Did You Know: Rock of Ages Lighthouse

Did You Know: Rock of Ages Lighthouse

Lighthouse Commercial Real Estate Every month, Lighthouse Commercial Real Estate features a lighthouse. These lighthouses have guided many a captain safely to port. These magnificent beacons and their operators are an important fabric of American industry and we simply love to share their stories. Rock of Ages Lighthouse The Rock of Ages Light, near Isle Read more about Did You Know: Rock of Ages Lighthouse[…]

Find Commercial Property Like a Pro!

Find Commercial Property Like a Pro!

Find Retail, Office, and Industrial Property Like a Pro At first glance, it may seem like finding commercial space is simple.  You hop in your car and start driving around.  You look for signs, you start calling, and you see what you can find out.  It may seem simple enough, but eventually you will realize that Read more about Find Commercial Property Like a Pro![…]

Restaurant Trends of 2017

Restaurant Trends of 2017

Restaurant Trends of 2017 The restaurant scene is always changing. Eateries, food trends and design trends all come and go with regularity, so it’s fun to check in and see what’s trending at this moment. Are carbs in or out? Is overstuffed pastel furniture making a comeback? Is tiramisu back on the menu? Here’s what Read more about Restaurant Trends of 2017[…]

Would You Like Your Very Own Business Launching Pad?

Would You Like Your Very Own Business Launching Pad?

Synergy Coworking is a social business that provides flexible workspace, including private offices, coworking, meeting rooms, and DIY event space. We foster a diverse and professional environment and community of growth and collaboration through the exchange of knowledge, expertise, ideas, resources, and tools. We also facilitate strategic connections and provide coaching and guidance for utilizing Read more about Would You Like Your Very Own Business Launching Pad?[…]

Lighthouse Commercial Real Estate Has Moved!

Lighthouse Commercial Real Estate Has Moved!

Lighthouse CRE has moved! Here at Lighthouse Commercial Real Estate, we have some exciting news: We’ve Moved! But we haven’t gone far. We’ve joined the folks at Synergy Coworking, at the corner of Old Middleton Road and Whitney Way here in Madison. For small teams of entrepreneurs, branch location/remote professionals, or solo entrepreneurs who might Read more about Lighthouse Commercial Real Estate Has Moved![…]

Did You Know: Point Sur Lighthouse

Did You Know: Point Sur Lighthouse

Point Sur Lighthouse in Point Sur, Calif., opened in 1889 after the U.S. Lighthouse Service spent more than a decade petitioning Congress for funds for the tower’s construction. The site was inaccessible to the construction workers, so a set of railroad tracks was built and even then, when the building was finished, the keepers’ main Read more about Did You Know: Point Sur Lighthouse[…]

CRE Expert – An Architect’s Role In Early Lease Decisions

CRE Expert – An Architect’s Role In Early Lease Decisions

Every month we feature an industry expert who answers some questions about topics related to commercial real estate. This month Larry Barton, President and CEO of Strang, Inc., provides great insights into the role of architects in lease decisions. Week One You’ve spoken with your realtor and decided to explore extending your current lease or Read more about CRE Expert – An Architect’s Role In Early Lease Decisions[…]

Finding an architect

Finding an architect

Depending on the type of business you own or operate, you may want to contact an architect during your space search and lease negotiation. If you are a large office tenant, you will likely want to meet with an architect early in your process because you want to make sure you have a list of Read more about Finding an architect[…]

Did You Know: Rondout Creek Leading Light

Did You Know: Rondout Creek Leading Light

The Rondout Creek Leading Light in Kingston, N.Y., was originally built in 1837 to mark the entrance of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, which was a major waterway for shipping coal from Pennsylvania and for travelers to New York City. The current 48-foot yellow brick beacon (unofficially called the Rondout II Lighthouse) was built in Read more about Did You Know: Rondout Creek Leading Light[…]

Planning an Office Move: What are the critical first steps?

Planning an Office Move: What are the critical first steps?

When you begin to look at moving offices, figuring out the requirements for your new space is one of the most important things you should do at the beginning of your search. In Week 1 of your search, think about the future and how you anticipate your company will develop over the next five to Read more about Planning an Office Move: What are the critical first steps?[…]

Did You Know: Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

Did You Know: Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

New Hampshire has a short Atlantic coastline — only 18 miles long — between Maine and Massachusetts, but that strip of shore has two lighthouses, one of which is the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse. The lighthouse protects the harbor of Portsmouth, which is on the Piscataqua River and is New Hampshire’s only deep water port. The Read more about Did You Know: Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse[…]

Procrastination In Commercial Real Estate Can Cost You Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars

Procrastination In Commercial Real Estate Can Cost You Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars

If you do not take these simple steps, Right Now, I can almost guarantee that you will lose money on your next lease negotiation.  The reason is simple, when negotiating a new lease or extending a current lease, the single most important asset you have as a tenant is TIME. Time wasted or spent foolishly Read more about Procrastination In Commercial Real Estate Can Cost You Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars[…]

Making Sense of Office Space

Making Sense of Office Space

The prospect of moving your business to a new space can feel overwhelming. There are dozens of things that you have to take into consideration and it can seem impossible to figure out what’s critical and what’s not — especially since there’s no one-size-fits-all solution because every business is different and every business owner’s needs Read more about Making Sense of Office Space[…]

Unleash Your Inner Warrior

Unleash Your Inner Warrior

As we wrap up 2016 and plan for 2017, I’ve always found the holidays a perfect time to reflect on the things we are grateful for. Our families, our friends, our volunteer efforts, and business successes all provide fuel for our souls throughout the year. A wise person once shared with me that the secret Read more about Unleash Your Inner Warrior[…]

Did You Know: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Did You Know: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is one of the most recognizable lighthouses in the world, thanks to its distinctive black and white candy cane striping. The beacon was built in 1803 and its light marked the dangerous shoals of the Outer Banks. At 208 feet, it is Read more about Did You Know: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse[…]

CRE Expert – Organizational Leadership

CRE Expert – Organizational Leadership

Every month we feature an industry expert who answers some questions about topics related to commercial real estate. This month Walter Jankowski, Reinvention Consultant for Better Dash Faster Consulting,  offers some great insights into making 2017 your best year yet.   Now is the time to plan for your best year yet in 2017 Do Read more about CRE Expert – Organizational Leadership[…]

Did You Know: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

Did You Know: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on South Bass Island in Ohio, is not a traditional lighthouse. The monument, a 352-foot-tall Doric column, was built between 1912 and 1915 to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. The memorial also celebrates the peace that has existed ever Read more about Did You Know: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial[…]

Real Estate Horror Stories to Make Your Halloween Extra Spooky

Real Estate Horror Stories to Make Your Halloween Extra Spooky

A few weeks ago, we asked for your real estate horror stories. We’ve compiled our favorites, plus a few ghastly real estate tales from the spookier corners of the Internet. Settle in and enjoy! Our first story comes from Brian Roberts, a broker for J.B. Roberts, Jr. & Co. in Madison: We had a Pizza Read more about Real Estate Horror Stories to Make Your Halloween Extra Spooky[…]

Did You Know: Pilot Island Light

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 Read more about Did You Know: Pilot Island Light[…]

Looking for Real Estate Horror Stories this Halloween Season…

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, Read more about Looking for Real Estate Horror Stories this Halloween Season…[…]

CRE Expert – Wisconsin Manufacturing Credit

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 Read more about CRE Expert – Wisconsin Manufacturing Credit[…]

Did You Know: Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

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 Read more about Did You Know: Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse[…]

Navigating Business and Life

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 Read more about Navigating Business and Life[…]

Fostering forward motion with Forward Fest

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 Read more about Fostering forward motion with Forward Fest[…]

Did You Know Madison Has a ‘Lost City’?

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 Read more about Did You Know Madison Has a ‘Lost City’?[…]