Monthly Archives: July 2018

Mid-Year 2018 Suburban Chicago Office Market Report

As the federal government tries its best to monitor growth and stem inflation (see box below), local village and city economies continue on their paths to recovery from the great recession which began over a decade ago. Quietly and assuredly, overall direct suburban vacancy and availability rates compressed over the past year from 19.45% to 17.06% and 21.35% to 21.25%, respectively, while gross asking rents increased by almost a dollar and half to $24.24psf. Although the first half of 2018 saw only 2.5 million sf of leasing deals inked, it also witnessed its first string of three, consecutive, half-way marks/six-month periods of positive net absorption since 2013 with 456,280 sf added to the metro’s ledgers*.

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Q2/18 Downtown Chicago Office Market Report

At the mid-year 2018, Chicago’s downtown office market exhibited the traits of equilibrium. Restraining the economic giddiness of increased employment and consumer confidence is the passing of the second of four promised interest-rate increases for 2018. The real success of this quarter’s office market, however, is how it responded after almost two million sf of space was added to the urban core’s ledger since the beginning of the year. To support this claim of confidence, Chicago’s CBD posted 1,713,755 sf of positive absorption, YTD, with 60% of all leasing transactions occurring in 2Q18.


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Norm Murdoch Joins Bradford Allen as a Managing Director

CHICAGO, IL – Dan Fernitz, Executive Managing Director of Bradford Allen Agency Services, is pleased to announce that Norm Murdoch is joining the firm as a Managing Director. Murdoch, an Agency leasing specialist, has 17+ years of experience in the commercial real estate industry and will be responsible for helping increase the firm’s presence in both the Northwest suburbs and East/West corridor. Murdoch will be based in the firm’s Oak Brook office.

Murdoch joins Bradford Allen from JLL where he was a Senior Vice President and represented over 1.5 million square feet of office product in the Northwest suburbs as well as the East/West corridor. Murdoch’s prestigious list of current and past clients includes Sovereign Partners, Sperry Equities, Piedmont Office Realty Trust and Barings Advisers. Prior to his tenure at JLL, Murdoch was a Senior Director at C&W and a Vice President at Trammel Crow.

“Norm is an extremely well-respected veteran of the Chicagoland brokerage community. I believe his experience and established industry relationships will make him a valuable addition to our agency services division. We are thrilled to welcome him to the BA team,” said Fernitz.

“I’m very excited to be joining Bradford Allen and to have the opportunity to be reunited with Dan Fernitz. Bradford Allen’s platform and collaborative culture coupled with its entrepreneurial spirit will give me the resources and support I need to support my current and future clients”, said Murdoch.

About Bradford Allen
Bradford Allen is a national commercial real estate firm based in the heart of downtown Chicago. The company offers a full array of brokerage services and expertise to entrepreneurial, corporate, and not-for-profit clients. Services include strategy, marketing, and transaction execution for occupiers, investors, and owners of commercial real estate. Bradford Allen is the brand name of Bradford Allen Realty Services. For more information, visit