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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 […]

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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 & […]

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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 […]


CRE Expert – Social Media

Every month we feature an industry Expert who answers some questions about topics related to commercial real estate. This month Tara Rushmer, Social Media Manager and Graphic Designer, brings us some great social media tips for new businesses. So if you are a business owner, and you’ve just moved to a new location, these recommendations […]

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How will Brexit affect the U.S. CRE market?

In late June, global markets went for a roller coaster ride as Great Britain voted to leave the European Union. More than a month after “Brexit,” political and economic uncertainty remains high across the globe and this uncertainty is expected to last for the foreseeable future. For investors looking to enhance their portfolios amid this […]


Did You Know: Alcatraz Island Lighthouse

Alcatraz Island in California’s San Francisco Bay boasts not only the infamous prison, but also is home to the first lighthouse built on the West Coast. The first lighthouse on Alcatraz Island was 50 feet tall and was built in 1854. After it was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, a taller, 84-foot lighthouse was constructed […]

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CRE Focus – Lucille Restaurant

We were standing on the cold concrete floor in a nondescript warehouse building on the near east side of Madison.  On that cold winter day, which feels like ages ago, we were discussing the potential of a wide open former paint storage building.  The space was a 10,000 square-foot single story brick building with a […]


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 […]