florida regional president, Centennial Bank:
“I predict minimal, if any, slowing down in deal flow of construction financing in any of the major sectors. Smart developers are seizing the opportunities of low interest rates through use of bank financing for construction financing and securing forward commitments with institution investors for stabilized projects. The ongoing major risk is if the developer can actually complete the project on time and budget. Most of the more substantial projects, outside of apartments, typically have the stabilization piece solved prior to construction commencement.”

Ronald Fieldstone, partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr:
“The new EB-5 regulations went into effect at the end of 2019 and we are still seeing increasing interest from investors, especially from Latin America, in the EB-5 program despite the higher threshold. Over the past 10 years, developers have grown dependent on raising EB-5 capital to finance their projects due to the low cost of EB-5 borrowing. We expect it to continue to remain a viable source of financing for development projects in downtown Miami west of Biscayne Boulevard, Little River, areas around Miami International Airport and certain sections of Coconut Grove.”
Stephen Rutchik, executive managing director, Colliers International:
“Although one of the original iterations of coworking, WeWork has collapsed on a corporate level, I expect that the concept and most of the existing locations will continue to perform well over the next year. On a larger scale, office landlords in South Florida are increasingly incorporating the coworking concept into existing office buildings. This is attracting new tenants who previously would have either been priced out of traditional office space or who require flexibility that a traditional lease cannot provide. The coworking concept is much larger than WeWork. It has quickly become a part of the American office culture and I expect this trend to grow in the coming years.”

Adam Lustig, partner and incoming real estate practice group leader, Bilzin Sumberg:
“With continued low interest rates, increased employment and significant population growth, I expect the South Florida real estate market to remain strong in 2020. In particular, I see health-related real estate and senior housing as areas of opportunity with the aging of the population and the need for urgent care centers, hospitals, medical office space and senior housing facilities. As shopping center owners try to adapt to dramatic changes in the retail market, medical, health and wellness uses will continue to expand. The major threats to continued growth in South Florida remain traffic, lack of public transportation and affordable housing. One other threat that is not being talked about enough, but that we are very focused on, is the phase-out of Libor at the end of 2021 which affects trillions of dollars of commercial real estate loans.”

Chris Chakford, managing director of origination, Kawa:
“Kawa sees ground leases as an ongoing trend in 2020 as banks pull back on commercial fee simple financing in non-core markets, most notably in hospitality and office sectors. With sponsors needing creative solutions to fill out capital stacks and lessen their equity requirement, Kawa has created a ground lease program that offers a complete financing solution to meet these needs. This type of financing vehicle offers a highly adaptable bifurcation structure that accommodates owners’ needs while typically enhancing returns, providing tax benefits, being nonrecourse, and mitigating interest rate risk by offering perpetual financing. In the last three years, Kawa has executed 12 ground lease transactions with a total value in excess of $652M and anticipates ground leases to be a prominent alternative for providing creative financing solutions with flexible capital that can be deployed quickly as we look ahead into 2020.”

Peter Mekras, president of Aztec Group:
“2020 is likely to be a year filled with volatility. Interest rates and the political environment both locally and nationally will be the main drivers of market volatility in 2020. Irrespective of the trend of volatility in 2020, we expect capital markets to remain liquid. Equity capital will continue to flow into Florida real estate in 2020. Florida will maintain its label as one of the few states positioned for strong long-term fundamentals and a uniquely favorable business environment for real estate investors. Florida is projected to experience better than national trend employment growth and will continue to benefit from strong population growth. Rental apartments, senior housing and well-located office and shopping centers will be the beneficiaries.”

Lissette Calderon, president and CEO of Neology Life Development Group:
“Allapattah is seeing significant residential and commercial real estate investment underway that will enhance the neighborhood’s appeal and quality-of-life offerings. With Miami’s growing population seeking lifestyle living alternatives within the urban core at attainable price points, our mission is to provide a solution to this need by developing attainable luxury rental units that are modern, functional and offer upscale amenities.”

Michael C. Brown, executive vice president and general manager, Skanska USA Florida:
“Come the new year, I anticipate the two sectors poised to fuel Miami’s economic growth will be healthcare and higher education, which continue to be the largest sectors for us across the state and in South Florida. I believe we will also continue to see a more pronounced shift into environmentally friendly building, specifically with companies looking to minimize their carbon footprints.”

Martin Melo, principal, The Melo Group:
“2020 will prove to be a year full of challenges, mostly driven by the political landscape throughout Latin America, the upcoming elections and the increasingly low interest rates and low income tax in Florida. We can expect to see an influx of new residents who come to South Florida searching for a more attractive and stable socioeconomic climate as opposed to the current situation in their own countries. The demand for multifamily and market-rate apartments will continue to rise and interest rates will remain low, which will ultimately spark a bigger interest from developers and investors in the area.”

Shawn Gracey, executive vice president of hospitality, Key International:
“As the hospitality industry becomes increasingly diverse, there will be even more emphasis on presenting a unique value proposition to today’s travelers. We’ve found that our customer profile is seeking experience-based and design-driven accommodations in key coastline cities, which led us to develop the AC Hotel by Marriott in Fort Lauderdale Beach, which will be one of the newest, upscale select-service properties in the area when it’s delivered next year.”

Rishi Kapoor, CEO, Location Ventures:
“Pointing to various indicators, the fortress submarkets of Miami’s luxury condo inventory are the prominent choice in 2020, compared to areas of oversupply. Foreign buyers will remain a challenge, despite promising pockets from target countries in Latin America; the true stability is in the end user, who traditionally purchases a primary residence rather than investment product, and is more likely to focus on lifestyle moves in the market. This is why more protected submarkets, such as Coral Gables, will be a strategic play, as we’re seeing a wave of retirees or empty nesters, coupled with growing families, seeking to place roots in a neighborhood with a thriving business environment, limited top-tier condo product and a historic record for stability.”

Miguel Díaz de la Portilla, attorney, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr:

2020 will be an exciting year of American Dream Miami. We have our land use and zoning approvals in place and will be finalizing the design of the project, applying for administrative site plan approval, and moving forward with continuing to work on infrastructure. This will all be happening at a time when people from all over the world are beginning to experience the magnificence of American Dream Meadowlands in New Jersey. Triple Five just opened the entertainment center that serves as a sneak peek to how American Dream Miami will look and the tremendous benefit that it will have on our local economy.”

Opinion: Landlords are adopting ‘must-have’ technologies to remain competitive

Opinion: Landlords are adopting ‘must-have’ technologies to remain competitive
November 25, 2019

Tere Blanca is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Inc., an independently owned commercial real estate services firm headquartered in Miami.

Radically transforming commercial real estate, new technology — much of it in the form of convenient, user-friendly apps — is being adopted by property owners wishing to remain relevant and competitive. Landlords who want to work smarter, protect their properties, and attract and retain tenants, do well to become acquainted with future-forward technology redefining property management and tenant relations.

While numerous contenders may vie for attention, the following are tried-and-tested options being used in many commercial spaces throughout Miami.

One of the original ground-breaking companies in the industry, Kastle Systems, established more than five decades ago, provides an integrated platform of cutting-edge solutions, delivering both excellent consumer experiences and landlord peace-of-mind. Tenants can conveniently open or unlock property doors with their smartphones, doing away with the need to carry cardkeys or fobs, while allowing landlords to entrust the task of making their space safer to a dedicated team.

On call 24/7, they provide video surveillance, visitor and identity management tools, and monitors alarms, security reports, repairs and more. CUBE WYNWD, a RedSky Capital office project, relies on Kastle Systems to provide top security and access for its tenants. Additional disruptors in the security systems space include Kisi and Openpath.

Another provider of advanced technology that has become invaluable for landlords seeking to better understand real space needs and save costs — Mapiq tracks activity within your office space and building common areas in a single dashboard. A heatmap reveals how people are concentrated throughout the building or a space.

The data, collected in the analytics dashboard provides quantified statistics over time, enabling confident, strategic decisions. For employees, this cloud-based solution facilitates finding available desks and meeting rooms and other employees. With Mapiq, landlords, tenants and employees access tools which effectively position them to have control over their environment.
Additional solutions include Jabra, TrueView Heatmap by Mirame.net and several others that are in development phases.

A third resource — award-winning HqO, connects tenants to their community, facilitates commerce, and provides content, among other features. This app provides the means to maximize positive tenant experiences and strengthens the tenant-landlord relationship.

HqO enables tenants to pay for the amenities and services offered throughout the building; be apprised of events taking place on or near the property, and receive timely notifications, while also providing messaging and concierge services. It can also be used to control the environment in the building, including opening doors and accessing common areas. HqO brings a wealth of information and a smart tool for communication which tenants can access by simply picking up their smartphones.

Other apps that focus on the tenant experience include Comfy, Bixby and SkyRise, and many traditional property management platforms are also launching similar tools.

Yet another innovative option is Motionloft, developed by a leader in artificial intelligence and computer vision, it is rapidly gaining in popularity. Utilizing wireless sensors, Motionloft gathers real-time vehicle and pedestrian data, enabling developers to gauge foot traffic and attract retailers accordingly. Currently, Goldman properties in Wynwood utilizes this solution, allowing them to gauge traffic throughout their retail and dining spaces.

A fifth tool, Kepler Analytics is designed to decrease operating costs and enhance customer satisfaction. Kepler analytics measures sales in stores outfitted with sensors which allows it to monitor individual stores to entire regions — forecasting which stores will meet daily targets and which might need a little attention. It also controls access.

RetailNext, ShopperTrack and Aislelabs are also similar tools being leveraged in the retail sector.

Commercial real estate landlords who expand their offerings to include mobile platforms and future-forward technology are amplifying their competitive edge, facilitating how they market their properties, and securing tenants and their properties. Using one’s phone to book a conference room, pay rent, learn about an upcoming event, access building areas, and much more, is a convenience tenants will soon come to expect.

Savvy landlords will do well to stay at the forefront of the technology curb as this technology becomes more ubiquitous and helps to shape the future of commercial real estate.

Tere Blanca is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Inc., an independently owned commercial real estate services firm headquartered in Miami. She may be reached via email at tere.blanca@blancacre.com or via LinkedIn here. www.blancacre.com.ents will continue to hold with moderate rent increases, if any.”

Demand for Miami office space remains strong as companies relocate to the region

Demand for Miami office space remains strong as companies relocate to the region
November 15 , 2019
By Rebecca San Juan

“It’s a healthy office market,” said Blanca CEO and President Tere Blanca.

Demand for office space continues to rise as companies from outside of Florida relocate to Miami-Dade County, driving up average asking rates by more than 5 percent from a year ago. An increase in co-working spaces also played a significant role.

The average weighted asking rate grew for Class A and Class B office space, according to the Blanca Commercial Real Estate third quarter 2019 market report released this week.

For Class A space, average weighted rates grew 5.6% year over year, from $45.51 per square foot in the third quarter 2018 to $46.37 per square foot in the third quarter 2019. The highest average asking rates were in Brickell, at $59.10 per square foot, and Wynwood/Design District, at $55.97 per square foot.

The average asking rates for older, simpler Class B space crept up slightly, from $33.39 per square foot in the third quarter 2018 to $33.47 a square foot in the third quarter 2019. But the class suffered a loss of 248,000 total square feet, primarily in the Miami Airport market.

The vacancy rate for Class A space dipped slightly, from 13.9% to 12.7%, while the vacancy rate for Class B space inches up from 16.1% to 16.9%.
A total of 324,000 square feet of multi-tenant office space was delivered, said Blanca, for a total Class A/ Class B inventory of 36,953,985 square feet. Another 2.1 million square feet of multi-tenant office space is underway and set to be delivered by late 2022.

“It’s a healthy office market,” said Blanca CEO and President Tere Blanca.

Net absorption increased overall year-over-year, by 412,191 square feet, led by Class A space offering amenities such as wellness programs, concierge services, Wi-Fi indoors and outdoors as well as tenant lounges with snacks and coffee. Tenants in legal, financial and professional services gravitate toward buildings with water views, she said.
Much of the change in the Class B market was driven by companies already in the market looking to right size their spaces — both by increasing and decreasing — and seeking new layouts, said Blanca.

Overall, tenants are also looking for buildings connected to transit and those with open floor plans and flexible conference spaces.
Of the positive absorption, 292,000 square feet or 44% came from co-working companies leasing in Downtown Miami, Miami Beach, Brickell and Coral
Gables. Co-working now accounts for nearly 4% of the total office inventory in the county.

“In addition to making an impact in taking up space within existing buildings, they have actively established a presence in a large portion of new supply underway. Buildings like 830 Brickell, One Cocowalk, and CUBE Wynwd are anchored by co-working companies,” she said. “These companies are also allowing out of market companies to test the Miami market by offering flexible lease terms and move-in-ready spaces.”

Despite WeWork’s woes, several companies, including Venture X, still continue to expand their co-working footprint in South Florida.

“Although there is a large presence of coworking spaces, the majority are doing very well given Miami is an entrepreneurial community with access to a global market,” said Blanca.
New-to-market firms are driving net absorption, led by companies in finance, technology and professional services, said Blanca. Those include Starwood Capital, which is moving to Collins Avenue in Miami Beach; SoftBank, which took space in Brickell, and Icahn Enterprises, which will relocate from New York to the Milton Tower in North Miami Beach.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a favorable business environment and climate are driving new companies to relocate to Miami, said Blanca.

About 150 companies have expanded to Miami since 2017, encompassing 592,000 square feet, wrote Blanca Chief Marketing Officer Diana Pubchara over email. The majority of the companies had an office elsewhere out of state and decided to open in Miami-Dade County. Some organizations in foreign markets are establishing their U.S. headquarters in the Magic City. And about 15 new companies are touring the market and would cover another 201,000 square feet when they are expected to sign leases in the next few months.

“As more companies announce to relocate or expand into Miami, we expect other companies to follow suit given our tax friendly environment and unique access to global markets,” said Pubchara.
The entrance of new firms, said Blanca, will help “backfill vacancies in existing buildings and create positive absorption.”

The market looks bright looking over the next 25 months, said Blanca. She said, “We’ll see continued absorption and rents will continue to hold with moderate rent increases, if any.”

OPTIMA ONYX TOWER TOPS OFF, ON SCHEDULE FOR COMPLETION IN Q2 2020

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OPTIMA ONYX TOWER TOPS OFF, ON SCHEDULE FOR COMPLETION IN Q2 2020
Building Will Be First Class A Office Tower To Deliver In An Opportunity Zone Locally

 

MIAMI–(November, 5, 2019) – Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Florida’s leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm, today announced that Optima, a destination office campus designed to meet the unique needs of driven business leaders, has topped off its Onyx Tower and is on schedule for completion in Q2, 2020. The Onyx Tower is the latest addition to the highly sought-after office campus which also includes the White Tower and the Red Tower, both of which are already completed and have been proven as top-tier office destinations in Aventura/Hallandale.

Optima’s Onyx Tower, a new Class A office masterpiece of innovative design and sustainability located at 21500 Biscayne Boulevard, just a few minutes away from the planned Virgin Trains station in Aventura, features 20 floors of office space with balconies and panoramic ocean views and consists of 308,198 square feet. Tenants will also enjoy first in class fitness amenities that include a lap swimming pool, more than one acre of green rooftop spaces, a jogging trail and fitness center. The building is designed to be LEED certified platinum and also features an efficient floor plate design of approximately 17,000 square feet, along with a full-floor conference facility for tenants’ exclusive use, an 8-story parking garage and a state-of-the-art backup generator to ensure business continuity during a power outage. The building will also feature an impressive glass box design fronting Biscayne Blvd for an upscale restaurant.

“Once completed Optima’s Onyx Tower will be a destination class A office space like no other, said Tere Blanca, Founder and CEO of Blanca Commercial Real Estate. “The ownership group has spared no expense to make this amalgamation of design, sustainability and top-tier amenities an attainable reality for businesses seeking world-class office space connected to mass transit via the recently approved Virgin Trains Aventura Station.”

Optima’s other compelling attributes include its proximity to four airports, major highways and countless shopping, dining and entertainment options at venues like Gulfstream Park, directly adjacent to the complex, and Aventura Mall located less than 1.5 miles away. The property is also just minutes away from banking, hotels, parks, golf courses, marinas and the beach.

More information and office leasing opportunities are available by contacting Tere Blanca, Juan Ruiz or Mike Nathanson with Blanca Commercial Real Estate at (305) 577-8850.

About Blanca Commercial Real Estate
Blanca Commercial Real Estate, the leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm in Florida, provides a complete range of brokerage and advisory services to owners and users of commercial real estate. Established in 2009, the firm is noted for delivering distinct client value through a personalized approach, unique methodology, data-driven insight, vast network and deep community engagement. Practice areas include landlord representation, tenant representation, build-to-suit advisory services, and land/investment property acquisition and disposition. For more information, visit www.blancacre.com

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BLANCA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SECURES NEARLY 100,000 SQ FT OF LEASES AT WATERFORD AT BLUE LAGOON

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BLANCA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SECURES NEARLY 100,000 SQ FT OF LEASES AT WATERFORD AT BLUE LAGOON

MIAMI July 9, 2019 – Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Florida’s leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm, today announced it has secured nearly 100,000 square feet of lease renewals and expansions at Waterford at Blue Lagoon, located just south of Miami International Airport and the Dolphin Expressway (SR836) at NW 57th Avenue.

The leases include international hotel brand Marriott (21,000 SF renewal), civil defense law firm Mintzer, Sarowitz, Zeris, Ledva & Meyer (11,000 SF renewal), Swiss watch manufacturer The Swatch Group (5,000 SF expansion), international planning and architecture firm Leo A Daly (5,000 SF renewal), and cloud-based software company CareCloud (25,000 SF renewal). A separate series of seven smaller undisclosed transactions also accounted for another 25,000 square feet.

“Since taking on the Waterford at Blue Lagoon leasing assignment, our team has been able to leverage the property’s unique corporate-campus setting, central location and its global connectivity via Miami International Airport to attract and retain new and existing tenants,” said Tere Blanca, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Blanca Commercial Real Estate. “We look forward to further enhancing Waterford’s position as the premier corporate park in Florida.”

The Waterford portfolio, owned in a joint venture between Nuveen Real Estate and Allianz Real Estate, is the largest commercial office portfolio under one ownership group in Florida. The complex is home to more than 100 multinational corporations doing business across industries that include manufacturing, technology, transportation, healthcare, insurance and finance. Multiple Fortune 500 companies operating their regional or Latin American headquarters also leverage the property’s central location and top-quality office environment to draw from a multicultural and multilingual regional workforce.

The Blanca leasing team at Waterford is led by Managing Director and Vice Chairman John Guitar and includes executive vice president Phil Marchese and vice chairman Juan Ruiz.

More information and lease opportunities at Waterford at Blue Lagoon are available by contacting Blanca Commercial Real Estate at (305) 577-8850.

About Blanca Commercial Real Estate

Blanca Commercial Real Estate, the leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm in Florida, provides a complete range of brokerage and advisory services to owners and users of commercial real estate. Established in 2009, the firm is noted for delivering distinct client value through a personalized approach, unique methodology, data-driven insight, vast network and deep community engagement. Practice areas include landlord representation, tenant representation, build-to-suit advisory services, and land/investment property acquisition and disposition. For more information, visit www.blancacre.com

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BLANCA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE ADDS RANDY CARBALLO AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

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BLANCA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE ADDS RANDY CARBALLO AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

MIAMI May 1, 2018 – Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Florida’s leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm, today announced that Randy Carballo has joined the firm as an Executive Vice President. He joins the firm’s tenant advisory practice and will also collaborate with the agency leasing team on some of the firm’s key assignments. For Blanca Commercial Real Estate, this is the latest in an ongoing series of high-level hires as it continues with its expansion plans to provide strategic real estate advisory and brokerage services across the region.

A leader in the Florida market with extensive experience in Central and South Florida, Carballo has served as a strategic partner to numerous companies of all sizes, providing top-tier commercial real estate solutions. Prior to joining Blanca, Carballo served as Vice President at JLL where he advised several notable companies including World Fuel Services, Regus/SPACES, Morgan Stanley, L’OREAL, IATA, and Sony.

“We are thrilled to welcome an executive of Randy’s caliber to our team. His commitment to excellence, along with an unsurpassed work ethic, collaborative nature, and a passion for giving back to the community, perfectly aligns with our company culture,” said Tere Blanca, CEO of Blanca Commercial Real Estate. “We look forward to leveraging his talents as we continue to broaden our reach across Florida markets.”

Added Carballo: “It is an honor to be counted among a team of professionals that is so highly respected and admired in the community. The Blanca team is known throughout the industry for their unrelenting, client-first philosophy, and I look forward to adding to that track record of excellence.”

Carballo received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Real Estate from the University of Central Florida and is also a graduate of the Leadership Miami program. He is a board member of the Young Professional’s group serving Habitat for Humanity and also donates his time as a team leader for the ALS Association. He also serves as Co-Chair of LINC for United Way of Miami.

About Blanca Commercial Real Estate

Blanca Commercial Real Estate, the leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm in Florida, provides a complete range of brokerage and advisory services to owners and users of commercial real estate. Established in 2009, the firm is noted for delivering distinct client value through a personalized approach, unique methodology, data-driven insight, vast network and deep community engagement. Practice areas include landlord representation, tenant representation, build-to-suit advisory services, and land/investment property acquisition and disposition. For more information, visit www.blancacre.com

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Miami Heads to icy Northeast to lure businesses

By: Catherine Lackner

Miami News Today

Representatives if Miami’s Downtown Development Authority, the Beacon Council, and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau were schedules to venture to the frozen Northeast (temperatures predicted in the 20s and 30s) this week to pitch Miami’s case.

 

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Downtown Miami’s office market is diversifying: That’s good news for our local economy

By Danet Linares
January 25, 2019

Miami’s pursuit of Amazon thrust our region’s technology sector to the forefront, but new data from the Miami Downtown Development Authority indicate that tech companies have been eyeing our urban core as a viable home base for years.

The DDA’s newly released office sector survey, which tracked market activity over the past five years, found that 72 percent of all new-to-market technology firms coming to Greater Miami are settling in Downtown.

This metric is just one example of how our region’s largest office market is becoming more diverse as new industries set their sights on our city, lured by favorable demographics, an improved transit system, a variety of housing options, and significant cost advantages compared to other gateway cities.

Our Downtown office market comprises more than 22 million square feet of rentable space, amounting to Florida’s most significant employment hub and one of its primary economic engines. All told, over 250,000 people spend their weekdays in our urban core — more than ever before.

A quick survey of the market’s tenant list is a “who’s who” of the business world, with brands like Royal Caribbean, JP Morgan Chase, HIG Capital, Fortress Investment Group, Mastercard, Facebook and Porsche calling Downtown Miami home.

The Downtown office market has historically been dominated by a handful of sectors, most notably law and professional services, real estate, and banking and finance. In fact, Downtown is home to the highest concentration of financial institutions in the United States outside of New York, including 60 international banks, 100 alternate investment firms, and regional headquarters for four of the world’s largest accounting firms.

While these industries still occupy most of the space in Downtown, the DDA study found that our tenant base is becoming more varied. Notably, the past few years have seen an uptick in the number of tech, hospitality and media companies leasing space. Together, these three sectors have accounted for 38 percent of all new-to-market leases signed since 2013.

Recent examples of tenants that have relocated to Downtown from out-of-town or from other markets in South Florida include the CONCACAF soccer association, Cisneros, Google, Uber, Viacom/MTV, and I-Squared Capital. Two of the country’s largest operators of co-working space — WeWork and Regus — are also expanding in our Downtown.

Given Downtown Miami’s evolution from a 9-to-5 business district into a thriving 24/7 residential and commercial neighborhood over the past decade, these dynamics shouldn’t come as a surprise. For the first time, our urban core offers companies and their employees a walkable district that is densely populated and home to a range of housing, dining and entertainment options.

These factors are becoming more important as employees gravitate toward job opportunities in close proximity to their home.

A series of improvements in the urban core — from new transportation options and public parks, to the debut of cultural outlets and improved pedestrian access — have coincided with stability in the office market. Average occupancy levels, rental rates and tenant renewal rates are at their highest points in years, driven by pricing that remains well below that of places like New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

There’s reason for continued optimism.

The launch of Virgin Trains’ service into Downtown in 2018, coupled with the planned connection to Tri-Rail this year, will make commuting from points north even easier while significantly broadening our workforce.

Few downtowns in the country can compete when it comes to location. From an accessibility standpoint, office users are placing immense value on the fact that our Downtown is right off I-95, minutes away Miami Beach and Miami International Airport, and adjacent to PortMiami.

The advent of new arts and culture venues within the past decade has greatly enhanced quality of life in Downtown, with the Adrienne Arsht Center, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Frost Science Museum, and ArtMiami earning high praise among companies surveying the market.

Likewise, mixed-use developments such as Brickell City Centre, MiamiCentral and Miami Worldcenter are enhancing Downtown’s stature as a shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

The next chapter in Downtown Miami’s story will be centered on sustaining commercial and residential growth through investments in mobility, walkability and education, ensuring Downtown remains a desirable place to live and work. Projects like The Underline, the Downtown Baywalk and the renovation of Flagler Street will be welcomed additions.

As Miami’s urban core strengthens its appeal as a vibrant neighborhood that is home to a growing number of companies and residents, our Downtown office market is becoming more diverse. The result is a healthier, more resilient local economy.

 

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Downtown Miami: No Longer 9 to 5

By David Wilkening
December 28, 2018

Perhaps it is not surprising the area’s office market is changing but it may be news to some that downtown’s population now of 250,000 has helped it evolve from a daytime business market into a 24-hour live-work-play city.

This shift has led to major transit improvements (including the launch of high-speed rail and a free trolley service); the rise of the neighborhood’s bar and restaurant scene; and billions of dollars in new mixed-used development.

So says Miami DDA (Downtown Development Authority) in their study on office leasing trends in the past five years.

“Downtown Miami has long been a preferred location for multinational companies seeking access to North America, South America and Europe, and we’re increasingly seeing domestic firms enter the market as we improve our urban infrastructure, welcome new residential options, and cultivate a strong entertainment and hospitality scene,” explains Miami DDA Board Member Danet Linares.

Also Vice Chairman of Blanca Commercial Real Estate Inc., she adds: “Our downtown neighborhood is now viewed as a true live, work, play district and the result is an office market that has stabilized and is becoming more diverse.”

Some key study findings

• More than 6.3 million square feet of office space was leased in Downtown Miami since 2013, with finance, banking, law and real estate tenants accounting for over 60 percent of all lease activity.

• Tech firms are catching up. Altogether, 72 percent of the new-to-market tech and innovation firms leasing space in Greater Miami are selecting the urban core.

• Approximately 58 percent of companies entering the Miami market for the first time choose to locate downtown, “drawn by the neighborhood’s strong quality of life component, walkability and transit connections,” the study says.

• Tenant renewals are driving leasing activity, with 89% of downtown users staying in place and/or expanding their office when faced with an expiring lease. “This stability has fueled the rapid growth of downtown’s daytime population, which now exceeds 250,000 people,” the report says.

• Average rents for Class-A space have climbed nearly 15 percent since 2013 but remain affordable by comparison with other gateway cities in the U.S., such as New York, Boston, and San Francisco, according to the study.

• Downtown Miami has the highest concentration of banks and financial institutions outside of Manhattan.

 

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