Author Archives: Neil Bouhan

CRE Office Pulse 007: Chicago Remains a Top Prospect

For corporate headquarters decisions, Chicago ranks well among its competitors, and the reasons companies chose the city prior to the pandemic have remained relatively unchanged. The diverse talent pool, favorable location, extensive transit options and relatively less expensive cost-of-living creates an ideal situation for employers and employees. Even though the pandemic created a structural shift in the office market, companies continue to reaffirm their commitment to city, helping the long-term stability of Chicago’s CBD.

 

Bradford Allen expands Downtown Agency Leasing practice

CHICAGO, IL — Senior Managing Director Andy DeMoss is pleased to announce Craig Nadborne has been named the loft division leader on the downtown agency team.

“Loft has always been a focus at Bradford Allen, but as our downtown agency practice has grown, launching a dedicated team of loft specialists was the best way to continue delivering first-class service to our agency clients,” said Andy DeMoss, the downtown agency team lead. “Craig was the obvious choice to run it,” Andy continued, “with over three decades in the business, including the past 15 years with Bradford Allen, Craig has an outstanding track record representing loft buildings.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to step into this role and continue to build BA’s loft agency business, “Nadborne said. “I’ll bring the same customer-first approach and value-add market insights that have helped me close over 1,000 transactions in my career.”

“Our goal is to continue to grow our entire CBD agency business,” continued DeMoss. “We believe our street-level reconnaissance culture and focus on direct canvassing for tenants is advantageous to all building owners, especially in this leasing environment.”

Craig’s current assignments include 162 W Hubbard, 314 W Institute, 415 N Dearborn and 808 N Cleveland. With this new role, he will add these properties to his portfolio: 626 W Jackson, 900 N Franklin, 224 N Des Plaines 404 S Wells and 412 S Wells. Recent associate-level hires Lanie Trotter and Grace Garza will assist Craig, providing full-service coverage to BA’s agency relationships.


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.

 

Bradford Allen Represents the Law Office of Robert D. Ahlgren and Associates in 15,000 SF Renewal

CHICAGO, IL — Jeffrey A. Bernstein and Laurence B. Elbaum, Principals and Co-Founders of Bradford Allen, are pleased to announce that Ben Azulay, Principal, along with Riley Schleifer, Associate, completed a 15,000-square-foot-lease renewal for Ahlgren Law at 33 N LaSalle, a renovated and amenitized vintage art deco tower in the Central Loop.

“In a volatile leasing market like this, tenants have multiple opportunities to negotiate and improve their space. But there are also more risks, like historically high rents in some submarkets and potentially distressed buildings in others. We were able to work closely with Ahlgren, understand their needs, navigate the risks, and maximize their leverage in negotiating a renewal,” said Azulay.

Ahlgren Law is a Chicago-based immigration law firm. Since 1973, they have worked tirelessly to meet clients’ needs on the path to legal status. A full-service firm, Ahlgren’s passionate attorneys and dedicated staff represent individuals and families in a variety of immigration matters, including family cases, removal (deportation) defense, U.S. citizenship and naturalization, and appeals.

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.

 

Q3/22 Downtown Chicago Market Report

Bradford Allen is pleased to share with you our latest office market report.

This quarter in the downtown office market:

  • Absorption levels turned positive for the first time this year at 221,780 s.f. for Q3
  • Direct vacancy remained relatively unchanged at 18.3%
  • The gross asking rate for the market is $43.94 p.s.f.
  • Sublet availability remained steady at 4.3%

 

CRE Office Pulse 006: Chicago Office Supply Growth Screeches to a Halt

In Chicago’s CBD, new office construction has come to a screeching halt, only a couple years after hitting record highs. And even as the effects of the pandemic dissipate, new development continues slowing. What’s behind this deceleration in supply growth? We identify four primary factors weighing on the office construction market and discuss long-run implications for the CBD.

Read on to find out more