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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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 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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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That Lease is Gross!

Negotiating a great commercial lease in Madison, WI has plenty of challenges. Finding great office, retail or industrial space isn’t always easy given your business’s unique requirements and demands.  But finding the right location is just the start.  Negotiation is the key component to getting a great deal in commercial real estate. So with that […]

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Madison – Too many apartments or not enough? A reflection on the 2014 apartment boom

  While attending the 2015 RASCW Commercial Forecast, I quickly realized that the focus of discussion is still on the Madison apartment boom. When will it come to an end? Or, is it only just beginning?   2014 closed up with an astonishing 5,300 apartment units either completed, under construction or approved, according to the […]

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Ready to Find a New Office Space? 5 Important Things to Know Before Looking

    Choosing the right office space is a decision that should be taken very seriously. There are many ways your office space affects your business beyond the bottom line. The location, amenities, building style and layout will all play a big factor in how your business operates. As brokers, there are a number of questions we […]

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Madison Office Market Report Q3 2014

The Xceligent Madison Office Market Trends for Q3 2014 were mostly positive. There was a 35,696 SF positive absorption for the quarter, which adds to almost 315,000 SF of positive absorption over the past year. This compares to 16.6 Million SF nationally which is the sixth straight quarter the U.S. saw positive absorption above 14 […]

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Why MADISON, WI?

                  As Commercial Real Estate (CRE) investors look to find higher yields in tertiary markets, Madison, WI should be on the short list of locations to pursue. Why Madison, WI for commercial real estate investing? The state capital is anchored by the seat of government and this […]

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Business is BOOMING in Madison, WI

As I was perusing a recent article in In Business Magazine I was once again amazed at the size and influence that Epic has on Madison’s business community.  You would think the story has gotten old by now, but it absolutely has not.  Epic has annual sales in the range of $1.75 Billion dollars.  One of […]

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Is apartment construction the next BUBBLE?

Madison, WI is building apartments at break neck speed.  Everywhere you go there seem to be cranes in the air.  Cranes here.  Cranes there.  Cranes everywhere!  Of course the indomitable EPIC with their thousands of employees and plans for continued hyper growth has cranes scattered across their campus as well. Whenever something seems to be […]

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