Costs

Planning an office move: Begin Required Construction

Your Office Move is Entering the Construction Phase You’ve made it to Weeks 11-17 of your office move. Your plans are in place, your permits have been granted — now it’s time to begin construction. For this part of the process, you’ll need to keep a close eye on your bank account. Costs of labor Read more about Planning an office move: Begin Required Construction[…]

B Lux After

Master the Commercial Construction Process

What are the Key Steps in the Commercial Construction Process? Are you a business owner or developer looking to hire a commercial construction company? This month, we turn to commercial construction expert Scott Treuhl to offer insights into this sometimes challenging process. As commercial brokers we have seen plenty of budget and planning disasters in Read more about Master the Commercial Construction Process[…]

CRE Expert John Seamon

CRE Expert — The Municipal Approval Process

Every month we feature a CRE Expert who answers some questions about topics related to commercial real estate. This month CRE Expert John Seamon, director of design strategy at Iconica, discusses the municipal approval process. To receive more information on CRE Advisory Services, please connect with Lighthouse CRE. CRE Expert John Seamon Discusses the Municipal Approval Read more about CRE Expert — The Municipal Approval Process[…]

Applying for Permits

Planning an Office Move: Applying for Permits

Applying for Permits Your office move is still on track and you’ve arrived at Week 11. This is when you need to start applying for your business permits. Nearly all businesses need some sort of permit. However, the permits you need vary by state and municipality, so it is essential that you do your homework. Read more about Planning an Office Move: Applying for Permits[…]

Check Your Plans

Planning an Office Move: Double-, Triple-, Quadruple-Check Your Plans

Check Your Plans Time to check your plans, it’s Week 13. Assuming your landlord green-lighted the plans for your new space that you submitted in Week 9, your project is about to start barreling toward the finish line. Rather than wait for something to go wrong, this is the week to pause and check your Read more about Planning an Office Move: Double-, Triple-, Quadruple-Check Your Plans[…]

CRE Expert Chad Eschler

CRE Expert – The Construction Process

Every month we feature an industry expert who answers some questions about topics related to commercial real estate. This month, Chad Eschler, Business Development, JH Findorff & Son Inc., provides great insights into the construction process. Hopefully after reading this article you will be as excited about the construction process as you were when you Read more about CRE Expert – The Construction Process[…]

Plans

Planning an Office Move: Submitting Plans to Your Landlord

You’ve now made it to Week 9 in the process of moving your office. Phew! It’s been a lot of hard work so far — and there’s more hard work ahead. But for now, we’ll concentrate on Week 9. This is the week you should submit your tenant improvement plans to your landlord. By this Read more about Planning an Office Move: Submitting Plans to Your Landlord[…]

Letter of Intent

Master your commercial real estate negotiations with a Letter of Intent

Winning Negotiations with a Letter of Intent (LOI) Once you have toured various properties and narrowed your search down a bit, it is time to make some proposals on the lease of space for your business.  In commercial real estate, we typically refer to these proposals as a Letter of Intent, or LOI, for short. Read more about Master your commercial real estate negotiations with a Letter of Intent[…]

Communication

Effective communication in real estate

Effective communication is vital in everyday life, but when you’re negotiating commercial real estate transactions, it’s especially important. You’ll mostly likely have lots of questions when creating a proposal and negotiating the deal. You’ll want to be sure to get answers to all of them and you’ll want to make sure you get them in Read more about Effective communication in real estate[…]

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[…]

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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![…]

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

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

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

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[…]

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?[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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[…]

Halloween

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[…]

Haunted House

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…[…]

Michael Maass

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 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’?[…]

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[…]

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?[…]

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

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[…]

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[…]