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Colliers Proptech Alum Step Up to Covid-19 Challenge

Commercial real estate firm Colliers International has pushed back its 2020 Proptech Accelerator class to 2021 because of health and safety concerns over the novel coronavirus pandemic, but it said tech startups from its two earlier classes have already developed virtual tools to help the commercial real estate industry navigate the pandemic’s impacts.

One portfolio company, Basking, for instance, uses AI and WiFi to provide real-time occupancy monitoring of workplaces so employers can ensure their employees are maintaining safe distances and optimize cleaning services according to real-time utilization. Another, FastOffice, gives brokers a virtual office walk-through tool, so that tenants can review and edit floor plan layouts and seat configurations in real time.

The global real estate giant teamed with tech accelerator Techstars in 2018 to start the Colliers Proptech Accelerator initiative. Since then it has invested in 19 early-stage real estate tech companies. Techstars has a portfolio of more

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6 Ways to Maintain Social Distancing, New Normal in Warehouses

Nearly half of the United States may have eased its stay-at-home mandates in recent weeks, but steep challenges still remain for manufacturing and distribution centers, noted commercial real estate services provider Cushman & Wakefield.

The contagious coronavirus places a new emphasis on social distancing in warehouse environments originally designed for employees to work in close proximity. However, processes can be adjusted and suggestions were compiled from various logistics, industrial and production experts and specialists, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

From encouraging remote working to readjusting work breaks and shift changes, Cushman & Wakefield outlined six recommendations for creating social distancing measures and adjusting to the “new normal” in warehouses.

New measures shouldn’t begin as the employees return, Cushman & Wakefield noted. First, the company should implement disinfecting procedures in accordance with governing authorities and/or best practices before employees return. Along with cleaning, mechanical, HVAC, fire and other “life safety” systems

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7 Easy DIY Porch and Patio Projects to Make Summer Quarantine Feel Like a Breeze

We’re bringing you a final bit of quarantine DIY inspo so you can spruce up your front porch or back patio, just in time for all the nice weather ahead.


The days are getting warmer and, if you’re lucky enough to have a tiny square of patio to call your own, you’re probably spending a good bit of time outside.

But even our outdoor spaces can start to wear thin after a while—especially if they’ve taken a beating from the winter months, or you’re just sick of looking at the same sad sofa cushions.

Now that you’ve had a chance to tackle some indoor DIY projects, why

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$100M Stonewall Farm Gallops Away With Title of Priciest Property in Westchester County

Stonewall Farm is the largest privately owned property in Westchester County, NY. Priced at $100 million, it’s also the most expensive in the tony county.


Stonewall Farm is the largest privately owned property in Westchester County, NY.

Priced at $100 million, the 740-acre thoroughbred estate is also the most expensive in this tony New York county just north of NYC.

The property—which belongs to Calvin Klein’s business partner, Barry K. Schwartz—not only has a massive main house measuring 24,000 square feet, but also premium accommodations for 84 horses. Oh, and there’s also 4,000-square-foot pavilion-style poolhouse. And those are only a fraction of the estate’s winning features.


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The Best Plant for a Bathroom, Bedroom, and Every Other Area in Your Home

Houseplants are popping up all over people’s homes these days. For some people, life under quarantine may stoke a craving to bring more greenery indoors.

Caring for a plant and watching it grow is a calming experience in uncertain times. Add Mother’s Day to the mix, and it’s no wonder plants are selling like hotcakes.

“We have sold many plants during this crisis; I think people are interested in trying plants during quarantine,” says Ji Crowley, owner of Gotham Florist in New York, NY.

“They are also excited to send flowers for Mother’s Day. It seems to bring a lot of joy and happiness during this depressing time.”

“Plants are definitely being embraced as one of the newest wellness trends,” agrees Rhoda Paurus, a floral designer on BloomNation and owner of St. Cloud Floral

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What Will 15% Unemployment Mean for the Housing Market?

The country is experiencing its worst bout of unemployment since the Great Depression.

The coronavirus pandemic has roiled the financial markets, disrupted the global supply chain, and resulted in an unemployment rate of 14.7% in April, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As nonessential businesses have been forced to temporarily close to stem the spread of COVID-19, about 23.1 million Americans have found themselves furloughed or out of a job.

As dire as those numbers sound, the unemployment rate is likely much higher, in the range of 20% or more. That’s because the BLS looked at unemployment only for the week ending April 18. At least 7 million more Americans have filed for unemployment insurance since then, according to seasonally adjusted BLS data.

Since the housing market is closely tied to the economy, this painful period of joblessness will likely affect real estate.

“The numbers are terrible,” says

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