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How the post-recession era is affecting industrial real estate

Posted by Dan Cawley on Mar 8, 2018 1:30:22 PM

The economic recession is a distant memory as the industrial real estate industry continues to see consistent growth. The growth is a result of each real estate company's decisions regarding high levels of orders due to pent up demand, and acquisitions or mergers with other companies seeking revenue growth and the creation of greater efficiencies. What is to be expected within industrial real estate is left to be predicted by these occurrences. The following article is from

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Topics: leasing, Industrial, e-commerce, distribution

Big Box Developers Set A New Record

Posted by Dan Cawley on Feb 26, 2018 11:06:14 AM

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With the rise in online shopping and demand for faster delivery times, there is a need and change in big box industrial development. The Chicago area saw a 13.76% increase in development in response to the booming e-commerce industry. Can vacancy rates keep up with the extra warehouse and distribution centers and how is e-commerce impacting some firms' distribution infastructure? Read more in this article from


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Topics: Industrial, e-commerce, distribution

The big influencers on CRE in 2018: Industrial, Infastructure

Posted by Dan Cawley on Feb 22, 2018 10:09:02 AM

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Investors might be expecting a slowdown in the commercial real estate market this year. But that doesn't mean that they don't still view commercial assets as worth investing in.

The 2018 Altus Group Real Confidence Executive Survey found that investors consider commercial real estate a solid investment. The survey found, too, that real estate executives are especially bullish on industrial real estate.

Midwest Real Estate News recently spoke with Chuck DiRocco, director of research for Altus Group, about what makes industrial such an attractive CRE investment. DiRocco also spoke about how the Trump administration's plans for infrastructure spending and immigration reform could impact the CRE market.

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Topics: Industrial

Why Rising Interest Rates Won’t Dampen Industrial Sales

Posted by Dan Cawley on Feb 15, 2018 2:47:32 PM

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NEWPORT BEACH, CA—Even with rising interes

t rates, there is still room for cap-rate compression driven by projected NOI growth at the property level and the appetite for institutional investors to increase their allocation to industrial, Bixby Land Co.’s Aaron Hilltells The firm, a commercial real estate operator and investment manager in the western US, recently named Hill as president, extending an 11-year tenure at Bixby, where he most recently served as EVP and COO.

The move is a natural progression for Hill, who as COO has overseen day-to-day operations with a focus on portfolio management for the firm. Bill Halford, who has served as Bixby’s president and CEO since 2006, retains his CEO position and continues to lead the strategic vision and growth of the company.

We sat down with Hill for a chat about the move, the company’s goals and how he views the industrial sector.

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Suburban Landlords Creating New Class A+ Offices

Posted by Dan Cawley on Feb 13, 2018 3:49:44 PM

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CHICAGO—Following a national trend, some suburban landlords are ready to spend considerable amounts redeveloping a select group of class A properties. GlenStar Propertieshas helped lead the way in the Chicago metro area, and has just launched the largest redevelopment project ever undertaken in the Northwest suburban office submarket, a $28 million capital campaign at its Schaumburg Corporate Center.

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Chicago industrial sector booming as retail, apartments cool

Posted by Dan Cawley on Feb 12, 2018 11:16:00 AM

Original Post: Crain's Chicago Business

The hot streak for industrial real estate in Chicago isn't slowing down, and investors in the sector are leaving their counterparts in other types of properties behind.

Owners of local industrial properties enjoyed average returns of 11.5 percent in 2017, by far the highest bang for their buck among all major property types locally last year, new data show.

A report from the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries, which calculates returns based on properties' income and price appreciation, showed that Chicago-area industrial returns have hovered around 12 percent annually for the past five years.

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NWI Forum crafting five-year economic development plan for Northwest Indiana

Posted by Dan Cawley on Feb 6, 2018 1:06:00 PM

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Heather Ennis knows what Northwest Indiana has to offer to businesses: a strong highway and rail system, diverse communities, an international port and a regional airport that continues to expand. The area offers plenty to residents, too, including beachfront along Lake Michigan, affordable housing prices and a sprawling system of natural greenways and blueways.

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