We are heading into anotherstrong and active year, according to Jeff Rinkov,CEO and president at Lee & Associates. Theactivity will make landlords the winners in the coming year, withmore cap rate compression and higher prices, Rinkov predicts. Wesat down with him for an exclusive interview to get his insightinto the coming year.

GlobeSt.com: What will people be talking about atthe end of 2018?

Jeff Rinkov: I think the biggestsurprise is how strong the market is going to be next year. Peoplehave been waiting for some weakness or some negative impact, but Ithink people are going to be surprised at how strong the marketreally is. I also think that tax reform is going to get passed, andthat is going to be encouraging for corporate America, which stilldrives a lot of employment. Interest rates are not going to be abig factor. You are going to continue to see rising rents, risingvalues and cap rate compression, even more so than we haveseen.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.