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From imploding deals to new opportunities, here's everything you need to know about how coronavirus is transforming real estate

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  • Offices, hotels, and malls have been emptied by the coronavirus, which could lead to more than 18 months of disruption in our day-to-day lives. 
  • Flex-space providers like Knotel and Convene, rental startups like Sonder and Zeus Living, iBuyer Opendoor, and brokerages including Compass and Redfin have laid off or furloughed staff. 
  • The coronavirus has provided the largest experiment ever in remote work. Some experts think it could forever change our relationship with the physical office.
  • Customer behaviors are also changing how we buy and order, and that could have long-term effects on areas like industrial real estate. 
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The coronavirus has thrown the real estate world into disarray, as people empty out of offices, hotels, and malls and work from their homes. The spread of the virus and the economic disruptions that have followed are transforming how people finance, operate, and occupy real estate. 

We've been tracking a slew of layoffs in the venture-backed real estate world, as empty short-term rentals and coworking spaces have hit once-buzzy industries hard. We are also keeping tabs on what experts are saying about the industry, and the future of offices as the virus has created the biggest experiment in remote work ever.

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