Commercial Real Estate Crowdfunding

 
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Commercial real estate crowdfunding provides individuals a platform to make fractional investments in CRE projects.

Commercial real estate crowdfunding is a relatively new concept that provides a platform to connect accredited developers with investors seeking an alternative real estate investment where they can become partial owners in specific properties. Commercial real estate crowdfunding platforms, such as CrowdStreet and Fundrise, pool together investor’s money providing them participation in commercial real estate acquisition, redevelopment, and construction projects. This unique investment provides investors an alternative investment with a low barrier to entry, minimum investment (as low as $500), and high yield potentials. Commercial Real Estate crowdfunding is broken

into two general categories; equity crowdfunding and debt crowdfunding. In the equity crowdfunding model, investors are able to become fractional owners in a given project. In the debt crowdfunding model, investors money is packaged together by the crowdfunding platform to issue a loan to the borrower. Each model has its own risk/return profile. The equity investment is typically riskier than the debt investment and requires a longer hold period. The increased risk and hold period associated with the equity investment is compensated with a higher return. Those who invest in the debt model are paid out before equity investors and have a shorter hold period but are compensated with a lower return. Commercial Real Estate crowdfunding is likely to increase as a strong alternative to traditional investments.

Rise of Experiential Retail

 
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Brick-and-mortar stores of the future will thrive not by selling products but instead by providing authentic customer experiences.

It is not new information nor is it surprising that online shopping continues to dominate the retail marketplace. What is surprising, is how retailers are complementing their online platforms by shifting their brick-and-mortar’s purpose from selling product to rather, connecting with customers in meaningful ways. Retailers are are scaling back on their brick-and-mortar foot print and utilizing more intimately sized spaces to craft curated shopping experiences that allow customers to interact with their brand and products in unique ways. Retailers are investing in in-store experiences that encourage customer participation through unique events, workshops, demonstrations, social media opportunities, and food & beverage offerings. Retailers understand

that consumers presently have more purchasing options and buyer power than ever before and brand loyalty is often the deciding factor as to whether a brand will thrive in the long the term. Building brand loyalty really requires an immersive experience where retailers can connect with consumers on an ultra personal basis. The selling approach has shifted to be less product driven and more focused on customer engagement as exampled by Warby Parker, Nordstrom, and others. Discovering how customers want to be engaged and how to promote repeat in-store visits is often discovered through interpretation of data. The more data retailers gather on customers the more they customize and personalize the shopping experience. It is arguable that the customer experience has become equally important with product in defining retailers.

Evolution of Office Space

 
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The office space landscape continues to evolve as tenants raise the bar on design, efficiency, and technology requirements.

What will the office of the future look like? Probably a lot less like an office... The evolving workspace has come to integrate much of what used to be separate. As the line between work and life continues to become more seamless, so has the space in which we work and live in. Office design is morphing into a mixed environment where business and lifestyle are being fused into one dynamic space, as best portrayed by WeWork/WeLive. Thoughtful layout and quality design have become increasingly important, as done are the days of stringently defined chopped up workspaces. Flexible open workspace that quickly adapts to tenants and can accommodate a multitude of different activities allows for increased efficiency.

Furthermore, flexibility in the use of space allows tenants to future proof their layouts as they operate and grow in todays quickly changing business environment. As more tenants shift towards operating in a curated office space in hopes of increasing productivity, the push for deep technological integration is only going to increase. Incorporating technology into office design and office furniture will allow for increased communication and collaboration. All of these changes in what is becoming the new office space norm is forcing office developers and landlords to shift their focus to not just providing tenants a great location to conduct business, but instead a flexible environment that lays the groundwork for a company’s success. Those landlords who provide tenants a tailored office space with quality design, efficiency, and technology will likely succeed. 

New Corporate Headquarters

 
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Champagne is proud to announce the relocation of our corporate headquarters to Thousand Oaks, California. 

Champagne has recently relocated it's HQ to the heart of Thousand Oaks within the business improvement district. This relocation comes as Champagne continues to experience growth and expansion within Southern California. We are proud to operate in the Conejo Valley and excited to help this beautiful community continue to grow.   This move perfectly positions Champagne to fully serve both Los Angeles County as well as Ventura County.

Lake Sherwood Life

 
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Springtime magic at Lake Sherwood, California.

Lake Sherwood is a unique neighborhood, unlike any other in Southern California. The notoriously private and upscale community has approximately 660 residences, two country clubs, elite golf course, tennis facility, and beautifuly manicured grounds.  Simply said, Lake Sherwood exudes a special feeling that is difficult replicate.  Located just one hour north of Los Angeles, Lake Sherwood transports you to a slower paced life that is a harmonius balance of stimulation and serenity. The wholesome opportunites offered at Lake Sherwood are only amplified during the spring months. Residences of Lake Sherwood enjoy the 805 lifestyle in true fashion.

Health + Entrepreneurship

 
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The art of balancing health and entrepreneurship

How do you lead a healthy lifestyle and grow a healthy company without sacrificing one for the other? The short answer is mindfulness and discipline.

As health focused entrepreneurs, we live in a fast environment that is constantly attempting to pull us away from homeostasis. Because of this, it is necessary to have a system of routines in place that continually pull you back to your point of equilibrium. Consistency of routine can only be achieved through Mindfulness. Mindfulness can be described as maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and physical body.  It is this awareness that allows us to perpetually compare the things we are doing to the things that we know we should be doing. Awareness is important, but completely meaningless without application.  Improvement requires deliberate action.

It is for this reason that discipline is the second half of the equation. Having established an inventory of our daily actions through mindfulness, we are then able to go go through the process of refining our habits with discipline. The things that bring us vibrance and good health are not always fun or enjoyable at times.  Discipline is having the fortitude to endure temporary discomfort for the achievement of a much bigger goal. When you see the rewards of using mindfulness and discipline to achieve your goals it becomes easier to esablish these principles into your daily routine.