Did You Know: Pilot Island Light

The Pilot Island Light, on Pilot Island in the Death’s Door passage at the tip of Door County, Wis., was built in 1858 after sailors complained that a range light on Plum Island was too far from the entrance of the passage to be effective. The 41-foot beacon was constructed from Milwaukee cream brick and […]



Looking for Real Estate Horror Stories this Halloween Season…

We are compiling a list of real estate horror stories this October. The goal is to then provide insights into how to avoid these horrors. If you could please share a real estate horror story you or a friend has experienced, along with a quick recap of what you would do differently to avoid it, […]

CRE Expert – Wisconsin Manufacturing Credit

Every month we feature a CRE Expert who answers some questions about topics related to commercial real estate. This month Michael Maass, CPA, CVA Senior Manager at Wegner CPAs in Madison, discusses the Wisconsin Manufacturing Credit. Wisconsin Manufacturing Credit: Eliminate Almost All of your Wisconsin Tax Liability in 2016 Wisconsin is one of the country’s […]



Did You Know: Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, Mich., was initially used as a fog signal; the light station wasn’t completed until 1892, two years later. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1957, after the Mackinac Bridge was completed because the lights on the bridge were considered a better beacon. The lighthouse was restored in 2000 […]

Navigating Business and Life

I’ve always had a fascination with Lighthouses. I think it started when I was a young boy sailing through the Apostle Islands National Park with about 7 other young boys and 1 certified Coast Guard captain. We had an entire week to explore 21 islands from Madeline to Sand to Raspberry. Our little sailboat was […]


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Fostering forward motion with Forward Fest

Madison, Wis., has a reputation for attracting quirky, offbeat risk-takers who are passionate about what they do. The Forward Festival, an annual conference that bills itself as “Madison’s flagship technology and entrepreneurship festival,” is tailor-made for just those sorts of entrepreneurs. The conference, which started in 2010, features more than 40 events to foster innovation […]

Did You Know Madison Has a ‘Lost City’?

Madison is a city full of real estate gems — of both the commercial and residential varieties. But it’s also a city with its share of failed real estate experiments. Hidden in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum are the remains of one of the most famous of those experiments — the Lake Forest development, Madison’s […]



Did You Know: Amelia Island Lighthouse

Amelia Island Lighthouse in Fernandina Beach, Fla., is the oldest lighthouse in Florida. The 64-foot-tall tower was built in 1838 in the northeastern part of the state and is still used as a navigation aid. It has never had any major reconstruction, and the Third-Order Fresnel lens that was installed in 1903 remains in use. […]

Bullish stock market spurs CRE investments

The U.S. stock markets have been charging along for much of this year, continuing a bull market that’s been in place for seven years. While financial analysts predict the market is in its later stages, commercial real estate remains an area of steady growth. Jason Yablon, senior vice president and portfolio manager for Cohen & […]



CRE Expert – Best Practices

Every month we feature a CRE Expert who answers some questions about topics related to commercial real estate. This month our very own President of Lighthouse Commercial Real Estate, David N. Haug, discusses the importance of hiring a reputable and respected real estate agent. Ditch your real estate agent and save tons of money! “Real […]