Retail N Illinois
JLL's Bill Moston: Savoring the new surprises and unexpected challenges

JLL's Bill Moston: Savoring the new surprises and unexpected challenges

After graduate school, Bill Moston was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview with the Homart Development Company. After learning more about the company, he was excited for the opportunity to get a start with what was a great company in a growing sector of the industry. Moston started his career as a financial analyst with Homart, and after working with the development team to help them underwrite their projects, knew that development was the path he wanted to take.

Retail N Illinois
Redbox's woes leading to a retreat from its Midwest HQ

Redbox's woes leading to a retreat from its Midwest HQ

If you could stream movies and television shows right from your home computer or TV -- not to mention on your tablet or smartphone -- why would you ever travel to a Redbox kiosk to rent a movie? That's a question that might determine the fate of Outerwall. The Bellevue, Wash.-based company operates Redbox, the company that has placed all those bright-red DVD and video-game rental kiosks outside of supermarkets and inside stores such as Walmart and Meijer.

CRE N Illinois
Multi-family investors like what they see in Chicago's non-core downtown neighborhoods

Multi-family investors like what they see in Chicago's non-core downtown neighborhoods

Chicago’s multi-family market has been hot for so long that it’s easy to take for granted just how strong this sector is. But Susan Tjarksen, principal and managing broker for Chicago's Kiser Institutional Group -- better known as KIG –isn’t doing this. She understands just how rare a market like this is. Institutional investors are sinking big dollars in multi-family buildings not just in Chicago’s center, but also in the neighborhoods surrounding the heart of Chicago’s Central Business District, the so-called “out-of-core” areas. Midwest Real Estate News recently spoke with Tjarksen about what’s behind the strength of the city’s apartment market.