Commercial Property Archive

Death of Malls

It wasn’t so long ago that I was a teenager spending free time socializing with my friends at our local, bustling mall. Our mall was shaped like a wagon wheel with an anchor department store at the end of...
February 1, 2017

Marijuana Warehouses

While speaking with a colleague who compiles NAR Library’s weekly Commercial Reports, our conversation turned to trends she was noticing in commercial real estate news. Overwhelmingly, the topic of marijuana or cannabis properties keeps popping up. Pennsylvania recently became...
June 15, 2016

Virtual Real(ity) Estate

Written by Anne-Marie Siudzinski What is the next technology to revolutionize the real estate world? Virtual reality (VR), of course.   Put yourself in this situation: you own a company in Shanghai and want to expand to the United...
April 13, 2016

Designing for Wellness

I have been teased about my workplace health habits. A lot. I have gone through three fitness trackers(1&2 now defunct, & 3), two ergonomic kneeling chairs (1 & 2), one standing desk of my own making, and am now...
December 9, 2015

Going Green!

The next time you are in Chicago, go to the top of the Hancock Building or Sears Tower (we won’t call it Willis) and gaze over the rooftops. Things have changed over the last 10 years. Chicago ranks third...
November 4, 2015

Property Value Impact

Raise your hand if you watch Fixer Upper or Flip or Flop on HGTV! (I’ll bring my hand down, so I can type more efficiently.) It is amazing what can be accomplished with imagination, interior design skills, ingenuity, and...
October 20, 2015

Retail: Online vs. Bricks and mortar

This time of year always reminds me of back to school shopping with my mom. I loved coming across a pair of shoes or an outfit so perfect that my mom declared it to be a “moral imperative” that...
September 2, 2015

Employment/Investor Visas

A member recently asked us if we had ever heard of a program where foreign nationals can fast-track his or her way to a permanent resident visa in exchange for investing and generating a certain number of new jobs...
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November 28, 2012

Split-Tax Rate Research

Recently a Massachusetts REALTOR asked for research on split-tax rates for real property tax. His community had a single tax rate for residential and commercial properties but was thinking of breaking them apart so commercial properties would be taxed...
September 17, 2012

The Gulf Oil Spill and the Impact on Real Estate

According to government estimates the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has released between 41 and 120 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico since April. But what will be the impact to area real estate? ...
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July 1, 2010