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Not All Coworking Firms Are Made The Same

This year’s NAIOP’s CRE.Converge event in Los Angeles featured a session focused on the normalization of coworking in the commercial real estate world. Click To Tweet

“Coworking is becoming the Kleenex of this industry,” said Scott Marshall, global chief client officer at CBRE. “Whether you’re talking to a buyer, occupier or lender, [people] look at what Industrious, Hana and others are doing in the space and call it all coworking.”

Marshall added that, despite many coworking brands sharing a similar idea, they all run on different models.

For example, Industrious’ senior director of real estate Katharine Lau said that the workplace as a service model has become a more concrete solution for customers, creating some competition between landlords and coworking operators. Industrious has set itself apart by shifting its portfolio to include mostly landlord partnerships, where the provider and the building owner share revenues while reducing overall risks.

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EQ Office’s managing director Charlie Hobey offered a landlord’s perspective, stating that management agreements are ideal because they offer more control over the space. Hobey added that these agreements are seen as collaborative, rather than a legal partnership.

ABOUT Aayat Ali
Aayat Ali

Aayat is an editor for the Daily Digest based out of Kentucky. She has worked with local coworking spaces since August of 2017 and enjoys taking her firsthand knowledge to write about the fascinating, constantly evolving world of flexible workspaces. Feel free to reach out to her at [email protected] View all posts by Aayat Ali

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