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CRE Expert – Title Insurance

Every month we feature a CRE Expert who answers some questions about topics related to commercial real estate. This month Tobias Kinsler, Esq., of Dane County Title Company in Madison, Wis., discusses title insurance and the commercial real estate marketplace. For brokers, buyers, lenders, and owners conducting business in the commercial real estate market, title […]

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Did You Know: Split Rock Lighthouse in Minnesota

Perched on the edge of a rocky cliff, Split Rock Lighthouse on the north shore of Lake Superior is one of Minnesota’s most well-known landmarks. The beacon was constructed after a storm in November 1905 damaged 29 ships, one-third of which were uninsured property of U.S. Steel Corp. In 1907, Congress approved $75,000 for the […]


Office Space Design

A changing workforce and changing work habits are causing big changes in office design and companies are working hard to find ways to accommodate these changes in order to retain and attract the best talent. Paul Schulman, Brookfield Office Properties’ president and COO, and Joseph Stettinius, Cushman & Wakefield’s chief executive of the Americas, recently […]

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The Apartment Market

The multifamily housing sector has experienced exceptionally strong growth over the past few years. While it isn’t expected to suddenly stop being an area of growth, there are signs the apartment-rental market may be cooling. One of the biggest areas of concern for economists is new multifamily housing construction — developers have been creating so […]


Boston Light – The First and Oldest Lighthouse in the United States

Did You Know? Established in 1716, Boston Light is the first and oldest lighthouse station in the country. Boston Light is located on Little Brewster Island in outer Boston Harbor, Massachusetts. During the American Revolution, Boston Light was damaged by attacks of patriot militia, and later destroyed by British troops as they left Boston Harbor. […]


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Legal Expert: Justin Oeth

Every month we feature a CRE Expert who answers some questions about topics related to commercial real estate. This month Justin Oeth of Reinhart Law in Madison, Wis., discusses legal aspects of leases with us. Should a guaranty be required as part of a lease? Oftentimes tenants wish to protect themselves from personal liability by creating […]


Lending Expert: Jim McNulty

Every month we feature a CRE Expert who answers some questions about topics related to commercial real estate. This month Jim McNulty, senior vice president — business banking of Oak Bank in Fitchburg, Wis., gives us some insight on the ins and outs of financing CRE loans. Given today’s lending environment, what is the baseline framework […]

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Madison’s Big Commercial Real Estate Deals of 2015

Madison, Wis., has continued to bustle with commercial construction projects and 2015 saw the finalization of plans for some big ones.  Mixed use projects and apartments are leading the way. In February, the state announced it had selected a group of companies to redevelop the Hill Farms site, which will become the largest state-owned office […]


Commercial Real Estate & Taxes

Tax Day is looming and if you’re involved with commercial real estate, you know your taxes can have an extra layer of complication. But what do you need to know? And what do you need to report? If you own rental real estate the IRS (unsurprisingly) has extensive information on definitions of rental income, deductions, […]

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National CRE Recap 2015

Commercial real estate generally saw brisk growth across the country in 2015, thanks to employment gains, increased spending and historically low interest rates. The national industrial sector saw growth of 54% with sales of $76.5 billion, which was the highest industrial volume in the past 10 years, according to First American Title Insurance Co. Sales […]