Jonathan D. Miller

Executive Bio

Jonathan Miller is a partner and co-owner of Miller Ryan LLC, a strategic marketing communications consulting firm to the financial services and real estate industries. Miller has more than 25 years of communications and marketing experience in the real estate industry, counseling many leading executives. For the past 15 years he has also authored Emerging Trends in Real Estate, the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) premier annual industry forecast and speaks extensively on suburban and urban issues. He is also author of ULI's Infrastructure 2008: A Global Perspectives, a major analysis on the looming changes facing the

U.S. on infrastructure and land use issues. He has led marketing/communications teams at Equitable Real Estate, Lend Lease, and GMAC Commercial Mortgage (Capmark Finance), overseeing re-branding programs for those firms as well as for COMPASS, Boston Financial and Amresco when they were acquired by Lend Lease. He has extensive crisis communications and corporate-change experience. Miller graduated with honors from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and earned a law degree cum laude from American University. Contact Jonathan Miller.

  • Good News?

    At a client meeting last week, a top broker asked me when we would see "some good news." Come to think of it, I´ve been writing this blog since November 2007, and it´s been all downhill since then. I asked him what he thought---he helps oversee a 1500-plus nationwide network trying to source deals....

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  • Real Estate and the November Elections

    What do the real estate markets and Democrats´ prospects for the November elections have in common? Well it´s not healthcare even though Republicans will tell you Democrat Congressional majorities are at stake over the monumental legislation which just passed. By November, healthcare will be almost...

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  • The New Office Reality

    Here's the new reality about officing:

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  • Pension World Meltdown - continued

    While the country has been fixated on broken (and inordinately expensive) health care, more evidence appears to confirm the meltdown of our various privately managed pension systems. Today's New York Times reports about how public pension plans desperately "chase higher returns to make up ground"...

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  • Figuring on 8 Percent

    Last week I asked an industry veteran who works for a company that manages a major core real estate fund about the fund's returns. He answered not surprisingly that the past year has been pretty brutal--the fund lost almost 40% for its investors, a fairly typical result in the competitive set. But...

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  • Distressing Pension Crisis

    News that public state pension funds are $1 trillion short in funding expected retiree benefits should be rattling everyone and come as no surprise. As they increased real estate allocation targets to 10% or more of their total asset portfolios, many state funds invested with wild abandon in real estate...

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  • Questioning Opportunity

    At a real estate pension conference I spoke at last week (IREI´s VIP 2010), the mood was guardedly positive-attendees expect more write downs, but sense the worst is over, and plan to stick with the asset class.  What seemed interesting was the apparent disconnect between managers and plan sponsors...

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  • What could be better?

    Congratulations to the Saints.

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  • Trending toward oblivion

    Sounds like a lot of money--$8 billion for high speed rail lines. That's how much the Obama Administration is targeting for upgrading the nation's backward passenger rail service. The problem is estimates range up to $80 billion just to complete one of these lines--from San Diego to Sacramento....

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  • Hard Reality: Overseas Jobs Erosion

    My recent "Government Retrenchment" post produced record feedback on and off line, both positive and negative and very representative of the highly partisan and charged political environment. Folks against government stimulus say enable the private sector to create jobs by cutting taxes and spending....

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