John Rebchook has been taking the pulse of the Denver-area and Colorado commercial real estate world for almost 35 years. He joined the editorial staff of CREJ in 2011. Prior to that, he was the Real Estate Editor of the Rocky Mountain News from 1983 until it closed in 2009.

Thankful commercial RE experts


Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all of your blessings…and to eat too much turkey! One thing is for certain, though. Denver’s commercial real estate market is no turkey. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought a holiday Rebchook Real Estate Corner column should be on the table. With a nod to…

John Rebchook

November 15, 2018

Larson fields retail questions


Since David O. Larson launched his storied career as a retail broker, the Denver area’s population has almost doubled, rising by 92.56 percent. The days of Denver being known as  "cow town," are in the rearview mirror since Larson began his retail career in 1982 at SullivanHayes Cos. And Amazon was just a river during…

John Rebchook

November 12, 2018

Mayor Design Award winners


Steam on the Platte, the Ramble Hotel and the Punch Bowl Social in Stapleton are among the 17 eclectic projects that are being honored as winners of the 2018 Mayor’s Design Awards. Mayor Michael B. Hancock on Thursday night honored the projects for excellence in architecture, design and placemaking. About 200 people attended the award…

John Rebchook

November 8, 2018

Firmspace plants coworking flag in Denver


Firmspace, a luxury coworking suite concept, with little fanfare planted it Denver flag on the entire 16th floor at the Class A office tower at 1401 Lawrence St. “We opened in June without any premarketing or preleasing,” said Kristin Kirk, the hospitality director for Austin, Texas-based Firmspace. Firmspace picked Denver as its first city outside of…

John Rebchook

November 8, 2018

Western Asset Services launched

Western Asset Services

Western Development Group, a developer of premier mixed-use and residential properties in Cherry Creek North, has created a new property management company, Western Asset Services. While Western Asset Services is just hitting the ground, Western Development Group is not a new kid on the block as far as property management. Western Development has been “in […]

John Rebchook

November 6, 2018

Essex names Williams as president


Essex Financial Group, which will close an estimated $750 million in commercial real estate loans this year, is changing the guard. J. Jeffrey Riggs, who founded the firm 26 years ago, is passing the baton to Cooper Williams, who has spent his entire professional career at Essex. “We are proud to announce that Cooper Williams, effective…

John Rebchook

November 1, 2018

Denver tops retail square feet decline

retail square feet

Denver, or perhaps Dallas, has more square feet of retail space per capita than any other city in the U.S. I first heard that when I was the real estate editor of the Rocky Mountain News in the early 1980s. I heard that Denver was either No. 1 or No. 2 multiple times in the…

John Rebchook

October 17, 2018

Emerging Trends ranks Denver in top 10

Emerging Trends

Denver made the Top 10 list in the latest Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2019 report, which was released Wednesday. Denver was ranked No. 8 of 79 metropolitan statistical areas in the comprehensive Emerging Trends report released by PwC US and the Urban Land Institute. In the Rocky Mountain region, Denver ranked first of eight…

John Rebchook

October 11, 2018

John Blumberg of Black Creek remembered


“Frankly, most people in the business probably don’t know we’re out there,” John Blumberg told me 18 years ago. I was the real estate editor of the Rocky Mountain News and Blumberg was thrilled that a business-to-business site that facilitated the private placement of commercial real estate capital and was owned by his Denver-based Black…

John Rebchook

October 10, 2018

Colorado State Bank Building hits the market

Colorado State Bank Building

The Colorado State Bank building, a 26-story office tower that takes its name from its anchor tenant, has hit the market. The 445,595-square-foot Colorado State Bank Building is owned by LBA Realty, based in Irvine, Calif. “LBA Realty started buying distressed properties around 2002” and continued its buying spree for the next decade, according to…

John Rebchook

October 9, 2018