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, 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.

  • 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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  • Flight to Quality

    Amid all the talk about peak-to-trough value losses of 40 to 50 percent in commercial/multifamily real estate, some sectors in certain 24-hour cities may be firming up even as the overall market continues to sink-albeit more slowly. This very limited phenomenon embraces a classic flight to quality and...

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  • Not So Exceptional

    Ever since Ronald Reaganīs "Morning in America" optimism trumped Jimmy Carterīs attempt at straight talk about malaise, Americaīs leaders have been careful to latch onto the notion of American exceptionalism, the idea that our democracy and our way of life will prevail because we are somehow...

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  • Was Tiger Rushing for Black Friday Deals?

    Did you go shopping on Black Friday and line up at 3 a.m. at your local Wal-Mart or Penneyīs? Did you get that great deal on something you or your family probably doesnīt need like the high definition TV which uses five times as much electricity as your old color set? Did you do your national duty...

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  • From the Road

    Here are some thoughts from the road after three weeks of Emerging Trends speeches:

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  • We can only hope for higher interest rates

    We begin to see more headlines about workouts and loan restructurings. Donald Trump is left with 10% of his name-branded Atlantic City casinos, the most recent buyer of the New York Times building near Times Square got left holding the bag and takes a bath along with some big name lenders. Bankers give...

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  • Sleeping Better

    Iīve been up in Canada over the past week, and itīs obvious Americans could learn a few things from our neighbors to the north. Canadaīs economy appears to be (really) stabilizing after a comparatively mild downturn and commercial real estate markets should follow suit-value declines have been...

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