- June 1, 2015: Vol. 9, Number 6

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Spoilt for choice: The real estate universe is a wonderful thing

by Jonathan Schein

This month’s cover story focuses on technology and real estate with a nod to one of my favourite groups, Pink Floyd. Describing how new methods of multi-channel retailing, logistics and other “new” modalities will affect tenancy is all part of Steve Bergsman’s piece and offers some interesting perspectives on how this will all play out.

However, there is another aspect of technology that is also coming “online” and that will need further discussion. From the now-familiar crowdfunding platforms to the new efficient systems that are now running building operations, many think that we’re at the forefront of a new era in our industry.

If we take a step back for a moment, it all sounds like some very nice marketing but how new is new here? Let’s break some of this down in a couple of ways. Firstly, there is the transactional technology such as raising capital through the crowdfunding arena. How new is raising capital by opening up investment to multiple “a

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