— Jacob Frydman , renowned real estate advisor and strategist, is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading analysts of trends and is highly regarded both in the New York City and the broader real estate markets. Frequent guest on Bloomberg TV, Fox Business News, CNBC and other television networks, Frydman is often asked to identify attractive investment opportunities during the interviews. He sees the current trend as upward in commercial real estate, where the optimism is being fueled by industry-focused technology and large amounts of investment from outside the United States.
Jacob Frydman, like the majority of experts, believes that the recent influx of technology will impact commercial real estate (CRE) in a positive way. He notes that CRE technology firms will undoubtedly have an impact on four areas of the industry: leasing data and workflow platforms, “open source” data exchanges, advanced analytics platforms, and online marketplace solutions. In a Forbes Insights survey of 201 senior executives at CRE firms, 55 percent agreed that technology is revolutionizing their industry. Half of the respondents said they are already benefiting from the latest CRE-focused technology, yet only 11 percent rated themselves as “leading edge” in the area of implementing that technology. The survey was conducted between February 12 and March 14 of this year.
An additional challenge facing CRE analysts is that the industry is becoming more globalized. The firm CBRE Research estimates that investments valued at $9.0 billion and $9.4 billion, from China and the Middle East respectively, were made into the U.S. commercial real estate market in 2015, and a similar volume is expected this year. This movement of capital coincides with a recent change in U.S. tax laws that will give qualified foreign pension plans more favorable tax treatments for investing in Real Estate Investment Trusts. Jacob Frydman, retired from his role as CEO of a public Real Estate Investment Trust, is better positioned than most to analyze these developments, especially as the CRE industry changes rapidly and becomes increasingly complex.
Jacob Frydman has over 30 years of experience in structuring, financing and executing highly complex real estate transactions, valued at more than $2 billion. Notable achievements of his career include Two Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, an office tower in midtown Manhattan used by foreign governments for their missions to the United Nations, and redeveloping the Aetna Building in lower Manhattan’s financial district. Frydman has been a guest lecturer on real estate finance at Columbia University and in the Master’s Lecturer series sponsored by New York Law School. An avid philanthropist, he is a firm supporter of Chabad of Dutchess County, the Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast Cancer, and other organizations. He generously dedicates much of his time and capital to programs aimed at helping people in struggling communities, and is proud to have recently joined the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE) in support of its Released Time program of Greater New York.
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