Category Archives: Iowa commercial real estate

Opus commits to spec industrial development in Des Moines

by Dan Rafter How tight is the industrial market in the greater Des Moines area? Jason Conway, director with Opus Development Company, says that vacancy rates in this sector here are in the 2-percent to 3-percent range. That’s pretty low, … Continue reading

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The best and worst states for business: Where does your home state rank?

by Dan Rafter What states do CEOs prefer? Texas, Florida and North Carolina top their list, according to the 2015 Best and Worst States for Business survey from Chief Executive Magazine. The magazine prints its list every year. CEOs rank … Continue reading

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Good news: Nebraska has lowest construction unemployment rate

by Dan Rafter Construction workers seeking a job should head to Nebraska. That Midwest state boasted the lowest construction-industry unemployment. That’s the news from Associated Builders and Contractors’ analysis of construction unemployment rates across the country. According to the trade … Continue reading

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Sara Investment Real Estate’s Dalsin: Madison, Minneapolis and other Midwest markets attracting more investment dollars

by Dan Rafter Traci Dalsin, president of Madison, Wis.-based Sara Investment Real Estate, has good news: Investors are pumping more dollars into commercial real estate in the Madison market. And that’s just the beginning. Dalsin says several major markets across … Continue reading

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List of 10 best states for retirement comes with two surprises — Iowa and Nebraska made the rankings

by Dan Rafter Is retirement nearing? Then you might want to stay put in the Midwest. A recent feature story from Bankrate ranked the 10 best states for retirement living. And two Midwest states — despite their chilly winters — … Continue reading

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Kansas residents are smart: They don’t spend too much time making that holiday meal

by Dan Rafter It’s one thing to eat that Christmas dinner. It’s not quite as much fun to cook it. Maybe that’s why so many home chefs in Kansas spend as little time as possible on preparing their big holiday … Continue reading

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Apartment boom hitting all of the Midwest’s major markets

by Dan Rafter Christy Lockridge, principal with the Chicago office of Prudential, has seen the trend: Today’s renters increasingly want to live in the center of urban areas. They want to live near public transportation. They want to be able … Continue reading

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