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Prosperity and opportunity abounds in the I-90 ‘Golden Corridor’

June 03, 2016 As residents are benefiting from more abundant services, an improved transportation network, and a low tax rate, there has been an interesting demographic shift, revealing an affluence never before present in this area. Read more...

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Meet Bentall Kennedy’s new Executive VP, Doug Kinney: Angling for client-friendly investments

June 03, 2016 Fly fishing is one of Doug Kinney’s favorite leisure pursuits. When he gets a tug on his line, he feels a rush of exhilaration that comes from knowing his careful preparation and patience have paid off. He gets the same feeling on a larger scale (no fishing pun intended) when an investor bites on a real estate investment opportunity he has presented. Read more...

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Wright Heerema Architects’ Richard Fawell: Around the world and back to work in Chicago

May 27, 2016 Richard Fawell’s career in architecture has taken him from Helsinki, Finland to Cambridge, Massachusetts to Chicago to Beijing, China. Now the Naperville, Illinois native’s second homecoming to Chicago comes as he joins acclaimed Chicago-based architectural firm Wright Heerema Architects as principal. Read more...

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Nearly 200 industry pros tune in to get the scoop on office activity at IREJ’s suburban office market conference

May 20, 2016 A crowd of nearly 200 business professionals listened in as experts dished on the latest happenings in today's Chicago suburban office market at Illinois Real Estate Journals' State of the Suburban Office Market conference, May 17 at the Schaumburg Corporate Center. Read more...

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Talking past, present, and future with Next Realty’s Amy Levin as she preps for ICSC in Las Vegas and details what she plans to conquer next

May 20, 2016 This year’s show marks the seventh for Amy Levin, director of leasing at Northbrook-based Next Realty. As she continued to put the finishing touches on her schedule—including a luncheon sponsored by Next and several partners—IREJ caught up with Amy to talk about her expectations for the RECON Show, the retail industry and highlights of both her professional and personal life. Read more...

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Construction begins on Chicago Board of Trade Building’s rooftop deck

July 13, 2015 GlenStar Properties, owners of the iconic Chicago Board of Trade Building, has started construction on a new, rooftop terrace on the 23rd floor. Read more...

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Leopardo Companies, Inc. announces new senior project manager: Thomas Antoine

May 01, 2015 Read more...

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Urban Land Institute Chicago’s Vision Awards finalists announced

April 30, 2015 Read more...

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“Lifescape: A Video Portrait of Marshall Bennett” Art Installation Debut at Roosevelt University

May 02, 2014 Read more...

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Affordable Care Act effects major changes

March 21, 2014 In this guest column, Donna Jarmusz, senior vice president of Alter+Care, addresses the Affordable Care Act’s impact on real estate and healthcare operations. Read more...

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Associated Bank’s Holling: CRE capital funding to increase overall in 2014

March 14, 2014 As we look back on 2013, it was another year of fits and starts for the economy and, by extension, for the Midwest commercial real estate sector. The broader economic recovery continued its slow and uneven pace, inhibiting any prospect for a dramatic CRE rebound. However, while slow, the pace of economic recovery has been significant enough to generate increased interest and activity in key areas of the commercial real estate sector. Read more...

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How the ‘ACA’ is affecting health care real estate strategy

February 14, 2014 Many health care service providers have spent the past few years attempting to understand and anticipate the vast changes resulting from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) given the size and complexity of the law. Read more...

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Riding the wave: Legal issues in the apartment development boom

January 03, 2014 The boom in multifamily rental development rolled on unabated throughout 2013, and looks to continue into 2014 and beyond. The growth of this sector has resulted from a perfect storm of economic and demographic factors: continued high unemployment and tight mortgage policies have made home ownership inaccessible for many, while a growing number of baby boom retirees and echo boom young adults find the flexibility of renting to be an affirmative advantage. Read more...

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Unmined gold – investment opportunities created by FDIC bank closures

January 02, 2014 Both the economy generally, and the real estate market specifically, were extremely hard hit from 2008 through 2012. Further, while experiencing some resurgence, neither is showing signs of becoming robust. As a result, banks that focused on the real estate market were particularly hard hit, and many are still in the recovery process. To provide even more clarity to the issue, banks that focused on commercial real estate were the hardest hit. Read more...

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For tenants, TI allowance offers advantages over turnkey approach

October 11, 2013 A key part of any office lease negotiation is the terms of the space buildout: what features and materials will it include, how much will it cost, and who will manage and be responsible for delivering the space on time and on budget. Read more...

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Financing for value-add multifamily deals provides options, flexibility

September 27, 2013 As many of you know, multifamily is continuing its recent streak as the hottest sector in commercial real estate. Today, with financing sources opening up, investors and developers are building on the multifamily momentum with an increasing number of value-add plays, and they do not see these deals slowing down anytime soon. Read more...

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Pulse of the Market: from the Heels of Next Realty

June 19, 2013 Historically, the US has had a real estate cycle of approximately 18 years. But 2013 doesn't seem very different from 2006, which was only 7 years ago. Many acquisitions in 2010 and 2011 are proving out to be grand slams. In hindsight, you almost could not have gone wrong buying everything in those years. Now, prices are back to all time highs. Buying anything in 2013 requires real skill and foresight. Read more...

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Healthcare still a real estate star

April 05, 2013 No question – 2012 was the year of healthcare. In one of the most significant rulings in recent memory (perhaps since the awarding of the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000), the Supreme Court upheld President Obama's health care law in a nuanced interpretation of federal versus states’ rights. Read more...

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Downtown office making a comeback

March 22, 2013 Downtown is back as the first spec building since 1998 gets under way. McDermott, Will & Emery leased 225,000 square feet at the 41-story 444 W. Lake, which got the green light to start construction. It is a sign of how much the market has improved that the building failed to get underwritten with 640,000 square feet of leases as recently as 2009. Clearly investors have faith in the strength of Chicago as a major business and cultural capital. Read more...

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The state of small business lending

January 25, 2013 The Small Business Administration recently finished its fiscal year, and it was a record year on most all accounts. During fiscal year 2012, more than $1 billion in SBA loans were approved for small businesses in the State of Illinois alone. This represents a substantial increase over 2011. Read more...

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