Monthly Archives: January 2015

Out-of-state investors targeting Minneapolis/St. Paul apartment market

by Dan Rafter Scott Streiff picked up this interesting bit of information while attending the 2015 National Multifamily Housing Council Apartment Strategies Outlook Conference in Palm Springs: A growing number of national and international investors are targeting the Twin Cities’ … Continue reading

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Who’ll win the Super Bowl? According to office vacancy rates, it’s the Patriots

by Dan Rafter Can office vacancies determine the winner of this Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks? JLL thinks so, and it has the statistics to back it up. According to JLL, NFL teams … Continue reading

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ICBA survey: New mortgage regulations hurting the housing business

by Dan Rafter Are new mortgage regulations slowing the growth of the residential real estate industry? The leaders of the country’s community banks think so. This is important news, not just for the residential real estate business but for anyone … Continue reading

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The challenges facing McDonald’s

by Dan Rafter McDonald’s has long been important to the Midwest. The golden arches dominate the fast-food industry in the Midwest’s major cities. And the company’s headquarters is located right outside of Chicago, in the suburb of Oak Brook, Ill. … Continue reading

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The right formula for St. Louis: As unemployment rate falls, so do office vacancies

by Dan Rafter It’s a simple formula: As the unemployment rate dips, vacancy rates in the office sector dip. And that’s what is happening now in the St. Louis market, according to the latest research from Colliers International. The U.S. … Continue reading

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NAI Isaac: Lexington’s CRE market was steady, not spectacular, in 2014

by Dan Rafter Count Lexington, Ken., as another Midwest market that saw a solid, but not spectacular, year in 2014. That’s the takeaway from the year-end commercial real estate report released by Lexington’s NAI Isaac. Like many markets across the … Continue reading

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LANE4 expecting a stronger retail showing in Kansas City this year

by Dan Rafter Cautiously optimistic. That was the mindset that retailers in Kansas City had in 2014, according to the latest retail report from LANE4 Property Group. According to the report, Kansas City’s retail market saw steady, stable growth last … Continue reading

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