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Podcast | Retail: Recorded, Episode 12 | Metaverse: The New CRE Frontier

Imagine sitting at a conference table with a coworker in London, another in Hong Kong and a third in New York. Think of Zoom on steroids — implementing advanced technologies in augmented and virtual reality to put you inside what seems like a real room with your global contacts.

That’s the metaverse. Much of it is already here, and if you’re not paying attention, you could be left behind. The good news is, it’s not too late to learn and prepare for potential opportunities that are arising. Listen now, as we welcome Steve Weikal, Head of Industry Relations at the MIT Center for Real Estate. He’s joining us to discuss the intersection of the virtual world and the physical world. This month’s topic: How will the metaverse take over our physical and virtual space?

Boundaries between reality and fantasy are blurring, as 3-dimensional immersive experiences break new ground when applied to all parts of CRE, from owner-occupier services to real estate development. Will virtual properties in metaverse worlds become the next CRE opportunity? Or will technology simply allow us to represent the physical world more realistically? It could be both! Learn more and find out how to stay ahead of the game.

Keep a pulse on what’s happening by connecting with CRE Tech,  MIT Center for Real Estate propmodo and Colliers’ Retail Knowledge Leader,

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Anjee Solanki

National Director, Retail Services & Practice Groups

San Francisco


In Anjee’s current role, as National Retail Director for the USA, she has developed strong relationships and strategic leadership to over 500 + retail professional nationally across 140 markets within Colliers for Investment Sales, Agency, Retailer Rep, and Retail Asset & Property Management.

Anjee Solanki brings 30 years of focused retail real estate experience to Colliers International.  She provides strategic retail advisory services to enhance value for her clients with her expertise in lifestyle, community, power center, neighborhood, mixed-use retail/residential, and resort retail. 

She has developed and manages strong working relationships with institutional and private clients such as State of Florida, State of Michigan, Heitman, Invesco, Grosvenor Americas, American Realty Advisors, TH Realty, PNC, and Zurich to name a few.

Her strategy identifies current market and property inefficiencies to capture untapped value through asset repositioning, releasing, redevelopment, rehabilitation, proactive management, and enhanced marketing. 

Creative problem-solving is her specialty, and she becomes a key stakeholder with national and international retailers, such as JPMC, Opry City Stage/Ole Red and Tim Hortons, and many others. Her highly focused approach reduces the risk profile and provides clients with a thoughtful approach executing strategic multi-year planning initiatives. 


Previously, Anjee served as Executive Vice President, Retail Services for Madison Marquette. She successfully assisted with repositioning community centers to lifestyle projects and identified opportunities to create value, resulting in higher returns for her clients. She also provided strategic analysis on complex redevelopment projects to address both the asset’s financial stabilization and/or the client’s exit strategy


Anjee continues to be an insatiable collector of all things retail. She’s a student of culture living next door to future shoppers, whose fleeting trends constantly change the retail landscape … driving retailers, landlords and developers crazy! Read her Blog at: 


Anjee is originally from Southern California and currently resides in San Francisco.  She is active in the Rincon Hill neighborhood residential improvement group, which participates in the public review of the highly anticipated Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco.

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