Another year, another look at the Emerging Trends expected to affect real estate in the coming year and beyond. It’s a healthy discipline for our industry, taking a periodic look ahead to evaluate the contenders and pretenders among the forces shaping the real estate business. By survey, by interview, by a review of data, and by a thoughtful sifting through of fact and opinion to arrive at considered judgments, nothing is taken for granted.
Trends, by their nature, are about change over time. They are not blips on the radar, a flavor-du-jour, the kind of hot topic buzz that has cheapened the term in recent years by “trending on the social media.” For real estate, a trend has to prove itself sustainable, attaining a trajectory over a period of years, precisely because it takes years for properties to prove their worth as developments and investments.
For 2015, we propose ten top trends for your attention. Even with a limited number of “top trends,” it is important to tell the stories carefully. Let the discussion and debate begin!