Monthly Archives: May 2015

Equity’s Bob Matias: Mastering the art of closing deals for three decades

by Dan Rafter As senior vice president of retail in the Columbus, Ohio, office of Equity, Bob Matias has closed commercial deals for 30 years. He’s also been involved in more than 20 million square feet of retail transactions. It … Continue reading

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Helping Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A and other quick-service chains beat back the Chipotles and Smashburgers of the world

  by Dan Rafter Chipotle, Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Smashburger grab the headlines today. These chains are part of the growing fast-casual restaurant category. And consumers today prefer this segment to traditional fast food. Just ask McDonald’s and … Continue reading

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Freddie Mac: Rising apartment rents aren’t turning more renters into homeowners

by Dan Rafter Are U.S. adults buying more homes now that apartment rents are on the rise? It doesn’t look like it. According to the latest research from Freddie Mac, most renters are staying with apartment living even as rents … Continue reading

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CSM Corporation’s Scott Moe: Industrial market in full boom mode

  by Dan Rafter Scott Moe counts Brooklyn Park as one of the most aggressive communities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area when it comes to attracting new business. That’s why Moe isn’t surprised that CSM Corporation’s Boone Avenue Business Center … Continue reading

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Thanks to Oppidan, grocery-anchored retail trend comes to Twin Cities-area lakeside community

by Dan Rafter Excelsior had long been known mostly as a resort town, one that attracted tourists from the Twin Cities — just about 12 miles away — and beyond during the summer months but was quiet when the temperatures … Continue reading

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What happens when a shopping mall dies

by Dan Rafter Northland Center Mall in Southfield, Michigan, was once the busiest of places. First opening to the public in 1954, the mall featured a four-level Hudson’s department store. Six years later, the mall opened its movie theater, one … Continue reading

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Auction.com report: Commercial real estate deal volume hits new high in first quarter

by Dan Rafter Auction.com recently shared some good news with commercial real estate pros: According to the company’s first-quarter Commercial Real Estate Market Monitor, the commercial real estate industry is in the middle of a strong recovery. Auction.com reported that … Continue reading

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