Jonathan D. Miller

Executive Bio

A marketing communication strategist who turned to real estate analysis, Jonathan D. Miller is a foremost interpreter of 21st citistate futures – cities and suburbs alike – seen through the lens of lifestyles and market realities.

For more than 20 years (1992-2013), Miller authored Emerging Trends in Real Estate, the leading commercial real estate industry outlook report, published annually by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).  He has lectures frequently on trends in real estate, including the future of America's major 24-hour urban centers and sprawling suburbs. He also has been author of ULI’s annual forecasts on infrastructure and its What’s Next? series of forecasts. On a weekly basis, he writes the Trendczar blog for GlobeStreet.com, the real estate news website.

Outside his published forecasting work, Miller is a prominent communications/institutional investor-marketing strategist and partner in Miller Ryan LLC, helping corporate clients develop and execute branding and communications programs. He led the re-branding of GMAC Commercial Mortgage to Capmark Financial Group Inc. and he was part of the management team that helped build Equitable Real Estate Investment Management, Inc. (subsequently Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, Inc.) into the leading real estate advisor to pension funds and other real institutional investors. He joined the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S. in 1981, moving to Equitable Real Estate in 1984 as head of Corporate/Marketing Communications. In the 1980's he managed relations for several of the country's most prominent real estate developments including New York's Trump Tower and the Equitable Center. 

Earlier in his career, Miller was a reporter for Gannett Newspapers. He is a member of the Citistates Group and a board member of NYC Outward Bound Schools and the Center for Employment Opportunities.

  • 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 (IREIīs 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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  • Ouch - Real estate and government retrenchment

    So what does the populist anger registered in Massachusetts mean for the real estate markets? Nothing good.

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  • Souring Moods

    During a speech I gave late last week In Syracuse, I asked the audience of about 200 land surveyors whether they thought the country was moving in the right or wrong direction. Only one 30-something woman meekly raised her hand half way up in the air to support a positive view, everyone else emphatically...

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  • The End of Stimulus

    The recession is over-thatīs what weīve been told. Job losses continue-albeit at a slowing rate. The car industry got a short term boost late last summer with cash for clunkers, but itīs been tougher going in showrooms since then. The housing sector appears to have bottomed, but house sales are...

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  • The Worldīs Highest Building

    To welcome in the New Year Dubai opens the worldīs tallest building-they donīt say exactly how high it is only that is at least 2,640 feet, far taller than Taipei 101 tower, which had been numero uno. For comparison sake Sears Tower (oh I mean Willis Tower) in Chicago is a relative small fry at...

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  • The Mirage Machine

    The end of the decade approaches and the next couple of weeks will be filled with stories about what a lost ten years itīs been-from Enron and 9/11 to Iraq and the credit meltdown. In real estate, we didnīt create much-except for a lot of overpriced condos and half baked Las Vegas hotels, but...

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