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Recent Posts by Linda J. Isaacson

Linda J. Isaacson serves as First American Title’s Senior Vice President, Director of Business Intelligence, Data & Analytics for the National Commercial Services division. In that role, Linda focuses on driving revenue growth by developing critical market and competitive intelligence, conducting trend analyses, engaging in predictive & prescriptive analytics and innovative research in both the debt and equity quadrants of the primary, secondary and tertiary markets throughout the United States. In this capacity, Linda additionally leads a portfolio of cutting-edge technology & digital initiatives, data analytics and best practices to analyze information and optimize decision-making and performance, while clarifying and communicating the vision and strategy of advanced analytics throughout the enterprise via high-performing cross-collaboration teams. As a member of the division’s Executive Management Team and the Executive Sales Leadership Council, Linda also oversees tactical account management for principals, lenders, developers, lawyers, REITs, institutional/pension funds and cross-border investors seeking investment opportunities in the U.S., and has presented to institutional investors internationally. Linda is a founding member of the First American Women In Leadership initiative launched in 2012; Fortune® and Great Place to Work® have recognized First American as one of the 2017 Best Workplaces for Women, marking the second consecutive year on the list. Before serving as Senior Vice President of First American Title, Linda was the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of the company’s New York division. In that role, she was responsible for the strategic planning, management and overall risk mitigation projects of the New York operation. Linda joined First American Title Insurance Company of New York in 2007, and in 2010, led the merger with the independent subsidiary First American Title Insurance Company of New York, which established First American Title’s New York division. Previously, Linda was a member of the board of directors of First American Title Insurance Company of New York. Linda has long been recognized as a compelling and an authoritative voice in the real estate industry. She has authored a number of relevant, informative white papers for First American Title National Commercial Services, and is a featured speaker for Urban Land Institute (ULI), where she serves as the 2018 Chair of the Global Exchange Council. Linda is also First American’s delegate to the Pension and Real Estate Association (PREA), and serves on PREA’s Research Affinity Group. She was appointed as a member of the CRETech Leadership Board that provides a platform with important insights on the most impactful industry tech trends. Linda has been distinguished as one of Real Estate New York’s “Women of Influence,” and as Sokol Media’s “Pioneering Women in Real Estate” and “Top Woman in Real Estate.” Linda is a member of WX, Inc., New York’s Leading Women Executives in Real Estate - an invitation-only association of executive-level women actively engaged in the commercial real estate industry in New York. In July, 2018, Linda was recognized as one of the Top 150 Commercial Real Estate People To Connect With on LinkedIn® and in August, 2018 acknowledged on The Duke Long #CRE and #TECH Power 100. A native of South Africa, Linda currently resides in New York and is an avid half-marathon, marathon and ultra-marathon runner.
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Digital Disruption In Commercial Real Estate      How We Live: On The Road

By Linda J. Isaacson on January 3, 2019

This is the second in a series of vignettes discussing the disruptors remaking commercial real estate and impacting how we live, work, play, invest and build.

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Topics: Commercial Real Estate digital disruption CRE Technology

Digital Disruption In Commercial Real Estate      How We Live: At Home

By Linda J. Isaacson on November 5, 2018

This is the first in a series of vignettes discussing the disruptors remaking commercial real estate – impacting how we live, work, play, invest and build.

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Topics: Commercial Real Estate Commercial News CRE CRE Technology PropTech

The New Economy And Commercial Real Estate: Short-Term Gains,  Long-Term Questions?

By Linda J. Isaacson on July 10, 2018

The good times for investors in U.S. commercial real estate continues, as the national economy is going through a rapid metamorphosis thanks to recent legislation and trade reforms. Over the long term, however, other trends may have significant impacts on individual sectors.

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Topics: Commercial Real Estate

(White Paper) Acceleration: Forging The Future Of Real Estate

By Linda J. Isaacson on May 18, 2017

With change occurring in society and business at an ever-accelerating pace, how can the physical world of real estate adapt to an ever-shifting virtual world of bits and bytes? Forces disrupting real estate, including demographic polarization, digitization, globalization, urbanization and socialization, and other trends, will reshape our built...

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Topics: White Papers

Volatility Is More Than VIX!

By Linda J. Isaacson on August 16, 2016


Real estate cycles are generally created by movements in demand not supply. While it is important to track commercial real estate performance through various cycles and divergent trends, patterns of performance are impacted not just by supply and demand, but as much by the quality of assets and portfolios. And is risk a factor? Do investors...

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Topics: Whitepaper VIX Volatility Index

A Tale Of Two Cities: Investing In U.S. Commercial Real Estate

By Linda J. Isaacson on May 25, 2016

Increased demand for U.S. commercial real estate assets and a maturity in the property cycle have been major contributors to the volume of CRE in the U.S. But certain game changers add a dimension and complexity to the variables affecting CRE, shaping the landscape of certain cities as they generate economic growth. A bifurcation of metros into...

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Topics: White Papers