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’?[…]

Did You Know: Amelia Island Lighthouse

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. Read more about Did You Know: Amelia Island Lighthouse[…]

Bullish stock market spurs CRE investments

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 & Read more about Bullish stock market spurs CRE investments[…]

CRE Expert – Best Practices

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 Read more about CRE Expert – Best Practices[…]

CRE Expert – Social Media

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 Read more about CRE Expert – Social Media[…]

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

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 Read more about How will Brexit affect the U.S. CRE market?[…]

Did You Know: Alcatraz Island Lighthouse

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 Read more about Did You Know: Alcatraz Island Lighthouse[…]

CRE Focus – Lucille Restaurant

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 Read more about CRE Focus – Lucille Restaurant[…]

CRE Expert – Title Insurance

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 Read more about CRE Expert – Title Insurance[…]

Did You Know: Split Rock Lighthouse in Minnesota

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 Read more about Did You Know: Split Rock Lighthouse in Minnesota[…]

Office Space Design

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 Read more about Office Space Design[…]

The Apartment Market

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 Read more about The Apartment Market[…]

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. Read more about Boston Light – The First and Oldest Lighthouse in the United States[…]

Legal Expert: Justin Oeth

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 Read more about Legal Expert: Justin Oeth[…]