February 20th, 2017
Dear Friends, Family, Clients, Potential Clients, Dreamers, Tinkerers, and World Changers,
Thank you so much for believing in and supporting our mission here at Designblendz. We have grown so much as a collective since our conception back in July 2011 as a "blog of blending together all disciplines of design."
The beginning of 2017 has been a crazy positive whirlwind for our company as we grow with new team members and continue to collaborate with our long time clients while forming new relationships. As we take a look back all that was accomplished in 2016, we truly can't be thankful enough for the opportunities we were granted.
In 2016, we forged new relationships in the real estate industry with large scale brokerages, and developers across the nation. We added a full service licensed architectural department, offered new 3D visualization products while strengthening our prior offerings, and started building construction for our clients as a licensed general contracting firm within 50 miles of the greater Philadelphia region.
We have expanded our client reach to all coasts of the United States, and our team continues to grow steadily to keep up with client demand for all things 3D!
Some of my personal thoughts on the industry as we move into 2017.
I believe professions of architecture and real estate development are changing below our feet. We are in the real estate revolution of our life-time. The era of technology is finally catching up to this profession as it has for a majority of other industries across decades. Real Estate has always been the last industry to change, and this is simply due to the fact that all other industries need to be doing well to spend money on "real estate" improvements.
2017 is going to be a major year for all things 3D. From design to visualizations, 3D is taking shape whether you like it or not. I believe the firms that will compete this year and many to come are those that truly understand the relationship of the virtual environment and it's impact on real life environments. By finally realizing that if it can be built perfectly in a computer, it should translate 99% effectively to the field through technology and processes. Just like the auto industry.
When it comes to the question, "When will it all stop?" such as when will real estate slow down? The answer is easy for me to see while other argue. Not anytime soon. I'm thinking at least 5 years out. We are seeing an influx of investment not due to "the market doing well" but because it is a lack of affordable housing we have as a nation. We will continue to see houses going up for many years to come. In China they were building cities to keep up with population growth before people moved there. I do believe we will see a stall in apartments though, because it is cheaper to own a home than it is to rent (thanks to many goverment purchasing programs) and people are figuring out ways to make cheaper more affordable homes for the majority of our population.
I am looking forward to what the future holds for our industry and excited to see the growth of our economy over this next year. I'm looking forward to sharing our experiences here at Designblendz in 2017 and looking forward to hearing from each and every one of you about what you are doing to stay competitive in our technology driven real estate environment.
Wishing everyone the best!
Brian Corcodilos, CEO