From warehouses to office space, real-estate markets have been turned upside down. These are the winners and losers.

The way we occupy space and our relationship with places like stores and offices is transforming.
The way we occupy space and our relationship with places like stores and offices is transforming.

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  • Offices, hotels, and malls were emptied by the coronavirus. While some are reopening, the disruption has created a new normal. 

  • Big firms are rethinking office needs — and some commercial real-estate deals are being put on ice as financing dries up. 

  • A surge in e-commerce, meanwhile, is fueling demand for warehouse space from companies like Amazon. 

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The coronavirus threw the real-estate world into disarray, as people emptied out of offices, hotels, and malls and worked from their homes. The disruption is transforming how people and companies finance, operate, and occupy real estate. 

Big firms are rethinking office needs — and some commercial real-estate deals are being put on ice as financing dries up. Coworking and flex-office firms are struggling under big rent obligations after years of rapid growth. A surge in e-commerce, meanwhile, is fueling demand for warehouse space as companies look for new ways to reach customers.

Here’s the latest news on how commercial and residential real estate is being upended, and how experts think these markets will play out in the long run. 

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Here’s everything we know right now: 

  • WeWork is bringing corporate staff back to New York offices in 3 waves as the city enters the next stage of reopening. Here are the details the coworking giant just gave workers.

  • Home-financing startup EasyKnock just raised $20 million. Its CEO lays out plans for new launches including a marketplace to match investors with homeowners looking for equity.

  • Construction firms that get tech right could see Silicon Valley-like valuations. Here’s how an old-school industry can transform itself.

  • Silver Lake just added to a string of recent travel bets by leading a $108 million investment in vacation property startup Vacasa

  • Companies need to add contactless-entry tech to safely reopen offices. Here are 7 firms ranging from startups to huge conglomerates that are set for a surge in business.

  • Robots, remote hires, and insourcing: A top UBS exec lays out how the Swiss bank is tackling the future of work and thinking about real-estate needs

  • A smart home startup that raised $41 million from Amazon and Bain just launched an app that lets landlords and residents give remote access for deliveries, guests, and self-guided tours

  • Zillow tapped a former US surgeon general for advice as it restarts its iBuyer business. She laid out how the company will get home-flipping up and running safely.

  • Here’s which real-estate tech startups will soar and which will flop in the new normal of how we occupy space, according to 7 top proptech VCs

  • 10 CEOs from Coldwell Banker, JLL, Cushman Wakefield, and more lay out a post-pandemic future of how we’ll buy, build, and use real estate

  • The office as we knew it is dead

  • Mandatory temperature-taking is largely seen as a critical way to return workers to offices. But some big NYC landlords are worried about its effectiveness.

  • The future of real estate could be virtual open houses on Facebook. Coldwell Banker’s CEO explains why the in-person industry needs to embrace going digital.

  • ‘We should be prepared for a new normal’: 3 real estate experts on how the coronavirus is transforming offices and accelerating the rise of industrial property

  • What to expect when you’re back in the office: 7 real-estate experts break down what the transition will look like, and why the workplace may never be the same

  • Virtual tours are being hyped as a way for commercial real estate giants like CBRE and JLL to keep deals flowing. Here’s a look at how they work — and what factors they can’t replace.

  • Real-estate services giant JLL explains how the coronavirus could usher in a permanent ‘paradigm shift’ towards more remote work

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