September 28, 2018 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In December of 2017, Dupre + Scott closed its doors and left a void in the greater Seattle market for apartment research. They were a trusted resource for the last 38 years to a diverse group of stakeholders that relied on that information: Institutional Lenders, City and County Housing Authorities and governmental entities, the University of Washington, major Developers, and the entire Commercial Real Estate brokerage community.
Commercial Analytics has been formed by several key industry professionals including: Brian O’Connor, MAI, CRE, of O’Connor Consulting Group, Candice Chevaillier of SVN Whitecap and Jim Bowles of Lee & Associates to replace and evolve this critical source of commercial real estate research.
Commercial Analytics has partnered with NavigatorCRE to provide research analytics for commercial real estate industry in the state of Washington. Initial offerings will include Multifamily research reports and analytics related to: Rent, Vacancy, Expense, Investment Sales and Development, serving the Tri-County Area (King, Pierce, Snohomish) as well as Kitsap and Thurston counties.
The CA platform is built on NavigatorCRE, which is a Software as a Service (SaaS) product, custom built for the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) industry with proprietary technology that efficiently uploads, stores, filters and reports on data. NavigatorCRE is built and hosted on Microsoft’s Azure infrastructure, which allows data to be private, secure, and encrypted. The system streamlines the ability for owners, brokers and property managers to contribute data without sacrificing privacy. Further, it allows users to dynamically view a full spectrum of aggregated market analytics to enhance decision-making.
The Commercial Analytics team believes that when accurate commercial property data is widely available, it benefits all of those involved. With better information, owners, property management companies, developers and policymakers alike can make better decisions, drive operational efficiencies and investment value, create well-conceived public policy, and better serve our community of residents.
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Sep 27, 2018, 10:43am PDT
Dupre + Scott Apartment Advisors roiled the Puget Sound real estate industry when it said it was closing permanently at the end of last year.
The company had been the gold standard of market intel for apartment developers, landlords, brokers and public policymakers for 38 years. Who would replace the resource with Patty Dupre and Mike Scott retiring?
The answer emerged this week.
Veteran Seattle real estate executives Jim Bowles, Candice Chevaillier and Brian O'Connor unveiled their new research service, Commercial Analytics, which is partnering with NavigatorCRE, a Seattle tech company that aggregates, analyzes and animates data.
“Everyone I knew used and valued Mike and Patty and their information,” said Chevaillier. “So many people need and want the information.”
Unlike out-of-town data companies that merely harvest online data, Dupre + Scott surveyed apartment owners and managers. The pair turned the data into reports, but didn’t disclose the health of individual apartment companies and buildings and decided not to sell their company to protect the information they had collected from landlords.
Time was of the essence. Dupre + Scott’s closure was going to leave a hole in decades of rent, vacancy and operating expense data as well as the development pipeline and sale comps.
“Candice really rallied us and said, ‘OK, what do we do about this gap?’” said Bowles.
The question was who had the skills and heft to close it.
Bowles had worked with NavigatorCRE Chairman and Chief Innovation Officer Taylor Odegard at CBRE when Bowles was CBRE's Seattle-area market leader, so he knew NavigatorCRE was creating the platform that would work.
“It’s about trust,” said NavigatorCRE CEO Russ Johnson, who co-founded his company with Odegard and financial backing from Goodman Real Estate of Seattle. “This is a neutral, high-trust single repository with the understanding that out of that will come business analytics that don’t sacrifice privacy.”
NavigatorCRE’s tech savvy, Chevaillier’s passion for the project and O’Connor’s decades of experience were among “a whole bunch of stars that lined up,” Bowles said.
CA allows apartment owners and managers to contribute data. Contributors and subscribers will receive reports in print and digital formats. Subscriptions will be similar to what Dupre + Scott charged, Chevaillier said, though rates will be commensurate with what CA offers.
“(The market) has never seen what we are about to deliver – daily, instantaneous, live data access,” Johnson said. “People that know Navigator look at this as the old Dupre + Scott on steroids.”
Puget Sound Business Journal