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Midwest Moves On 

While the Midwest ended 2005 with mixed messages, most commercial real estate markets in the region have reason to expect better performances this year. Several Midwestern markets have plans for large retail and entertainment developments. In Kansas City, Kan., the

Twin Cities Turnover/Making Over Milwaukee 

In the first half of 2004, the commercial real estate market in Minneapolis has shown marked improvements from its three year slump. Absorption of 1.4 million square feet in the industrial market and the addition of 730,000 sf of new

Seeking Out Small Businesses 

Even though commercial real estate professionals offer important services to small businesses, they don&rsquo t always come looking for them, says Jeffrey Hulett, CCIM, a tenant representative at DHC Associates in Cleveland. &ldquo These companies are small and tend to

Run of the Mill 

The Enterprise Mill in Augusta, Ga., was vacant for more than 10 years when Clayton P. Boardman III, local businessman and owner of Boardman Petroleum, purchased it in August 1997. Boardman's plan included transforming the mill into a mixed use

Southern Revival 

Even though much of the South Central region has recovered from last year's weather related catastrophes, sections remain devastated. The New Orleans metropolitan statistical area's population has diminished by more than 300,000 according to NAI Latter & Blum. Although some

The Small Stuff 

In California's Ventura and northern Los Angeles counties, industrial properties 25,000 square feet and under frequently sell before they even go on the market, says Joe Jusko, a principal at Lee & Associates in Calabasas, Calif. “Availabilities come up very

Southern Bellwether 

The South Central region has seen most commercial real estate sectors struggle toward recovery, although retail has remained strong. In Texas, Dallas Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston showed retail growth mirroring each city&rsquo s residential increases, according to NAI&rsquo

Southeastern Stamina 

Despite the chaos that Mother Nature rained upon the Southeast in 2005, the region's markets have persevered through the storms. Florida real estate prices will rise due to higher insurance costs and taxes, predicts Henry Fishkind, president of a Florida

Rocky Mountain Roundup 

Change and growth define the U.S. Rocky Mountain region. Four of the country's top five fastest growing states are part of the region Nevada, Colorado, Utah, and Idaho, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In Kootenai County, Idaho, property values

Rising Stars(2) 

What makes someone a rising star? Is it his or her accomplishments, drive to succeed, or commission check amount? For Commercial Investment Real Estate, it is a unique combination of factors that demonstrate promise for

Looking Good 

Todd Gold, CCIM, president of REOC Partners in San Antonio used to show clients his appreciation by employing typical entertaining methods. "Lunches, breakfasts, broker events, etc. It was nothing extra special," he admits. "Then, someone in the office had the

Office Exodus? 

At corporations across the country chairs are empty. Maybe their occupants are working in the field or out to lunch, or maybe they are never coming back. Approximately 20.7 million U.S. workers no longer report to bricks and mortar offices

Mountain Markets Climb 

As one of the least populated regions of the country, the Rocky Mountain states’ valuable commercial real estate investments sometimes are overlooked. But as the low cost of living and natural attractions draw more residents west, commercial real estate growth

Main Street Marketing 

Matt Redd, CCIM, owner of Redd Properties in Lake Charles Sulphur, La., doesn't remember what sparked the idea for his company's trademark marketing strategy, but the effect on his small town market has been unforgettable. "It keeps our company's name

Extreme Makeover 

The extreme makeover is omnipresent these days. Reality television show contestants with less than perfect features are given facelifts and tummy tucks. Dated homes are made shiny and new with fresh façades and rehabbed interiors. The message is clear Everything

Problem Property 

After a year of marketing an older, vacant, 65,000 square foot office building in downtown Minneapolis to call centers and technology hubs, Aaron Barnard, CCIM, a broker with Northstar Partners in Eden Prairie, Minn., knew it was time to rethink

Redevelopment Done Right 

Visualizing a historic bank rehabbed as a luxury condominium building, a shuttered mill as a mixed use development, or an abandoned big box space divided into office condominiums requires more than a little creativity and foresight. Whether the property conditions,

Finding Common Ground 

When local university students began calling Midwest Realty Group LLC in Portage, Mich., pretending to be prospective clients for a real estate class assignment, Rick R. DeKam, CCIM, a partner in the office, always could pick them out. Rather than

Learning From the Pros 

Upon winning his fourth Masters Tournament earlier this year, Tiger Woods dedicated his victory to a mentor who has been with him every step of the way his father. While Woods’ golf skills have helped him earn esteem, awards,

Corporate Perspectives 

It's time for American corporations to take a closer look at their portfolios, says Michael Condon, senior vice president of corporate services for Colliers Seeley International in Los Angeles. Ensuring that their business plans are aligned with their real estate

Land of Opportunity 

Fundamentals along the Pacific Coast remain stable in most commercial real estate sectors and are seeing growth in others. New construction especially in the form of multifamily high rises is occurring in several parts of the region. In downtown Los

Renter Requirements 

Is it landlords&rsquo responsibility to make sure all tenants purchase renter&rsquo s insurance? It should be, according to a LeasingDesk Insurance Services study. Multifamily landlords who insist their tenants purchase renter&rsquo s insurance save significantly on costs related to tenant

Strategies for Start-Ups 

The start up business client that Steve Marcusse, CCIM, industrial adviser with Grubb & Ellis Paramount in Grand Rapids, Mich., took on last year had very specific space needs a 17,550 square foot property with eight firetruck size drive in

On the Waterfront 

For most of history, people have been living, working, and playing alongside rivers and lakes. Among the first areas to be settled, early American waterfront developments were mostly industrial factories and warehouses, situated on shores for convenient access to transportation

Midwest Markets Grow 

America's heartland, known for a slower pace of life than either coast, didn't see many dramatic commercial real estate developments during the past year. But the Midwest did see some modest improvements. Leasing rates throughout the region increased slightly in