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A stinky situation in the city: Chicago’s problem with dog poop

by Dan Rafter Tired of waking up to find dog poop on your front lawn? If you live in Chicago, you’re far from alone. Turns out, 2016 was a particularly busy year in the city for dog poop complaints. RentHop … Continue reading

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The secrets to reviving struggling downtowns? Taller buildings, narrower streets and on-street parking can help

by Dan Rafter It was plain to see: The downtown business strip that had so long thrived in Birmingham, Michigan, was struggling. Bob Gibbs, an urban planner and chief executive officer of Birmingham-based Gibbs Planning, pointed to the luxury mall … Continue reading

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CRE pros at second annual Cleveland Commercial Real Estate Summit celebrate an improving commercial real estate market

Cleveland’s commercial real estate market is on the rise, with the center of the city attracting a steady stream of new residents, apartment projects, restaurants and retailers. And the good news isn’t only coming from the center of the city. … Continue reading

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The Midwest rolls out the welcome mat: Hotel sales, development on the rise

by Dan Rafter How hot is the hotel industry across the Midwest? Just ask Ronn Thomas, senior director of brokerage services with Cushman & Wakefield|NorthMarq in Minneapolis. This CRE pro in the past 15 months has helped close six hotel … Continue reading

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Multi-million-dollar sale offers more proof: Online auctions not just for distressed properties

by Dan Rafter Auction.com in late July made the record books, closing the largest online real estate transaction in history. The Manhattan Towers office property in Manhattan Beach, California, sold for $96.075 million in a custom online auction. The sale … Continue reading

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Bringing luxury apartment living to one of St. Louis’ busiest business districts

by Dan Rafter Sometimes you have to wait for a project. Just ask St. Louis-based HDA Architects. Seven years ago, the architecture firm began designing what would eventually become 212 S. Meramec, a 26-story high-rise luxury apartment building in Clayton, … 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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