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How long did you wait for your Big Mac yesterday? Was it 204 seconds or so?

by Dan Rafter Ordering a fast-food lunch from a hamburger chain? You can expect to wait at the drive-through lane about 204 seconds — or less than two minutes — before you receive your food. And if you’re ordering from … Continue reading

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Grocery store owners, your sales are rising. How about hiring some more cashiers?

by Dan Rafter Grocery stores are thriving today as the U.S. economy continues its rebound, with Progressive Grocer Magazine reporting that this sector of the retail industry accounted for more than $638 billion in sales in 2014. The same source … Continue reading

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Some surprising facts that might make you hate tax day a bit less

by Dan Rafter If you’re like most people, you dread April 15. It’s tax day, after all. But maybe you shouldn’t fear this day. The numbers actually point a pretty soothing picture of tax day. Consider this: According to the … Continue reading

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Marcus & Millichap: Retail sector on the rebound, but Midwest cities lagging

by Dan Rafter How busy was the retail sector in the United States last year? Marcus & Millichap says that retailers absorbed nearly 75 million square feet in 2014. That easily eclipsed the nearly 40 million square feet of new … Continue reading

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NFCC, NerdWallet: U.S. consumers are confident today … too confident

by Dan Rafter What provides the best boost for retailers? Confident consumers. But what about consumers who are overconfident? What impact will they have on the retail sector? It’s a question that commercial real estate pros will have to face, … Continue reading

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Where does your Midwest state rank when it comes to annual property taxes?

by Dan Rafter Owning a home isn’t cheap. Just ask anyone whose furnace or water heater has conked out. One of the biggest yearly expenses of owning a home? Yearly property taxes. But how much homeowners pay in property taxes … Continue reading

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DTZ’s mixed bag: Office absorption down in first quarter, but rents up

by Dan Rafter The first quarter of the year wasn’t a great one for the U.S. office market if you’re looking solely at net absorption. But when it comes to rents, the the office market’s performance looks a lot better. … Continue reading

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