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303 E Main St Barrington, IL Barrington Office Space

Barrington office space & retail space from 850-7,400 SF.

Barrington Office Space

CCRE named exclusive leasing broker of  303 E Main Street Barrington, IL.  This Class “A” office and retail property is located in the heart of Barrington,IL and is only steps away from the Barrington Metra as well as numerous restaurants & shopping. There are various Barrington office space & retail spaces  available for lease from 850-7,400 SF.

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Chicago warehouse space

Chicagoland Commercial Real Estate Represents COMED in a 29,000 SF Chicago warehouse space lease

Chicago warehouse space lease -3030 N. Tripp Avenue Chicago,IL

ComEd signed a 29,000 square foot lease of a Chicago warehouse space located at 3030 North Tripp Avenue Chicago,Illinois and was represented by Randy Olczyk, President of Chicagoland Commercial Real Estate. The owners of the building, Merchants Metals, were represented by Mark Nelson of Nelsonhill properties in the commercial real estate transaction in December of 2014. The Chicago warehouse space will be used to help facilitate the implementation of Comed’s new smart meter upgrade cycle of existing older meters throughout the Chicago area over the next 4 years.


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Suburban Chicago office space vacancy drops

Suburban Chicago office vacancy drops
October 23,2014

For the first time since 2011 the office vacancy rate for suburban Chicago dropped for two quarters in a row, providing rare momentum in a long-stagnant market.

Overall vacancy fell to 23.4 percent in the third quarter, down from 23.7 percent in the second quarter and 24.2 percent a year earlier, according to Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. The vacancy rate hasn’t been that low since fourth-quarter 2008.

Yet landlords still face a long road back to pre-recession vacancy levels below 20 percent. Vacancy peaked at 25.4 percent in 2010.

“The overall business climate is keeping people conservative. Really, the only thing that’s growing is tech, and most of that is downtown. There’s not a lot of tech in the suburbs anymore.”

AbbVie Inc., the pharmaceutical spinoff of North Chicago-based Abbott Laboratories, began moving into a 558,859-square-foot building in north suburban Mettawa during the third quarter, but the vacancy drop mostly resulted from a combination of several deals of less than 20,000 square feet, according to JLL.

But many tenants leasing less space as they shrink their offices. In the biggest third-quarter deal, insurer Zurich North America’s signed a 26-year lease for a 753,300-square-foot new campus under development in Schaumburg. That’s less than the 895,400 square feet Zurich leases in its current Schaumburg headquarters. The lease will appear in the quarterly vacancy numbers when Zurich moves in late 2016.

Still, Mr. Raus thinks the Zurich deal will be good for the market.

“The Zurich deal is going to create a lot of positive activity in the market, because some of their business partners may think about relocating close to them,” he said.


Two of the largest third-quarter leases were at 1 Pierce Place in west suburban Itasca’s Hamilton Lakes Business Park, although the companies that signed them are moving from similar square footage elsewhere in the suburbs. Textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co. leased 106,000 square feet at the property, where it will move next year from Rolling Meadows, and marketing firm Epsilon is taking 42,435 square feet in a move from offices in Schaumburg and West Chicago.

Demand, as measured by net absorption — the change in the amount of leased and occupied space compared with the previous quarter — increased by 300,837 square feet. Net absorption year-to-date is 879,055 square feet, compared with 607,590 for all of 2013.

Few huge deals appear to be in the works for the coming quarters, Mr. Raus said.

“There’s not a ton of big deals out there, and the few that are out there are potential build-to-suits,” new construction that would create new vacancies in existing buildings, he said.

“I think it will be slow and steady,” Mr. Raus said. “I don’t think you’re going to see a big jump or a big drop in vacancy.”


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Chicago Area Commercial property sales on pace for best year since 2007

September 14, 2014

Sales of Chicago-area commercial properties are on pace for their best year since the crash amid an improving economy and low interest rates. Sales volume is on track for its highest annual level since its peak in 2007, when $22.5 billion in commercial property sold.

Investor demand for real estate continues to rise amid the slowly growing economy, which is pushing up occupancies and rents, and low interest rates, which has kept borrowing costs low and made it harder to find good returns on other investment types. At the same time, many landlords are capitalizing on soaring prices by putting their properties up for sale. And even higher prices in hot coastal markets are drawing more investors to Chicago.

“Nationally there’s more being invested in commercial real estate, but I imagine Chicago is benefiting from the compression in yields and increase in prices in places like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles,” said Ben Carlos Thypin, director of market analysis at Real Capital.

Nationally, prices for commercial real estate, except for office properties, have passed their 2007 peak, according to a report by Green Street Advisors Inc., a Newport, California-based research firm. A commercial-property price index has risen 7 percent in the past 12 months.

Sales of Chicago-area industrial properties have risen 55 percent, according to Real Capital, buoyed by renewed demand for “higher-grade” buildings by institutional investors, said Britt Casey, an executive director in the Rosemont office of real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield Inc. With 13.5 million square feet sold here in the first half of the year, Chicago was the most active industrial market in the nation, according to New York-based Cushman & Wakefield.

The recovering economy should help boost demand for commercial space, and support sales and prices in turn, Mr. Thypin said.

“Whether (the economy) continues to grow at the pace it seems to be growing this year remains to be seen, but the bottom falling out anytime soon is pretty unlikely,” he said.

Expecting a typical increase in activity in the fourth quarter, Mr. Thypin expects Chicago-area commercial property sales to exceed last year’s total of nearly $14.6 billion.

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Chicago Industrial Vacancy Rates Lowest Since 2006

Crains-August 2014
The local industrial real estate market has completed its comeback from the crash.
The vacancy rate for metro Chicago industrial space fell to 8.4 percent in the second quarter, down from 8.5 percent in the first quarter. Vacancies are dropping amid growing demand for space among smaller and mid-sized businesses. The second quarter included 26 leases of 50,000 to 100,000 square feet, following 19 such deals in the first quarter.

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