Monthly Archives: September 2016

Is a slowdown coming for the hotel industry?

  by Dan Rafter  The hotel market across the United States is still strong. But according to Marcus & Millichap, growth in the hospitality sector is starting to slow. In its mid-yeaer hospitality report, Marcus & Millichap says that occupancy … Continue reading

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Border wars continue – and Illinois isn’t winning

by Dan Rafter It’s little secret to commercial real estate pros who do business near the Illinois/Wisconsin border: There’s a war going on between the states to attract new industrial projects. It’s no secret, either, which side is winning most … Continue reading

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What retailers are expanding today? Think food, coffee and cheap

by Dan Rafter What retailers have expansion plans in the Chicago market? Look toward those offering a quick lunch or morning coffee. Randy Blankstein, president of The Boulder Group in Northbrook, Illinois, said that those tenants that have been expanding in … Continue reading

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Big changes bring big activity to healthcare market

by Dan Rafter When Bob Titzer looks at the healthcare real estate market in Chicago and across the Midwest, he sees plenty of activity. Hospitals are building new medical office buildings in urban areas and suburbs. Developers are expanding existing … Continue reading

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Thriving as a brick-and-mortar retailer today? It’s all about creating experiences

by Dan Rafter Chad Firsel doesn’t hesitate when asked what makes for a successful brick-and-mortar retailer today: Those retailers that are thriving are offering experiences, ones that can’t be duplicated online. Firsel, president of Chicago’s Quantum Real Estate Advisors, points … Continue reading

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Guest post: Protecting yourself in a sublease or assignment

by James Moorhead, Moorhead Law Group Tech companies have been growing and hiring at a very quick pace for several years now.  These companies have been growing at such a speed that they have become a significant percentage of the … Continue reading

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Mid-America’s $10 million deal another sign of strength in St. Louis’ retail market

by Dan Rafter The retail market has been slowly, but steadily, improving in the St. Louis area. An example of that came earlier this month, when Mid-America Real Estate Corporation’s investment sales team closed a $10 million retail sale in … Continue reading

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