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We are likely approaching the peak of this cycle—although most commercial real estate professionals and economists agree that there are likely two years of runway left—but the end of the cycle might not be bad news. Stream Realty Partners is heading into an expansion phase to grow its Southern California platform, and has hired veteran Martin Pupil to spearhead the charge. Pupil, who joins the firm from Colliers International and will serve as executive managing director of the firm’s Orange County, Los Angeles and Inland Empire platforms, says that a downturn could potentially accelerate growth.

“There is still time left in this cycle. We are two to three years out in that regard,” Pupil tells GlobeSt.com. “We are also not looking at this from a purely cycle perspective. Cycles are more important to developers than they are to owners and investors. For us, the cycle is less important, and we have been very disciplined this cycle. The ability to deploy when things change is also exciting. So, on the investment and principal side, a slow down is a good thing if you are well capitalized and well positioned. On the services side, I think the best time to grow a services platform is in a downturn. At Colliers, we almost tripled in size in 2008, 2009 and 2010. I think there are opportunities all around, but I think that might help us accelerate our growth and come out on the other side a better company.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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