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.

  • Musings before the release of Emerging Trends

    Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2010 gets released on Thursday at the Urban Land Institute´s Fall Meeting in San Francisco.  I´ll have more to comment about the forecast, which I author, after PricewaterhouseCoopers and ULI unveil the report. But here are a couple of observations coming off several...

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  • Trying to Find Silver Linings

    I´m preparing for next week´s unveiling of Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2010 at ULI in San Francisco. I won´t be giving away the store to say next year won´t be the greatest in industry history...  I know audiences don´t want to hear all gloom and doom (who needs to sit through a downer?),...

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  • Dealmaking or Operations

    Of course, the push back on government financial regulation over trading businesses isn't surprising. The people who run the big financial firms and who dole out massive political campaign contributions have had a good thing going--massive compensation with little downside risk to their personal fortunes...

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  • The reality of austerity

    No politician would dare say it--Americans spend (waste) too much and aren't taxed enough. But we need to spend less and save more at the personal level, and should be taxed more to pay for programs we all want like social security, medicare-health care, and defense. And we must insist on getting...

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  • Confronting the CMBS problem

    Everyone I talk to says the key to real estate market recovery is resuscitating the CMBS markets. There´s plenty of equity "on the sidelines," but without credit and refinancing sources, the capital markets will stay frozen. Ironically, the CMBS concept helped jump start market recovery 15 years...

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  • Dealing with change

    "Change is good." That's what the head of an acquiring company once told me and other employees of a business he was taking over. For all the spin about mergers and acquisitions being good for companies--the majority do not pan out except for the bankers who engineer the deals and then later...

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  • Follow the Money (Consumer)

    A raft of recent statistical indicators show the recession has ended--housing prices increase in many regions, job losses decline month by month, and today the government announced a shallower contraction in GDP during the second quarter. It's odds on that third quarter GDP numbers will be in the...

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  • Three Strikes and You're Out

    Many investment managers and wannabe investment advisors now put together funds to take advantage of the market distress. There's plenty of talk of mountains of equity capital on the sidelines ready to pounce on deals once there are deals to pounce on. We've heard this talk for several years now...

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  • Public Pension Woes

    Public pension funds have been big investors in real estate over the past 25 years, but what´s the future for these pools of capital? Corporate pension plans are steadily getting replaced by 401K alternatives which reduce company expenses and put investment decision making into the hands of employees....

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  • The Mortgage REIT Gambit

    Mortgage REITs have been getting plenty of attention lately. Their proponents--the sponsors and Wall Street bankers--tout them as a solution for providing the real estate debt markets with desperately needed liquidity. And yes, they may provide some funding to refinance borrowers with few other available...

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