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Cleaning Up After Dry Cleaners 

While environmental contamination often is associated with industrial sites, dry cleaners—a staple of retail centers—sometimes have their own dirty laundry to air. Cleaning up dry cleaning solvent that has contaminated groundwater aquifers can cost millions of dollars. When the dry

Degrees of Success 

Church Street Plaza, a mixed use development near Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., includes a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, which caters to students’ increasingly expensive tastes. In the past decade, commercial real estate activity in U.S. college and

Flying High 

Editor's note Air cargo facility development is a growing niche in the commercial real estate industry. This case study examines one CCIM's journey from initial site selection to successful completion of an air cargo facility for Emery, a worldwide air

Call Now 

Despite the annoyance of having dinner interrupted by overeager telemarketers selling insurance or phone service, Americans have responded to phone sales in a big way. Nearly 100 million people purchase goods or services over the telephone each year, according to

Catering to Consumers 

Disenchanted with hamburgers and french fries that have dominated quick service and casual restaurant menus for decades, consumers now demand more flavor and variety when they go out to eat. But there's a catch They want it fast. What drives

Seniors Housing Stacks Up 

Seniors housing generated solid returns for investors in 2014. By many measures, the returns were well above those of other investment opportunities. The sector has attracted growing attention from seasoned veterans in the sector as well as new entrants who

Affordable Housing 

 

Medical Office Momentum 

The re election of President Barack Obama and last year’s favorable Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have removed some uncertainty as to whether or not the healthcare law will take effect. While some provisions

Intelligent Investments 

The world is getting smarter Smart phones, smart cars, smart devices, and smart cards are the new norm. If our buildings don’t become smarter too, they’ll fall behind in today’s technology driven world. Smart buildings are popping up across the

Medical Office Fever 

Sales of medical office buildings topped $6.7 billion in 2013, according to Real Capital Analytics, proof that this niche sector remains attractive to investors ranging from large institutional funds to the medical practice groups that buy their own facilities. Some

Student Housing Stats 

There was a time when student housing either meant living in an on campus dormitory or an apartment in town. On campus housing was often austere, and off campus housing was likely to be a poorly maintained apartment shared with

Self-Storage Steps Up 

Despite the difficult economy and market challenges during the past four years, self storage as an asset class has continued to provide solid performance and stable returns for investors. Once dominated by mom and pops, or small, independent owner operators,

Real Estate Nest Egg 

Self directed individual retirement accounts represent an estimated $171 billion of the overall IRA market, and one of the most popular assets for these accounts is real estate. Single family residential property is the most frequent target of these real

Tourist-Market Investment Tips 

The atmosphere may be laid back in tropical tourist destinations, but solid investment opportunities can make some big waves. For example, Curtis A. Skomp, CCIM, senior commercial agent and broker associate with Coldwell Banker Commercial Schmitt Real Estate Co. in

Tourist Attraction 

Serving as a powerful economic engine, travel and tourism generate an estimated $1.9 trillion in the U.S. each year, according to the U.S. Travel Association. And, where there are travelers and tourists, there are prime opportunities for commercial real estate

The Wild, Wild West 

The year is coming to a close. Now is the time to consider charitable donations for today and tomorrow.

Individuals may think about what charities have made a difference in their lives. Or ask themselves what legacy they want to create. Now Alfred Nobel is not remembered as a cannon manufacturer but for funding the prestigious Nobel Prizes.

Fast-Growing Fast Casual 

The fast casual food segment may be small, but its growth is outpacing the restaurant industry, attracting new competitors and spurring evolutionary changes from quick service and full service brands. Fast casual sales were about $31 billion in 2012, up

What's Hot in Fast-Casual? 

Fast casual restaurants are the industry’s fastest growing sector. These restaurants serve meals between $7 and $10 in price, and made to order in five to eight minutes. Customers make menu selections at a counter and food is brought to

Student Housing 

As off-campus housing changes communities, asset-rich investors vie for the best properties. International and affluent students are pushing the envelope on amenity-rich housing on college campuses, helping to transform communities across the U.S. and Canada. While the funding for leasing students' one bedroo

Gold Rush 

As self-storage has evolved into a highly profitable investment, multiple buyers hunt for the best properties. Begun as a niche of multifamily, self-storage has developed its own identity as a highly profitable investment. While many mom-and-pop businesses still operate in the self-storage arena, real estat

Unsinkable Investments? 

Even in today's real estate environment, specialty properties such as marinas hold a particular attraction in select markets and appeal to certain investors. But purchasing a marina is not like buying a retail strip center or a self storage facility.

Student Housing 

Student housing continues to provide bigger returns than multifamily properties for investors.

Student Housing Graduates 

In the early 1990s off campus student housing was primarily single family homes and small apartment buildings around universities. The owners were local mom and pop operators who rarely had properties in more than one market. But since then, institutional

Healthy Seniors Housing 

Seniors housing demand will continue to be fueled by several factors, including the attractive spread between borrowing rates and capitalization rates, the resurgence of the housing market, and the improvement in the stock market. The continued demand growth is also

Medical Office Miracle 

Big and small MOB investments are up adding to a record year. 30345 As the healthcare industry adjusts to a new mode of service delivery, the effects of the Affordable Care Act, and the growth of the 65-plus demographic - traditionally the largest users of healthcare services - the medical office building