Office N Illinois

Luxury amenities boosting occupancy rates in office properties

Helenia Madrigal knows how important amenities can be for office building owners who want to attract and retain the best tenants to their properties. She is the director of interiors for Chicago-based general contractor Summit Design + Build. She’s worked on tenant improvements in office buildings across downtown Chicago, and has found one truth: Offices that offer the best amenities tend to see their vacancy rates plummet.

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Colliers’ Tom DeBoer: The good times are back in West Michigan

Colliers’ Tom DeBoer: The good times are back in West Michigan

Tom DeBoer, senior vice president with the Grand Rapids office of Colliers International, has worked in commercial brokerage for more than 25 years. He’s seen both good times and bad ones in his market of West Michigan, including in the busty cities of Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. He considers today to be one of the good times in this region, as the commercial real estate market here fuels a rebirth in this formerly struggling slice of the state.

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Why CRE industry networks still matter

Why CRE industry networks still matter

Emails. Conference calls. Webinars. Social media. These are the business tools of the 21st Century, replacing the social clubs, typewriters and three-martini lunches of the past. But have technology-based tools replaced relationship networking—the kind where you meet face-to-face, and develop a shared frame of reference and experience? I’d argue that they haven’t—and they never will.