Monthly Archives: March 2017

Handful of Midwest cities makes Realtor.com’s list of hot housing markets

by Dan Rafter There tends to be a correlation between hot housing markets and strong commercial real estate ones. Retailers and companies want to operate from and near those cities that attract new residents on a steady basis. Multifamily developers … Continue reading

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Spec gains momentum: e-commerce and logistics driving demand

Speculative development is revving up to keep up with the demand from logistics and e-commerce companies. New product on the market has even changed to accommodate these tenants. Continue reading

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No speculation about strength of spec industrial in Chicago’s I-55 corridor

As Chicago’s industrial market shows no signs of slowing, one particularly bright spot is the Interstate-55 Corridor. In addition to offering accessibility and visibility along its namesake thoroughfare and Interstate-355, which runs through it, the submarket is accessible to both … Continue reading

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Three Midwest industrial markets — besides Chicago’s — that are thriving today

by Dan Rafter Chicago gets plenty of press — well-deserved — for the strength of its industrial market. But the city isn’t the only Midwest industrial market that is thriving today. In fact, there are three other Midwest industrial markets … Continue reading

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Are the days of soaring apartment rents coming to an end?

by Dan Rafter Monthly apartment rents across the country remain high. But it appears that these rents might be rising at a slower clip throughout 2017. Yardi Matrix recently released its February rent survey, finding that the average U.S. monthly … Continue reading

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A strong retail market in store this year for most Midwest markets

by Dan Rafter Retailers across the country certainly face challenges today. But in the majority of major Midwest cities, the retail sector is actually seeing lower vacancies and higher rents. Credit the rise of specialty retailers, discount stores, fast-casual restaurants … Continue reading

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The industrial balance: Follow historical trends or look to the future

By Mason Hezner, senior associate, Brown Commercial Group Industrial businesses have been expanding steadily in recent years, fueled by growth in e-commerce, light manufacturing and related industries. As industrial property owners/tenants evaluate their space needs and debate whether to expand, … Continue reading

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