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Is Madison, WI Ready for Micro-Apartments?

Is Madison, WI ready for micro-apartments? We found an interesting article on micro-apartments on National Real Estate Investor today.  The apartments range in size from just 300 square feet to 500 SF and often times share amenities such as communal chef kitchens and roof top gardens.  With such a young and vibrant millennial and high […]

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Are Banks Actually Evil?

This presentation from John Maxfield grabbed our attention for its detailed history on why some banks are evil at times.  The good news is that there are many outstanding local community banks in the Madison area that will never treat you like this.  Oak Bank, State Bank of Cross Plains, Oregon Community Bank & Trust, […]


17 Ways Successful People Approach Life

I stumbled across this Slide Share deck and it really hit a chord with me.  As an entrepreneur I have had to utilize every single one of these in my life and career.  #10 is my favorite for when times get tough or something goes wrong.  You know those days when you feel a bit […]


Where are Madison’s Vibrant Centers?

According to a research done by NAIOP, tenants are gravitating towards Suburban Vibrant Centers over the traditional single-use areas that have been developed for decades.   A Suburban Vibrant Center is an area that presents a good mix of “live, work, play”. Office tenants are finding these areas more attractive because of the push from […]

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Madison – Too many apartments or not enough? A reflection on the 2014 apartment boom

  While attending the 2015 RASCW Commercial Forecast, I quickly realized that the focus of discussion is still on the Madison apartment boom. When will it come to an end? Or, is it only just beginning?   2014 closed up with an astonishing 5,300 apartment units either completed, under construction or approved, according to the […]


Ready to Find a New Office Space? 5 Important Things to Know Before Looking

    Choosing the right office space is a decision that should be taken very seriously. There are many ways your office space affects your business beyond the bottom line. The location, amenities, building style and layout will all play a big factor in how your business operates. As brokers, there are a number of questions we […]

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Madison Office Market Report Q3 2014

The Xceligent Madison Office Market Trends for Q3 2014 were mostly positive. There was a 35,696 SF positive absorption for the quarter, which adds to almost 315,000 SF of positive absorption over the past year. This compares to 16.6 Million SF nationally which is the sixth straight quarter the U.S. saw positive absorption above 14 […]


Madison, WI CRE Market Outlook and Forecast Recap

Last week members of Lighthouse CRE attended the 2014 Southern Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate Summit keynoted by Eric Hovde. Here are some key takeaways from the summit.  This event focused on southern Wisconsin and was mainly focused on activity in Madison, Milwaukee and cities between Chicago and Milwaukee. Retail:  Retail is going strong with many […]

Madison CRE Forecast Fall 2014

A new WAVE of store CLOSINGS?

Just when I want to believe that we are out of the ditch and ready to thrive I come across articles like this and I rethink the immediate future of retail. “Is a Store Closing Tsunami Ahead?” Some highlights from the article: “There are very few retailers that have not reached out to their landlords […]